Who will win Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 2nd Test?
After a winning start to their first ICC World Test Championship fixtures, Sri Lanka can wrap up a series win against New Zealand when they meet at the P.Sara Oval, Colombo, between August 22 and August 26. The live action starts at 09:30 every day.
Dimuth Karunaratne earned Sri Lanka victory first up, scoring a second innings century to lead a chase of 268 to beat the tourists by six wickets in Galle. It was a marked improvement on their heavy defeat to New Zealand away in December.
New Zealand will want to get back to that sort of form in the pursuit of World Test Championship points, having won their last five test series. All were at home, however – they have lost their last two away series and this would be three in a row.
SL vs NZ, 2nd Test: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Sky Sports, Fox Sports, SuperSport, ATN Cricket Plus, Willow TV, OSN Sports Cricket, GTV
Live streaming: Hotstar, Now TV, SuperSport Live
SL vs NZ Toss Prediction
New Zealand won the toss in the first test and they could choose to bat first again in this test if their luck holds with extra pace and bounce on offer at the P.Sara Oval.
SL vs NZ Weather Report
With thunderstorms scheduled throughout the week in Colombo, weather conditions are not favourable for this test – there is a strong chance of rain forecast on every day at the moment.
SL vs NZ Pitch Condition
The most historic but now lesser used of Colombo’s test venues, the P.Sara Oval has traditionally played in a less-Sri Lankan way – in other words, there is more pace and bounce than other venues.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 2nd Test...
Sri Lanka Team News & Playing 11
SL Team News
After winning the first test, the balanced Sri Lankan side could be retained for the second test. Dimuth Karunaratne led the team from the front with the bat.
SL Key Players
Dimuth Karunaratne: The Sri Lankan captain led from the front by scoring 122 in the second innings of the first test, including a 161-run opening partnership with fellow opener Lahiru Thirimanne, to set them on their way to victory.
Suranga Lakmal: Took his tally to 141 wickets in 58 tests in the first match of this series, after claiming 4-29 from his 15.2 overs in the first innings. He also hit some useful lower-order runs with the bat too.
Angelo Mathews: Back in the test team and marked that fact with a half-century in the first innings at Lord’s and an unbeaten 28 in the second to seal victory. It was his 34th test 50, to complement his nine hundreds in 81 matches.
SL Team Form
Sri Lanka are looking to make it two consecutive test series wins after beating South Africa 2-0 in their most recent tests. Victory in the first test of SL vs NZ 2019 series was their 3rd test wins in a row; Dimuth Karunaratne hit a second innings century to set up a six-wicket win.
Sri Lanka Predicted Playing 11
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lahiru Kumara
New Zealand Team News & Playing 11
NZ Team News
Todd Astle, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Blundell and Neil Wagner were the four to miss out last time out. An option like De Grandhomme would offer batting further down the order and William Somerville could make way from this spin-heavy attack.
NZ Key Players
Kane Williamson: Missed out in the first test but the New Zealand captain is the third best batsman in the ICC world test rankings for a reason. He has 20 test centuries to his name from 73 innings and an average of 52.50.
Henry Nicholls: Scored 162* against Sri Lanka when New Zealand last beat them in December and he sits fifth in the world test rankings. He could not capitalise on good starts last time out and will be keen to put that right.
Trent Boult: The opening bowler’s next wicket will be his 250th in test cricket in his 63rd match. He took three across the first test and bowled tightly too.
NZ Team Form
New Zealand had won their five previous test series but they were all at home. Their first away series since defeats to India and South Africa could instead be heading the same way as those matches. They may have felt they had a chance after setting Sri Lanka 268 to win the first test, but they had no answer to a superb opening partnership which eventually set up a six-wicket win.
New Zealand Predicted Playing 11
Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ajaz Patel
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 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
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.