As a part of ICC World Test Championship, England are visiting Sri Lanka for a 2 match test series which starts on 14th of January. This series was supposed to held in 2020 but due to COVID reasons, the series had to be postponed.
SL vs ENG Test Series England Tour Of Sri Lanka Match 1 details:
In the first test match, Sri Lanka and England will be squaring off against each other on 14th of January till the 18th of January at Galle International Stadium, Galle.
The game is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM IST and can be viewed live on FanCode in India.
SL vs ENG Test Series England Tour Of Sri Lanka Match 1 Preview:
England are ranked 4th in test rankings and are 4th on the world test series as well, they have played a total of 9 test matches as a part of world test championship in which they won just 3 and lost 6 of them, they have a huge task of defeating Sri Lanka at home and if they don’t win then it will be difficult for them to play the finale at Lords.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are not as good a test side as they used to be in past during the time of Mahila Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, they are currently ranked at 6th on test ranking and are 7th on World Test Championship points table, they would like to use the home advantage and move up in the points table.
SL vs ENG Test Series England Tour Of Sri Lanka Match 1 Weather Report:
The weather forecast in this match is not so promising as the sky is forecasted to have some dark clouds in the sky and the temperature is expected to be around 25-28C on the match day, there may be rain delay during the course of the test match.
SL vs ENG Test Series England Tour Of Sri Lanka Match 1 Pitch Report:
The surface at Galle is traditionally a batting-friendly pitch, fast bowlers won’t get any help whatsoever but spinners might get turn to start from day 2 onwards. Batting will be easier during the first 2 days.
Average 1st innings score:
Record of chasing teams:
80% of the matches have been won while batting first here in recent 5 matches.
SL vs ENG Test Series England Tour Of Sri Lanka Match 1 Injury Update:
(Will be added when there is an update)
SL vs ENG Test Series England Tour Of Sri Lanka Match 1 Probable XIs:
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Parera, Lahiru Thirimane, Angelo Matthews, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dilruwan Parera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal.
Bench: Oshada Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Kumara.
England: Dom Sibley, Jack Crawley, Jonny Barstow, Joe Root, Dan Lawrence, Josh Butler, Sam Curran, Dom Bess, Jack Leech, Mark Wood, James Anderson.
Bench: Chris Workes, Ben flakes, Moeen Ali, Olly Stone.
SL vs ENG Test Series Match 1 Top Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips:
Angelo Matthews is in top batting form recently, he has the ability to play big innings and make daddy hundreds.
Lakshan Sandakan is the Chinaman bowler, he will be a key threat for the English batsmen in this series.
Jack Crawley is the opening batsman for the English team, he has been in hot form in domestic as well as international matches, and it will be a good opportunity for him to settle himself as an opener.
Jonny Bairstow has been eager to perform in test matches which was evident by his interviews recently, he will bat at number three and if England bat first then he might score big.
SL vs ENG Test Series England Tour Of Sri Lanka Match 1 Captain and Vice-Captain Choices:
Captain – Angelo Matthews, Jonny Bairstow
Vice-Captain – Lakshan Sandakan, Jack Crawley.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for SL vs ENG Dream11 Team:
Keeper – Kusal Parera, Josh Butler
Batsmen – Angelo Matthews (C), Jack Crawley, Jonny Bairstow (VC), Dinesh Chandimal
All-rounders – Sam Curran, Wanindu Hasaranga
Bowlers – Mark Wood, Dom Desh, Lakshan Sandakan
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for SL vs ENG Dream11 Team:
Keeper – Kusal Parera (VC), Josh Butler
Batsmen – Angelo Matthews, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Dinesh Chamdimal
All-rounder – Sam Curran (C), Wanindu Hasaranga
Bowlers – Jack Leech, Mark Wood, Lakshan Sandakan
SL vs ENG Test Series England Tour Of Sri Lanka Match 1 Expert Advice:
The pitch will be batting friendly in first two days hence pick more batsman from the team batting first, and pick more spinners than fast bowlers as they will get more hall as the game progresses.
SL vs ENG Test Series England Tour Of Sri Lanka Match 1 Probable Winner:
England are a bit stronger team skill-wise but Sri Lanka will have better spinners and home advantage hence Sri Lanka are our favourite in this match.