SL vs NZ: Sri Lanka’s grip on the Test against New Zealand is strong, India’s problems will increase if they win the match

10 March 2023, 14:48 IST

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SL vs NZ 1st Test: The Sri Lankan team is visiting New Zealand for a two-match Test series. This series is very important for Sri Lanka to reach the WTC finals. Sri Lanka won the series 2–0 and if they lose the Test match against Australia, India will enter the final of the WTC.

SL vs New Zealand First Test Christchurch Test: Test series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand is going on. The first match of this series is going on in Christchurch. Sri Lanka has strengthened its hold in this test. The Sri Lankan team dominated the first 2 days of this Test. The batsmen performed brilliantly on the first day and the bowlers made the Kiwi batsmen miserable on the second day. If the Sri Lankan team wins this test and continues its strong performance in the next test, then the Indian team may be in trouble.

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355 runs in Sri Lanka’s first innings

On the first day of the Christchurch Test, Sri Lanka scored 305 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. Kusal Mendis (87), Dimuth Karunaratne (50), Angelo Mathews (47) and Dinesh Chandimal (39) helped Sri Lanka achieve this score. On the second day too, the Lankan team could not add more runs to their score. Second, Sri Lanka scored only 46 runs. Thus Sri Lanka’s first innings ended on 355 runs. Tim Saudi took 5 wickets and Matt Henry took 4 wickets from New Zealand.

New Zealand has scored 162 runs for 5 wickets

New Zealand started the first innings well. The Kiwi opening duo shared a 67-run partnership for the first wicket. After this, Devon Conway (30) returned to the pavilion. Kane Williamson (12) and Henry Nicholls (2) also returned to the pavilion soon after the partnership was broken. New Zealand lost 3 wickets for 76 runs. Opener Tom Latham was standing at one end. However, he also returned to the tent after scoring 67 runs. Tom Blundell (7) was also bowled by the Sri Lankan bowlers before the end of the second day’s play. Thus, by the end of the second day’s play, the Kiwi team has scored 162 runs for the loss of 5 wickets.

Daryl Mitchell and Michael Bracewell will lead the Kiwi team

Astha Fernando and Lahiru Kumar took 2 wickets each for Sri Lanka while Kasun Rajitha took 1 wicket. New Zealand’s Darryl Mitchell (40) and Michael Bracewell (9) will be tasked with handling the Kiwis’ innings on the third day of the match. Currently, the New Zealand team is behind Sri Lanka by 193 runs in the first innings.


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