New Zealand bat in Galle after winning toss against Sri Lanka

Ruben Hill
August 14, 2019

Both teams are playing for the first time with their names and numbers on their test cricket whites. Yes, Sri Lanka have beaten South Africa and Australia at home in recent years, but that was with the assistance of the now retired Rangana Herath, and the injured Dilruwan Perera. But the Kiwis are known to be the fighters. The conditions are suited perfectly for Sri Lanka and I see New Zealand struggling against spin. The spinner then bagged his fifth scalp by winning an LBW decision against BJ Watling.

Williamson said the test championship format adds context to every test played, irrespective of the opposition. He remains the premier candidate to score the most number of runs. Now that the World Cup is over, Dimuth Karunaratne returns to the format he flourishes the most in. Though the hosts' spinners were expected to dominate the England batsmen, the opposition top order batted aggressively, and found ways to put up daunting totals.

Captain Dimuth Karunaratne said his team, written off before the South Africa tour, had gained significant confidence from that series, although that positivity has been offset by backroom problems.

The Black Caps now sit second on the rankings on 111 points, two behind India who open a two-test series against West Indies in the Caribbean next week.

Ravan was on 33 right before the interval when played forward defensively but edged to Dhanajaya de Silva at slip. Similarly, Mitchell Santner's worth increases when the pitch offers turn.

Bowlers: Akila Dananjaya, Trent Boult, Suranga Lakmal, Ajaz Patel. Suranga Lakmal can be effective with the new ball. Bombay-born left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel claimed five wickets in the warm-up game in Negombo and he is likely to be the second spinner to leggie Todd Astle.

All things considered, though, New Zealand certainly have the edge. The two-year-long Championship kickstarted with the Ashes series and the upcoming between New Zealand and Sri Lanka and India, and West Indies will also fall under the championship. Please check this blog after the toss for the updated Dream 11. "When we played against England, we kept attacking them too much with our bowlers, and we couldn't stop the runs", Karunaratne was quoted by ESPNCricinfo ahead of the first Test against New Zealand.

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