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New Zealand vs Sri Lanka

Thursday, March 9 - Monday, March 13, 11am daily: 1st Test; Hagley Oval, Christchurch

3.30 am IST


Friday, March 17 - Tuesday, March 21, 11am daily: 2nd Test; Basin Reserve, Wellington

3.30 am IST 


Saturday, March 25, 2pm: 1st ODI; Eden Park, Auckland


Tuesday, March 28, 2pm: 2nd ODI; Hagley Oval, Christchurch


Friday, March 31, 2pm: 3rd ODI; Seddon Park, Hamilton


Sunday, April 2, 1pm: 1st T20I; Eden Park, Auckland


Wednesday, April 5, 1pm: 2nd T20I; University of Otago Oval, Dunedin


Saturday, April 8, 1pm: 3rd T20I; John Davies Oval, Queenstown



Lanka Test squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya De Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Kamindu Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Nishan Madushka, Ramesh Mendis, Prabath Jayasuriya, Chamika Karunaratne, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Asitha Fernando, Vishwa Fernando, Milan Rathnayake


Nz test team : Squad: Tim Southee (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Blair Tickner, Neil Wagner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Will Young

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8 hours ago, Lord said:

Will be closer than we think. NZ arent as good now.

Nz after Follow-On 360/5* years ago same ground Richard Hadlee's spell ruin english party when chasing 137 to win on day 5 eng lost by 72 runs.


Anything can happen tomorrow


i bet NZ will beat SL 2/0 

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On 3/4/2023 at 11:34 AM, deepdynamo said:

NZ will beat them 1-0.

Southee, Wagner, Henry will enforce atleast one or two collapses and that will be the series for them.


Ind vs Aus 

June 7-11 Oval WTC final 2023

Dose not matter if we get beaten at Ahmedabad or not

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1st Test, Christchurch, March 09 - 13, 2023, Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand
3:30 AM

On Amazon prime 


Will Sri Lanka's perfect preparation reap rewards in New Zealand?

It may come down to how their batters fare against New Zealand's seamers in the first 





Tim Southee and Dimuth Karunaratne pose with the trophy  •  AFP/Getty Images






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"Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouf." - Mike Tyson (quote reproduced here in the original Tysonian)


Sri Lanka's preparation for this Test series has very nearly been ideal. Before the squad even assembled, most were playing in the four-day National Super League, Sri Lanka's top first-class competition. They then had a residential camp at the newly-refurbished ground at Radella (roughly 1330 metres above sea level), a venue whose conditions - both in terms of the climate and the seam movement the surface offers - aim to emulate what Sri Lanka are expecting in New Zealand.


They even had a tour game, severely rain-affected though it was, in which Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando hit 95 and 78 respectively


In the age of intense scheduling pressure from franchise tournaments, and bilateral white-ball fixtures, this was as clear an approach to a Test series as Sri Lanka has had in years.


But how much will this preparation have helped when the teams make first contact at Hagley Oval? It is a venue at which New Zealand have decked them twice. In 2014, New Zealand's quicks tore through Sri Lanka to dismiss them for 138, after New Zealand had plundered 441 at a run rate of over five. In 2018, Trent Boult and Tim Southee skittled them for 104 before Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls hit big hundreds, New Zealand establishing a lead of 659 in the second innings.


Essentially, it comes down to whether Sri Lanka's batters can compete in the first innings. If they are blown away, as they had been on the two previous occasions, New Zealand will likely control the game. Even if they don't, New Zealand might back themselves to make huge ground in the back end of the game, having just beaten England after being asked to follow on.


Sri Lanka's likely attack is also particularly inexperienced, with Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Asitha Fernando, and Prabath Jayasuriya having played 17, 13, seven, and three Tests, respectively. Sri Lanka's likeliest route to competitiveness is for the experienced batting order (Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews have all hit difficult hundreds in New Zealand) to put up serious runs. New Zealand's attack is perhaps not what it was three years ago, but at Hagley Oval, this remains a daunting ask.


Form guide


New Zealand WLDDL (last five Tests, most recent first)
Sri Lanka WLWLW


In the spotlight


Eight more runs, and Kane Williamson will complete 1000 against Sri Lanka. The only other side he has reached this milestone against is Pakistan. He has only joined the squad on the eve of the match, having had a bereavement in his family. But he is fresh off an outstanding hundred against England in his last outing, and no batter will worry the Sri Lanka attack more than him.
Angelo Mathews averages 55.88 in New Zealand 


Among Sri Lanka batters, Angelo Mathews has the best record in New Zealand. Thanks largely to his scores on the last tour, where he made 83, 120*, 33* and 22*, he averages 55.88 in the country. Once Sri Lanka's busiest cricketer, Mathews has largely been a Test specialist over the past two years. Last year at least, this seems to have had a positive effect on his Test batting, as he hit 615 runs at an average of 51.25. He is coming off a decent stretch of scores too, having made a first-class century in the first half of February.


Pitch and conditions


The surface is likely to start off green, as they often do at this venue. Towards the end of the match, however, it is likely to flatten out. There is some rain forecast for the first two days.


Team news


New Zealand are likely to have a four-man seam attack, consisting of captain Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, and probably Matt Henry and Blair Tickner.


New Zealand (probable): 1 Tom Latham, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Henry Nicholls, 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Tom Blundell (wk), 7 Michael Bracewell, 8 Tim Southee (capt), 9 Matt Henry, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Blair Tickner


Sri Lanka may consider fielding Lahiru Kumara for his pace, but his tendency to break down in Test matches may sway them towards the more reliable options of Vishwa and Asitha.
Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Oshada Fernando, 2 Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Angelo Mathew, 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Dhananjaya de Silva, 7 Niroshan Dickwella, 8 Vishwa Fernando, 9 Kasun Rajitha, 10 Prabath Jayasuriya, 11 Asitha Fernando


Stats and trivia


  • Sri Lanka have won only two of their 19 Tests in New Zealand. Since their last win in 2006, they have lost five of their six Tests in the country.
  • If Sri Lanka win the series 2-0, they give themselves a chance of making the World Test Championship final. But even then, India would have to lose or draw their last Test against Australia for Sri Lanka to be in contention.
  • New Zealand have not won a single series in this World Test Championship cycle. The last time they completed a Test series victory at home was in early 2021.




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Nz have won toss & opted bowls.


Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Oshada Fernando, Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Kasun Rajitha, Prabath Jayasuriya, Asitha Fernando, Lahiru Kumara

New Zealand (Playing XI): Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell(w), Michael Bracewell, Tim Southee(c), Matt Henry, Neil Wagner, Blair Tickner



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Tim Southee Oshada Fernando Caught behind for 31 ball 13


SL 14/1


Tim Southee (360* test wkts )recently Beat Lillee (355) & Vass (355) in test record wkts, Getting Closer to Imran khan (362) & Vittory (362).


SL struggle here under over cast morning session

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Bazball cricket back, 40 ball 50* by Mendis (S. Smith previous best 41 ball 50 here )Mendis restarts Where Brook Left last mos.


At Lunch SL


Tickner gone for 7 run per ovs & Wagner 10 per ovs as Kushal Mendis Raise to 51 ball 73* & Karunaratne 33*



SL 120/1


SL took Session away from NZ with 100* run partnership for 2nd wickets.



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