Probuddha Bhattacharjee ∙ Mar 15 2023, 7:30 PM

NZ vs SL, Cricket Exchange Predictions: Fantasy Teams, Probable XIs and Pitch Report for 2nd Test

image-lf9g44muNZ vs SL, Cricket Exchange Fantasy Predictions: Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2nd Test (Source: Twitter)

New Zealand (NZ) and Sri Lanka (SL) will be playing against each other in the second Test (NZ vs SL) of the series. The match will be played at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on the 17th of March, Friday. The match is scheduled to start at 3:30 AM IST. Before the match goes live let us take a look at the important stats, facts, the prime player picks and the best-predicted XIs for the fantasy contests of the match. 

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The first match between the two teams saw New Zealand prevail in a cliffhanger by just two wickets. It took a masterclass from Kane Williamson in the second innings to take the hosts home in the clash. In the process of winning the match, the Kiwis eliminated Sri Lanka from the race for the World Test Championship of this cycle. 

While New Zealand will be looking to win this match and the series in the process, the visitors will try to make a strong comeback. We can expect another thrilling contest between the two teams with the series on the line. 

NZ vs SL, 2nd Test: Pitch Report- Basin Reserve, Wellington

The pitch at Basin Reserve has favoured the bowlers. The initial stages of each day will see, the seamers getting plenty off the wicket. Most of the matches on this strip has been won by the team fielding first and that will be something playing in the minds of the skippers of both the teams. 

Numbers at the ground (Overall Tests)

Total Matches: 67
Matches won batting first: 13
Matches won batting second: 29
Matches drawn: 25

Average first innings score: 309
Average second innings score: 316
Average third innings score: 250
Average fourth innings score: 141

NZ vs SL, 2nd Test: Head-to-Head

The two teams have played 37 matches in the history of Test cricket. The Kiwis have prevailed more times in the face-off and they strengthened their claim on that with a win in the last match. If we look at the last ten matches, New Zealand have been the dominant side by a big margin.

Head-to-Head (Overall)

Total Matches: 37
New Zealand won: 17
Sri Lanka won: 9
Matches Drawn: 10

Head-to-Head (Last 10 Matches)

New Zealand won: 8
Sri Lanka won: 1
Matches Drawn: 1

NZ vs SL, 2nd Test: Probable Playing XIs

New Zealand Team News

Neil Wagner and Matt Henry will not be a part of the team as they are out because of injury.

New Zealand Probable Playing XI

Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wk), Michael Bracewell, Tim Southee (c), Scott Kuggleijn, Doug Bracewell, and Blair Tickner.

Sri Lanka Team News

No major updates.

Sri Lanka Probable Playing XI

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

NZ vs SL, 2nd Test: Top Five Picks

  1. Daryl Mitchell (NZ): The Kiwi all-rounder batted brilliantly in both the innings of the match. New Zealand will hope that Daryl Mitchell continues his form in the second Test as well. He is a must pick for this match. 
  2. Angleo Mathews (SL): The veteran Sri Lankan player looked in good touch in the first match. Mathews played a good hand in both the innings and that makes him a very crucial pick for the second Test. 
  3. Tim Southee (NZ): The Kiwi skipper looked in good form with the ball in the first match. if New Zealand bowls first in the second Test, then once again, Tim Southee will be a key pick for the match. 
  4. Asitha Fernando (SL): Asitha Fernando looked the best bowler among the Sri Lankans in the first player. His ability to strike at crucial juncutures in a match makes him a brilliant choice for the match. 
  5. Kane Williamson (NZ): Kane Williamson displayed how batting should be done under pressure in the first match. He will be a key player in the second Test as well and is a must pick for the match. 

NZ vs SL, 2nd Test: Must picks for the match

New Zealand

  1. Daryl Mitchell: 183 runs in 2 innings
  2. Kane Williamson: 121 runs in the last innings
  3. Tim Southee: 7 wickets in the last match

Sri Lanka

  1. Angleo Matthews: 162 runs in 2 innings
  2. Asitha Fernando: 7 wickets in 2 innings
  3. Kusal Mendis: 101 runs in 2 innings

NZ vs SL, 2nd Test: Risky Picks

New Zealand: Devon Conway, Matt Henry

Sri Lanka: Dhanajaya de Silva, Lahiru Kumara

NZ vs SL, 2nd Test: Best Captain and Vice-captain choices

  1. Daryl Mitchell (NZ)
  2. Angelo Matthews (SL)
  3. Kane Williamson (NZ)

NZ vs SL, 2nd Test: Team for Head-to-Head Contests

Create and Participate with this team in the Cricket Exchange Fantasy App

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Wicketkeeper: Kusal Mendis
Batters: Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, Angelo Matthews
All-rounders: Daryl Mitchell, Dhananjaya de Silva
Bowlers: Blair Tickner, Tim Southee, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajitha

Captain: Kane Williamson
Vice-captain: Angelo Matthews

NZ: 6 Players; SL: 5 Players

NZ vs SL, 2nd Test: Team for Winner Takes All Contests

Create and Participate with this team in the Cricket Exchange Fantasy App

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Wicketkeepers: Tom Blundell, Kusal Mendis
Batters: Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Angelo Matthews, Dimuth Karunaratne
All-rounders: Daryl Mitchell, Michael Bracewell
Bowlers: Blair Tickner, Tim Southee, Kasun Rajitha

Captain: Daryl Mitchell
Vice-captain: Matt Henry

NZ: 7 Players; SL: 4 Players