Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Preview: 1st Test Live Cricket, Team news, What TV Channel, and Online Live Streaming
- Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Preview: 1st Test Live Cricket, Team news, What TV Channel, and Online Live Streaming
Fresh from a 3-0 win in the one-day international series against Bangladesh, hosts Sri Lanka will look to translate that form to the longest format when they face New Zealand in the first of a two-Test series, beginning on 14 August in Galle.
Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test
Galle International Stadium, Sri Lanka
14 August, 10.00am local, 4.30am GMT
Match Preview SL vs NZ
New Zealand has banished the anguish of the Cricket World Cup final loss to one side and is back into test mode.
The newly minted ICC Test Championship begins for both countries in this two-match series, which should be evenly contested in Sri Lankan conditions.
Where: Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri Lanka.
Start Wednesday-Sunday, 4.30pm start time (NZT).
How to watch on TV: Live on Sky Sport 2.
How to Watch Asian TV: Live On Sony ESPN.
Live stream: Available via the Sky Go app for Sky Sport subscribers or Free Streams: LMI Sports via the soon-to-be-defunct Fan Pass, which will be replaced by Sky Sport Now from August 14.
Sri Lanka: While Mathews and Chandimal are expected to walk back into the XI, it will be interesting to see who they replace. On the bowling front, will the hosts be tempted to include Akila Dananjaya who has returned after remodeling his action?
Probable XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera (WK), Dhananjaya de Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan
New Zealand: They will look to go with the same combination that fetched them success in the UAE late last year.
Probable XI: Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel
Sri Lanka (From): Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Oshada Fernando; Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews; Kusal Perera(w), Dhananjaya de Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Niroshan Dickwella, Lasith Embuldeniya, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne
New Zealand (From): Jeet Raval, Tom Latham; Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(w), Colin de Grandhomme; Todd Astle, Trent Boult; Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel, William Somerville; Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Tom Blundell.
Prediction: New Zealand starts as slight favorites, even on an expected turner against the hosts, who are down on confidence. If the weather is as bad as the meteorologists predict, this one could be headed for a draw, which is the way we’ll go.