New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2012-13 September 15, 2012

New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka confirmed

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New Zealand will visit Sri Lanka for a series of two Tests, five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 in October and November. Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed the schedule for the tour, which begins with a one-off T20 in Pallekele on October before the teams move on to the one-day international portion of the trip.

The ODIs begin on November 1 in Pallekele and continue at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on November 4 and 6 before finishing with a pair of matches in Hambantota on November 10 and 12. They are followed by the first Test, which starts in Galle on November 17, and the second Test in Pallekele beginning on November 25.

Last time New Zealand visited Sri Lanka for Tests was in 2009, when Sri Lanka won 2-0 on the back of a brilliant series from Thilan Samaraweera. New Zealand have not won a Test in Sri Lanka since May 1998, in what was Daniel Vettori's 12th Test, when they prevailed by 167 runs in Colombo thanks to twin hundreds from Stephen Fleming and Craig McMillan.

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  • Jimi01 on September 17, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    @puroniks. How many Sachin centuries won matches for IND?

  • Jimi01 on September 17, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    @Narbavi. Sehwag is the ultimate flat track bully.

    Sangakkara for his match saving innings against SA, does that mean he deserves to be called a flat track bully? He has simply played too many innings at home

  • carjunan on September 16, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    @puroniks :yeah sachin's 192 against ausies is the best at the belerive ovel.mahela, sanga,thilan can't even handle a bat.only inidans specially sachin can only bat....bigggggg lol

  • Brdmara on September 16, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    I' a supporter of Sl i guess 2 tests is not enough i think atleast they should play 4 tests 5 Odis 3t20 so that it would increase practice of young players .i think Newzealand should tour srilanka for a month or two so that sl could find the upsides and the downsides of Newzealand

  • Narbavi on September 16, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Sachin scored two hundreds against that south african bowling attack recently in south african conditions, don't sweat over it, and someone added sehwag's name to the list of sanga, mahela and samaraweera in terms of flat track bullies, don't agree at all, viru might not have scored recently, but he has scored well in overseas on his previous tours!!

  • Prabhash1985 on September 16, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Hope to see gentleman cricket at least now... Both have great players when it comes to fair play...

  • Prabhash1985 on September 16, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs : Well said Jonathan... :) Some people don't understand the argument, but keep on saying what they believe as true... Sooooo funny! That's why people hate such...

  • Aristotle01 on September 15, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    Jonathon joesphs: you really want me to enlist Sachin's batting feats here? TOP 5 IN TERMS OF INNS/100, TOP CENTURY MAKER AGAINST AUS-BEST TEAM OOF HIS TIME, HIGHEST CENTURY MAKES AGAINST SA- HIGHEST CENTURY MAKER AGAINST SL- HIGHEST CENTURY AND RUN MAKER IN ALL FORMS OF THE GAME- HIGHEST CENTURY AND RUN SCORER IN WORLD CUP CRIKCET. RATED BY ESPN CRICINFO IN THE ALL TIME WORLD 11, BRADMAN, BENAUD NAME HIM IN THEIR ALL TIME 11 WARNE AND VIV SAY HE IS THE BEST EVER. NEED I SAW MORE? WHATS SANGA'S RESPONSE TO THAT? ONE CENTURY AGAINST THE BEST TEAM OF HIS TIME WHO WERE THE BEST FOR 10 MONTHS.WOW. gotta love this mindless love for the game

  • Aristotle01 on September 15, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    jonathanon josephs: FYI, SACHIN has scored 11 hundreds against the aussies in tests, 10 in Odis against them, and 32 in all against the two best bowling line ups of his time- SA and AUS so all your talk abotu eng being number 1 for a year is rubbish.. greats have sustained brillance... like sachin ...like Murali....... Sangakkara no matter how good and dear he is to SL fans cannot hold a candle to some the greats of all time like Viv, sobers, Sachin, etc.

  • ChandraPrince on September 15, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    My congradulations to Kumar Sangakkara! You're Deman!

  • Jimi01 on September 17, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    @puroniks. How many Sachin centuries won matches for IND?

  • Jimi01 on September 17, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    @Narbavi. Sehwag is the ultimate flat track bully.

