The 1st T20I between Sri Lanka and England concluded on 23rd June, with England winning the match by 8 wickets. The Sri Lanka team could manage to post only 129 runs on the board. The significant contributors for them were Kusal Perera and Dasun Shanaka. While, Curran and Rashid were impressive with their bowling efforts. Then, England openers Roy and Buttler gave a blistering start and helped the team to win the match easily.
1. Jos Buttler
The premier wicket-keeper batsman has been a reliable player for the England national team. In the early part of his career, he played in the middle-order across all the formats, but has been quite successful in the top-order for some time. He has been coming into this series after good performances in the IPL, where hit a century for Rajasthan Royals. In the 1st T20I, he hit 68* off 55 balls to help the team in chasing down the target easily and is the best fantasy pick for this game.
J Buttler in T20Is
2. Jason Roy
With a good form in the limited-overs for the past few years, Jason Roy has the required capability to provide a blistering start to the team that certainly have a positive effect on the middle-order. In the 1st T20I, he hit 36 off 22 balls which ultimately sealed the game for the home team. Looking at his fine track in the shortest format of the international circuit, he can be a good pick.
J Roy in T20Is
3. Jonny Bairstow
Although he did not open for the England team, he has the optimum flexibility to score runs at any position in the batting order. With a good run in T20Is this year, against India, then IPL and T20 Blast performances would give him added confidence to perform in the 2nd T20I.
J Bairstow in T20Is
4. Kusal Perera
The captain of the Sri Lanka has been a terrific player across all the formats. His consistency along with fearless style of batting has won a lot of matches for the team. In the 1st T20I, he provided a good start to the team with his contribution of 30 at an strike rate of 115.38. If he stays in the crease for few more balls, he can be quite dangerous for the home team.
K Perera in T20Is
5. Dasun Shanaka
The middle-order batsman has the ability to stabilize the team in crucial situations and play an aggressive innings as well. His performances in the limited-overs format earned him a place in the test team. In the 1st T20I, he scored a half-century and was the top run-scorer for the Sri Lanka team and will certainly look to continue his good form.
D Shanaka in T20Is
The 2nd T20I between England and Sri Lanka will be played at the same venue, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. Here, the average score is 160, and the Sri Lanka batsmen need to perform well to give a tough competition to the home team. The rain showers are expected during the match, which would allow the pace bowlers to induce wickets in the power play overs with a new ball.
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