New Zealand vs Sri Lanka: Match Preview, Match Details, Pitch Report, Match Prediction, 2nd Test

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Match Preview

New Zealand and Sri Lanka are going to face each other for the 2nd Test tomorrow at Basin Reserve.

Talking about the last Test, then Sri Lanka had a fair chance of making it to the finals of the World Test Championship.

They just needed to win the game to stay alive in the competition but it was New Zealand who defeated them by 1 wicket.

Kane Williamson guided his team home by taking a single on the last ball of the day and handing Sri Lanka a defeat.

This game was an absolute nail-biter for the fans on both sides.

On the other hand, Williamson remained not out on 121 that included 11 boundaries and one six.

Sri Lanka not being able to secure this win meant India became the second finalist of the WTC alongside Australia who did so after winning the third Test at Indore.

Therefore, the second Test is almost a dead rubber between these two teams.

Match Details

Match: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test

Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington

Date: 17-21 March 2023

Time: 3:30 AM IST

Pitch Report

The surface at Wellington will be of great assistance to the bowlers than the batters. Moreover, batters will find it difficult to score on this pitch. Therefore, team winning the toss should bat first at this venue.

Full Squads for New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test

New Zealand

Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Doug Bracewell, Michael Bracewell, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tom Blundell (wk), Tom Latham (wk), Blair Tickner, Matt Henry, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee (c)

Sri Lanka

Angelo Matthews, Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Oshada Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Ramesh Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Kushal Mendis (wk), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Nishan Madushka (wk), Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Milan Rathnayake, Prabath Jayasuriya, Vishwa Fernando

Probable Playing XI for New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test

New Zealand

Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wk), Michael Bracewell, Tim Southee (c), Matt Henry, Neil Wagner, Blair Tickner

Sri Lanka

Oshada Fernando, Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Matthews, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kasun Rajitha, Prabath Jayasuriya, Asitha Fernando, Lahiru Kumara

Probable Winner

From the team combinations and results of the previous game, we can say that New Zealand has a great chance of winning this Test series.

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