Is Sri Lanka up for the task to beat mighty England with a home advantage?
We predict that England will defeat Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka will face England in their first T20 match of Sri Lanka tour of England 2021 on 23rd June 2021. This match will be played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. This will be the first match of the Sri Lanka tour of England and it will be important for the Sri Lankan team to begin this series with a win.
England is currently the world’s top-ranked team in T20 cricket, while Sri Lanka stands in the 8th position on the same table. It will be a challenge for the Sri Lankan team to defeat England, who is already in great form in the T20 format of the game. The upcoming T20 World Cup will be a series for experimentation in playing 11 combinations for England. In the past five head-to-head matches, England has won four out of the five contests. England has been a dominating side in this bilateral contest and will be the favourites in this match.
This T20 series will be the perfect opportunity for this champion team to experiment with their playing 11 and find a perfect team combination ahead of the T20 World Cup tournament. England have been in good form and they would have a home-ground advantage in this T20 series.
Jason Roy and Jos Buttler form the opening pair for this team’s batting unit. The opening batsmen have successfully posted runs on the board for England and are expected to do the same in this series. Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, and Eoin Morgan form the middle order for this batting line-up. The present batting form of Eoin Morgan is questionable, but this could be another opportunity for him to spend the time on the pitch and get back in form before the T20 World Cup. This batting unit has excellent finishers in the form of Chris Woakes and Sam Curran.
Mark Wood and Moeen Ali lead the bowling attack for England’s bowling unit. Chris Jordan, Sam Curran, and Chris Woakes will form the support for this team’s bowling unit. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid are the best spin alternatives available with this England squad.
Key players: Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran
Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Chris Jordan.
Chris Jordan, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Mark Wood, AU Rashid, Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, CR Woakes
Sri Lanka currently ranks 8th in the ICC World T20 Rankings table. With the present form of the Sri Lankan squad, it will be a difficult task for this team to defeat England. This T20 series will provide an idea about the strength of Sri Lanka and their fate in the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Parera are the key batsmen in this team’s batting unit. Danushka Gunathilaka and Avishka Fernando will have the responsibility to set the opening partnership for this team. Kusal Parera, Oshada Fernando, and Kusal Mendis form the middle order of this batting unit. These batsmen will be responsible for anchoring the inning for Sri Lanka and preventing the batting unit from crumbling against England’s bowling attack.
Dushmantha Chameera is the key bolwer in Sri Lankan bowling unit. Nuwan Pradeep, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, and Dasun Shanaka provide this bowling unit with all-rounder bowling alternatives. This strengthens the Sri Lankan bowling unit and also deepens the batting for this team.
Key players: Kusal Parera, Danushka Gunathalika, Dhananjaya de Silva
Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Parera (c), Kusal Mendis, Oshada Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep, Dasun Shanaka.
Avishka Fernando, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Mendis, Dushmantha Chameera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Wanidu Hasaranga, Nuwan Pradeep
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||12||0 mm.||1.22 k/h||From: NNE||70%|
|03h||11||0 mm.||1.71 k/h||From: N||48%|
|06h||11||0 mm.||1.05 k/h||From: NE||25%|
|09h||14||0 mm.||1.17 k/h||From: SW||2%|
|12h||16||0 mm.||3.15 k/h||From: SW||27%|
|15h||17||0 mm.||5.34 k/h||From: WSW||88%|
|18h||15||0 mm.||5.54 k/h||From: W||94%|
|21h||12||0 mm.||3.43 k/h||From: WNW||100%|
The weather on the match-day will be overcast with 95% humidity. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the 18°C - 10°C range.
The venue for this match is Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. Many International matches have been hosted at this event in the past, this includes the 2019 Cricket World cup.
At this location, whichever team wins the toss will want to bowl first. It will be easier for the team to score runs in the second innings. Out of six international T20 matches played at this venue, four matches have been won by the team batting second.
England have always been the dominant side against Sri Lanka. Given the current form of the England Cricket Team and the weaker links in the Sri Lankan Cricket Team, England seems to have an edge in this contest. The world-class performers in the English team outnumber the ones in Sri Lanka team.
We predict that England will defeat Sri Lanka.