Sri Lanka vs New Zealand; 1st Test
Galle International Stadium, Galle
New Zealand Tour of Sri Lanka 2019; Test Series
Wednesday, 14th August 2019; 10:00 AM IST.
The first test match of Sri Lanka vs New Zealand will be played at Galle International Stadium. Even though, the pitch already looks dry , due to the wind blowing across the ground, is likely to dry further very quickly over the first three days. Although the pitch is spin friendly, its generally a great place to bat on the opening days.
There is rain predicted throughout the Test, but whether it will have an effect on the result remains to be seen. The weather is going to be Cloudy in Galle during the SL vs NZ match all five days. There is a huge possibility of rain during all five days of the test match.
After a terrific home series against Bangladesh, Lankans will be ready to host the New Zealand in tour comprising of two tests and three T20Is. The Test series starts on Wednesday with the first match to be played at The Galle International Stadium, Galle. Sri Lanka are coming off three back to back home wins against Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka: Team News and Probable XI
They come into this Test arrangement against New Zealand in great spirits. As they beat South Africa in a two-test series back in February after being in the doldrums, and that 2-0 triumph alongside some positive outcomes in the World Cup see them come into this home series fit as a fiddle.
The team has included both Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews and its Test squad and their home conditions give them an edge over the Kiwis and the latter especially has a good chance of starting here after some good performances in the World Cup and recent ODI series against Bangladesh.
They have three spinners in their 15-man squad with Lasith Embuldeniya, Lakshan Sandakan, and Akila Dananjaya joining the all-rounder spin option of Dhananjaya de Silva and they are expected to name a spin-heavy side in Galle for this opener.
Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Dhanajaya De Silva, Niroshan Dickewella, Suranaga Lakhmal, Vishwa Fernando and Akila Dananjaya.
New Zealand: Team News and Probable XI
The euphoria of the World Cup having settled down, presently starts another cricketing cycle and the Kiwis will have a crisp taste of International cricket with this visit. One can just attempt to envision yet never really understand the misery with which the New Zealand players would have grabbed their bat and ball again after the World Cup disaster.
New Zealand played Sri Lanka Board President’s XI a week ago and, while the match was upset by a downpour and awful light, it was a decent test for them in the field as their pace bowlers works and left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel took 5/41, indicating exactly how various conditions will be during this tour for them.
Patel did his odds of a begin no mischief at all and the Blackcaps will pick between him, Todd Astle, Mitch Santner and Will Somerville with at any rate two of them likely chose as the spinners will be relied upon to take a gigantic chunk of overs given there is so little in the pitch for quick bowlers.
Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Colin De Grandhomme,Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Azaj Patel and Trent Boult.
Head To Head
Matches Played- 34
Won by Sri Lanka- 8
Won by New Zealand- 15
Match Drawn- 11
No Result- Nil
Teams Form in Last 5 Matches (Recent First)
Sri Lanka- Won Won Lost Lost Draw
New Zealand- Won Won NR Draw Won
Captain/ Vice-Captain Choice For Fantasy Team
- Kane Williamson- Kane Williamson is in his best form as he showed his class in World Cup too by winning a ‘Man of the Tournament’ title. Hope for at least a ton in any of the innings. He is also capable of taking wickets in bowling.
- Angelo Mathews- Mathews has shown what is he capable of doing in the series against Bangladesh. Expect a good batting from him and he will be one of the safest choices for vice-captain in your SL vs NZ Team.
My Apne11 Team
Wicket Keeper- Kusal Mendis
Batsman- Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Jeet Raval and Dimuth Karunaratne
All Rounder- Angelo Mathews, Mitchell Santner and Akila Dananjaya
Bowlers- Trent Boult, Ajaz Patel and Suranga Lakhmal
The climate is required to have a noteworthy impact with overwhelming precipitation figure over the five days. Along with the two teams perhaps moving toward this opening game feeling inactive. Due to which a draw could well be on the cards if critical overs are lost.