The Sri Lanka team is on a tour to England to play 3 T20I and 3 ODI matches. Few weeks back, they refused to sign a contract and the tour was in danger. But, the Sri Lanka board has agreed to give transparency to calculate contracts, and the players agreed to tour England without signing the contract. Both the teams play a fearless brand of cricket, and it will be exciting to see which team starts off with a win.
1. Jonny Bairstow
The swashbuckling opener has been terrific in the T20 format for the England national team and is responsible for dominant victories in home soil or away tours. Another reason he tops the fantasy picks is due to his form in the T20 Blast 2021, where he scored 295 runs in 4 innings at an average of 73.75.
J Bairstow in T20Is
2. Sam Curran
The all-rounder has been consistent performer for the past 2 years in the domestic circuit. Additionally, his IPL 2019 stint with Punjab Kings, where he took a hat-trick, reaped benefits when he was finally chosen to play for England team. Then, he grew as a perfect all-rounder with Chennai Super Kings in 2020 and 2021 season. In recent, he scored 94 runs and picked 7 wickets in 4 matches for Surrey in T20 Blast 2021.
S Curran in T20s
3. Kusal Perera
The Sri Lanka wicket-keeper batsman who will also lead the team has been an inspirational player for the young generation of cricketers from Sri Lanka. His fearless style of play have helped the national team to win many matches across all the formats. In 2014, he was one of the top run-scorers for Sri Lanka team with 125 runs which helped them to lift the cup. He is the fastest Sri Lankan batsman to reach 1000 T20I runs. His consistent performances makes him the best pick from the touring party.
K Perera in T20Is
4. D Willey
The phenomenal all-rounder has been taking regular wickets in power play overs with the new ball. He is coming into this season after taking 7 wickets in 4 matches for Yorkshire in T20 Blast 2021. Along with that, his recent knock of 44 off 21 balls against Leicestershire would keep him confident of his batting.
D Willey in T20Is
5. A Dananjaya
The talented spinner has been a fine performer in the limited-overs format for the Sri Lanka team. Although, he made his debut in 2013 in the T20I, he has not played many matches due to the illegal bowling action which kept him out of international cricket. He returned to play for Sri Lanka after a gap of 2 years against West Indies in March 2021. He then became the first bowler to take a hat-trick in West Indies in T20I. His wicket-taking abilities would be beneficial for right-handers, especially Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow.
A Dananjaya in T20Is
The 1st T20I will be played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. The average score on this venue is 157, providing an equal support to batsmen and bowlers. With an overcast conditions, the pace bowlers are bound to be at advantage position. Nevertheless, the match is set to be interesting due to the experience and capabilities of the players of both the teams.
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