The first test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand commences today at the Galle international ground

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Sri Lanka may have whitewashed South Africa in February, but their most recent Test series at home brought a 3-0 defeat at the hands of England. Though the hosts’ spinners were expected to dominate the England batsmen,the opposition top order batted aggressively and found ways to put up daunting totals.
A lot has changed in Sri Lanka’s world since that series in November. Rangana Herath is no longer around. Dilruwan Perera, Sri Lanka’s other lead spinner in that series, is recovering from injury. Left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara, a domestic veteran, is not even in the squad. The spin bowlers Dimuth Karunaratne has at his disposal, instead, are largely inexperienced – Akila Dananjaya, who has played only five Tests, and Lasith Embuldeniya, who has played only two, and none at home.
However, according to the captain of the Sri Lanka team Dimuth Karunaratne, the new look Sri Lankan team with the blend of young and experienced players will face this test match with much confidence. The first test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand will start today at the Galle international ground. The new look Sri Lankan team comprises young and matured players. The New Zealand team will be guided by Kane Williamson.

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