The first ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka turned out to be a high-scoring encounter. In the end, the hosts overpowered the visitors and took a 1-0 lead. The venue of Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui remains the same for the next game. Keep reading to find out the New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI Match Prediction.
New Zealand was on a rampage in the first game after winning the toss. Martin Guptill slammed a brilliant 138. The fifties from captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor gave a good company that laid a good foundation for a big score. James Neesham then provided the finishing touch with a knock of 47 from 13 balls. He struck Thisara Perera for 5 consecutive sixes that raised the total to 371/7.
In reply, the Sri Lankan openers provided a great start by adding 119 runs. But once they got out, the chase lost the zing. Kusal Perera was the lone warrior from that point onward. He made 102 runs but struggled for partners at the other end. Despite a fighting effort, Sri Lanka fell short by 45 runs. The hosts now have a crucial 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. They would most likely seal the series in the 2nd ODI itself.
Here is our New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI Match Prediction
Case1: If New Zealand bats first
First Innings score prediction: 300-310
Result prediction: New Zealand will win the match by 30-40 runs
Case2: If Sri Lanka bats first
First Innings score prediction: 270-280
Result prediction: New Zealand will win the match by 5 wickets
Head to head in ODIs
Total ODIs: 103, New Zealand won: 46, Sri Lanka won: 41, No Result/Abandoned: 16
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tim Seifert(wk), James Neesham, Matt Henry, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson
Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Nuwan Pradeep, Lasith Malinga(c), Lakshan Sandakan
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI Match Prediction: New Zealand won the first match and has the momentum alongside which makes them favorites. It will take a big effort from Sri Lanka to come close to victory.