    Sangakkara for his match saving innings against SA, does that mean he deserves to be called a flat track bully? He has simply played too many innings at home

  • carjunan on September 16, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    @puroniks :yeah sachin's 192 against ausies is the best at the belerive ovel.mahela, sanga,thilan can't even handle a bat.only inidans specially sachin can only bat....bigggggg lol

  • Brdmara on September 16, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    I' a supporter of Sl i guess 2 tests is not enough i think atleast they should play 4 tests 5 Odis 3t20 so that it would increase practice of young players .i think Newzealand should tour srilanka for a month or two so that sl could find the upsides and the downsides of Newzealand

  • Narbavi on September 16, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Sachin scored two hundreds against that south african bowling attack recently in south african conditions, don't sweat over it, and someone added sehwag's name to the list of sanga, mahela and samaraweera in terms of flat track bullies, don't agree at all, viru might not have scored recently, but he has scored well in overseas on his previous tours!!

  • Prabhash1985 on September 16, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Hope to see gentleman cricket at least now... Both have great players when it comes to fair play...

  • Prabhash1985 on September 16, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs : Well said Jonathan... :) Some people don't understand the argument, but keep on saying what they believe as true... Sooooo funny! That's why people hate such...

  • Aristotle01 on September 15, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    Jonathon joesphs: you really want me to enlist Sachin's batting feats here? TOP 5 IN TERMS OF INNS/100, TOP CENTURY MAKER AGAINST AUS-BEST TEAM OOF HIS TIME, HIGHEST CENTURY MAKES AGAINST SA- HIGHEST CENTURY MAKER AGAINST SL- HIGHEST CENTURY AND RUN MAKER IN ALL FORMS OF THE GAME- HIGHEST CENTURY AND RUN SCORER IN WORLD CUP CRIKCET. RATED BY ESPN CRICINFO IN THE ALL TIME WORLD 11, BRADMAN, BENAUD NAME HIM IN THEIR ALL TIME 11 WARNE AND VIV SAY HE IS THE BEST EVER. NEED I SAW MORE? WHATS SANGA'S RESPONSE TO THAT? ONE CENTURY AGAINST THE BEST TEAM OF HIS TIME WHO WERE THE BEST FOR 10 MONTHS.WOW. gotta love this mindless love for the game

  • Aristotle01 on September 15, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    jonathanon josephs: FYI, SACHIN has scored 11 hundreds against the aussies in tests, 10 in Odis against them, and 32 in all against the two best bowling line ups of his time- SA and AUS so all your talk abotu eng being number 1 for a year is rubbish.. greats have sustained brillance... like sachin ...like Murali....... Sangakkara no matter how good and dear he is to SL fans cannot hold a candle to some the greats of all time like Viv, sobers, Sachin, etc.

  • ChandraPrince on September 15, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    My congradulations to Kumar Sangakkara! You're Deman!

  • on September 15, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    purkonis, it is only your stats and opinion. Check the Sanga's record carefully and pls talk. Just dont jabber without knowing facts.

  • johnathonjosephs on September 15, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    @puroniks, what are you kidding me? He has centuries in South Africa (from an attack comprising of Morkel, Steyn, Tahir), in England against the World Number 1 Team (even Tendulkar could not make), and averages 60+ in Australia and New Zealand. He hasn't toured West Indies that much, and his away average is 48. If you think about it, after he GAVE UP wicketkeeping he has averaged 69+ and has AWAY AVERAGE of 57. Now if that is not impressive I don't know what to say because statistically that mean when he does not wicketkeep, he is ONLY SECOND TO BRADMAN

  • on September 15, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    apparently west indies is not good enough 2 play Sri Lanka but New Zealand is? Or R they jus lookin for easy to beat opponents? Is the SLCB scared they will lose to the West Indies

  • lala88 on September 15, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    :puroniks Sanga is the best batsman in the world now. he is not a ruin is carrer like sachin who plays only for individual records.

  • dalboy12 on September 15, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Owell give our batsman more practice against spin. As long as we approach the game like we did the 2nd test in India, we should do alright. Again like is said so often of the black caps and was shown again even in the 20/20 warm up against Aussie --- we have good bowlers, but they need some runs --- we have to score runs.

  • Sinhaya on September 15, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    @Jimi01, Sanga is one of the few who has a better 2nd innings test average than the 1st innings. It is a great thing to possess because batting in the 2nd innings is tougher.

  • Jimi01 on September 15, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    @puroniks. Sanga's average in ODI in Away matches 44.89 is higher than his home matches 38.80. I understand that he is having problems with tests outside his home, he'll fix it. Dont hate, this man is a great human being

  • Aristotle01 on September 15, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    The likes of Jaywardene, Sangakkara and Sehwag will never be considered great because of their poor stats outside the subcontinent(Sanga and sehwag) and in the case of Mahela, he is poor everywhere outside SL. Its one of the reasons why even in the future Sanga wiill never be spoken even in the same breath as a Tendulkar , lara, ponting, kallis or Dravid- or even in the class of very good players like Pietersen, Amla, De Villiers, Kohli et all. He lacks that match-seizing initiative especially outside SL. I am a big fan and admirer of SL btw. I love Murali who I think was better than Warne by a country mile-Murali got more wickets agaisnt Eng than warnie did.

