PITCH AND CONDITIONS
Warm temperatures are forecast at Galle during the test, but the threat of thunderstorms on each scheduled match day could mean possible stoppages.
- New Zealand has a chance of securing the top spot in Test cricket when they take on Sri Lanka from Wednesday, exactly a month after their cruel World Cup defeat to England.
- New Zealand, with 109 points in Test cricket, is ranked behind India on 113 points, but a 2-0 series win in Sri Lanka will see the Kiwis leapfrog the Asian heavyweights.
- The Kiwis too are carrying plenty of spin options and are likely to play two of them. Mumbai-born left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel claimed five wickets in the warm-up game in Negombo and he is likely to be the second spinner to leggie Todd Astle.
- As seam is New Zealand’s strength.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF NEW ZEALAND
- But Sri Lanka has some tough choices and in all departments.
- Fernando became an instant hero and his subsequent snubbing from the World Cup squad earned the wrath of former players
- New Zealand will be tough to beat.
- Former captain Dinesh Chandimal, who also missed out on touring South Africa, is back in the squad and the wicketkeeper’s slot will be a toss-up between him and NiroshanDickwella.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF SRI LANKA
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Suranga Lakmal, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Kumara/Lakshan Sandakan.
TEAM FORM IN LAST 5 TEST MATCHES | NZ VS SL – 1ST TEST IN NEW ZEALAND TOUR OF SRI LANKA 2019
- New Zealand Won: W,D,W,W,W
- Sri Lanka Won: L,L,L,W,W
OUR FANTASY LEAGUE PICKS FOR INDIA VS WEST INDIES 2ND ODI IN INDIA TOUR OF WEST INDIES 2019 ARE MENTIONED BELOW:
|If Sri Lanka Bats First||If New Zealand Bats First|
|Kusal Perera||Kane Williamson|
|Dimuth Karunaratne||Ross Taylor|
|Angelo Mathews||Colin de Grandhomme|
|Dinesh Chandimal||Mitchell Santner|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||Trent Boult|
|Lahiru Kumara||Trent Boult|
|Vishwa Fernando||Kusal Perera|
|Kane Williamson||Dimuth Karunaratne|
|Mitchell Santner||Dinesh Chandimal|
|Trent Boult||Vishwa Fernando|
|Tim Southee||Lahiru Kumara|
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*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.*