|New Zealand v Sri Lanka 2014-15
| New Zealand
| Sri Lanka
ScheduleSaturday, 3 January 2015 at 22:00 GMT / 22:00 UK / 03:30 IST
VenueBasin Reserve, Wellington
New Zealand celebrated 2014 as the best one after winning the fifth Test of the year when they defeated Sri Lanka by a vast margin of eight wickets on December 29, at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. The Black Caps piled up 441 runs in their first innings, dismissed the Islanders for 138 mere runs who faced a follow on. The visitors exhibited a better show in the second innings by smashing 407 but a target of 105 runs was achieved by the home side after losing just two wickets. The Kiwis got a lead of 1-0 in the two Test series and will try to grab the second Test while the Lankan Lions are capable of squaring it.
The skipper of New Zealand, Brendon McCullum, powered 195 runs in the first innings, James Neesham and Kane Williamson scored 85 and 54 while Tom Latham, Hamish Rutherford, Ross Taylor and BJ Watling carry a positive batting record behind them. Trent Boult along with Tim Southee broke the back of the rival batting by grabbing seven and six wickets while James Neesham and Neil Wagner claimed three each. The right arm off spinner Mark Craig can be a vital partner for the above four bowlers.
Dimuth Karunaratne registered his maiden Test ton for Sri Lanka while blasting 152 runs in the second innings whereas Angelo Mathews hit fifties in both outings. Their most experienced batsman Kumar Sangakkara is required to keep up his reputation whereas Kaushal Silva, Lahiru Thirimanne, Niroshan Dickwella and Prasanna Jayawardene should demonstrate brave knocks. Suranga Lakmal and Angelo Mathews were their main wicket takers with three each but they need big support from rest of their bowlers.
Saturday, January 3 – Wednesday January 7, 2014 @ 22:00 GMT (Previous day), 11:00 local Basin Reserve, Wellington.
Mostly sunny throughout the match with the temperatures around 15-20ᵒC.
The winning skipper will opt to field first.
The grassy track will assist the ball to swing either ways and the pace bowlers will enjoy more than the batsmen.
New Zealand – Brendon McCullum (C), Tom Latham, Hamish Rutherfors, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, James Neesham, BJ Watling, Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.
Sri Lanka – Angelo Mathews (C), Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Niroshan Dickwella, Tharindu Kaushal, Prasanna Jayawardene, Dhammika Prasad, Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal.
The spirited Black Caps will make it 2-0.