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24 Dec 2018 by Rob

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

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AT A GLANCE

When is New Zealand vs Sri Lanka taking place? Tuesday, 25th December, 22:00

Where New Zealand vs Sri Lanka taking place? Christchurch

What is the expected weather for New Zealand vs Sri Lanka? 20-22c with a small chance of rain on the first two days but should be fine throughout otherwise.

What channel is New Zealand vs Sri Lanka on? The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream New Zealand vs Sri Lanka? New Zealand vs Sri Lanka will be streamed live on Sky Go

Are tickets still available for New Zealand vs Sri Lanka? https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=EWBR0000018TP

LAST MEETING
Match drawn

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND

Captain: Kane Williamson

  • New Zealand were thwarted in the first Test by Sri Lanka and the weather but they will be keen to get back to winning ways here in what is the second and final Test in this short series as they go to Christchurch for this one.
  • Neil Wagner was arguably the weak link in the bowling attack and they may decide to change things around and give Matt Henry a chance to attack the Sri Lankan batsmen who found dealing with Wagner comfortable and scored well against him.
  • The likelihood is that they name an unchanged side however as they will have been confident that they would have won the first Test had it not been for the rain and they will likely give those eleven players another chance.

SRI LANKA

Captain: Dinesh Chandimal

  • Sri Lanka showed incredible spirit and character to hold on for a draw in that first Test as Mathews and Mendis batted for an entire day without losing a wicket and then the rain helped them on the final day as they held off the Blackcap bowlers to salvage the draw.
  • The batting line-up showed more in the first Test than the whole three-match series against England on home turf where they could not deal with the English spinners, while it was not just Mendis and Mathews who showed they were comfortable against the Kiwi bowlers as Dickwella and Karunaratne also played well.
  • Talented young fast bowler Lahiru Kumara was the main threat with the ball and this pitch should suit him extremely well once again but the reliance on him and Suranga Lakmal is relatively big and they need more support from the other bowlers while Dushmantha Chameera could potentially come in.

THE PREDICTION

The first match looked to be a formality when New Zealand hit such a big first innings total but credit to Sri Lanka for showing incredible fight. They dug in better than they did in the entire home series against England and deserved the draw ultimately. Winning the toss may be key to the outcome to this game once again however. If the hosts bat first and can build a big total, Sri Lanka may tire in the field and that may be their undoing. The pitch should also be more favourable to the seamers and the Blackcaps just about have the edge in that department too. Unless the weather impacts the game too much – which it could on the first two days potentially – then the hosts should have enough overs to grab a win here.

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