Being an away series could just make things a little difficult for Sri Lanka © AFP (File Photo)
Being an away series could just make things a little difficult for Sri Lanka © AFP (File Photo)

Hosts New Zealand take on visitors Sri Lanka on Day 1 of the first of the two-match Test series at the University Oval in Dunedin on Thursday. New Zealand, who are coming off a -2 loss in the just concluded Test series against Australia, Down Under, would look to give their Test campagn a fresh start as they take on the Lankans, and with the series being played at home, the Kiwis could could just manage to squeeze the home advantage and turn things in their favour. While Sri Lanka, who too are coming off a loss in the Test series against India at home in September, too would have similar thoughts, but being an away series could just make things a little difficult for the Lankans. Live Cricket Scorecard, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 1st Test at Dunedin

For beginners, Sri Lanka’s win was against the pathetic West Indies which keeps finding new ways of losing. Prior to that series, Sri Lanka were beaten in home series by Pakistan and India which doesn’t reflect too well on their form. New Zealand may have been defeated 2-0 by Australia but the series was far more competitive than the final score-line might suggest. In fact, had it not been for a inexcusable howler by third umpire Nigel Llong in the historic Day-Night Test, New Zealand would have most probably drawn the series. Live Cricket Updates, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 1st Test at Dunedin, Day 1

Squads:

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Kusal Mendis, Udara Jayasundera, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Jeffrey Vandersay, Vishwa Fernando, Kaushal Silva (wk).

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (c), Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling (wk), Mark Craig, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.