International cricket gained the spotlight at Eden Park where the first T20 witnessed a thrilling end with Sri Lanka winning the fixture in the super over. It was a very close game where both the teams gave their best. We are all set for another battle between the two teams on Wednesday at University Oval.
New Zealand’s luck turned against them in the first T20 fixture. The innings ended up in a tie but the Kiwis lost the fixture in the super over. The top bookmakers in India have amazing odds for this series.
The win over New Zealand on their home pitch has shown that Sri Lanka still has some good quality cricket left and they are doing a good job in the shortest format of the game.
Chad Bowes and Tim Seifert completely failed to give a good start to the team and the pressure eventually came on the middle order. It was Daryl Mitchell and Mark Chapman who built a strong partnership to take the score close to the opposition. The bowling department also struggled to pick wickets and control the run rate of the opposition.
Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, and Matt Henry will play a crucial role in the upcoming fixture.
Predicted Lineup: Tom Latham (c & wk), Chad Bowes, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Tim Seifert, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Will Young, Blair Tickner.
Pathun Nissanka and Kusal Mendis failed to give a good start to the team but Kusal Perera and Charith Asalanka handled the pressure and gave momentum to the team. Wanindu Hasaranga also played a cameo at the lower end and helped the team to reach a score of 196. It was not a good outing for the bowlers as they failed to pick wickets. During the super over, Kusal Mendis and Charith Asalanka finished the game.
Charit Asalanka, Kusal Mendis, and Dasun Shanaka are expected to play a match-winning inning in the 2nd T20.
Predicted Lineup: Pathum Nisanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Angelo Matthews.
Both teams performed exceptionally well in the first T20. We predict a win for New Zealand in the 2nd T20 because they have a new squad but still the fresh faces performed at their best in the first T20 and will carry the momentum in the 2nd T20.