After being defied of a win in the first test, New Zealand would want to push for victory at second test against Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval, starting on Boxing Day. If they can pull off a win here to register a fourth straight series win at home, New Zealand will rise to the second spot in the ICC test rankings for the first time.
Sri Lanka would be bursting with confidence as well after the heroics from Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews that helped Sri Lanka earn a hard-fought draw. The visitors were reduced to 13 for 3 at one stage but the duo of Mendis and Mathews stitched a stand to rescue their side – 274-run off 655 deliveries – wherein the two played out the fourth day without losing a wicket.
Pitch conditions: According to the Blackcaps’ coach, Hagley pitch could offer good purchase to quicks with plenty of pace and bounce. McMillan is certain that the wicket will have a strong green tinge on the first day.
Where – Hagley Oval, Christchurch
When – 3:30 AM IST, December 26
The Kiwis are likely to come out unchanged while Sri Lanka may swap Rajita with Chameera.
Sri Lanka Squad: Dinesh Chandimal (c), Suranga Lakmal, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Lakshan Sandakan, Roshen Silva, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera.
New Zealand Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Will Young, Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner
SL Playing 11: Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lammal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Kumara
Doubt: Kasun Rajita, Dushmantha Chameera
NZ Playing 11: Kane Williamson, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult, Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling
Sri Lanka Fantasy Picks
Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella made contributions with the bat for the tourists in the first test at Wellington. Lahiru Kumara was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers in the game.
New Zealand Fantasy Picks
Kiwi opener Tom Latham made a mammoth double ton (264*) and went on to carry the bat. Kane Williamson, Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls also registered 50+ scores in the only innings New Zealand batted in. Tim Southee was the most successful bowler for the hosts claiming 8 wickets, including a 6-fer.
Make SL vs NZ Dream11 Team as per your discretion from the squad listed in the article.