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The first ODI was the kind of match from which both teams may feel they have emerged with credit. New Zealand because it was a comfortable victory in the end, and because Martin Guptill and James Neesham – players who had been out for nine and 18 months respectively – rode fearsomely back into ODI form. Sri Lanka because chasing 372, they were not completely annihilated, with bat in hand at least.
And yet, it was a game from which Sri Lanka learned very little about themselves, and in which familiar weaknesses were again readily apparent. The visitors lacked wicket-taking capability through the middle overs, and their batting order failed to fire as a unit.
Take the comparison with New Zealand. While through their middle overs, Guptill struck up a 163-run stand with Kane Williamson, then an 88-run stand with Ross Taylor – Sri Lanka’s two spinners unable to claim a wicket between them – the legspin of Ish Sodhi and the seam bowling of Neesham accounted for five wickets between overs 17 and 41. And although Sri Lanka had had the better start, their middle order failed abysmally – four batsmen not only failing to reach 20, but striking at less than 100 as well.
That the teams only have 48 hours to recover and regroup might suit New Zealand just fine. There may have been one or two minor worries for them from Thursday – Matt Henry’s figures of 1 for 87 among them. But these are fine-tuning issues. Sri Lanka still have wholesale changes to make before they can even hope to be contenders at the World Cup in June.
Match: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI
Date: Saturday, January 05, 2019
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Time: 01:00 GMT / 06:00 PST / 13:00 NZST
Tournament: Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand
India: Sony Six, Sony Six HD, SonyLiv
Pakistan: PTV Sports
New Zealand: SKY Sport NZ
Possible Playing XI
Sri Lanka ODI Squad: 1 Danushka Gunathilaka, 2 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 3 Kusal Perera. 4 Kusal Mendis, 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Dasun Shanaka, 7 Thisara Perera. 8 Lakshan Sandakan, 9 Lasith Malinga (capt) 10 Dushmantha Chameera, 11 Nuwan Pradeep
New Zealand ODI Squad: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Colin Munro, 3 Kane Williamson (capt). 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 Tim Seifert (wk), 7 James Neesham. 8 Ish Sodhi, 9 Doug Bracewell, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Lockie Ferguson
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