Sri Lanka vs England, 1st TEST DAY Match Prediction 14 Jan 2021

Sri Lanka vs England 2021

Sri Lanka vs England, 1st TEST DAY Match Prediction


Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri Lanka
Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

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Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri Lanka
Cricbettingbuzz Toss Winner - Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first
Cricbettingbuzz England beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets

SL vs ENG Prediction

Shoaib Z.

Sri Lanka face stern test against in-form England in Test series opener at Galle

  • Recently, Sri Lanka suffered whitewash against South Africa in a two-match Test series.
  • Dimuth Karunaratne and Vishwa Fernando were standout performers for Sri Lanka in the previous series played against South Africa.
  • Last year, England managed to register series win over West Indies and Pakistan on home turf.

Expect England to register a comfortable win at Galle.

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Match Preview

Host Sri Lanka will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on England in the opening game of series in Galle, starting from Tuesday.

Sri Lanka are currently lying at seventh position in the ICC Test Championship and will be looking to improve their standings  On the other hand, England are placed at fourth position with eight victories and three losses.

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Teams Preview

Sri Lanka

The home side will pleased with the return of Angelo Matthews, who missed South Africa series due to hamstring injury. Pacers Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara and Suranga Lakmal will also fit in time for the opening game of the series.

In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Matthews and Dinesh Chandimal to deliver the bulk of the runs.

In the recently concluded series, Dimuth Karunaratne showcased excellent form and finished with 133 runs at an average of 33.25. Left-hander will be looking to lead from the front and put in notable scores for Sri Lanka.

Karunaratne’s opening partner, Kusal Perera, also flourished in his new role as the opener. Swashbuckling batsman put in decent performances with the bat in the two-match series against South Africa.

Runs will be needed from the likes of Lahiru Thiramanne, Kusal Mendis and Dasun Shanaka, who did not do much in the previous series against South Africa.

Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga made a decent impression with the bat and ball in his debut series in South Africa. He will be looking to impact with the ball in hand as pitches in Sri Lanka provide assistance to the spinners.

Left-arm orthodox spinner Lasith Embuldeniya and off-spinner Dilruwan Perera might be considered for selection for the first game of the series. Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara will not be considered as home side might go with Suranga Lakmal and Vishwa Fernando will be two pace options for Galle Test.

Sri Lanka Actual Playing XI:

Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Asitha Fernando, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Mendis, Lasith Embuldeniya, Dinesh Chandimal, Wanidu Hasaranga

Sri Lanka Predicted Playing XI

Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thiramanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Matthews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Suranga Lakmal, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando, Lasith Embuldeniya/Dilruwan Perera


On the other hand, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer have been rested for the two-match Test series. Adil Rashid, Ollie Pope and Rory Burns are also missing from the Test squad due to various reasons

In the batting department, the side will be relying on the experienced trio of Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow to deliver the bulk of the runs.

Ben Foakes might be considered for selection given his match-winning batting performance at Galle in 2018.

The visitor will certainly assess the pitch conditions and weather at Galle and might opt for three spinners for this contest. James Anderson and Sam Curran will be two pace options for England.

England Actual Playing XI:

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

England Predicted Playing XI

Dominic Sibley, Jonny Bairstow, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (captain), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Foakes, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Dominic Bess, James Anderson, Jack Leach.

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 24 0 mm. 3.69 k/h From: E 97%
03h 25 0 mm. 3.6 k/h From: E 99%
06h 29 0 mm. 3.82 k/h From: ESE 99%
09h 29 0.17 mm. 5.28 k/h From: SSE 79%
12h 27 1.40 mm. 5 k/h From: SE 76%
15h 26 1.26 mm. 4.44 k/h From: E 54%
18h 25 0.12 mm. 3.21 k/h From: E 39%
21h 24 0 mm. 3.62 k/h From: E 15%

With rain predicted to take place throughout the course of the game, the pitch might have moisture and might provide assistance to the quick bowlers. It will certainly begin to help the spinners from day 3 onwards.

Venue Details

Galle International Cricket Stadium is going to host the opening Test between Sri Lanka and England.

The visitors managed to register a comprehensive 211-run win over Sri Lanka in a Test match played at this venue.

Toss Prediction

With overcast conditions with thundery showers, both the teams will be looking to win the toss and bowl first. The average first innings score is around 375 runs.

Winning Prediction

Based on recent performances, England will fancy their chances of beating Sri Lanka in the series opener. With likes of Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Dominic Sibley showing consistency with the bat in the past 12 months, the visitors will be looking to produce a strong batting performance at Galle.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka have to maintain their standards with bat and ball in order to compete with England in this contest.

Expect England to register a comfortable win at Galle.

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