Sri Lanka vs England 2nd Test Match Prediction

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Sri Lanka
26/1 in 12.0
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285/10 in 75.4
Nov 14, 201804:30
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium - Pallekele, Sri Lanka
Day 1 Stumps
SL trail by 259 runs.

Our Prediction

England To Win the Match, 2.21
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  • England bat deep with player coming in at number ten more than more than capable with the bat
  • Sri Lanka will be without their two key players - Rangana Heratha and Dinesh Chandimal
  • English spinners utilized the conditions better than those of Sri Lanka in the first test
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  • Tournament: Sri Lanka vs England 2018
  • Date: Nov 14, 2018
  • Format: Test
  • Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
  • Time: 04:30

Sri Lanka vs England Betting Odds

Key Stats

  • Toss: England (Batting)
  • Current partnership: 4(26)

Ball by Ball

  • 11.6Jack Leach to PM Pushpakumara: No runs.
  • 11.5Jack Leach to PM Pushpakumara: No runs.
  • 11.4Jack Leach to PM Pushpakumara: No runs.
  • 11.3Jack Leach to PM Pushpakumara: No runs.
  • 11.2Jack Leach to PM Pushpakumara: No runs.
  • 11.1Jack Leach to Dimuth Karunaratne: 1 run.
  • 10.6Moeen Ali to PM Pushpakumara: No runs.
  • 10.5Moeen Ali to PM Pushpakumara: No runs.
  • 10.4Moeen Ali to PM Pushpakumara: No runs.
  • 10.3Moeen Ali to PM Pushpakumara: No runs.
  • 10.2Moeen Ali to PM Pushpakumara: No runs.
  • 10.1Moeen Ali to Dimuth Karunaratne: 1 run.

Current Partnership

PM Pushpakumara 1 15 0 0 6.67
Dimuth Karunaratne 19 42 1 0 45.24
Jack Leach 4.0 0 7 1 1.75
Moeen Ali 3.0 1 6 0 2.00

Sri Lanka Inning 1

Dimuth Karunaratne 19 42 1 0 45.24
Kaushal Silva 6 15 1 0 40.00
PM Pushpakumara 1 15 0 0 6.67
James Anderson 3.0 0 8 0 2.67
Sam Curran 2.0 0 5 0 2.50
Jack Leach 4.0 0 7 1 1.75
Moeen Ali 3.0 1 6 0 2.00

England Inning 1

Rory Burns 43 81 5 0 53.09
KK Jennings 1 8 0 0 12.50
BA Stokes 19 27 2 0 70.37
JE Root 14 23 2 0 60.87
Jos Buttler 63 67 7 0 94.03
Moeen Ali 10 23 0 0 43.48
Ben Foakes 19 29 3 0 65.52
Sam Curran 64 119 1 6 53.78
AU Rashid 31 52 2 1 59.62
Jack Leach 7 13 1 0 53.85
James Anderson 7 12 1 0 58.33
Suranga Lakmal 12.0 1 44 1 3.67
Dilruwan Perera 24.4 5 61 4 2.47
PM Pushpakumara 23.0 4 89 3 3.87
Dhananjaya de Silva 2.0 0 4 0 2.00
Akila Dananjaya 14.0 1 80 2 5.71

About the Match

It's been a rare sight to see a team going 1-0 up in a test series playing away from home. However, in the last week and a half, we have seen that happen twice. First, Zimbabwe toppled Bangladesh at Chittagong and then Sri Lanka lost to England at Galle. Notably, this was England's first win in their last fourteen away from home matches. They'll be looking to extend this lead and wrap-up the series when they meet Sri Lanka for the second test at Pallekele. Sri Lanka have usually done well at home in the longer format of the game and it will be interesting to see how they fare against this strong English side.

Match Preview

Sri Lanka

The hosts will be without two of their most experienced players, Rangana Herath and Dinesh Chandimal, and the presence of both will certainly be felt. The first test was Herath's International farewell whereas Dinesh Chandimal suffered a grade one muscle tear due to which he's likely to sit out for at least a couple of weeks.

In the absence of their regular skipper, Suranga Lakmal will don the captain's hat. Lakmal has been exceptional with the job thus far in his career. Although a fairly small sample size to infer anything, Sri Lanka have won all three tests played under his leadership and will be interesting to see how Sri Lanka fares against a team in form.

Sri Lankan batting didn't come good at Galle and they'll be hoping for an improved performance from Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, and Kaushal Silva going into the second test. Barring a little spell where Foakes was in charge, Sri Lankan bowling did well. Dilruwan Perera was the pick of their bowlers. He picked up seven crucial scalps in the last test and will be the key man with the ball for the Islanders in the second test.

Sri Lanka Starting Lineup

Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis , Roshen Silva, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Akila Dananjaya, PM Pushpakumara.


England tickets almost all the boxes in the first match and continued to build onto their series win against India. There was a big threat of handling spinners looming over them prior to the start of the series which they countered with perfection.

Keaton Jennings, after having a dismal tour against Indian, proved his selection in the team to be right as he slammed unbeaten 146 runs in the second innings. However, their win was set up by the knock of Ben Foakes in the first innings due to the virtue of which they secured a first-innings lead which proved to be vital in the end.

Their spin trio of Adil Rashid, Jack Leach, and Moeen Ali picked sixteen wickets in total and were arguably better than that of Sri Lankan spinners. With batting doing reasonably well which bats deep as seen in their last six matches, it won't be easy to dismiss England regardless of the surface. With the likes of Anderson, Broad, Ali, and Rashid in their squad, they have a bowling attack that can thrive on any kind of surface. All in all, England will be a big threat to Sri Lanka yet again.

England Starting Lineup

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

Toss Prediction

With batting likely to become tough as the match progresses, the captain winning the toss is expected to elect to bat first.

Pitch and Conditions

Both the weather and surface at Pallekele is expected to be the same as Galle. There was forecast of rain at Galle, but we had five non-stop days of action and fans and teams will be hoping for the same here as well. The surface is a typical Sri Lankan wicket with lots of runs for the batsmen and plenty of assistance for spinners available.

Our Prediction

Quite unexpectedly, English batting, as well as spinners, fared better than those of Sri Lanka in the opening test. The absence of Dinesh Chandimal and Rangana Herath will be tough to fill for the hosts whereas England looks a fairly settled unit. Considering the team on paper as well as the form of both the sides, England are firm-favorites to win this important game.

Our Prediction

England To Win the Match, 2.21
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Which team will win?

Sri Lanka52.0% (13)
England48.0% (12)
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