Sri Lanka to bowl first in series decider against New Zealand

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal says there is a lot of grass on the wicket and a bit of moisture around. (AFP pic)

CHRISTCHURCH: Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl on a green-tinged wicket in the series deciding second Test against New Zealand at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Monday.

“There’s a lot of grass on the wicket and there’s a bit of moisture around. We can get a lot of bounce,” captain Dinesh Chandimal said as grey skies threatened rain on the opening day but with fine weather forecast for the remainder of the week.

Sri Lanka have made two changes from the drawn first test with Dushmantha Chameera and Roshen Silva in for Kasun Rajitha and Dhananjaya de Silva, while New Zealand have kept the same line up.

New Zealand, who have only lost one of five Tests at Hagley Oval, are bidding for a fourth consecutive series win for the first time in their history.

Sri Lanka need at least a draw to secure a third consecutive away series without defeat, equalling their longest series unbeaten streak away from home.

New Zealand are undefeated in their last six Tests against Sri Lanka, winning five in a row before last week’s draw in Wellington.