|New Zealand v Sri Lanka 2014-15|
| New Zealand
||vs|| Sri Lanka
ScheduleThursday, 15 January 2015 at 01:00 GMT / 01:00 UK / 06:30 IST
VenueSeddon Park, Hamilton
Team New Zealand started off on a promising note in the One Day International series against Sri Lanka and grabbed the opening encounter by a margin of three wickets. The Islanders managed 218 runs after losing nine wickets in the allocated 50 overs and the Kiwis reached the target by smashing 7-219 with 42 balls still available. The current form of the home side is in continuation of the recently concluded two Test series against the visitors who lost it by 0-2. The Black Caps leads the seven match series at 1-0 and will try to consolidate in the coming encounter while the Lankan Lions are capable of fighting back.
The hosts will missed the services of their ace batsman, Kane Williamson, who has been ruled out of the remaining games because of a minor shoulder injury. Corey Anderson was the highest run scorer in the previous match with 81, Brendon McCullum hit 51 and Nathan McCullum chipped in with 25. Ross Tylor is an asset, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham and Grant Elliott can get back their rhythm anytime and put their side on top. Mitchell McClenaghan was the chief wicket taker with four, Adam Milne got two while Trent Boult, Corey Anderson and Nathan McCullum are their dependable bowlers.
The old war horse of Sri Lanka, Mahela Jayawardene, blasted his 18th ODI ton and rest of their batsmen did not cross the twenty runs mark. Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Angelo Mathews and Dimuth Karunaratne are required to concentrate on their batting. Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake and Dilshan were impressive with two wickets each but they need more support from their partners.
Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT, 14:00 local at Seddon Park, Hamilton.
A perfect day with plenty of sun during the day with the temperatures around 15-28ᵒC.
The winning skipper will prefer to bat on a smooth day.
The green and bouncy track will assist the pacers and the stroke players.
New Zealand – Brendon McCullum (C), Martin Guptill, Grant Elliott, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Luke Ronchi, Corey Anderson, Nathan McCullum, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Kyle Mills, Trent Boult
Sri Lanka – Angelo Mathews (C), Dimuth Karunaratne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perara, Jeevan Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Shaminda Eranga.
Team New Zealand is in full cry and can make it 2-0.