New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights – Dec 26, 2018
2nd Test, Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand 2018, Watch SL v NZ Cricket highlights today – Second test day one from Hagley Oval, Christchurch (New Zealand) Wednesday 26th December 2018. Hagley Oval, Christchurch is not a very old cricket ground, in 2014 the first international match was played here. The highest total of the venue is 505 scored by Australia against the home team New Zealand in 2016. New Zealand scored their highest total here was 441 against Sri Lanka in 2014 in reply Sri Lanka scored 407 and it was their highest score at this venue. Sri Lanka played total 33 test matches from the beginning of their test career against New Zealand. Sri Lanka won 8, New Zealand 14, tied 0 and 11 drawn.
In their first test at Wellington Sri Lanka batted first and scored 282 runs in their first innings with 90 overs, in reply New Zealand scored 578 runs in their first innings by facing 157.3 overs. Sri Lanka team successfully has drawn that match with the help of their patience and the rain. TWM Latham (NZ) scored 264 runs, AD Mathews (SL) 203 and BKG Mendis (SL) 143. TG Southee (NZ) took six wickets, CBRLS Kumara (SL) took four and DM de Silva (SL) took two wickets in that match.
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field.
New Zealand team/playing XI
Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult.
Sri Lanka team/playing XI
Danushka Gunathilaka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Roshen Silva, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha Chameera.
As Kasun Rajitha went wicketless in Wellington, Sri Lanka may be tempted to swap in Dushmantha Chameera, who averages 24.00 in New Zealand, but has not played a Test since late 2016, largely due to injury. Otherwise, it will probably be the same side. There is an outside chance Matt Henry will play, but New Zealand will probably stick to the same XI that played in Wellington. A green, seaming track is expected, but showers may interrupt play on the first two days. Clouds overhead may mean that the ball swings more. Sri Lanka will be especially unimpressed to note that the temperature is unlikely to make it out of the teens until days three and four, with wind-chill likely to make it seem even colder.
Sri Lanka: DLLLW (completed matches, most recent first)
New Zealand: DWLWD