New Zealand are set to begin their month-long tour of Sri Lanka with a two-match test series. The opening game will be played from August 14 at the Galle International Stadium in Galle. Live telecast of the first test is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM local time each day of the match.
SL vs NZ, 1st Test: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Sony Six, Fox Sports, Sky Sports, Ten Sports, Willow TV, GTV, Super Sports
Live Streaming: Bet365, SonyLIV, Sri Lanka Cricket YouTube Channel, Sky Sports App
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and predictions for Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 1st test...
Sri Lanka Team News & Playing 11
Sri Lanka will count on the likes of Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis and the vastly experienced Angelo Mathews to score the big runs for them in the first test of SL vs NZ 2019 series. Karunaratne has done well for his side in the recent past and the skipper will be expected to lead from the front. Dinesh Chandimal will be rusty and so the knocks from Mathews and Perera will become even more crucial. Suranga Lakmal is likely to lead the Sri Lankan bowling attack and he will be handful with the new ball. The fast bowler has taken 15 wickets in 6 test matches at this ground. Spinners Dhananjaya de Silva and Lakshan Sandakan (if played) can also do well in these conditions.
Kane Williamson is ranked second in the ICC test rankings for batsmen and he is undoubtedly the key man for New Zealand when it comes to batting. The skipper had a very good World Cup and had top-scored for the team in the last test series versus Bangladesh. Apart from him, the Kiwis will also have their hopes pinned on Ross Taylor and Tom Latham. With the ball, New Zealand will look to Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner to provide them the early breakthroughs. Wagner topped the wickets charts against Bangladesh and he will be expected to carry that form into this match. Once the ball gets soft and older, Mitchell Santner could also cause a few problems to the Sri Lankan batsmen.
New Zealand Predicted Playing 11
Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Neil Wagner, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Tim Southee
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
SL : W W L L L
NZ : W W W D W
SL vs NZ Head to Head
New Zealand hold a 15-8 advantage over Sri Lanka in terms of head-to-head count. The two countries have played 34 test matches against each other and 11 of those have ended in draws.
Sri Lanka, however, have never been beaten by New Zealand at the Galle International Stadium in the longest format. There have been three matches between them at this ground with the hosts having won on all three occasions.
SL vs NZ Head to Head Stats
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Betting Odds
New Zealand are favorites to win the first test at 2.75 with Betway, Bet365 and 10CRIC. Sri Lanka are also 2.75 with Bet365 and 10CRIC but find themselves as outsiders with Betway at 2.80. A drawn game stands at 2.80 with Betway and 3 with Bet365 and 10CRIC.
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Prediction
New Zealand are ranked second in the ICC test rankings while Sri Lanka are sixth. The latter certainly have the advantage of playing in their own conditions and having beaten the Kiwis three times out of three in tests at this ground will surely give them a psychological edge. The visitors, however, have been far more consistent in the game's longest format and we are backing them to start this series off with a win.
Back New Zealand to beat Sri Lanka at 2.75 with Betway, Bet365 and 10CRIC.