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SL vs NZ Dream11 Prediction Test Preview, Team News, Playing11

By Dheeraj Singh @Cric_kette

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand 2018 | SL vs NZ Dream11 1st Test Match Predictions

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Match Preview | Who Will Win Today Match

Wellington, December 15-19 at 03:30 AM IST

After a historic test series win against Pakistan in UAE, Black Caps are back in their den to host Sri Lanka for 2 tests, 3 ODIs and a solitary T20Is. After a dramatic 123 runs win in the third and final test at Abu Dhabi, New Zealand scripted history as it was their first away test series win against Pakistan in 49 years.

The high-flying Black Caps will host Sri Lanka at Basin Reserve, Wellington for the first test starting from December 15. A 13-member squad has been named by the hosts ahead of the first test. The visitors have named a 17-member squad with the return of Nuwan Pradeep and Lahiru Kumara. Dinesh Chandimal, who missed the last two test against England will skipper the side.

Green Tinge on Basin Reserve

Basin Reserve in Wellington has a green tinge on the wicket which is certainly going to assist pace bowlers. Coming after spin-friendly tracks in UAE, the hosts would be delighted with the conditions and with Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Trent Boult in the ranks would be eager to get the ball swinging.

Hosts opt to go with one spinner

Azaz Patel is the only spinner named in the 13-man squad announced by the hosts. The Abu Dhabi test hero- William Somerville who returned with seven wickets in total has been left out from the squad. Both William Somerville and Ish Sodhi will play in the domestic first-class tournament till then. Meanwhile, Will Young has received his maiden call-up after stroking a century against India A in the recently concluded ODI series.

Visitors too bolster their pace attack

Sri Lanka has given a call-up to pacer Nuwan Pradeep and Lahiru Kumara to bolster their pace attack. Both have returned to the 17-member squad announced ahead of the Wellington test. Apart from then, Lahiru Thirimanne and keeper-batsman Sadeera Samarawickrama are the other notable returnees.

SL vs NZ Team News:

  • The hosts have announced a 13-members squad.
  • Will Somerville and Ish Sodhi have been left out from the Black Caps squad
  • Azaz Patel is the only spinner named in the squad
  • Opener Will Young gets his maiden call-up
  • Kaushal Silva and Akila Dananjaya are the ones missing from visitors squad
  • Sri Lanka have recalled pacer Nuwan Pradeep and Lahiru Kumara
  • New Zealand has named their playing 11.

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SL vs NZ Playing 11:

Sri Lanka-

Wicketkeeper- N Dickwella

Batsmen- D Gunathilaka, Kushal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (c), D Karunaratne

All-rounder- D de Silva, A Mathews

Bowlers- Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, D Perera and Nuwan Pradeep

New Zealand-

Wicketkeeper- BJ Watling

Batsmen- Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Jeet Raval

All-rounder- C De Grandhomme

Bowler: Tim Southee, T Boult, N Wagner, A Patel


Sri Lanka- Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya De Silva, Angelo Mathews, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha Chameera

New Zealand- Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Will Young, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling (wk), Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner

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SL vs NZ Dream11 Team:


Both Watling and N Dickwella are good options for a wicketkeeper. You can go with anyone.

Fantasy pick: BJ Watling/N Dickwella


Kane Williamson and H Nicholls were the top scorers in the recently concluded Test series in UAE.

Kane Williamson – 386 runs in 6 innings ||  H Nicholls – 287 runs in 6 innings

D Karunaratne was the top scorer for Sri Lanka in the recently concluded test series against England

D Karunaratne – 256 runs in 6 innings || Angelo Mathews – 223 runs in 6 innings

Fantasy picks- K Williamson, H Nicholls, R Taylor, Angelo Mathews, D Karunaratne, D Chandimal


Colin de Grandhome, Dhananjay de Silva and D Gunathilaka will be the best picks in all-rounders.

Bowlers –

Azaz Patel returned with 13 wickets against Pakistan in UAE. However, as the wicket is expected to produce swing, pace and bounce, picking pacers will be a good decision.

Note: This SL vs NZ Dream11 Prediction is based on news sourced from various sources. We suggest you pick your playing 11 from the squad listed above basis SL vs NZ team news. Kindly revisit before the deadline to get the final update of the SL vs NZ Dream11 Prediction. Also, hit the bell icon on the bottom right side of your screen to get all the latest Dream11 Prediction updates.

Dheeraj Singh @Cric_kette

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