Christchurch, December 26-30 at 03:30 AM IST
After the first test at Wellington ended in a draw due to rain interruption on the fifth and final day, New Zealand will host Sri Lanka for the Boxing Day Test in Christchurch on Wednesday. The two matches series rests at 0-0 as the hosts missed the opportunity after taking control of the first test with a massive 578 runs in the first innings, anchored by Tom Latham’s unbeaten 264. However, an epic 274 runs stand between Angelo Mathews (unbeaten 120) and Kusal Mendis (unbeaten 141) along with some rain on the fifth day gave Sri Lanka a hard fought draw. At a time the visitors were reeling at 13-3 on day three and were cruising towards the defeat by an innings but the masterclass batting from Mendis and Mathews on the fourth-day took the visitors to 287 for three in their second innings — still, nine runs away from an innings defeat.
After ripping through Pakistan in UAE, hosts will be looking to seal the series in the second and final test of the series. Kiwis have played four test matches over a period of one and a half month; three with Pakistan and one with Sri Lanka. While they feature for their fifth test, New Zealand would be looking to seal another test series victory followed by their first away Test series win over Pakistan in 49 years.
Placed sixth in the ICC team rankings, Sri Lanka would have definitely gained some confidence with their epic draw in the first test. The 274 runs partnership is a Sri Lankan record against the Kiwis and they still require a similar performance in the series decider. The visitors are coming after 3-0 whitewash by England and the fact that they haven’t managed a single win in three attempts at Christchurch, looms a big threat of another series loss for Sri Lanka.
The Hagley Oval in Christchurch is expected to greet the visitors with more bounce and pace. The wicket will be more bowling-friendly.
“I think we’ll expect a bit more bounce and pace in Christchurch,” – Kane Williamson
SL vs NZ Team News:
The probable SL vs NZ playing 11 is listed below.
Wicketkeeper: Niroshan Dickwella
Batsmen: Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal (c)
All-rounder: Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dilruwan Perera
Bowlers: Suranga Lakmal, Kusal Mendis, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara
Wicketkeeper: BJ Watling
Batsmen: Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson (c), Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls
All-rounder: Colin de Grandhomme
Bowlers: Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Ajaz Patel
Sri Lanka- Dinesh Chandimal(c), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhananjaya de Silva, Lakshan Sandakan, Dimuth Karunaratne
New Zealand- Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Tim Southee, Jeet Raval, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel, Matt Henry, Colin de Grandhomme, Will Young
Fantasy picks from New Zealand:
Tom Latham – unbeaten 264* || Kane Williamson – 91 || Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls – 50 each
Tim Southee – 8 wickets || T Boult and Neil Wagner – 2 wickets each
Fantasy picks from Sri Lanka:
Angelo Mathews – 83 & 120* || Kusal Mendis – 2 and 140* || D Karunaratne and N Dickwella – 50 each
Lahiru Kumara – 4 wickets || D Perera and D de Silva – 2 wickets each
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