Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 2nd Test Prediction2019-08-23
P Sara Oval, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Man of the Match: Tom Latham
CRICBETTINGBUZZ PREDICTION: Sri Lanka to win the game!
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After their brilliant fourth-innings chase in the last game at Galle, hosts Sri Lanka would get into the field with confidence when they play New Zealand in the second and last Test Match of the series. It was a bad loss for New Zealanders who were expected to fight hard in the last game. Their bowlers weren’t up to the task in the game and this saw them going down in the last game.
New Zealand’s batsmen struggled against both fast and spin bowlers in the last game and there was a little contribution from the top order. This is something they will have to turn around in the next game. The Sri Lankan team which has not had its best run in the recent times at home would come hard at them after having gained confidence with the win at Galle.
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Dimuth Karunaratne’s determined captaincy and spirited batting ensured a win for the Sri Lankans in the last game. Having smelled blood already he would be eager to make it 2-0 in the next game. The key players for the side are looking in great form and he would go into the next game with confidence.
Dimuth Karunaratne hit a wonderful 4th innings hundred in the last game while Lahiru Thirimanne supported him well during the chase. Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews batted well in the last game and so did wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella in his comeback game. The side has quality middle order with Kusal Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva in the side and the duo would look to do well after having missed out in the last game.
Suranga Lakmal and Akila Dhananjaya bowled well in 1st innings in the last game and troubled the Kiwi batsmen. Dhananjaya de Silva and Lasith Embuldeniya used the conditions well in the 2nd innings. Lahiru Kumara also bowled well in the 2nd innings. The bowling unit would be going into this game riding high on confidence.
Niroshan Dickwella, Lasith Embuldeniya, Dilruwan Perera, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis , Suranga Lakmal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Lahiru Kumara
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Kusal Mendis, Lahiru Kumara, Lasith Embuldeniya
Kane Williamson would still be counting the missed opportunities in the last game. The bowling in the fourth innings of the game was below par and this led to their defeat. Being 0-1 down in the two-match series Williamson would want his players to make a strong comeback and level the series.
New Zealand’s batting was poor overall in the last game. There was Ross Taylor who played well in the 1st innings while BJ Watling did well in the second innings. Apart from them, others got starts and failed to capitalize with Williamson failing in both the innings. The likes of Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, and Henry Nicholls would need to play long innings for their side to win.
Tim Southee and Trent Boult weren’t as effective as the side would have wanted them to be in the first game. They will need to pick more wickets for the side to win in the upcoming game. William Somerville and Ajaz Patel bowled well in the 1st innings and they would look to carry the form in the next one.
Trent Boult, Tom Latham, Ajaz Patel, Jeet Raval, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, KS Williamson, William Somerville, Ross Taylor, TG Southee
Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tim Southee, BJ Watling (wk), Trent Boult, Tom Latham, Mitchell Santner, William Somerville, Jeet Raval, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel
There is a likelihood of rain interruptions during the game at Colombo between August 22 and 26. The wicket is expected to offer good rewards for the fast bowlers in Day 1 and shall become easy to bat on Day 2 and 3. The last two days are likely to be dominated by the spinners.
P Sara Oval, Colombo has been a typical Sri Lankan venue where the batsmen have scored runs in the first two innings while the spinners have dominated in the last two days of the game. Fast bowlers do well under overcast conditions as the pitch doesn’t offer much support to them on its own.
The pitch at his venue has a history of turning into a minefield on the last two days of the game where the ball takes a sharp turn. Apart from the first session of Day 1 batsmen should find it easy to bat on. The skipper winning the toss is expected to bat first.
New Zealand didn’t live up to the reputation they came with in the first Test match. Their batsmen weren’t able to convert starts into big scores which cost them the game in the end. Sri Lankans, on the other hand, used their home advantage to good effect with their spinners bowling well on the surface. Going into the second Test Match the hosts would definitely start as favorites to win this one.
We predict Sri Lanka to win the 2nd Test match!
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