Thilan Samaraweera is expected to play in the decisive No. 5 position and the Sri Lankans will likely go with both Mendis and Muralitharan, despite the fact that it has already had a pretty bad run lately. Malinga and Dammika Prasad will fight it out for last place in the team.
The kiwi hope that Grant Elliott comes well in the No. 5 position and it is a straight shoot out between Nathan McCullum and JEETAN Patel for the second spinner track on the page. Shane Bond will spearhead the seam attack, which also includes Kyle Mills, Ian Butler.
Pitch and weather conditions:
The draw has played a major role in the Premadasa in the day-night games in recent times. With the ball swinging like a boomerang, when the lights are fully effective, the team bats first a great advantage. The runways at Khettarama have much lighter batter and even if it has a tendency to be a bit slow and sluggish at times, has a score of 275 is the norm here. Scattered thunderstorms were predicted in the morning with the maximum temperature touching 28 degrees.
New Zealand (From): Brendon McCullum(w), Jesse Ryder, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, Nathan McCullum, Jacob Oram, Daniel Vettori(c), Kyle Mills, Shane Bond, Ian Butler, Grant Elliott, Jeetan Patel, Brendon Diamanti, Gareth Hopkins
Sri Lanka (From): Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara(w/c), Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Kapugedera, Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekara, Muttiah Muralitharan, Malinga Bandara, Lasith Malinga, Thilina Kandamby, Thilan Thushara, Ajantha Mendis, Dammika Prasad, Upul Tharanga
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