| New Zealand
||vs|| Sri Lanka
ScheduleFriday, 26 December 2014 at 22:00 GMT / 22:00 UK / 03:30 IST
VenueHagley Oval, Christchurch
The Lankan Lions have landed in New Zealand and have already played a tour match vs. New Zealand Chairman’s XI that ended as a draw. The tourists will start their tour with two Test series followed by seven One Day Internationals prior to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Two teams played the first Test in 1982-83 and have faced each other 28 times, the Black Caps have won 10, lost 8 and 10 of them were recorded as drawn. The Islanders last visited New Zealand in 2006-07, played two Tests and both sides grabbed one of them. The Kiwis played three Test series against Pakistan that was held in United Arab Emirates in November – December, 2014 which they drew at 1-1. Sri Lanka humiliated Pakistan in the two Test series at 2-0 at their home grounds so both teams are in good nick.
Brendon McCullum led his troops from the front vs. Pakistan, was the highest run getter for New Zealand with 347 runs at an awesome average of 69.40. Tom Latham, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor scored quite a few runs whereas Dean Brownlie and Hamish Rutherford will add miseries for the visitors. Mark Craig and Ish Sodhi emerged as supreme all-rounders while Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner are in great form.
Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews, Upul Tharanga and Kaushal Silva were the main scorers for Sri Lanka in the home series against Pakistan while Dinesh Chandimal is a fine middle order batsman. Rangana Herath was their outstanding and unplayable bowler with 23 wickets, Dilruwan Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne and Dhammika Prasad are their match winning bowlers.
Friday, December 26 – Tuesday December 30, 2014 @ 22:00 GMT, 11:00 local at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. The venue with a seating capacity of 20,000 was established in 1886 but did not host any Test and the coming one will be the first one ever hosted there.
A clear weather is expected throughout five days with the temperatures around 13-25ᵒC.
The winner will most probably decide to bat first on this wicket.
The wicket proved to be a happy hunting ground for the batsmen in the last ODI played between Kenya and Scotland where the first set a target of 260 which was attained by the latter while blasting 261.
New Zealand – Brendon McCullum (C), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Hamish Rutherford, Ross Taylor, Mark Craig, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling.
Sri Lanka – Angelo Mathews (C), Dinesh Chandimal, Kumar Sangakkara, Dushmantha Chameera, Niroshan Dickwella, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Pradeep, Rangana Herath, Prasanna Jayawardene, Dimuth Karunaratne, Tharindu Kaushal, Suranga Lakmal, Dilruwan Perera, Dhammika Prasad, Kaushal Silva, Lahiru Thirimanne.
Team New Zealand will enter the match as a favourite winner.
This will be first Test match on this ground and we have nothing much to analyze. Looking at the recent past I can say Kiwis are clearly favourite at their home ground. Top that up with success in sand against stronger Pakistan. New Zealand are on the way towards top while Lankan Lions are sinking to the bottom. Kiwis are always hard working and they don't give up easily like Asians. Sri Lanka has to earn the victory if they are series and it's not going to easy for them.
Online bookies are also at same page as I'm> NZ are 1.73 @ Betfair which translates to around 60% of winning chances for NZ.
My trading strategy will be to back NZ in both test matches and greenup when odds are appropriate.
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A no risk profit of £2284 on NZ by after Day 1.
Munna bhai what`s your next idea ?? keep on make trading or just balance it after 2 or 3 rd day !!
I have an open position right now , have backed NZ for 200EUR before the start at 1.71.Now what should i do??
Sri lanka win can be next to impossible so should i just use the draw to green up.Right now the draw odds are 5.8.Please suggest how to green up
HI Vivek, what About tonight Man utd vs Newcastle ?? Newcastle have scored on each of their last four trips to Old Trafford !! I thinking to bet on Newcastle with high odd 12.00... what`s ur prediction ( can we expect at-least a goal Newcastle ?? ).....
Going for a ManU win with under 2.5 goals(cash in at HT the under 2.5 one)