Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Betting Tips & Prediction – 1st Test Match

Prateik K
By: Prateik K
Prediction Sri Lanka vs New Zealand

Betting Tips for Sri Lanka vs New Zealand

SL won by 6 wickets

Winner Odds

Sri Lanka – 2.40 (bet Rs.100 and win Rs.280 if Sri Lanka wins) BET NOW
New Zealand – 2.50 (bet Rs.100 and win Rs.240 if New Zealand wins) BET NOW
Draw – 4.25 (bet Rs.100 and win Rs.240 if New Zealand wins) BET NOW

More Odds & Betting Tips

  • Sri Lanka 1st Innings top batsman odds for Kusal Mendis and Angelo Matthews are 4.00 (bet Rs.100 to win Rs.400) and 4.50 (bet Rs.100 to win Rs.450). Other Sri Lankan batsmen including Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal have odds of 5.00 and above. BET NOW
  • Sri Lanka top batsman betting market offers minimum 4x returns on a winning bet. While the lowest New Zealand 1st Innings top batsman odds are 3.00 (bet Rs.100 to win Rs.300) offered on Kane Williamson. BET NOW
  • New Zealand top batsman odds for Ross Taylor are set at 4.50 (bet Rs.100 to win Rs.450). The minimum expected returns on a winning bet in this market are 3x the stake. BET NOW
  • Akila Dananjaya has odds of 3.50 (bet Rs.100 to win Rs.350) in the Sri Lanka 1st Innings top bowler market. While Trent Boult leads with 3.50 (bet Rs.100 to win Rs.350) odds to be New Zealand 1st Innings top bowler. BET NOW
  • The betting market with highest odds is Man of the Match with 8.00 (bet Rs.100 to win Rs.800) odds for Kane Williamson. Ross Taylor has 12.00 (bet Rs.100 to win Rs.1200) while Kusal Mendis has 10.75 (bet Rs.100 to win Rs.1075) odds. BET NOW
  • A winning bet in man of the match market would return minimum 8x the stake. The returns are even higher for other betting options in the market with 12.50 (bet Rs.100 to win Rs1250) odds Angelo Matthews and Tom Latham each BET NOW

SL vs NZ Match Odds by 10Cric & Betway

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SL vs NZ 1st Test Squad Comparison

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka will take on the Blackcaps in the 1st Test match of the series at home. They recently won an ODI series at home against Bangladesh and have some bitter sweet memories of the NZ tour early this year. On their tour of NZ, Angelo Matthews, and Kusal Mendis hat scored hundreds in the 1st Test. While the match was drawn, Sri Lanka lost the 2nd Test by a huge margin. Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal had scored fifties in the 2nd innings of the match as Sri Lanka lost by 423 runs. Positives from that series against New Zealand tour were the bowling performances by Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara.

That was an away series played 8 months ago and a lot has changed for both sides. While Sri Lanka had a dismal World Cup, New Zealand finished second in the tournament. Confidence and temperament is a key factor in approaching Test cricket. Sri Lanka’s top order batsmen have been in form lately and with Angelo Matthews finding his batting form recently against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka would look to start the Test series with confidence. While the middle order has some experienced batsmen, how they react in times of adversity is the deciding factor. Sri Lanka would have an advantage given their familiarity with the surface, while the Blackcaps haven’t played on subcontinent soil for quite a long time now. Akila Dananjaya, right-arm off break bowler is someone to watch out for apart from Lahiru Kuamra and Suranga Lakmal.

New Zealand

New Zealand have been exceptional for last years in all formats of the game including Tests. They had a great series at UAE against Pakistan where Ajaz Patel picked 5 for 59 in the 2nd innings defending 175 runs helping his side win by 4 runs. Following that series, New Zealand played Sri Lanka in a 2-match Test series at home winning it 1-0. Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner delivered great bowling performances. Neil Wagner had perfected the art of short ball on the NZ pitches, and was quite successful. Whether he gets any sort of help from the pitch at Galle remains to be seen. New Zealand bowling attack is very competitive and the world witnessed their potential in the recent World Cup.

Bowling all-rounder Mitchell Santner is also included in the squad along with Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle and William Somerville. Astle and Sommerville have great numbers in the domestic circuit. This series will be a test of New Zealand batting lineup. Jeet Raval joins the experienced Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor at the top, followed by 4 wicket keeper batsmen in the squad – Tom Blundell, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls and BJ Watling. Nicholls and Latham played some great innings at home in the Test series against Sri Lanka in December last year. New Zealand’s middle order is quite strong in Tests and skipper Williamson would expect his batting lineup to deliver on the expectations.

Our Prediction for Sri Lanka vs New Zealand

New Zealand is favourites to win this match

While New Zealand seems a much stronger side with great choices for their bating order and in the bowling department, Sri Lanka would have the home advantage. Their bowlers did well in New Zealand and can be expected to play better at home. Sri Lankan batting order looks hopeful and the skipper would expect a few big innings from the top 4 batsmen.

Given there’s not much data to draw conclusions from, even the betting sites have no clear favourites for Sri Lanka vs New Zealand match winner market. Slower the pitch plays out, higher the perceived chances of a Sri Lanka win on the betting market.

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