Sri Lanka vs New Zealand – 2nd Test Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Sri Lanka vs New Zealand taking place? Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 (5:30am UK time)

Where is Sri Lanka vs New Zealand taking place? Colombo

What is the expected weather for Sri Lanka vs New Zealand? 26-28c with a chance of showers across all five days

What channel is Sri Lanka vs New Zealand on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Sri Lanka vs New Zealand? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I get tickets for Sri Lanka vs New Zealand? Tickets for this match can be purchased directly from the stadium

LAST MEETING
Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 6 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

SRI LANKA

  • Sri Lanka lead the series 1-0 after a superb fourth-innings chase in the first Test where they reached their target of 268 with the loss of just four wickets thanks to skipper Dimuth Karunaratne’s superb century which turned a hard-fought game into a relatively comfortably one in the end.
  • They will surely name an unchanged team for this match given the outstanding performance in the first Test although they have been hit by the news that offspinner Akila Dananjaya has had his action reported for a second time in the last ten months. If he fails the assessment, he will be suspended for a year but he is eligible to play in this match.
  • Just like in Galle, the pitch is likely to favour spinners once again in Colombo and assuming he is selected to play, then Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Embuldeniya and Dhananjaya de Silva will play a key role once again with their spin against the Blackcaps’ batsmen.

NEW ZEALAND

  • New Zealand were beaten in the opening Test in what was a close-fought game and they are unlikely to change too much, with the only thing they would have wanted to have done better is to put a bigger score on the board in the first innings than the 249.
  • The one real positive for them from that opening Test was the fact that several of their batsmen got some runs even if none of them converted them into big scores, and for once they did not have to rely on captain Kane Williamson although he will want to do much better here.
  • Similar to Akila, Kane Williamson’s bowling action was also reported in that game but he will be able to bowl again here if required although that will not be a major concern for them, while they may consider switching out Mitch Santner after a wicketless first Test as Todd Astle waits in the wings.

THE PREDICTION

Sri Lanka showed their recent Test series victory in South Africa was no fluke in the opening Test in Galle as they picked up a win over New Zealand. There was little to choose between the two teams but they just had the edge in home conditions to cope better and retain their focus for longer while batting. They are playing with great confidence right now and while New Zealand will be desperate to hit back and level the series here, that will be a tough ask in Colombo. Sri Lanka’s bowling attack is strong and their batting is looking much stronger and solid these days. The hosts have to be favoured once again to edge what should be another enthralling Test match.

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