Date & Time: Tuesday, September 03, 19:00 IST
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
Will bowlers be consistent?
At the end of the first T20I, both the Captains had more or less similar things to say of what happened and what to improve on, going forward. Their chief concern was the respective bowling attacks. They have struggled for consistency and fielding was below par. However, the captains felt happy about the way how batsmen played positive cricket on a pitch which had something for bowlers. So in the second T20I, the focus will be on how both bowling units bounce back.
New Zealand is likely to stick with the winning combination. On the other hand, Sri Lanka might bring in Lahiru Kumara in place of Kasun Rajitha.
A decent batting track has been produced in Pallekele in the first T20I which also had something for bowlers. So expect nothing different for Tuesday’s clash as well. The forecast is for a cloudy day with temperatures hovering in the mid-’20s.
The experienced campaigner has played a crucial knock in the first T20I and took his team close to chasing the target. If not for his knock after the fall of early wickets the result would have been different for the Kiwis. Not only the runs he scored but also the way he tackled spin in the crucial middle phase makes him a worthy pick in the Dream11 cricket team for today’s match.
He has been one of the few bowlers in the first T20I who was economical. His spell has halted the Lankan onslaught through the middle overs. In addition to his bowling credentials, he also played a handy cameo in the end. So his all-round ability makes him a must-have.
It was the usual business for the leading wicket-taker in the format. He made early inroads and also proved to be economical in the first T20I. There is every chance he will replicate the same in today’s match as well.