New Zealand opt to bat in Galle Test

Jose Verdugo
Agosto 14, 2019

Weather permitting - the forecast for the next five days in Galle is for rain - when Kane Williamson leads New Zealand out for the first Test against Sri Lanka on Wednesday, it will mark precisely one month since his team ended up unlucky runners-up to England in the greatest World Cup final of all time.

Batsmen: Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls.

Angelo Mathews is going to be a crucial part of the Sri Lankan batting line-up for his experience at the big stage.

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On July 14 at Lord's, New Zealand came up second to Eoin Morgan's top-ranked ODI team in the 2019 World Cup final. Head coach Chandika Hathurusingha has been removed and replaced in the interim by fast-bowling coach Rumesh Ratnayake. Dimuth Karunaratne seems to be leading the team well and Sri Lanka will be optimistic as they enter this match.

"New Zealand will be tough to beat". Yes, Sri Lanka have beaten South Africa and Australia at home in recent years, but that was with the assistance of the now retired Rangana Herath, and the injured Dilruwan Perera.

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Although seam is New Zealand's strength, they are likely to stick to two seamers with all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme coming in as the third option.

Bowlers: Akila Dananjaya, Trent Boult, Suranga Lakmal, Ajaz Patel. This will be his first outing in the longer format of the game since he remodelled his action earlier this year. This will be the first appearance for both Sri Lanka and New Zealand in the World Test championship. Visiting spinners have also had a fair bit of success in Sri Lanka recently, and Patel and co. will have studied closely.

Sri Lanka added an extra batsman to bolster its lineup but dropped former captain Dinesh Chandimal.

In this case, New Zealand will easily conquer the top position while the Asian Giants will go below South Africa in the third position.

Galle pitches usually favour spin, so expect the same this time too.

Like most of the sub-continent pitches, the Galle global stadium is expected to be spin-friendly. However, Taylor took the aggressive approach after the break and employed his tried and tested sweep alongside the loft and the short-arm pull to put Sri Lanka under pressure.

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