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Sri Lanka vs England, free match prediction 22 Jan 2021

22 Jan 2021 | 10:00 | Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri Lanka
126/10 in 35.5 3.52
164/4 in 43.3 3.77 winner

Toss Winner - Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first

winner England beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets

Can the hosts Sri Lanka make a comeback to level the series?

  • England has won 4 Test matches on a trot against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.
  • Spinners claimed 23 wickets while pacers claimed just 7 wickets in the last game.
  • Sri Lanka has won just one out of 5 home Test series after 2017 with losing 2 and levelling 2 in the process.

England will win the match & series 2-0!

  • Tournament: Sri Lanka vs England 2021
  • Format: TEST
  • Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Toss: To Bat

sl vs eng Match Prediction & Analysis

Test cricket is back to its best with shows of patience, resilience and mental resolve. Cricket fans are falling in love with the format once again and are swept by its toughness and resolve.  England won the first match against Sri Lanka to get a lead of 1-0 and 60 crucial ICC Test Championship points. Both teams will look to dominate their opponents in this match with the series at stake. England will win the series if they even manage to draw the series but they would never go for that option with 60 ICC Test Championship points at stake. Sri Lanka will need to make a big comeback to win this Test match and level the series and avoid series whitewash.

Teams Preview

Sri Lanka Preview

Sri Lanka batting unit was bundled out for just 135 runs in the first innings. But, they came up with a spirited batting show in the second innings making 359 runs. Lahiru Thirumanne lead the batting unit with his 111 runs while Angelo Mathews (71 runs) and Kusal Perera (62 runs) scored vital runs at the top of the order. Dimuth Karunaratne is not available and Kusal Mendis will be replaced by Roshan Silva in this match.

Suranga Lakmal is expected to be fit for this match and replace Ajitha Fernando in this match. Spinners Dilruwan Perera (4 wickets) and Lasith Embuldeniya (5 wickets) took the bulk of the wickets for the team. Laksahn Sandakan may pose a threat to Wanidu Hathurasanga`s spot in the playing XI.

Top players to bet on:

Angelo Mathews – Mathews scored 27 & 71 in the first match and he played around 275 balls in the match. He will look to continue his good form and post a big century in this match.  

Lasith Embuldeniya – Embuldeniya was the pick of the bowlers with bowling figures of 3/176 & 2/29 in the last game. He will look to pick more wickets in this match and trouble the visitors consistently at the top.

Sri Lanka Predicted Playing XI:

Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Roshen Silva, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal

Sri Lanka Key Players From Previous Game Of Sri Lanka vs England 2021

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
D Chandimal 28 71 1 0 39.44
A Mathews 27 54 1 1 50
D Shanaka 23 48 3 0 47.92
Bowlers O M R W Econ
D Perera 36.1 2 109 4 3.01
L Embuldeniya 45.0 4 176 3 3.91
W Hasaranga 15.0 1 63 0 4.2
Bowlers O M R W Econ
D Perera 36.1 2 109 4 3.01
L Embuldeniya 45.0 4 176 3 3.91
W Hasaranga 15.0 1 63 0 4.2

Sri Lanka Actual Playing XI:

Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Ramesh Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Asitha Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Dinesh Chandimal, Oshada Fernando

England Preview

England were led by their skipper Joe Root`s double century (228 runs) in the first innings as they posted a massive 421 runs. Johnny Bairstow (47 & 35* runs) and Dan Lawrence (71 & 21* runs) played vital hands in both the innings to lead their team to victory. Both openers were dismissed for cheap scores in both the innings will be their big worry.

England spinners Dom Bess (8 wickets) and Jack leach (6 wickets) claimed 14 wickets together in the match with a five wicket haul for both. England might replace Stuart Broad (3 wickets), Mark Wood, and Sam Curran (2 wickets) with James Anderson, Olly Stone, and Chris Woakes in their rotation policy to keep them fresh.

Top players to bet on:

Joe Root – Joe Root announced his return to form in prime fashion with 228 runs and he was the last person to be dismissed in England s innings looking for quick runs in No. 11 `s company.  

Dom Bess – Dom Bess had bowling figures of 5/30 & 3/100 in the match but he was not anywhere near he needed to be in his own admission. He will look to improve his bowling line and lengths in this match.

England Predicted Playing XI:

Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley , Johnny Bairstow, Joe Root (C), Jos Buttler (wk), Jack Leach, Dominic Bess, Chris Woakes, Dan Lawrence, James Anderson,  Olly Stone

England Key Players From Previous Game Of Sri Lanka vs England 2021

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
J Root 228 321 18 1 71.03
D Lawrence 73 150 6 1 48.67
J Bairstow 47 93 2 0 50.54
Bowlers O M R W Econ
D Bess 10.1 3 30 5 2.95
S Broad 9.0 3 20 3 2.22
J Leach 17.0 2 55 1 3.24
Bowlers O M R W Econ
D Bess 10.1 3 30 5 2.95
S Broad 9.0 3 20 3 2.22
J Leach 17.0 2 55 1 3.24

England Actual Playing XI:

Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jack Leach, Daniel Lawrence, Mark Wood, Zak Crawley, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Dom Bess, James Anderson, Dominic Sibley

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 24 0 mm. 2.95 k/h From: ENE 30%
03h 25 0 mm. 2.75 k/h From: E 47%
06h 29 0 mm. 1.38 k/h From: ESE 45%
09h 29 0.47 mm. 1.63 k/h From: S 98%
12h 27 1.32 mm. 1.75 k/h From: ENE 99%
15h 26 0.54 mm. 1.76 k/h From: ENE 88%
18h 25 0.26 mm. 3.09 k/h From: ENE 49%
21h 24 0.16 mm. 4.19 k/h From: E 22%

Weather Conditions

Galle is expected to have bright sunshine except the second day of the match where we have passing showers predicted. Spinners will look to use the cracks and slowness of the surface as this is the second match on this trot played here.

Venue Details

Galle is expected to be a typical sub-continental conditions where the ball is expected to ais the spinners more than the pacers. The average score at this venue is 350+ runs and batsmen will find it easier to bat on the first 3 days of the match.   

Toss: To Bat

Batting first is the best option in the Test matches unless you are encountering cloud cover and seaming conditions on Day 1.  Both captains will look to bat first if they win the toss.

SL vs ENG Winning Prediction

Sri Lanka team will miss the services of Dimuth Karunaratne in batting department but has experienced players such as Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Mathews, and Dickwella. Their spinners struggled against the disciplined batting of England batters last game. England have the stronger batting line-up with Bairstow, Root, Buttler, and Lawrence.  They have rookie spinners who are currently doing their job in the absence of Moeen Ali currently. We expect England to win this match too and win the series 2-0.

England will win the match & series 2-0!

Author: Dhinesh Kumar