New Zealand will be keen to continue their winning momentum when they take on Sri Lanka in a two-match Test series that begins from 15th December. Kane Williamson will be hoping that his side can continue their good work in red-ball cricket after their historic series win in the UAE.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka will need to make improvements in their batting in order to push New Zealand in their own backyard. The likes of Ajaz Patel, Henry Nicholls, and Trent Boult have been excellent form in the format and will be keen to continue their good form in this series.
Sri Lanka Captain Dinesh Chandimal will lead for the Test series against New Zealand. New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2018-19 Test Series will be played in New Zealand
Here are some of the key stats related to New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2018-19 Test Series
1995 was the last time Sri Lanka won a Test series in New Zealand. The visitors completed a 1-0 win over New Zealand.
2012 was the last time Sri Lanka won a Test match against New Zealand.
33 matches have been played between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Test cricket. The Sri Lankans have dominated with 14 victories to their name while Bangladesh has managed only nine victories. 10 games have ended in a draw.
3 centuries for New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson against Sri Lanka in Test cricket. He has scored 918 runs in 7 matches at an average of 91.80. Williamson will once again be crucial for New Zealand in the upcoming series.
11 wickets needed by New Zealand pacer Tim Southee to complete 50 wickets against Sri Lanka in Test cricket. Southee has taken 39 wickets at an average of 17.48 against Sri Lanka.
123 runs required by Sri Lankan opener Dimuth Karunaratne to complete 4000 runs in Test cricket. Karunaratne currently has scored 3877 runs in 55 matches at an average of 38.00 with eight centuries to his name.
3 wickets needed by Sri Lanka off-spinner Dilruwan Perera to complete 150 wickets in Test cricket. He currently has taken 147 wickets in 35 matches at an average of 31.89.
20 wickets needed by New Zealand pacer Tim Southee to complete 250 wickets in Test cricket. Southee has taken 230 wickets from 62 matches at an average of 30.20.