Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Will the hosts be able to bounce back and level the series?

Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)

Match Details

The 2nd match of the three-match T20I series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand will be played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele.

The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (7:00 PM IST) (1:30 PM GMT).


This game will be live on Sony Six, Sony Six HD and live streaming is available on SonyLIV.


The first T20I between Sri Lanka and New Zealand was quite a humdinger. Fortunes kept swaying throughout and in the end, it was the visitors who emerged triumphs. Efforts from Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme and Tim Southee helped them get over the line in the match that boiled down to the last over. Lasith Malinga and his men, however, will be dejected after this loss.

They batted poorly after the powerplay overs and let the momentum shift. Yet again, towards the end of the second innings, they crumbled under pressure. Some silly mistakes during critical junctures of the match led to their downfall. However, they will love to come back strong in this game and prove their point to the opposition.

Weather Report

The chances of rain on Tuesday are very less. Thus, we should get to see a full game of cricket. Also, with the humidity on the higher side, the pitch is likely to quicken up and assist the batsmen.

Pitch Condition/Report:

With the new ball, there might be some swing on offer. However, batting will get easy once they get their eye in just like in the previous game.

Average first innings score: 167 (Last 5 T20s at this venue)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 2, Tied – 0

Injury and Availability News:

(Will be added when there is an update)

Probable Playing XIs:

Sri Lanka

Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera (wk), Avishka Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Shehan Jayasuriya, Akila Dananjaya, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga (C), Kasun Rajitha/Lahiru Kumara

Bench: Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Madushanka, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha/Lahiru Kumara.

New Zealand

Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Seth Rance/Todd Astle, Scott Kuggelejin, Tim Southee (C), Ish Sodhi

Bench: Tom Bruce, Seth Rance/Todd Astle, Lockie Ferguson

Top Picks:

Ross Taylor forms the crux of the New Zealand batting order. He must be there in your Dream11 Fantasy team. Both Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera are worth considering as well. Amongst the all-rounders, you can go for the likes of Colin de Grandhomme and Dasun Shanaka.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options – Kusal Mendis, R Taylor, M Guptill

Vice-Captain Options – C de Grandhomme, K Perera, L Malinga

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – K Perera

Batters – Kusal Mendis (c), C Munro, R Taylor

All-Rounders – D Shanaka, W Hasaranga, C de Grandhomme (vc)

Bowlers – L Malinga, A Dananjaya, T Southee, I Sodhi

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – N Dickwella, K Perera (vc)

Batters – Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, M Guptill, R Taylor (c)

All-Rounders – C de Grandhomme, M Santner

Bowlers – L Malinga, T Southee, S Kuggeleijn

Expert Advice:

Colin Munro might have bagged a first-ball duck in the last game. But that performance should not affect your decisions. He is an absolute game-changer in this format of the game. Thus, you can take a gamble by picking him in at least one of your Dream11 Fantasy teams.

Probable Winners:

Sri Lanka is likely to bounce back and level the series.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.