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Black Caps stumble against Sri Lankan spin before lunch in first Test

New Zealand are set to play their first ever match under the aegis of the two-year cycle of the championship New Zealand are set to play their first ever match under the aegis of the two-year cycle of the championship
Shannon Reynolds | 14 August, 2019, 13:57

The hosts also had the chance to run out Taylor, but Dimuth Karunaratne, the captain, couldn't fire in a good throw at the striker's end.

After the tour of Sri Lanka, New Zealand host England for two Test matches and five T20Is in October-November.

The world test rankings - which are separate from the Test Championship - reward series victories, with teams earning more points when they win away, or against a team ranked higher. All of it has taken place in the midst of constant backroom turmoil, culminating in head coach Chandika Hathurusingha being replaced in the interim by fast-bowling coach Rumesh Ratnayake.

Latham and Jeet Ravan combined for a patient opening stand of 64 from 160 deliveries after New Zealand won the toss and batted.

Yet, this Sri Lanka side under Dimuth Karunaratne has shown considerable mental resolve in recent months, especially with their batting, and while most teams would be unsettled by the loss of a coach days before a series, not many sides are as practiced at compartmentalising such chaos as Sri Lanka.

46 - Tim Southee has picked up 46 wickets in only eight Test matches against Sri Lanka. The conditions are suited perfectly for Sri Lanka and I see New Zealand struggling against spin. When regular playing time ended the scores were level, which prompted a Super Over which then ended with New Zealand level on England's 15.

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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.

The current Sri Lanka team has its share of problems, but at home can boast a fine record.

Sri Lanka have made some big changes to their team with experienced players like Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal returning to the side.

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

Still, Sri Lanka is always a tough prospect on its home pitches and Galle will likely assist the home team's spinners despite rain falling on the eve of the opening test on Tuesday.

"We were too attacking perhaps in our last game here". We have to pick the best batsmen to counter spin. They are really looking forward to the opportunity in another country where the conditions will be slightly different again.

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