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Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions Sri Lanka v England 3rd Test Day 2

Sri Lanka's Malinda Pushpakumara celebrates

England have their noses ahead against Sri Lanka on day one of the third and the last Test that has moved quite swiftly.

English openers Keaton Jennings and Rory Burns were not able to leave a mark at Colombo as they fell for 13 and 14 runs respectively; only after getting some sheen off the new ball.

In came the comeback man Jonny Bairstow. After trying Ben Stokes in the 2nd Test, in a move that did not reap favourable rewards, England slotted the Yorkshire lad at one down. Bairstow starred with a well-made 110 off 186 deliveries and was complemented by firstly Joe Root and then Ben Stokes. The comeback man had a 100-run partnership with Root and 99-run stand with Ben Stokes.

However, the best part for England was that runs kept coming thick and fast as they ended with a scoring rate of over 3.5 runs per over. Despite the loss of seven wickets, it is this scoring rate which has helped England to be in a good position.

In the lower-middle order, Moeen Ali showed some resilience. After the departure of Ben Foakes, Adil Rashid did well to occupy the crease. England did not suffer any further damage after Rashid survived two drop catches and two lbw reviews.

Sri Lankan bowlers picked wickets at regular intervals but could not stem the run flow. Skipper Suranga Lakmal was the most economical as he gave away only 23 runs off his ten overs. Ironically, Lakshan Sandakan who is replacing Akila Dananjaya in this match, took four wickets and also went for about 4.5 runs per over.

First inning runs are always crucial and the more England can add on day two, the better for them. Ideally, they would like to inch closer to 400 with the help of some attacking shots from Moeen Ali and resistance from Jack Leach and Stuart Broad.

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

Sri Lanka- Dimuth Karunaratne, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Malinda Pushpakumara

England- Rory Burns, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Ben Foakes, Adil Rashid, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? – England

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka), Moeen Ali (England)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Lakshan Sandakan (Sri Lanka), Moeen Ali (England)

Most Fours – Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka), Moeen Ali (England)

Team Scores Batting at the end of Day 2 – England 340+ all out, Sri Lanka 230+ for 4,

*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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