Will Sri Lanka play the same team or undergo a few changes come the Friday? © Getty Images
Will Sri Lanka play the same team or undergo a few changes come the Friday? © Getty Images

After facing 122-run  defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the first Test at Dunedin, Sri Lanka will look to learn from their mistakes and want to give much more fight to the hosts. Sri Lanka in their first innings at Dunedin bundled were out for 294 but managed to put up a brave face the second time around, with most of their top-order batsmen entering double figures. With talks of pitch being a green top for the second Test at Seddon Park, Vishal Mehra writes whether Sri Lanka will play the same team or undergo a few changes come the Friday. FULL SCORECARD: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 2nd Test at Hamilton

Top-Order: Dimuth Karunaratne looks to have cemented his place in the opening position for Sri Lanka for the time being, given his performance in the previous Test, making a total of 113 runs from both innings. Kusal Mendis with an experience of just 1 match did show glimpses of his batting skills in the first Test, achieving his personal best of 46. Mendis is likely to keep his place in team given that he is accustomed to the conditions and did not perform all that badly. Kaushal Silva is more likely to be drafted into the playing XI after a poor show by Udara Jayasundera in his debut match. Silva having made two centuries on the big stage, will be expected to play a more solid innings. Sri Lanka’s stomach for fight in 1st Test against New Zealand shows rebuilding phase headed in right direction

Middle-Order: Dinesh Chandimal has taken baby steps in terms of taking over the mantle of a dependable batsman from Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara. Having made two half-centuries, he will be high on confidence and want to score big in the second Test.Skipper Angelo Mathews, performed quite the opposite of what he is known for.  His 61-ball resistance came to an unfortunate end by sheer silliness, which eventually also led to the team’s fall. Mathews did admit being more aggressive in his approach will want to get back to his scoring ways as Sri Lanka looks to level the series. Kithuruwan Vithanage did put up a decent show in the first match and is sure to keep his place in the team at No. 6.His run-a-ball 38 did make the chase interesting for the visitors last time around. Karunaratne-Chandimal partnership against New Zealand highlights Sri Lanka’s determination to improve

Lower-Order: Milinda Siriwardana will want go one step ahead and up his game in this Test, after getting off to a good start in both the innings. Rananga Herath, who was more in the news for facing bouncers in the second innings than for his bowling, will want to make a sizeable impact in the second Test. Vishwa Fernando could make his Test debut for Sri Lanka, after a not so impressive demonstration by Dushmanta Chameera. Fernando will look to bank on his experience from the Sri Lanka A tour of New Zealand early October The left-handed bowler will be able to give the Sri Lankan bowling another dimension.. Suranga Lakmal and NuwanPradeep will complete the bowling attack for Sri Lanka; both picked up wickets and bowled quite economically. Lakmal to his credit can bat a bit as well.

Sri Lanka will want to go into the One-Day International (ODI) series with a victory and the conviction of equaling the Test series will Benefit him in the long run.

Sri Lanka likely XI for second Test vs New Zealand: Angelo Mathews(c), Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Kaushal Silva, Dinesh Chandimal(wk), Kithuruwan Vithanage, Milinda Siriwardana, Rangana Herath, Vishwa Fernando, Suranga Lakmal and NuwanPradeep.

(Vishal Mehra is a reporter at CricketCountry, who enjoys his weekly dose of anime and plays cricket once a white moon. His twitter handle is @vishal_oxyjinn.)