What: Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand, 2nd ODI
Where: Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota
When: Tuesday, 12 November 2013, 9 a.m. GMT
Live Stream/TV info: CSN TV
Weather: The news is not good this time around. Accuweather suggests cloud cover and showers for most of the morning, clearing toward the afternoon. It's a day-night game, so teams might just get lucky and get in a reduced game.
Sri Lanka and New Zealand's first ODI was, somewhat predictably, decided by rain. It is monsoon season in Sri Lanka after all, and this series will be summed up in one word by the end of it: frustrating. Sri Lanka's batsmen did manage to get a little bit of practice with Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews all notching up 50s as the hosts posted 288 in their 50 overs.
New Zealand's stand-in skipper, Kyle Mills, put in a decent show with the ball taking three for 49 in nine overs. Perhaps that is how this series will be viewed by the two teams: as a little bit of practice ahead of their full-on cricket seasons.
The venue for the second game stays the same, so if there is play, teams will know what to expect. Other than rain, of course, there's something in it for the seamers, and the batsmen will struggle a little. Out of the 11 matches played here, only three have had totals of over 300. Out of the last four, three have been washed out, though.
It could be yet another long and frustrating day for both sides, although the rain is due to clear later in the day, meaning a reduced game is likely. Teams will have to change their approach and with Sri Lanka having a number of players who have proved themselves in the T20 format, the hosts certainly are favourites.
Sri Lanka's captain, Angelo Mathews, hit an unbeaten 74 off 64 in the first match. His all-round performance has become a mainstay of the Sri Lankan set up over the last few months. He averages just 34.75 in 15 innings this year, but has managed four fifties in those games.
His bowling is something which needs a little bit of fine tuning, he's taken 17 wickets at an average of 30.05, with best figures of four for 29. A weakened New Zealand side will be ripe for the picking.
Anton Devcich has had an impressive few ODIs since making his debut, he hit two consecutive 50s against Bangladesh, and although he didn't have much luck with the ball in those games, he claimed two for 33 against Sri Lanka in the first ODI. Nurturing new talent is clearly part of New Zealand's strategy for this game, and Devcich has a real chance to make his mark.
Angelo Mathews (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Ashan Priyanjan
Kyle Mills (capt), Corey Anderson, Anton Devcich, Grant Elliott, Andrew Ellis, Tom Latham (wk), Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Rob Nicol, Luke Ronchi, Hamish Rutherford
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