Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction for Sri Lanka v England 1st Test Day 4

Dimuth Karunaratne
Dimuth Karunaratne
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The second Test between England and Sri Lanka is really turning out to be a keenly fought contest. The pendulum has been swinging from one side to another with every passing moment.


Day one began with Sri Lankan bowlers making some early inroads into England's batting lineup. However, first Jos Buttler and then Sam Curran bailed them out of trouble. In reply, Sri Lanka wer also struck with some early blows but came back strongly, courtesy of a fighting knock from Roshan Silva.

In their second essay, after night watchman Jack leach did not last long, the regular openers Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings had an immaculate 70 odd run partnership which kept the scoreboard ticking at all times. Just when they had begun to dominate, Jennings went too adventurous and fell while trying to execute a reverse sweep.

Joe Root then started his innings in a scratchy manner but after a couple of wickets fell around him, he got his mojo back and first partnered with Jos Buttler and then with Ben Foakes to take England to a commanding position. This is undoubtedly one of the best Test innings that the English skipper has ever played.

The pitch continues to offer turn but the coupled effect of the fact that the English batsmen played beautifully and the Sri Lankan bowlers did not pitch the ball in the right areas, has helped to take the game away from the hosts.

With England already leading by 278 runs and Sri Lanka set to bat last on a loose surface, they would need to do something out of thr ordinary to get back into this match.

 

Let's have a look at the playing XIs of both teams.

 

Sri Lanka- Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Roshen Silva, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Akila Dananjaya, Malinda Pushpakumara

 England- Rory Burns, Keaton Jennings, Ben Stokes, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Ben Foakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Jack Leach, James Anderson

 

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? – England 

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Moeen Ali (England)

Most Fours – Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka)

Team Scores Batting at the end of Day 4 – England 320+ all out, Sri Lanka 180+ all out

*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.

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