Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Sri Lanka v New Zealand 2nd Test
The 2nd Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand will be played at the P Sara Oval in Colombo.
Sri Lanka will have their tails up after having won the first Test comprehensively and it would be for New Zealand to bounce back strongly in order to tie the series.
Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne was the star batsman for Sri Lanka and scored more than 150 runs in the first match. Seasoned campaigner Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis and Lahiru Thirimanne also struck half-centuries.
Akila Dananjaya picked up a five-wicket haul in the first innings, backed up by four wickets from Lasith Embuldeniya and three from Dhananjaya De Silva in the second essay.
New Zealand were good in patches but did not create enough pressure on Sri Lanka for them to break down. Jeet Raval and Tom Latham looked good for New Zealand at the top of the order, while Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls and BJ Watling also played their part.
However, that team did not find someone who could score a big hundred, which is why the Blackcaps could not arrest the initiative.
The first Test also brought about a rare failure for Kane Williamson in both the innings and if the skipper clicks in the second match, that might be just the difference between the two teams that New Zealand require to tie the series.
With the Kiwis having already lost the first Test, they cannot afford to lose another 60 points in the Test Championship.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Sri Lanka- Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara
New Zealand- Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, William Somerville, Trent Boult, Ajaz Patel
Who will win the toss? - Sri Lanka
Who will win? – Sri Lanka
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka), Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Dhananjaya De Silva (Sri Lanka), Ajaz Patel (New Zealand)
Most Sixes – Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka), Tom Latham (New Zealand)
Man of the Match – Dimuth Karunaratne
Team Scores Batting first – Sri Lanka 300+, New Zealand 270+
Match Handicap Sri Lanka
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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