Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction for Sri Lanka v England 2nd Test Day 5
The whimsical nature of the second Test between Sri Lanka and England continued on day four before the fluctuating contest between bat and ball was brought to a grinding halt by rain.
Quite unexpectedly, first Dimuth Karunaratne partnered with Angelo Mathews after the loss of a few quick top-order Sri Lanka wickets. That was followed by a partnership between Angelo Mathews and Roshan Silva.
However, Sri Lanka looked the most convincing when Angelo Mathews and wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella were batting in tandem. Dickwella is a naturally attacking batsman and the way the two were reducing the deficit gave the Sri Lankan fans good reason to get excited.
But after the break, England chipped in with quick wickets and the all-important scalp of Angelo Mathews. Just when a win for England looked imminent, rain decided otherwise and further play was not possible.
This was a very characteristic 4th innings. It has occured on several occasions that the chasing team gets a semblance of hope when they have a couple of partnerships, only to fall short of the target. This match is likely to end with a similar result.
What Dickwella would like to do is to score some quick runs first up on day five to create pressure on the English bowlers. With the defecit down to 30 runs or thereabouts and three wickets still in the bank, only then can Sri Lanka hope for a favourable result. For now, England is at the doorsteps of a historic series win in Sri Lanka.
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) –Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Jack Leach (England)
Most Fours – Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka)
Team Scores Batting at the end of Day 5 – Sri Lanka 250+ 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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