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SL vs NZ Test 2019: Sri Lankan key bowler likely to return for 2nd Test

By Bisma Qamar @BismaQamar6

Sri Lankan cricket team has incredibly won the first test against the 2019 World Cup runner- up team New Zealand. Sri Lankan test team renovation seems to be working right for them. The change in captaincy and coach sacking, all went in their favor in the first test. This was the three straight match-winning for the newly appointed captain Dimuth Karunaratne, and Sri Lanka is on the verge of consecutive Test series wins against South Africa and New Zealand.

If the result of Ashes goes in their favor, Sri Lanka will be better either than Australia and England in ICC Test rankings. But for New Zealand, their 60 World Test Championship points are at stake, so the story is bit different.

Sri Lanka team selection: Back in form Dilruwan Perera is likely to join playing XI

The team’s all-rounder player Dilruwan Perera is fit to play and is likely to join the PLaying XI squad for the next fixture. If selected, Perera will replace left-arm orthodox bowler Lasith Embuldeniya. He has taken 152 wickets in 38 Test matches with an economy rate of 3.21

From New Zealand side,  fast bowler Neil Wagner is expected to join the PlayingXI, however, it still unclear whose place he will take in the team.

SL vs NZ 2nd Test squad

Sri Lanka:

Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dhananjaya De Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal

New Zealand:

Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Mitchell Santner, Ajaz Patel, Will Somerville/Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Tim Southee

The second test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand will take place in at the P Sara Oval in Colombo. Both the teams have quite an exciting journey on this field. In 2012, om this particular ground New Zealand won their first test win in Sri Lanka in 14 years. The only other game on this pitch was drawn.

Whereas, Sri Lankan record says some different story. They have won less than half their matches at this ground. So there is no doubt it will be a match where once again history will be written.

Bisma Qamar @BismaQamar6