New Zealand have been extremely dominant in the series so far © Getty Images
New Zealand have been extremely dominant in the series so far © Getty Images

New Zealand‘s aim as they take on Sri Lanka in the third One-Day International (ODI) at Saxton Oval will be to seal off the home series after having won both the games so far in crushing manner. There is almost no positive Sri Lanka can take from the ordeal they faced in the first couple of ODIs. New Zealand won the first game by seven wickets and came back even harder in the second match to decimate Sri Lanka by 10 wickets. Martin Guptill has been in top form with the bat having top scored in both games. Similarly Matt Henry has been responsible for tearing through the Sri Lankan batting. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 3rd ODI at Nelson

There has been talk that Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand skipper, may miss out on the third ODI owing to a slight injury he picked when diving on the field during course of the second game. Sri Lanka will hope that a potential change in captaincy will give them a sniff into the series to try and overturn their dwindling fortunes.

For Sri Lanka it is of key importance that seniors like Tillakaratne Dilshan, Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal take the step up and inspire the team to follow suit. They have not managed to breach the 200 mark a single time in both games and in the second game even fell comfortably short of the 150 mark. Their prosepects do not appear to be very bright even in the third game. With or without McCullum New Zealand will attempt to play the same brand of cricket.