|Sri Lanka||+215 at William Hill||Place Bet|
|Draw||+215 at William Hill||Place Bet|
|New Zealand||+140 at William Hill||Place Bet|
New Zealand’s tour of Sri Lanka is well and truly gets underway on Wednesday, August 14 when they head to Galle for the first Test of their two-match series.
Both sides will be looking to get a good victory in the Test format before moving into T20 games in September.
New Zealand were unlucky in the recent Cricket World Cup, going down to England in controversial circumstance in the final, but redemption will be sweet if they can overcome the Sri Lankan squad.
The most recent Test series between these countries was won by New Zealand, but it was also played in New Zealand.
Can Sri Lanka get a victory on its home deck this time around?
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1st Test top batsman odds
Dimuth Karunaratne @ +350 with Bovada
The captain of Sri Lanka will need to put in a good performance to give his teammates confidence going into the series. Karunaratne has been a solid opener for many years now and looks comfortable at Test level. He has an average of 47.94 at Galle International Stadium, meaning he is one big performance away from averaging 50.
Kane Williamson @ +200 with Bovada
Williamson does not mind facing Sri Lanka in the long form. He averages 80.66 against them over 15 Tests, during which he has hit three centuries and another five half-tons. After a strong ICC World Cup, it would be no surprise to see the Black Caps skipper deliver more of the same.
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1st Test top bowler odds
Akila Dananjaya @ +300 with Bovada
The lively allrounder has been enjoying his fledgling cricket career with the recent addition into the Sri Lanka Test team. His ability to spin the ball both ways is very tricky to pick, while the pace doesn’t give the batsman time to read the ball. New Zealand will find it difficult to pick Akila late in the match, especially if they have to bat second.
Tim Southee @ +225 with Bovada
The current vice-captain of New Zealand has built a great career with his pace and movement. The trusty right-arm bowler has been taking wickets since 2008 and has been very successful whilst doing so. With a healthy bowling average of 30.2, you know he is bound to get an edge eventually or beat the batsman entirely.
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1st Test predictions
New Zealand to win @ +140 with Bovada
Trent Boult and Tim Southee provide high-quality fast bowling while Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are genuine world class batsmen. Overall, New Zealand has built a very solid Test squad and we predict they have enough talent to overcome the Sri Lankan conditions and get the victory.
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