Christchurch: Subsequent to rescuing a fighting attract Wellington, Sri Lanka will look to again bring their An amusement against hosts New Zealand in the second and last Test in Christchurch.
New Zealand were all over Sri Lanka in the principal half of the primary Test, packaging them for 282 out of barely multi day, and after that riding on Tom Latham's unbeaten 264 to present a mammoth 578 on set the phase for a commanding outcome.
Be that as it may, Sri Lanka battled back through a splendid, whole 274-run organization between Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews, who batted the majority of the fourth day and were then supported by rain on the fifth to deny the Kiwis.
While in fact the Basin Reserve pitch leveled out significantly after the primary day, it was as yet a surprising exertion by the guests, surrendered they were against a group that had quite recently generally beaten Pakistan 2-1 in UAE – their first abroad success against them since 1962.
Sri Lanka still have bounty to stress over, most eminently the delicacy of the best request. In the principal innings, they were diminished to 9/3 and scored just four more at the loss of the same number of wickets in the second burrow. That is one territory in which they should present appropriate reparations.
Tim Southee, with only a trace of development, the right-arm seamer had the ability to make standard strikes in Sri Lanka's first innings. Indeed, even in the second innings, he took several wickets and kept things tight notwithstanding when Mathews and Mendis hunkered down for their chivalrous exertion. On the off chance that he gets that tad of help in Hagley Oval, he could be the star for New Zealand.
Angelo Mathews, the right-gave stalwart has been in truly great type recently, and he expanded that keep running in the principal Test with two major scores.
In the event that New Zealand's bowlers begin making extreme inquiries in the Boxing Day Test, Mathews should bring all his experience and demonstrate his different less experienced partners how it is finished.
There is an outside shot Matt Henry will play, however New Zealand will most likely adhere to a similar XI that played in Wellington.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling (wk), Will Young, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner
Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (c), Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep, Dimuth Karunaratne
Pitch and conditions
A green, seaming track is expected, but showers may interrupt play on the first two days. It will be cool and intermittently cloudy through the five days.
Stats and trivia
With one Test to go, two Sri Lanka batsmen are among the top five run-scorers for the year. Kusal Mendis is third, with 941 runs at 47.05 (he has a chance of being the second after Virat Kohli to make 1000 runs in the year). Dimuth Karunaratne is fifth, with 736 runs at 52.57.
26-30 December 2018
Start time: 11:00 local (2200 GMT (-1))