Cricket Betting Tips, Match Prediction and Preview Sri Lanka v England 2nd Test
The Test series against Sri Lanka was expected to be a tough one for England, however, the visitors were prepared for it and the way England displayed authority in the opening match of the Test series has changed the equation for the coming matches.
England now lead the three-match series 1-0 and they need just one more win to clinch the series. The best online cricket betting sites will have England as firm favourites to win the 2nd Test but make sure you check out the ladbrokes promo code before looking anywhere else for the best cricket betting tips and odds. Whereas Sri Lanka need to at least draw the second Test to remain alive for the final Test.
Regular skipper Dinesh Chandimal will miss out on the coming two matches due to a groin injury that he picked up at Galle. This will further deplete the Sri Lankan batting line-up which looked out of sorts in the first Test.
In his absence, Suranga Lakmal has been named the stand-in skipper. This will also increase a lot of pressure on senior pro Angelo Mathews.
After Rangana Herath decided to hang his boots, left arm leg spinner Lakshan Sandakan seems to be a likely replacement. Akila Dananjaya has been reported for suspicious bowling action but would be available for the coming matches of the series.
The team would expect opener Dimuth Karunaratne to come back in form as he along with Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews are the key players for the side.
Although Jonny Bairstow was expected to return for this match, Ben Foakes has retained his place after a scintillating hundred and the gloves as well. Ben Stokes will bat at No 3 in the 2nd Test.
Given that the seamers will have a bit more assistance at Pallekele, Stuart Broad replacing Jack Leach was an option but England have named an unchanged XI. All in all, a victory for England has made the series quite interesting and how Sri Lanka come back from here on would make for high entertainment viewing.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
Sri Lanka- Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Kaushal Silva, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan
England- Keaton Jennings, Rory Burns, Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, 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), Keaton Jennings (England)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Dilruwan Perera (Sri Lanka), Moeen Ali (England)
Most Fours – Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka), Ben Foakes (England)
Team Scores Batting at the end of Day 1– England 260+ for 4, Sri Lanka 240+ for 5
*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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