New Zealand elect to bat in second Test match against Sri Lanka

New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor won the toss AFP

Colombo: Nov 25, 2012

New Zealand have won the toss and they will bat first in the second and last Test match against Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval, Colombo.

The Kiwis have left out James Franklin and given a debut to Todd Astle.

For Sri Lanka, Tillakaratne Dilshan comes back into the squad after missing out the first Test due to a back injury. Dimuth Karunaratne was left out in spite of a half-century in the second innings in Galle.

After a one-sided ten-wicket win for the home side in the first Test, New Zealand will be looking to come back strong on this P Sara pitch that offers some bounce.+

Teams:

Sri Lanka: Tharanga Paranavitana, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene (c), Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Suraj Randiv, Shaminda Eranga.

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor (c), Kruger van Wyk (wk), Todd Astle, Daniel Flynn, Jeetan Patel, Tim Southee, Doug Bracewell, Trent Boult.

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