NZ vs SL: Check our Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing Team Picks for 1st Test

New Zealand will host Sri Lanka in the 2 matches Test series followed by the 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is. The 1st Test will get underway on Thursday. New Zealand didn’t make any changes to their squad for this series following a one-run win over England last week. Sri Lanka on the other hand must win the series 2-0 to stay in the WTC final race.

Match Details:

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test

Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch

Date & Time: March 9th-13th, at 3:30 AM IST and 11:00 AM Local Time

Live Streaming: Amazon Prime Video

What is the pitch report for NZ vs SL, 1st Test?

It’s always challenging for the visiting batters to survive on these types of surfaces which offer swing and bounce. There will be purchases for the seamers throughout the game. The batters need to be patient and bat long. Bowling first is a good option.

Recent form:

New Zealand: Won Lost Draw Draw Lost

Sri Lanka: Won Lost Won Lost Won

NZ vs SL, 1st Test Probable Winners:

New Zealand are expected to win this match.

What is the expected, Probable Playing XIs for NZ vs SL, 1st Test?

New Zealand

Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wk), Michael Bracewell, Tim Southee (c), Matt Henry, Neil Wagner, Will Young / Blair Tickner

Sri Lanka

Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Oshada Fernando / Nishan Madushka, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya De Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Prabath Jayasuriya, Asitha Fernando, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha / Lahiru Kumara

Injury Updates:

As of now, there are no injury concerns on both side. It will be added when there is an update.

What are the Top Picks, players for Dream11, My11circle and MPL for NZ vs SL, 1st Test?

Top Pick Batter

Kane Williamson has impressive numbers against Sri Lanka in the longest format. In 10 matches, he has scored 992 runs at an average of 66.13 with the highest score of 242*.

Top Pick All-Rounder

Michael Bracewell is slowly cementing his place in the regular New Zealand side. In his 6 Test matches, he has scored 224 runs at an average of 20.36 and picked up 18 wickets.

Top Pick Bowler

Neil Wagner always picks wickets with the old ball. He makes the difference when nothing is happening off the surface. In the last series against England, he scalped 11 wickets in 2 matches with the best figures of 4 for 62 in an innings.

Top Pick Wicketkeeper

Tom Blundell finished as the top run-scorer for New Zealand in the 2 matches Test series against England. Including one century and a half-century, he has notched 267 runs at an average of 66.75 with the highest score of 138.


Tom Latham got a good kick-off to this year, in 3 Test matches, he scored 267 runs at an average of 44.5 with the highest score of 83.

What are the fantasy suggested teams for NZ vs SL, 1st Test?

1. Kusal Mendis, Tom Blundell (vc), Angelo Mathews, Kane Williamson (c), Dimuth Karunaratne, Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Michael Bracewell, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry, Asitha Fernando

2. Niroshan Dickwella, Angelo Mathews, Kane Williamson, Tom Latham (c), Dhananjaya De Silva, Devon Conway, Michael Bracewell, Daryl Mitchell, Tim Southee, Vishwa Fernando, Matt Henry (vc)

Pre-Match Analysis:

New Zealand gave a stunning reply to England in the 2nd Test and became the only 4th side to win the Test after being enforced the follow-on. They played out one of the memorable Tests and won by a mere one run on the final day. They haven’t made any changes and kept the same 13-man squad to face the Lankan lions. Kane Williamson returned to the form when the side was in extreme danger and struck 132 runs in the 2nd innings of the 2nd Test which shows his caliber. Neil Wagner was the man behind the success of the side in a famous win over England who bowled his heart out. Tom Blundell always shows up when the side is in deep trouble and has been top-notch behind the stumps. The expectations are huge from openers Tom Latham and Devon Conway. Will they go with an extra batter or will they field a bowler we need to wait and watch?

Sri Lanka on the other hand last toured New Zealand for the Test series back in 2018 where they lost 1-0. With the WTC final around the corner, it’s going to be a significant series for them with Australia waiting. They have named uncapped Nishan Madushka and Milan Rathnayake to the Test squad after their heroics against England Lions. Dimuth Karunaratne will continue to lead the side in this series. Considering the pace and bouncy conditions of New Zealand they strongly bolstered their bowling unit with pacers with only Prabath Jayasuriya being the genuine spinner. They are currently placed 3rd in the WTC standings with a PCT of 53.33 %.

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