2nd ODI: Tim Southee in as New Zealand bat against Sri Lanka
Martin Guptill gets another shot at batting first at Bay Oval. © AFP

New Zealand again won the toss and opted to bat in the second one-day international against Sri Lanka in Mount Maunganui on Saturday.

“It’s going to be another fair surface and should play well throughout, so hopefully we can do the job first up,” said captain Kane Williamson. “The same surface as the other day so obviously a little bit used but whether it makes it better or worse we will have to wait and see.”

New Zealand also batted first after winning the toss in the first game of the series which they won by 45 runs two days ago when Martin Guptill and James Neesham clobbered the bowling. After that showing Neesham, who is in contention with Doug Bracewell for an all-rounder spot in the World Cup squad, has been retained in the side with Bracewell again in the sideline.

Sri Lankan captain Lasith Malinga, who would also have batted if given the choice, said he would be demanding a better start from his bowlers.

“We want to show a good 15 overs and then capitalise on that and get a good finish,” he said.

New Zealand have made one change with Tim Southee in for Lockie Ferguson while Sri Lanka have kept the same line up.


New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, James Neesham, Tim Seifert, Matt Henry, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.

Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Seekkuge Prasanna, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Malinga (capt), Nuwan Pradeep