Following a 3-0 success in the one-day international series against Bangladesh, host Sri Lanka will try to translate that form into the longest format when they face Galle on 14 August in the first of two tests against New Zealand.
1st test will take place at Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri Lanka on Wed 14 August, 10:00 Local Time. This is the first match of ICC World Test Championship of both teams.
Dinesh Chandimal ✅
Dilruwan Perera ❌
Akila Dananjaya ❓
Sri Lanka's 15-man squad for the first New Zealand Test:https://t.co/skXUCEI9KM— ICC (@ICC) August 9, 2019
When Sri Lanka toured New Zealand in December 2018, it showed immense commitment and resistance to save the first test. In the second test, however, it was surpassed and lost with 423 runs – the worst defeat of all time. But this time Dimuth Karunaratne’s men are confident that they will take the lead under spin-friendly conditions.
New Zealand has won five consecutive test series since December 2017, but has not won a series in Sri Lanka since its first tour in 1984. In addition, the visitors could not do much game training, since only 65.5 overs were possible in the stadium. Rain-affected warm-up match against Sri Lanka’s President XI.
During this time, Ajaz Patel, the spinner on the left arm, made a 5/41 win in his 10-Over game.
What happened last time?
In December 2018, after the first Test in Wellington ended in a draw, Sri Lanka’s new ball pair Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara raced through New Zealand to join them in the opening innings for 178. Trent Boult, however, returned with a 6:30 win when Sri Lanka scored just 104 points and scored 74 points.
Then, Daddy’s hundreds of Tom Latham (176) and Henry Nicholls (162) further extended New Zealand’s lead to 659 as the hosts scored 585/4 in their second inning. Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner then shared nine wickets to defeat Sri Lanka for 236 and win 423 times.
▪️ New Zealand's Test record against Sri Lanka:— ICC (@ICC) August 12, 2019
34 games, 15 wins, 8 losses, 11 draws.
▪️ New Zealand's Test record against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka:
15 games, 4 wins, 6 losses, 5 draws. https://t.co/HQ844D8N0g
What Dimut Karunaratne Said?
“This is the time when we have to bring some young people for the next few years. We recently had a problem where we did not have this strong bank. But players are now ready and will seize the opportunities that get in their way. It takes a lot of players to build this competition within a team, so players are constantly pressing on each other to deliver their performance. “
What Gary Stead Said?
“What impressed me most about this squad is their ability to adapt quickly to situations – if you play in Abu Dhabi or Colombo, [and] then in New Zealand, your players need to move fast and that’s the true power of this team, led by Kane (Williamson), and he’s leading the way in terms of how we do it. “
Weather Conditions | Galle International Stadium, Sri Lanka
There will be a cloud cover, with high rainfall probability on the opening day. Galle is traditionally a spin friendly wicket, and beating becomes difficult as the game progresses. Teams beating first have won the last seven tests played here.
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand | Team Squads | 1st Test 14 Aug
Final Playing XI Squads will announce after toss.
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