Host Sri Lanka eye strong comeback against New Zealand at Pallekele

Hosts Sri Lanka will be looking to make a strong comeback when they take on New Zealand in the second game of T20I series in Pallekele on Tuesday. On the other hand, New Zealand have been on the road for almost a month and will be keen to clinch some silverware on this tour. Tim Southee-led unit put in a splendid performance to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.

For Sri Lanka, the bowlers will need to put in a better effort with the ball in this game. On the other hand, New Zealand will certainly be better placed to win this series as they have experienced players in their ranks.

In the previous game, Kusal Mendis scored a crucial half-century and got the side off to a good start. He scored 79 runs in the previous game to help Sri Lanka post a competitive score on the board. He put crucial partnerships with Kusal Perera and Niroshan Dickwella to push Sri Lanka beyond 150 runs.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying heavily on their veteran pacer Lasith Malinga to make early inroads with the new-ball. Lahiru Kumara could be slotted into the playing XI after Kasun Rajitha had a poor game with the ball in Pallekele.

New Zealand will be hoping that opener Martin Guptill to come good in this game. The opener hasn’t done much with the bat in the opening game of the T20I series.  Guptill has not been in good form of late but will need to come up with something special for New Zealand.

The side will be relying on their in-form middle-order Ross Taylor, who scored 48 runs off 29 balls in the previous game, played in Pallekele. All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme delivered a sublime innings and scored 44 runs in the previous game.

In the bowling department, Tim Southee and Seth Rance will need to deliver crucial breakthroughs with the new-ball. Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi will need to pick up crucial wickets for the side in this game.

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