Sri Lanka vs England 1st Test Match Prediction

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Sri Lanka
203/10 & 250/10
2.96
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England
342/10 & 322/6
3.50
Nov 06, 201804:30
Galle International Stadium - Galle, Sri Lanka
Finished
England won by 211 runs

Our Prediction

Sri Lanka To Win the Match, 2.90
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  • England haven't won any of their last ten away from home matches
  • The experience of Herath, Chandimal, and Mathews will play a vital role for Sri Lanka on a spinner friendly surface
  • Dealing with the skilled Sri Lankan spinners on the surface conducive for spin bowling will be a tough ask for the English batsmen
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0.0%
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100.0%
  • Tournament: Sri Lanka vs England 2018
  • Date: Nov 06, 2018
  • Format: Test
  • Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Time: 04:30

Key Stats

  • Toss: England (Batting)
  • Man of the Match: Ben Foakes

Sri Lanka Inning 2

BatsmanRB4s6sSR
Niroshan Dickwella 16 32 1 0 50.00
Dimuth Karunaratne 26 86 1 0 30.23
Dilruwan Perera 30 49 3 1 61.22
Dhananjaya de Silva 21 44 0 1 47.73
Kaushal Silva 30 59 1 0 50.85
Angelo Mathews 53 92 5 0 57.61
Akila Dananjaya 8 18 0 0 44.44
Rangana Herath 5 18 0 0 27.78
Kusal Mendis 45 77 6 1 58.44
Suranga Lakmal 14 25 1 1 56.00
Dinesh Chandimal 1 11 0 0 9.09
BowlerOMRWECO
Joe Root 1.0 0 1 0 1.00
Ben Stokes 8.0 2 16 1 2.00
AU Rashid 18.1 0 59 1 3.25
James Anderson 12.0 2 27 0 2.25
Jack Leach 21.0 1 60 3 2.86
Moeen Ali 20.0 2 71 4 3.55
Sam Curran 5.0 1 15 0 3.00

England Inning 2

BatsmanRB4s6sSR
Joe Root 3 19 0 0 15.79
Ben Foakes 37 34 1 3 108.82
Ben Stokes 62 93 4 3 66.67
Rory Burns 23 65 1 0 35.38
KK Jennings 146 280 9 0 52.14
Moeen Ali 3 11 0 0 27.27
Jos Buttler 35 58 2 1 60.34
BowlerOMRWECO
Dilruwan Perera 30.0 3 94 2 3.13
Dhananjaya de Silva 12.1 2 41 0 3.37
Akila Dananjaya 18.5 2 87 1 4.62
Rangana Herath 23.0 1 59 2 2.57
Suranga Lakmal 9.0 2 30 0 3.33

Sri Lanka Inning 1

BatsmanRB4s6sSR
Niroshan Dickwella 28 39 3 0 71.79
Dimuth Karunaratne 4 2 1 0 200.00
Dilruwan Perera 21 49 2 0 42.86
Dhananjaya de Silva 14 47 0 0 29.79
Kaushal Silva 1 6 0 0 16.67
Angelo Mathews 52 122 3 0 42.62
Akila Dananjaya 0 3 0 0 0.00
Rangana Herath 14 16 2 0 87.50
Kusal Mendis 19 32 4 0 59.38
Suranga Lakmal 15 20 2 0 75.00
Dinesh Chandimal 33 72 3 0 45.83
BowlerOMRWECO
Ben Stokes 4.0 0 22 0 5.50
AU Rashid 9.0 1 30 2 3.33
James Anderson 10.0 0 26 1 2.60
Jack Leach 18.0 2 41 2 2.28
Moeen Ali 21.0 4 66 4 3.14
Sam Curran 6.0 1 16 1 2.67

England Inning 1

BatsmanRB4s6sSR
Joe Root 35 46 5 0 76.09
Ben Foakes 107 202 10 0 52.97
Ben Stokes 7 19 1 0 36.84
AU Rashid 35 38 4 2 92.11
James Anderson 0 4 0 0 0.00
Rory Burns 9 12 2 0 75.00
Jack Leach 15 31 2 0 48.39
KK Jennings 46 53 7 0 86.79
Moeen Ali 0 1 0 0 0.00
Jos Buttler 38 72 4 0 52.78
Sam Curran 48 104 1 3 46.15
BowlerOMRWECO
Dilruwan Perera 31.0 6 75 5 2.42
Dhananjaya de Silva 3.0 0 18 0 6.00
Akila Dananjaya 20.0 2 96 1 4.80
Rangana Herath 25.0 4 78 1 3.12
Suranga Lakmal 18.0 5 73 3 4.06

About the Match

Despite having a lot of success in the two shorter formats of the game, England's fate in the upcoming test series against Sri Lanka is far from certain considering how potent Sri Lankans have been against non-Asian sides at home. The three-match series is scheduled to begin with the first matching scheduled for 6th November at Galle.

