Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Betting Tips & Prediction – 2nd Test Match

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

Betting Tips for Sri Lanka vs New Zealand

NZ won by an innings and 65 runs

Winner Odds

Sri Lanka – 4.70 (bet Rs.100 and win Rs.470 if Sri Lanka wins) BET NOW
New Zealand – 3.95 (bet Rs.100 and win Rs.395 if New Zealand wins) BET NOW
Draw – 1.66 (bet Rs.100 and win Rs.166 if the Test is Drawn) BET NOW

Weather Update – The morning session on Day 1 was washed out and the odds changed making Draw a more likely event at 1.66 betting odds. The weather forecast for Colombo for the next 5 days shows more than 60% chance of rain from 11 am to 5 pm.

More Odds & Betting Tips

  • The Caught selection in the 1st Wicket Method offers odds of 1.44 (bet Rs.100 to win Rs.144). While LBW and Bowled selections have odds of 6.00 and 5.00 (bet Rs.100 to win Rs.500). BET NOW
  • Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne share odds of 4.35 (bet Rs.100 and win Rs.435) to be top Sri Lanka 1st innings batsman. BET NOW
  • Kane Williamson leads with 2.75 (bet Rs.100 to win Rs.275) odds in New Zealand 1st innings top batsman market. Ross Taylor and Tom Latham follow with odds of 4.00 and 5.00 (bet Rs.100 and win Rs.500) respectively. BET NOW
  • Akila Dananjaya leads for Sri Lanka to be top bowler in 1st Innings with odds of 2.60 (bet Rs.100 to win Rs.260). While Ajaz Patel leads with 3.25 (bet Rs.100 to win Rs.325) odds to be top 1st Innings bowler for New Zealand. BET NOW
  • Both Yes and No selections in A Hundred to be scored in 1st Innings market are set at 1.83 (bet Rs.100 to win Rs.183) each. BET NOW

SL vs NZ Match Odds by 10Cric & Betway

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Squad Comparison

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka kicked off their Test Championship campaign with a win in the 1st Test match against the visiting Blackcaps. Akila Dananjaya’s 5 wicket-wicket-haul on day 1 got the hosts right on top. Suranga Lakmal picked 4 wickets early on Day 2 to wrap up New Zealand for 249 in the 1st innings. Kusal Mendis, Angelo Matthew scored fifties at number 3 and 4. Though, Niroshan Dickwella and Suranga Lakmal palmed crucial innings down the order to save Sri Lanka’s sinking ship and helped the side lead by 18 runs.

Dhananjaya de Silva and Lasith Embuldeniya were successful to put New Zealand on the back foot in the second innings with fine bowling performances. Embuldeniya dismissed Williamson and Taylor for scores of 4 and 3 runs, while Dhananjaya de Silva sent back the NZ openers. The early dismissal of Williamson and Ross Taylor in the 2nd innings was a huge blow for NZ and made a huge difference to the target NZ would go on to set. The best part of Sri Lanka’s performance in the Test came on day 4 when openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne scored an unbeaten 100-runs partnership for the first wicket by end of the day’s play. While 268 seemed a good target, Karunaratne’s 122 along with 64 from Thirimanne made the chase look easy for Sri Lanka as they won by 6 wickets.

Sri Lanka must be happy with their performance with both bat and ball. The spinners did a fine job of picking up early wickets and putting NZ under pressure, while all of their top 4 batsmen hit fifties including a hundred from the skipper in the 4th innings. Sri Lanka checked all the boxes in the 1st Test, and the pitch, which was expected to deteriorate as the play progressed just slowed down and Sri Lankan skipper had a better understanding of it.

New Zealand

Blackcaps bounced back with the bat in both the innings. However, their bowling wasn’t up to the mark and that’s what cost them the match. Kane Williamson wasn’t successful in both the innings and his form will be important from the team’s perspective. Blackcaps are known to build their innings around Kane Williamson while he holds the fort. Ross Taylor did his job well in the first innings after NZ had lost 3 quick wickets. Openers haven’t played a big inning, while the lower order batsmen made a great effort in the second innings to see their side set a decent target for the hosts. BJ Watling and William Somerville were impressive with the bat as they played out for a long time surviving class bowling from the hosts.

New Zealand bowlers picked their 1st wicket in 4th innings, in the 61st over after Sri Lanka openers had put 161 runs on the board chasing 268 runs target. Kane Williamson needs to adapt to these conditions quickly and learn how to use his bowlers to get the most out of their spells. NZ put an overall great effort, however, they were behind Sri Lanka in both the departments. Looking ahead, NZ has troubles at their hands with not many batsmen in form, while the bowlers struggling on day 4 of a test match to pick a wicket. They will be going against a more confident Sri Lankan side who’s got their top 4 batsmen scoring runs and 4 bowlers in top form.

Our Prediction for Sri Lanka vs New Zealand

Sri Lanka is favourites to win this match

Sri Lanka has an upper hand given the home conditions and Karunaratne’s understanding of the surface at home is slightly better than visiting Blackcaps. Sri Lanka played with 3 spinners in the 1st Test and were always a step ahead in the contest against the NZ batsmen.

Team bowling first has won 10 of 22 matches played at this venue. The average 1st innings score here is 312 runs, while the average 4th innings total is 178 runs. While the stats show a deteriorating pitch on the last couple of days at this ground, it will be an exciting contest between the bowlers and the skipper as to who understands the game better and makes the right decisions.

Betting odds for both teams changed a lot during the first 4 days of the 1st Test match on the betting sites in India. Given the average 1st and 4th innings score on this surface, team batting first is liekly to have the odds in their favour if the openers get off to a decent start.

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