  • Aristotle01 on September 15, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Another way for sangakkara to boost his average which is nothing more than a facade. He really only scores in SL. Look at his poor numbers outside the UAE and SL. A poor 35. SL fans thats why the world doesnt consider him as a Great batsman. He is better than Mahela who is really massively over-rated although he did score a couple of tons against England early this year! These SL players play most of their matches on only two pitches-disgraceful.

  • on September 15, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Why 2 tests? and yet they are complaining that we dont play enough tests, these 2 should play at least 3 tests and 3 odis.. it will be good for both these 2 sides,, what a shame,,

  • Sinhaya on September 15, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    Well good warm up before the rigorous tour of Australia, but November is one of the wettest months in Sri Lanka. So I am afraid a repeat of the 2010 series where we hosted West Indies could happen although last November was drier than November 2010. Well I hope we will have extreme wet weather from the 10th to the 25th October so that it will be dry when NZ are here.

  • acharyaanurag on September 15, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    That's another ridiculous planning. Just 2 tests and FIVE ODIs, really? 3 Tests and 3 ODIs would have been great! 2 Tests is just ridiculous!!

  • asdgr on September 15, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    This one of srilankas best ever teams in the history

  • on September 15, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Sanga will rock on this series. Can't wait to see his another huge test ton.all the beat sl and Sanga..

  • LDuminda on September 15, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    in the schedule 2nd Test venue is SSC not Pallekele.Anyway SL gonna crush NZ for sure.But NZ will be on high after making India choke the T20 at Chennai.

  • on September 15, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    thought there were no odi's left for SL this year. Glad NZ are touring...lets hope for a good series. Sanga and Malinga can add to their big tally's of runs and wickets in 2012

  • Htc-Android on September 15, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    sri lanka should have picked the P.sara stadium instead of this dead SSC flat pitch.

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  • Htc-Android on September 15, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    sri lanka should have picked the P.sara stadium instead of this dead SSC flat pitch.

  • on September 15, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    thought there were no odi's left for SL this year. Glad NZ are touring...lets hope for a good series. Sanga and Malinga can add to their big tally's of runs and wickets in 2012

  • LDuminda on September 15, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    in the schedule 2nd Test venue is SSC not Pallekele.Anyway SL gonna crush NZ for sure.But NZ will be on high after making India choke the T20 at Chennai.

  • on September 15, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Sanga will rock on this series. Can't wait to see his another huge test ton.all the beat sl and Sanga..

  • asdgr on September 15, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    This one of srilankas best ever teams in the history

  • acharyaanurag on September 15, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    That's another ridiculous planning. Just 2 tests and FIVE ODIs, really? 3 Tests and 3 ODIs would have been great! 2 Tests is just ridiculous!!

  • Sinhaya on September 15, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    Well good warm up before the rigorous tour of Australia, but November is one of the wettest months in Sri Lanka. So I am afraid a repeat of the 2010 series where we hosted West Indies could happen although last November was drier than November 2010. Well I hope we will have extreme wet weather from the 10th to the 25th October so that it will be dry when NZ are here.

  • on September 15, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Why 2 tests? and yet they are complaining that we dont play enough tests, these 2 should play at least 3 tests and 3 odis.. it will be good for both these 2 sides,, what a shame,,

  • Aristotle01 on September 15, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Another way for sangakkara to boost his average which is nothing more than a facade. He really only scores in SL. Look at his poor numbers outside the UAE and SL. A poor 35. SL fans thats why the world doesnt consider him as a Great batsman. He is better than Mahela who is really massively over-rated although he did score a couple of tons against England early this year! These SL players play most of their matches on only two pitches-disgraceful.

  • Aristotle01 on September 15, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    The likes of Jaywardene, Sangakkara and Sehwag will never be considered great because of their poor stats outside the subcontinent(Sanga and sehwag) and in the case of Mahela, he is poor everywhere outside SL. Its one of the reasons why even in the future Sanga wiill never be spoken even in the same breath as a Tendulkar , lara, ponting, kallis or Dravid- or even in the class of very good players like Pietersen, Amla, De Villiers, Kohli et all. He lacks that match-seizing initiative especially outside SL. I am a big fan and admirer of SL btw. I love Murali who I think was better than Warne by a country mile-Murali got more wickets agaisnt Eng than warnie did.