England did exceedingly well in their last test series, against India, at home, but this is going to be an altogether different challenge. In recent years, it's been extremely rare for a home team to lose a test series. In addition to that, Sri Lanka haven't lost a home test series against a non-Asian side since 2014. Home advantage is definitely going to play a vital role and it's certainly not going to be a walk in the park for the visitors. Regardlessly, this hugely anticipated test series will certainly be a treat to watch for cricket fans across the globe.

Match Preview

Sri Lanka

At least in the shorter formats of the game, the hosts have still not recovered from the voids created by the retirement of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara and soon Rangana Herath will join the list of the former players. The most experienced player of the current Sri Lankan squad will be retiring after the opening test at Galle. The 40-year old spinner has 430 wickets to his name and his performance will hold the key for Sri Lankan fortunes in the first test.

After missing out in the white-ball version of the game, Angelo Mathews returns to competitive cricket and his experience could come in handy. The likes of Niroshan Dickwell, Dinesh Chandimal, and Kusal Mendis usually thrive on home soil in the longer format of the game and they all will be itching to score big after failing to perform in the colored clothing.

In addition to Herath's experience and accuracy, Akila Dananjaya's deception and Lakshan Sandakan's flare can trouble the English batsmen. Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal are likely to shoulder the load of the pace department. Considering that the surface is likely to assist spinners, the seamers are only going to ball in short bursts.

Sri Lanka Starting Lineup

Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis , Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath.

England

The retirement of Alastair Cook has rendered English top-order a little fragile considering that we might well see two newcomers open the innings for England in the conditions conducive for spin bowling.

Joe Root began well in the ODI series, but slowly lost his touch and was found wanting towards the end of the limited-overs leg of the tour. The challenging conditions of Sri Lanka and a trial by spin will be an opportunity for him to prove his mettle with the bat. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler delivered some notable performances against India earlier in the year and their performance might well govern how England fare in the opening test.

Considering how vital Sam Curran was in their last test series, it is highly unlikely that he will be dropped in the opening test. With conditions likely to help spinners, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid are both sure starters in the first match and we might well see Stuart Broad sitting out in the first match with Curran, Anderson, and Stokes chipping in to take pace bowling responsibility. Along with Rashid and Moeen, Jack Leach could be included to bolster their bowling attack as indicated by Trevor Bayliss in the pre-match conference.

This is a big tour for England and Joe Root as their team has a lot of questions to answer. They've lost eight out of their last ten away matches and haven't won any. They'll be keen to improve this statistic and will need every member of their team to contribute well considering the big home-advantage Sri Lankans have.

England Starting Lineup

KK Jennings, Rory Burns, Moeen Ali, JE Root, BA Stokes, Jos Buttler, Ben Foakes, Sam Curran, AU Rashid, Jack Leach, James Anderson.

Toss Prediction

Batting fourth has been and will be a challenge at the surface of Galle and the team winning the toss will be looking to bat first and put a big score on the board.

Pitch and Conditions

Rain is expected to play a part on every day of this test match and there are likely to be many interruptions over the course of the match. It's going to be a typical Galle surface where the first two days will be the easiest days to bat. Spinners will be in the game from day one and we expect them to do the bulk of the bowling. The team batting first will be looking to score at least 350 in the first innings and chasing in the fourth innings will be tough.

Our Prediction

England are placed three places ahead of Sri Lanka, at third, in the ICC Test Cricket Rankings, but the rankings do not really tell the complete story of how they've fared. While they've been terrific at home, their record away from home has been dismal, to say the least. Sri Lankans, on the other hand, have had a pretty poor time in limited-overs cricket of late. Their spinners, however, have done pretty well in the last couple of years in the red-ball cricket and will present a big challenge for the visitors. Unless rain plays spoil-sport, it's going to be an intriguing game of test cricket.

The venue, history, and surface all favor the home team, but the talented English side cannot be ruled out considering the way they performed against India. Galle is a fortress for Sri Lanka and with tailor-made conditions for their team, they are more likely to emerge victorious and start the series on a winning note.

Our Prediction

Sri Lanka To Win the Match, 2.90
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Which team will win?

Sri Lanka73.1% (19)
England26.9% (7)
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2018-10-09 03:56:39
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