Another Chance For Dominant Black Caps Performance

Publish Date
Monday, 28 December 2015, 9:14AM
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Another chance for the Black Caps to assert their dominance over Sri Lanka and continue to build their momentum at home.

The two sides meet in the second one-day international in Christchurch today, after New Zealand's comprehensive win in the Boxing Day opener.

Sri Lanka's batsmen failed to fire in the two tests and could only manage 188 in the opening one-dayer on Boxing Day.

Martin Guptill believes his opening partnership with Brendon McCullum can be even more devastating.

The pair were a key reason for the Black Caps' run to the Cricket World Cup final earlier this year, with Guptill finishing as the tournament's top run scorer.

The pair are expected to open the batting for New Zealand again today.

McCullum's largely provided the strike-rate for the partnership, but Guptill says he's more confident and positive than how he was 12 months ago.

"I can go out and play my part as well and I think that can contribute to getting us off to an even better start than last year."

But Guptill admits the tourists have some dangerous players.

"Dilshan's probably due for a few runs, and they've got Angelo - obviously he didn't have a great game yesterday, but they've got some very good players on their side."

Commentator Bryan Waddle says the challenge for the Black Caps is to repeat the type of performance they had in game one.

Waddle says it's likely to be an unchanged team as they continue to build combinations within the squad.

The second ODI is scheduled to start at 11am, with a mainly fine day forecast for Christchurch.

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