Sri Lanka's Dananjaya takes 5, New Zealand 179-5 in 1st test

Sri Lanka's Dananjaya takes 5, New Zealand 179-5 in 1st test

New Zealand next face England (home), Australia (away) and India (home) in a tough summer of test cricket.

This is the first match for both teams in the World Test Championship, and New Zealand also picked three spin bowlers expecting the Galle wicket to turn. If India beat West Indies 2-0 they retain top spot, but a 1-0 win wouldn't be enough to hold off the Black Caps if they managed a 2-0 win in Sri Lanka.

Let's find out the SL vs NZ Dream 11 team tips for the 1st Test match, which will help you to make the flawless dream 11 team for today's match. Their pace spearhead Trent Boult spoke before the team flew out from New Zealand about how the World Test Championship is added incentive for him and his team-mates, and last week Ross Taylor expressed his excitement to contest a format in which each Test now has more resonance.

Tim Southee is six wickets from becoming the second-highest wicket taker in bilateral Tests between Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

New Zealand: Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme/Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult, Todd Astle/William Somerville.

Since December 2017, Williamson's team has won a record five successive Test series but a series win on Sri Lanka soil had eluded the Kiwis. Just when it seemed as if New Zealand would end up without losing a wicket in the session, Dananjaya again turned out to be Sri Lanka's go-to-man, as the spinner trapped Nicholls in front.

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Dinesh Chandimal has not played for Sri Lanka since February.

Team India, who are now the number one Test team in the world, will find their top spot in line ahead of the series against West Indies starting from August 22.

The current Sri Lanka team has its share of problems, but at home can boast a fine record.

The New Zealand skipper needs 32 more runs to become the 3rd player to aggregate 1000 runs in Sri Lanka-New Zealand Test matches. If that is the case, Sri Lanka's batting order, which should be strengthened by the return of Angelo Mathews, after he missed the South Africa Tests with injury, will be called upon to put up a substantial first-innings score. He has played 53 Tests, from which he averages 41.86 with 11 centuries.

Both Suranga Lakmal and Vishwa Fernando were main architects during the win in South Africa.

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