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    New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test at Wellington, Preview: Teams aim to start 2015 on positive note

    January 02, 2015

    New Zealand and Sri Lanka will kick off   2015 with the second and final Test of the ongoing series on Saturday at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. In the first Test at Christchurch, the Kiwis registered a big win and they will look to carry that momentum here as well. For the visitors, Sri Lanka, who have decent away record in recent times, this Test will be a battle of survival.

    Though New Zealand had a big victory in the first game,  performances by few Sri Lankan cricketers were impressive too, as they did well but in patches. Especially, Dimuth Karunaratne‘s knock in the second innings which boost up the morale of the whole side. Apart from him, the skipper Angelo Mathews also had a good all-round show at Christchurch. The Sri Lankan team management and fans will now expect a collective performance from the Sri Lankan which defeated England in England, last year.

     

    For this important game, Sri Lanka have to accommodate their premier spinner Rangana Herath in their playing eleven. Though the wicket won’t be very helpful for him, but atleast he can control the opposition scoring rate by his wicket to wicket bowling. But Herath’s fitness could be a concern for the tourists. Also against the attacking batsman like Brendon McCullum, who just wants to dominate the bowlers, the slow left-arm spin of Herath can be handy. Apart from this, in batting, Dinesh Chandimal might replace Niroshan Dickwella as a specialist batsman.

     

    For New Zealand the things are not so complicated. They just want to continue the momentum, which they got from the Pakistan series in United Arab Emirates (UAE).  The team is looking like a settled unit under McCullum, who is leading them from the front- both as a skipper and as a batsman.

     

    Going into the ICC World Cup 2015 next month, both New Zealand and Sri Lanka will be looking to extract most out of the opportunities which they are getting on the field. Though this is a different format but still a win in any form of the game will only increase the morale and confidence of the whole squad.

     

    Squads:

     

    New Zealand : Tom Latham, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum(c), Ross Taylor, James Neesham, BJ Watling(wk), Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Corey Anderson, Doug Bracewell

     

    Sri Lanka : Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews (c), Niroshan Dickwella, Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), Thrindu Kaushal, Dhammika Prasad, Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Dinesh Chandimal, Nuwan Pradeep, Rangana Herath
    (SDF/KH)

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