Cricket match date: 26th December 2018
Cricket match time: 03:30 am IST
Cricket match location: Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Cricket Match format: Test
Tournament: Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand 2018/19
Team A: Sri Lanka
Team B: New Zealand
Team A Captain: Dinesh Chandimal
Team B Captain: Kane Williamson
Cricket Match Preview:
Not even in their wildest dreams would New Zealand have anticipated such a strong fight from Sri Lanka in the first cricket test match. Such has been the state of Sri Lankan cricket in recent times that you would be forgiven to think that they should have been a complete walkover in the first game of cricket. But the fact that they fought back not once but twice in the same test match showed that they have got some character in their team.
It all began with a familiar template though, New Zealand chose to field first on winning the toss and had Sri Lanka tottering expectedly at 9 for 3. It seemed all too familiar a tale and looked like New Zealand will be able to wrap the Sri Lankan innings within 150 runs. But Dimuth Karunaratne and experienced Angelo Matthews got together and took their total to 142 for 4.
Niroshan Dickwella then played one of the better knocks of his career and his crucial 80 runs took Sri Lanka to a competitive total of 282 runs. While it was not a threatening score, it at least ensured that Sri Lanka would not be immediately out of the game. But New Zealand had other ideas and they batted like any home side would in this situation. Buoyed by quality knocks from all their batsmen, especially Tom Latham, who scored a mammoth 264 runs, New Zealand reached 578 runs.
Then something happened that rarely happens in modern cricket, a rearguard action from overseas batsmen in overseas conditions with everything against them. Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis and Angelo Matthews came together at the crease once again at the score of 13 for 3 runs and batted together for almost 109 overs and took Sri Lanka to the safety. Post-game, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said it was rare to be part of such a day, where two batters batted for a whole day and did not provide a chance to the opposition team.
Nothing can be a bigger compliment than that for the Sri Lankan team. They would now hope that they can build on this achievement and get into good mindset before the all-important cricket World Cup next year.
Cricket Match Information:
Sri Lanka and New Zealand will clash against each other in the second game of cricket in a two-match Test series. The first test match played at Wellington ended up as a draw. It can be a historic moment for Sri Lanka if they can win or even draw this test match. It will mean that they will either win or draw level the series away from home. On the other hand, New Zealand will look to win the second test match and win the cricket series.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Sri Lanka had a memorable first cricket test match against New Zealand. They salvaged a draw from a no-hope situation and would now be very confident. Our prediction is they will be going with a same playing eleven as their last game of cricket.
Here is our prediction of Sri Lanka’s playing XI:
- MD Gunathalika
- FDM Karunaratne
- Dinesh Chandimal
- Kusal Mendis
- Angelo Matthews
- DM de Silva
- Niroshan Dickwella
- RAS Lakmal
- Dilruwan Perera
- CAK Rajitha
- CBRLS Kumara
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
New Zealand had a wonderful cricket test series against Pakistan in UAE. Even here in the first game of cricket, they did not do much wrong. Our prediction is they will stick with the same playing eleven as their last game of cricket.
Here is our prediction of New Zealand’s playing XI:
- Jeet Raval
- Tom Latham
- Kane Williamson
- Ross Taylor
- Henry Nicholls
- Colin de Grandhomme
- BJ Watling
- Tim Southee
- AY Patel
- Trent Boult
- Neil Wagner
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Trent Boult is going to be threatening in home conditions. He has been troubling every visiting side for some time now. He did not have a great return in the first game of cricket but despite that, our prediction is he is going to produce a match-winning performance.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The last cricket test match played at Wellington was between England and New Zealand this year. That game ended up in a draw as New Zealand batted out of their skin for more than 124 overs in that game of cricket. Our prediction is of a tough first inning condition followed by easier conditions to bat in the remaining part of the game. Conditions are expected to be dry.
New Zealand will once again begin as favourites for this game of cricket. Despite Sri Lanka’s brave effort in first cricket game, it looks difficult how they can pick up 20 wickets. Hence, our prediction is of a New Zealand victory.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Kane Williamson (NZ) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Trent Boult (NZ) – 4 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Colin de Grandhomme (NZ)
New Zealand – 1.35
Draw – 6.85
Sri Lanka – 5.15
*odds may change anytime