New Zealand made a winning start to the series, but the first T20 was by no means a one sided affair. The Lankans will be looking to get back in the second T20I of the Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 2019. Here are the Dream 11 predictions and tips for fantasy cricket games-
The 2nd T20I of the Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 2019 series will take place at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele on Tuesday, September 03, 2019 at 1:30 pm GMT.
The top four of Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando and Niroshan Dickwella are dangerous, and two of them have got runs in the previous match. Captain Lasith Malinga would be an automatic choice in most fantasy teams and his performance in the first match will only increase faith in him. Wanidu Hasaranga also looked good in the previous match, and can be good choice.
Colin de Grandhomme’s move to No.4 brought about a good haul of points to fantasy game teams that owned him. The move might or might not be permanent, but either way, he can give good returns. Ross Taylor is the most experienced of their players, and played a match winning innings in the previous match. He, along with de Grandhomme will be good choices for captaincy in fantasy games. The opening pair of Colin Munro and Martin Guptill, though not in a good run of form, can be quite destructive on their days. Hence, they are a risk worth taking.
Predicted Playing XI
Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Wanidu Hasranga, Lasith Malinga, Lakshan Sandakan/Lahiru Kumara
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert, Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggelejin, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Seth Rance
Injury and Availability News:
Lockie Ferguson is ruled out of the series with injury. But that shouldn’t make any changes to the team as he wasn’t a part of the first T20. As for Sri Lanka, the news on Akila Danajaya‘s action is yet to be announced, and he is allowed to bowl until then.
Weather and pitch report
The Pallekele stadium has generally been good for batting. In fact Australia have previously posted a mammoth score of 263 on this ground in a 20-over match. The previous match of the series also seemed good for batting, and the teams might stick to the same tactics.
The last time Sri Lanka beat New Zealand in a T20 match was back in 2014. They have failed to do it again in the first T20, and they will somehow want to end New Zealand’s run.
Dream XI Prediction Team:
Wicket-keeper: N Dickwella, K Perera
Batters: A Fernando, C Munro, R Taylor
All-rounders: W Hasaranga, C de Grandhomme, M Santhner
Bowlers: L Malinga, A Dananjaya, T Southee
Captain & Vice-captain: C de Grandhomme & L Malinga