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Toss Winner - England won the toss and chose to bowl first
England beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets
Will the Srilankan team take revenge for their defeat in the T20 series against hosts in this first ODI?
We predict that England will defeat Sri Lanka.
Tournament: Sri Lanka tour of England, 2021 | Format: ODI | Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
England will face Srilanka in this first ODI match of the Sri Lanka tour of England 2021 on 29th June 2021. This match will be played at Riverside Ground in Chester-le-street. This will be an important match for the Srilankan side to start on a good note as they lost the T20 series of the same tour. England is currently the fourth-ranked team in ODI cricket with the same points India have. They will try to win this series to move ahead of India to third position. Sri Lanka stands in 9th position on the same table. It will be a challenge for the Sri Lankan team to defeat England because after winning the ODI world cup, England’s team is looking more dangerous in the last few years in this format.
English side is looking strong in this format and they have built a perfect squad to defeat since winning the World Cup 2019. They have delivered some fine performances since then and in this series also they will try to maintain their winning records in their backyard. England lost their previous ODI series against India while touring India. Although they lost the series they fought well till the end and the series went into a decider in the last ODI. While chasing the target of 330 runs, they failed just 7 runs short in that run chase. Sam Curran almost tried to clinch victory over India by playing a knock of not out 95 from 83 balls but couldn’t manage to chase that down in the last over. Sam Curran has transformed himself into a mature cricketer and along with Moeen Ali, both will be dangerous for the opponents in this series against Sri Lanka.
The overall squad is looking strong in all fields. Spinner Adil Rashid along with Moeen Ali is looking like a key wicket-taker in the middle overs, while Chris Woakes and Mark Wood will lead the death bowling attack in this series for England. They will come up to clinch this series against Sri Lanka on 29th June.
Key players for England: Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali.
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow(wk), Liam Livingstone, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Chris Jordan, David Willey.
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Sam Billings, Eoin Morgan, Mark Wood, AU Rashid, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, David Jonathan Willey, Sam Curran, CR Woakes
Sri Lanka’s side has been struggling for the past few years as experienced players of their squad retired from this format. World Cup runners up for 2 consecutive years in 2007 and 2011, currently are at the 9th position in the ICC ODI rankings. They have lost their last ODI series against Bangladesh. In 3 match ODI series, they only managed to save the whitewash in the last ODI against Bangladesh. While setting up the target of 286 runs in front of the opponent, captain Kusal Parera played a brilliant knock of 120 runs from 122 balls, and with good bowling performance, they have managed to defend that total.
Ramesh Mendis’ 2 wickets for 40 runs and Wanindu Hasranga’s 2 wickets for 47 runs, helped their team to clinch a victory on the last ODI of the series. Wanindu Hasaranga has taken 10 wickets in his last 9 innings and Dushmantha Chameera who is the key bowler in the Sri Lankan bowling unit has taken 11 wickets in the last 5 matches for his team. The team has a good and attacking bowling attack but have failed to perform in middle-order batting in the last few encounters. They will solve that middle-order batting issue in this opening fixture of the ODI series against England at Riverside ground.
Key players for Sri Lanka: Kusal Parera, Danushka Gunathalika, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushmantha Chameera.
Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Parera (c), Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Dushmantha Chameera, Chamika Karunaratne, Binura Fernando
Pathum Nissanka, Ramesh Mendis, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Binura Fernando, Kusal Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Praveen Jayawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Wanidu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne
The weather is partially cloudy on the 11th of June, with a 10-20% chance of raining on match day. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the 22°C - 10°C range.
Riverside Ground from Chester-le-street will host this match. This ground has a capacity of 17000 and has conducted a few international as well as domestic games so far.
This ground has conducted 19 ODIs matches so far but mainly used for domestic purposes like Vitality Blast and County Championship. The pitch offers an equal advantage to batsmen as well as bowlers. But in the last 5 matches, the team who bowled first won 3 matches while chasing. At this location, whichever team wins the toss will want to bowl first.
England have a good depth in the batting order as well as have some key all-rounders in their squad. All-rounders like Sam Curran and Moeen Ali are dominating their respective fields in the past few years for England. On the other hand, the Sri Lankan side is lacking in experience in their squad. They had struggled in the T20 series against mighty England and in this series as well England will put pressure on them by utilizing the home advantage.
We predict that England will defeat Sri Lanka.
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