About the Match
New Zealand won the second ODI against Sri Lanka emphatically by 10 wickets to take 2-0 lead in the 5-match ODI series; the visitors suffered a humiliating drubbing against the hosts and will need to win the upcoming 3rd ODI at Nelson on 31st December if they want to keep their hopes alive. The Kiwi openers easily reached the target of 118 runs within 9 overs after the bowlers wrecked the visitors’ batting line-up, getting them all-out by the 28th over. If Sri Lanka wants to bounce back in the game on New Year’s Eve, they will have to perform better in all departments of the game and strategize well against the hosts, who are running high with confidence after two straight wins.
Matt Henry registered a figure of 4-33 to stun the Lankan batsmen; along with McClenaghan, who took 3 wickets and Bracewell and Sodhi contributing with a wicket each, the Kiwis annihilated the visitors for just 117 runs on board. Martin Guptill came in with all guns blazing as he fired eight sixes and nine fours in a hurry to get to an unbeaten 93 off just 30 balls and take his team to imminent victory within 9 overs.
In the first ODI too, the Kiwis dominated thoroughly as they won the match by 7 wickets; Matt Henry was the pick of the bowlers there too with his 4-wicket haul while Bracewell followed second with 3 scalps. McClenaghan and Milne took 3 wickets between them and they restricted Sri Lanka to 188 runs, which was achieved by them in 21 overs thanks to Guptill and McCullum, who put up a fierce 108-run opening stand.
They are a determined lot and have quite many match-winners who will leave no stone unturned to win the upcoming match and take the series here to usher in the New Year in style.
Their batting woes were apparent when the entire top order was demolished by the Kiwi bowlers in the first match for just 27 runs with 5 wickets down; players like Dilshan, Thirimanne, Chandimal and Mathews were removed at single digit scores and they were left to the mercy of the hosts. MilindaSiriwardana and Kulasekara took it upon themselves to get to a respectable total as they scored 66 and 58 runs respectively that put 188 runs on board in the end. However, the bowlers too failed terribly and they surrendered to McCullum and company without a fight.
In the last match, the performance was even worse as they were clobbered down to 117 runs all-out by the 28th over; yet again the bowling attack was toothless with Chameera giving away 20 runs per over and others like Senanayake failing to impress with the ball. They lost their second straight game by 10 wickets and this loss would definitely hurt the morale of the team.
The batsmen must pull up their socks and prove themselves here if they want to fight till the end whereas the bowlers must bring in some discipline and confidence to take on the hosts here. It’s still not a lost cause for Sri Lank and they might find the will-power to bounce back.
Sri Lanka is at rock bottom after their humiliating loss on Monday; although they might come back with a better game plan, we feel that New Zealand is in a much better shape to win the match