SL vs NZ Head to Head
Sri Lanka’s first test win was their ninth in 35 previous test against New Zealand. New Zealand lead the way with 15 wins, but there have also been 11 drawn matches.
New Zealand won their last series against each other, back in December, when Tom Latham (176) and Henry Nicholls (162*) led them to 585/4 declared in the second innings of the second test. The first test had been drawn, but they bowled Sri Lanka out for 236 to claim a massive 423-run victory.
SL vs NZ Head to Head Stats
|Matches Played||SL Won||NZ Won||Tie||Draw|
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Betting Odds
Despite Sri Lanka’s win in the first test, New Zealand are favourites to win the second test.
SL Bet365 Odds
- SL to Win the Match: Sri Lanka are 2.75 outsiders to win the final test with Bet365. The draw is 3.00, meanwhile – either result would wrap up a Sri Lankan series win and the weather forecast means a draw could be likely.
- SL Top Batsman: Dimuth Karunaratne’s match-winning century led Sri Lanka to victory last time out and he is 4.33 to be Sri Lanka’s top batsman as a result. Kusal Mendis is the same price. Lahiru Thirimanne shared a huge partnership with the captain and he is 5.50 with Bet365.
- SL Top Bowler: Akila Dananjaya is big favourite to be Sri Lanka’s top first innings team bowler at 2.62 with Bet365. Suranga Lakmal and Lasith Embuldeniya were also in the wickets in the first test and they are 4.75 and 4.50 respectively.
NZ Bet365 Odds
- NZ to Win the Match: New Zealand are 2.62 favourites to beat Sri Lanka in the second and final test of this series.
- NZ Top Batsman: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is 3.00 favourite to bounce back to form and be their top first innings batsman with Bet365. Ross Taylor is 4.33. Last time these two teams met, before this series, it was Tom Latham (5.00) and Henry Nicholls (6.50) in superb form, however.
- NZ Top Bowler: After his five-fer in the first innings of the first test, Ajaz Patel is 3.50 favourite to be New Zealand’s top first innings bowler again. Trent Boult is 3.60, while Tim Southee is 5.50.
SL Betway Odds
- SL to Win the Match: Sri Lanka are 2.75 outsiders to win with Betway too and, again, the draw is 3.00
- SL Top Batsman: Dimuth Karunaratne is 4.50 to be Sri Lanka’s top first innings batsman, while Kusal Mendis is 5.00 and Kusal Perera is 5.50 – as is Lahiru Thirimanne. Betway have priced Angelo Mathews as 4.00 favourite after he got back to form last time out.
- SL Top Bowler: Akila Dananjaya is big favourite to be Sri Lanka’s top first innings team bowler at 2.62 with Betway too. They are offering just 2.75 on Lasith Embuldeniya too, while Suranga Lakmal can be backed at 4.25.
NZ Betway Odds
- NZ to Win the Match: New Zealand are narrow favourites at 2.70 to beat Sri Lanka with Betway.
- NZ Top Batsman: World number three test batsman, after Virat Kohli and Steve Smith, Kane Williamson is 3.50 to be New Zealand’s top batsman. Ross Taylor is 4.33 and Tom Latham is 4.75, while Henry Nicholls can be backed at 5.00.
- NZ Top Bowler: Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult and William Somerville are all priced at 3.50 with Betway to be New Zealand’s top team bowler in the first innings. Tim Southee is a little higher priced, but only just – he is 3.75.
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Prediction
Sri Lanka have given themselves a great chance of sealing a series win and they could upset the odds if they back up their first-test performance.
Back Sri Lanka to beat New Zealand at 2.75 with Bet365 and Betway.
SL vs NZ Dream11 Prediction
Kusal Perera, BJ Watling and Niroshan Dickwella are your choices behind the stumps. Perera has been in good recent form, while Dickwella and Watling showed their best form in flashes in the first test. All three are good options.
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor have something to prove in this match, which could swing the game New Zealand’s way if they get back to form. That is a gamble, given their cost, however. Dimuth Karunaratne starred in the first test for Sri Lanka and Angelo Mathews appeared to be back in good form too. Henry Nicholls and Tom Latham were excellent on home soil in this fixture in December, meanwhile, and Lahiru Thirimanne shared the excellent opening partnership with Karunaratne last time out. Picking 3-6 of those is a tough selection.
There is much less choice on the all-rounder front. Limiting it to one of Dhananjaya de Silva, Mitchell Santher and Colin de Grandhomme is sensible. The Sri Lankan scored higher than Santner last time out, while De Grandhomme is pushing for selection this time out.
Trent Boult is bidding for his 250th wicket and looks a good bet, while Akila Dananjaya and Ajaz Patel both caught the eye in the first match. Suranga Lakmal did likewise and Lasith Embuldeniya could be a good value pick too depending on how you have played it so far.
For Dream 11 captain, the Sri Lankan captain could be your best option. Dimuth Karunaratne hit a match-winning century in the first game. Kane Williamson is New Zealand’s top-ranked test batsman and he could be worth a vice-captain pick if he leads the response this time out.
SL vs NZ 2nd Test Dream11 Team
|BATSMEN||ALL ROUNDER||WICKET KEEPER||BOWLER|
|Kane Williamson (vc)||Dhananjaya de Silva||Kusal Perera||Trent Boult|
|Ross Taylor||Niroshan Dickwella||Suranga Lakmal|
|Dimuth Karunaratne (c)||Lasith Embuldeniya|