Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 2nd T20I - Match preview
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 2nd T20I - Match preview

After the Test series between the two teams were drawn, New Zealand and Sri Lanka played the first T20I at Kandy on Sunday, which the visitors won by a margin of 5 wickets. Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme led the chase for the Kiwis as the target of 175 was chased down with ease.

Kusal Mendis had earlier starred for the home team, as he scored 79 runs, which helped the home team put on 174 for 4 in the first innings.  

Weather Conditions: Conditions at Kandy will be ideal for cricket with very little chances of rain. The temperature will hover around the 25-degree mark, with light breeze blowing across the stadium as well. 

Pitch Conditions: The track here is a high-scoring one, as we witnessed in the first game where 175 was easily chased down. The pitch here offers good and true bounce, which makes chasing here the preferred option. 

Sri Lanka: 

Sri Lanka could make a few changes for the second game, with Avishka Fernando and Kasun Rajitha making way for Danushka Gunathilaka and Lahiru Madushanka

Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Shehan Jayasuriya, Lahiru Madushanka, Akila Dananjaya, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga (c) 

New Zealand:  

Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out of the series with a broken thumb, which means that only 13 Kiwi players are available for selection for this game. We, however, expect an unchanged team

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