The second of three One Day Internationals between New Zealand and Sri Lanka takes place at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on Saturday and after a high scoring game on this ground earlier in the week the Black Caps are 1-0 up in the series.
New Zealand won the series opener by 45 runs on Thursday. Martin Guptill top scored and earned the Man of the Match award with his innings of 138 in his sides bat first total of 371/7. Guptill hit 5 of New Zealand’s 14 maximums, Kane Williamson made 76 and at the end of the innings James Neesham smashed 47 off just 13 balls to put the hosts in control.
It was a daunting task for Sri Lanka but they kept themselves in the game with an opening stand of 119 and Kusal Perera came in at 3 to top score with 102. The asking rate began to climb and the middle to lower order provided only limited support for Perera and in the end Sri Lanka’s innings folded on 326 all out in 49 overs.
Head to Head
Overall the teams have met 96 times with New Zealand winning 46, Sri Lanka 41 with 1 tie and 8 no results.
On New Zealand soil 41 matches have seen the Black Caps win 26 and Sri Lanka 12 with 3 no results.
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New Zealand 1 / 4
Sri Lanka 3/1
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change
Suggested Bet: Batsman to score a fifty in the Match, Kane Williamson? (yes) at 12/10
We go with the NZ skipper to make at least 50 runs in what should be another high scoring match.