Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 2019, Test series - Statistical Preview

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 2019, Test series - Statistical Preview

The Dimuth Karunaratne-led side will have the home condition on their side and would be hoping to make full use of it.

Captain Dimuth Karunaratne said his team, written off before the South Africa tour, had gained significant confidence from that series, although that positivity has been offset by backroom problems.

Although seam is New Zealand's strength, they are likely to stick to two seamers with all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme coming in as the third option.

"They are a strong team". If India beat West Indies 2-0 they retain top spot, but a 1-0 win wouldn't be enough to hold off the Black Caps if they managed a 2-0 win in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka can be a tough nut to crack at home in the longest format of the game.

All things considered, though, New Zealand certainly have the edge. Akila Danajaya and left-armer Lasith Embuldeniya were named for spin bowling duties. While Dananjaya only has 27 Test wickets to his name, 17 of which have come at home, they have come in just five Tests.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said that he hadn't done much reflecting on the World Cup final, which England won on the merit of scoring more boundaries after the scores were tied after 50 overs and again after a Super Over.


Dinesh Chandimal has not played for Sri Lanka since February.

Sri Lanka are set to welcome back Dinesh Chandimal, dropped for the series in South Africa because of poor form, and Angelo Mathews, who missed the South Africa tour because of an injury.

In this case, New Zealand will easily conquer the top position while the Asian Giants will go below South Africa in the third position. Given rain is forecast right through the Test, there's every chance of a five-day affair, unlike recent Tests that have finished early.

Tim Southee is six wickets from becoming the second-highest wicket taker in bilateral Tests between Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

The Sri Lanka captain further spoke about the importance of drying up runs up in the first Test since the pitch is more batting-friendly than it usually is in Galle. Now we have plans to move forward and all the spinners are in good shape.

Meanwhile, the introduction of the ICC World Test Championship will give meaning to the bilateral series apart from only hampering the rankings. "It's different conditions as well here".

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