Sri Lanka takes on England in their 1st Test of the tour at Galle on the 6th of November. It has been a very unsatisfying Tournament to watch for cricket lovers due to the multiple delays because of rain.
England have shown a good sport shape and have won 5 of the 6 games that were played so far in the tournament. Although their overseas record has been very poor in the past few years, England will aim to continue their winning series in this tour. The conditions for the English team will be quite different and not of their liking, and spinners like Adil Rashid would need to take the lead.
Sri Lanka lost another ODI at home from England, after the loss from South Africa this year. Despite the loss on the ODI against South Africa, Sri Lanka won the Test series. Main advantage for the Sri Lanka team in these series would be the pitch, tailor made for spin bowling.
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The legend Rangana Herath will be available for the last time in a Test cricket game for Sri Lanka. Since this is his last match, his teammates will give their all to grant him a winning farewell. Here is our Predicted playing 11 for Sri Lanka: F Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Matthews, ARS Silva, Akila Dhananjaya, Rangana Herath, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sandakan,Suranga Lakmal
England would have to make a hard choice for their starting 11. Due to the pitch conditions, which favors spinners, we expect the starting bowlers to be: Jack Leach, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali. Here is our Predicted playing 11 for England: Keaton Jennings, Rory Burns, Joe Root, Jos Butler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jack Leach
Galle International Stadium is famous to be the luckiest ground for the team of Sri Lanka, situated near the Galle fort and surrounded on the two sides by the Indian Ocean.
This ground favors spin bowling, one of the man reasons why Sri Lanka start this game as favorites.
Our prediction is that Sri Lanka to win the 1st Test game, however if there are rain delays, England would win this game. For top batsman our expectations are Angelo Matthews (Sri Lanka).