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Cricket Betting Tips, Match Prediction and Preview of Sri Lanka v England only T20I

Niroshan Dickwella
Niroshan Dickwella
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As Sri Lanka and England switch formats from ODIs to T20Is, the fans will plead the rain Gods to give them a leeway of just three hours.

Although Sri Lanka will take some heart from the 219-run win in the last ODI at the R Premadasa Stadium, their T20I record at this venue is forgettable. The team has lost 15 of their last 19 T20Is played in Colombo.

Like the ODI format, former skipper Angelo Mathews has been dropped from the T20Is as well. Thisara Perera will lead the side in his absence. Lasith Malinga will also feature in the playing XI as he returns to T20 Internationals after more than a year.

Niroshan Dickwella and Dinesh Chandimal are the inform Sri Lankan batsman while Akila Dananjaya and Dushmantha Chameera will shoulder the responsibility with the ball.

For England, Jonny Bairstow and Liam Dawson have not yet recovered from their injuries. This gives opener Alex Hales an extended run to make a mark on a tour that has been ordinary for him till now.

Jason Roy and Jos Buttler are the two key players who are expected to provide firepower to England. Chris Jordan has been included in the squad and is likely to get a game due to his T20 exploits. Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali will be the other lead bowlers.


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


Sri Lanka- Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha, Dushmantha Chameera

England- Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Olly Stone/Liam Plunkett


Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? – England

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka), Jason Roy (England)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Akila Dananjaya (Sri Lanka), Moeen Ali (England)

Most Sixes – Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka), Jason Roy (England)

Team Scores Batting – Sri Lanka 150+ , England 170+

*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.