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The visitors Sri Lanka will look to level the series when they take on New Zealand in the second ODI at Hagley Oval, Christchurch on Tuesday, March 28. Having obliterated the opponents in the first game, the Black Caps head into this match as heavy favourites at 9/20 (1.45). Sri Lanka have much greater odds of winning this match at 8/5 (2.60).
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These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
- New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI
- March 28, 2023 – 1 AM GMT
- Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
Hagley Oval in Christchurch is generally a good venue for batting in limited overs cricket. Seamers are expected to get good assistance with the new ball. A total of 24 ODIs have been played here with the average first innings score of 248.
The forecast for this game doesn’t look great as Christchurch could witness rain in intervals on Tuesday. There’s a 70% chance of precipitation with windy weather.
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka – Match Predictions
New Zealand have defeated Sri Lanka in all of the previous six matches between the two. They have a potent bowling attack for home conditions and the batting unit has enough quality to outplay Sri Lanka, who looked pretty ordinary in the first game.
New Zealand to hit most sixes
Shipley to be New Zealand's Top Bowler
New Zealand have some very good batters in Daryl Mitchell, Will Young, Tom Latham and Rachin Ravindra. The home side smashed eight sixes in the first ODI compared to just one by Sri Lanka.
Our prediction: New Zealand to hit most sixes in the match at 1/2 (1.50).
Henry Shipley was outstanding in the previous game, picking 5 for 31. Shipley has been in good form with the ball and you can back him to be New Zealand’s top wicket-taker at 3/1 (4.00). Kasun Rajitha bagged 2 for 38 for the visitors in the last game. Back Rajitha to be the top bowler for Sri Lanka at 11/4 (3.75).
Our prediction: Henry Shipley to be New Zealand’s highest wicket-taker at 3/1 (4.00).
Man of the Match
Daryl Mitchell scored 47 runs and picked two wickets in the first ODI. He has been in ridiculous form and you can back him at 8/1 (9.00) to be the player of the match. Matt Henry, Henry Shipley, Kusal Mendis and Chamika Karunaratne are some of the other good betting options.
Our prediction: Daryl Mitchell to be the Man of the Match at 8/1 (9.00).
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Preview
It’s a must-win game for Sri Lanka as their direct ODI World Cup qualification hinges on a knife’s edge. Let’s take a look at both sides ahead of their second encounter on Tuesday.
The Black Caps made light work of the visitors in the series opener, claiming a victory by 198 runs. Finn Allen scored a fifty while Daryl Mitchell and Rachin Ravindra just fell short of their fifties as they posted 274. Henry Shipley then ran through the Lankan line-up with a five-for.
Finn Allen and Glenn Phillips have left for the IPL, which should give opportunities to Henry Nicholls and Tom Blundell. The bowling attack looks decent with Matt Henry, Blair Tickner and Henry Shipley forming the pace unit while Ish Sodhi and Rachin Ravindra take care of the spin department.
Predicted XI: Chad Bowes, Henry Nicholls, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Rachin Ravindra, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Blair Tickner, Henry Shipley
Having lost the opening game, Sri Lanka will now have to depend on other results to qualify into the ODI WC. Their bowlers, led by Chamika Karunaratne’s four-for, did a good job to restrict the hosts to 274 but their batting unit fell like a pack of cards, bundling out for just 76.
Sri Lanka will hope the likes of Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Angelo Mathews and Dasun Shanaka produce a better performance with the bat. They opted for five seam options in the bowling attack considering the conditions.
Predicted XI: Pathum Nissanka, Nuwanidu Fernando, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka
How to Watch New Zealand vs Sri Lanka ODIs in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List
Those in the UK can watch live action of the second ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka on BT Sport 3. You can access BT Sport for online streaming on any device.
- BT Sport 3 (TV)
- BT Sport (Streaming)