England vs Sri Lanka: England and Sri Lanka are all set to begin their limited over’s series starting June 23 at the Cardiff Wales Stadium. It starts with a T20 international set to be played on Wednesday.
England Cricket Team is currently the number one side in the T20 internationals. Playing at home against a lower-ranked team, you would expect them to win the series quite comfortably. The absence of Jonny Bairstow at the top of the order might hurt them.
He suffered ankle pain during the ongoing T20 blast. Jason Roy and Jason Buttler are expected to open the innings, while the middle order would comprise of the likes of Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid are likely to handle the spin bowling duties in the playing department. The pace-attack consists of the likes of Sam Curran, Mark Wood and Chris Jordan among others.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, hasn’t been enduring a rough patch. They are currently ranked 9th in the T20 rankings. Kusal Perera would continue leading the side, while Fernando and Gunathilala are likely to be the openers. The batting further boasts of the likes of Kusal Mendis, Oshada Fernando and Dasun Shanaka among others.
Sri Lanka and England have played 9 T20 international against each other. England have managed to beat Sri Lanka on 5 occasions, while Sri Lanka has beaten them 4 times. Astonishingly, Sri Lanka have beaten England thrice in 4 occasions in England.
Sri Lanka and England will play the first T20 international on Wednesday at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
ENG vs SL Probable Playing XI
England: Eoin Morgan (C), Jos Buttler (wk), Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Tom Curran
Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera (C and WK), Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Oshada Fernando, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep
Head to Head
Played – 9 | England – 5 | Sri Lanka – 4 | N/R – 0
England vs Sri Lanka Full schedule
Jun 23, Wed – 1st T20I – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Jun 24, Thu – 2nd T20I – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Jun 26, Sat – 3rd T20I – The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Jun 29, Tue – 1st ODI – Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Jul 01, Thu – 2nd ODI – Kennington Oval, London
Jul 04, Sun – 3rd ODI – County Ground
England vs Sri Lanka Series Squads
England: Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera (c), Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Pathum Nissanka, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya De Silva, Oshada Fernando, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ishan Jayaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Isuru Udana, Asitha Fernando, Nuwan Pradeep, Binura Fernando, Shiran Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama
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