SL vs ENG Prediction: Its revenge time for Sri Lanka. The last time, when England toured Sri Lanka, they whitewashed them 3-0. The hosts would be looking to pay back for that loss this time around. The absence of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer is expected to make the job a bit easier for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka vs England 1st Test
Date & Time: 14 January 2020, 10:00 AM IST
Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri Lanka
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Wicket Keeper: K Perera, J Buttler
Batsmen: A Mathews, J Root, Z Crawley, D Karunaratne
All Rounders: W Hasaranga, S Curran
Bowlers: L Embuldeniya/ D Shanaka, D Bess, J Anderson
Suitable Captaincy Choice: J Root
Suitable VC Choices: W Hasaranga, J Anderson, S Curran
Betway- SL- 3.00, ENG- 2.37, Draw- 3.00
Bet365- SL- 3.10, ENG- 2.50, Draw- 3.00
Prominent betting sides are predicting England to win this match comfortably.
England despite missing many of the key players, is a fairly better side on paper than Sri Lanka. Going with the current team combinations and past matchups, England is expected to win the match as per SL vs ENG today match prediction.
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Head to Head (overall)
Head to Head (in SL)
Head to Head (at Galle)
As far as the team combinations are concerned Angelo Mathews returns for Sri Lanka, whereas the likes of Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes misses out for England. Dan Lawrence is expected to make his debut.
SL Playing XI: Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasranga, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal/ V Fernando
ENG Playing XI: Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Daniel Lawrence, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Dom Bess, Jack Leach, Mark Wood/ Stuart Broad, James Anderson
The Galle pitch is a paradise for spinners. The pitch is expected to be good for batting on the first two days, and is also expected to turn in the subsequent days. It would be better to bat first on this pitch.
Players who are expected to perform well as per SL vs ENG Dream11 Teams
ENG- Joe Root
He averages 44.2 against Sri Lanka and has scored a 200 and 3 hundreds against them. With the rest of the three in fab four in fine form, expect Root to step up to that level.
SL- Dimuth Karunaratne
With a weak-batting line-up on their side, the captain will have to take the major responsibility of playing the long innings.
Other prominent Batsmen: Jonny Bairstow, Kusal Mendis
ENG- James Anderson
The veteran needs no introduction. He has played just 1 match in Galle and picked up 6 wickets including a 5-fer in one innings.
SL- Wanindu Hasaranga
He is the main SL bowler to look forward to in this Test. He was impressive in the last series.
Other prominent Bowlers: Sam Curran, Dasun Shanaka
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