SL vs NZ Dream11 Team Prediction: Having lost the first T20I, the hosts will be looking to save the series at the same venue.
The second T20I of the ongoing New Zealand’s tour of Sri Lanka will be played tonight at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy. Having won the first T20I by five wickets, another victory for New Zealand will seal the series for them.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka would be looking to make sure that the third T20I at the same venue doesn’t become a dead-rubber. A victory for the hosts will keep the series alive for both the teams.
Both the teams were seen experimenting to a large extent in the first T20I. Expect both Sri Lanka and New Zealand to continue doing the same tonight as well.
SL vs NZ Dream11 Team Prediction
New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out of the series with a fractured thumb. With no replacement being called in, New Zealand don’t have many options than to play the same squad.
Probable Playing XI
Sri Lanka Squad
1) Kusal Mendis 2) Kusal Perera (wk) 3) Avishka Fernando 4) Niroshan Dickwella 5) Shehan Jayasuriya 6) Dasun Shanaka 7) Wanidu Hasaranga 8) Isuru Udana 9) Akila Dananajaya 10) Lasith Malinga (c) 11) Kasun Rajitha
New Zealand Squad
1) Colin Munro 2) Martin Guptill 3) Tim Seifert (wk) 4) Colin de Grandhomme 5) Ross Taylor 6) Daryl Mitchell 7) Mitchell Santner 8) Scott Kuggeleijn 9) Tim Southee (c) 10) Seth Rance 11) Ish Sodhi
Sri Lanka – Kusal Mendia, Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella
New Zealand – Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert, Colin de Grandhomme
Sri Lanka – Dasun Shanaka, Wanidu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana
New Zealand – Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor
Sri Lanka – Lasith Malinga
New Zealand – Tim Southee, Scott Kuggeleijn
Pitch conditions and Toss Prediction
The surface at the Pallekele International Stadium generally suits the batsmen. Since the start of 2013, five T20Is have been played at the venue with scores in excess of 170 been registered on eight occasions (out of 10). Therefore, expect the batsmen to score at a brisk pace tonight.
However, if rain affects the match in any manner, it will end up providing assistance for the fast bowlers. In the last T20I, spinners were seen calling the shots, a possibility one can’t rule out for tonight.
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Dream 11 Picks for SL vs NZ
Wicket-keepers for SL vs NZ Dream11
Sri Lanka wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella and New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Tim Seifert have made it to my wicket-keeper’s list for this match. Picking one out of Dickwella and Perera was a daunting task but I chose the former because of his slightly better T20I strike rate.
Batsmen for SL vs NZ Dream11
Being promoted to open the innings in the first match, Kusal Mendis registered his fifth T20I half-century and now deserves a spot in the second T20I. Highest run-scorer from the teams, Mendis had scored 79 (53) with the help of eight fours and two sixes.
New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill didn’t really get going in the first match. However, it is his record in this record which has made me pick him over anyone else. Get him in!
Chasing a 175-run target, veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor had scored 48* (29) with the help of three fours and two sixes to seal victory for his team. In what was a Man of the Match effort, don’t make the mistake of not including Taylor in your Dream11 fantasy squad for this match.
All-rounders for SL vs NZ Dream11
Sri Lanka all-rounder Isuru Udana might have conceded runs at an economy rate of 10.85 in the first match but him scoring two sixes in three balls spoke highly of his all-round ability. A better performance with the ball and Udana is the player which you should include in all your teams at all costs.
New Zealand sending all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme in at No. 4 came as another surprise in the match. Having scored 44 (28) with the help of four fours and two sixes, de Grandhomme justified his promotion at the top of the order.
New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner did well across divisions in whatever opportunities he got. Here is backing him for another successful outing.
Bowlers for SL vs NZ Dream11
Among the only specialist spinner in my fantasy squad for the second T20I is Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananajaya. It was Dananajaya who was recently dismissed New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill (12).
Much like the first part, I am decided to go with experience of both team’s captain. I have picked both the captains in Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga and New Zealand’s Tim Southee. Get them in for they tried and tested contenders and are likely to fetch you significant points in the match.
Dream 11 disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, their performances in recent time, how the two teams have fared in the cricketing fraternity over the course of the last year, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players who are expected to dole out the maximum points.