New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka: Preview, Match Schedule, Team Squads and Series Predictions
New Zealand arrive on the Sri Lankan shores for a two-match Test series and a three-match T20I series.
The euphoria of the World Cup having settled down, now begins another cricketing cycle and the Kiwis will have a fresh taste of international cricket with this tour. One can only try to imagine but never actually comprehend the agony with which the New Zealand players would have picked up their bat and ball again after the World Cup fiasco.
There is one thing playing poorly and being outplayed by the opposition in a World Cup final, you are still disappointed but you can console yourself that you did not play your best cricket and hence it is only a fair result. However, when you have done the most you could have and not even given an inch to the opposition, it must be heart-breaking to lose.
It is only understandable that the Kiwis might take some time to get over the World Cup final. Certainly, words can not express the pain that Kane Williamson and company must have gone through after that excruciating World Cup final.
Nevertheless, the dust has now settled as the team embarks for the tour of Sri Lanka, which will last from August 14 to September 6.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, succeeded in defeating England in the World Cup, which brought the tournament to life. The Lions would be buoyed by their recent performances in the ODI series against Bangladesh.
The team has included both Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews and its Test squad and their home conditions give them an edge over the Kiwis.
Unfortunately, the only warm-up game for New Zealand against Sri Lanka Board President's XI could only see play for one day, on which the Board President's XI scored as many as 323 runs, going at a run rate of just below 5. No other New Zealand bowler apart from Ajaz Patel was effective and this would be a point of concern for the Kiwis.
Series Prediction New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka 2019
Tests - Draw (1-1)
T20Is - New Zealand (2-1)
Top Run Scorer
Tests - Kane Williamson
T20Is - Avishka Fernando
Top Wicket Taker
Tests - Ajaz Patel
T20Is - Lockie Ferguson
Let's have a look at the squads of both teams:
Sri Lanka Test Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya De Silva, Akila Dananjaya, L Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Oshada Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando
New Zealand Test Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Jeet Raval, Will Somerville, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling
Here's the full schedule of the series:
New Zealand Tour of Sri Lanka (2 Tests, 3 T20Is)
Aug 14 - Aug 18 Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test Galle International Stadium, Galle 5:30 AM
Aug 22 - Aug 26 Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 2nd Test P Sara Oval, Colombo 5:30 AM
Aug 31 Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st T20I R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 2:30 PM
Sep 02 Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 2nd T20I R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 2:30 PM
Sep 06 Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele 2:30 PM
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