REUTERS: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bat in the opening test against hosts Sri Lanka in Galle on Wednesday.
The two-test series, with the second match set for Colombo, is the first for both teams in the newly launched World Test Championship, which features the top nine test-playing nations competing in a league across two years.
Both side selected three spinners, with the pitch expected to offer turn for slow bowlers.
New Zealand: Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Will Somerville, Trent Boult
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lahiru Kumara
(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Peter Rutherford)