Sri Lanka vs England 1st ODI Prediction
- Dinesh Chandimal has odds of 3.75 to be Sri Lanka’s top batsman while Jonny Bairstow also has the same odds to score highest for England BET NOW
- England have odds of 1.40 to hit maximum sixes in the game while Sri Lanka’s odds in the same market stands at 3.80 BET NOW
- The odds for England having the highest opening partnership stands at 1.66 while that for Sri Lanka is 2.20 BET NOW
- Akila Dananjaya has odds of 3.50 to be Sri Lanka’s leading wicket taker and as for England Adil Rashid leads the race with odds of 3.50 BET NOW
- Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow are the leading contenders for the Man of the Match and have odds of 8.50 BET NOW
Our Prediction Sri Lanka vs England 1st ODI
England is likely to win the 1st ODI
A strong English side would kick-start its campaign with an ODI against hosts Sri Lanka at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium. They are the #1 ODI side in the world and come to this 5-Match series with back-to-back wins against Australia and India at home. Their batting is extremely strong and has been impressing with every game. The condition of the hosts is in complete contrast having made unceremonious exit from the Asia Cup in the group stages. A change in captaincy has earned more criticism for the Sri Lanka Cricket as the team has been going from one defeat to another. Few Sri Lankans fans would recall the last time around when they witnessed such lows in their cricketing history. The hosts would look to change their fortunes in this game and England isn’t likely to do any favours to them in this opening game.
Their record in ODIs for the last two years reads Played-46, Won-13, Lost-31 and N/R-2. Many captains, even more players and frequent changes in the team combination have made matters worse for the side. Dinesh Chandimal is the 7th captain in the last two years and this summarizes the state of affairs for the side. More than the skills and talent he would have to work on the mental state of his team. They are a demoralized unit with all that has happened in the last two years and in this upcoming game the team would have to believe they can win it for them to put up a good show against the strong English side.
Sri Lankan batting is in complete disarray with opener Upul Tharanga not in the best of form though he still scored some runs for the side. Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Perera too aren’t doing justice to No. 3 and 4 spot. Chandimal’s return to the side would definitely strengthen the batting for the hosts. Their bowling hasn’t fared too bad in the recent months and with Lasith Malinga making decent return to the game. With Dushmantha Chameera to support him and Akila Dananjaya in the middle overs they have the bowling unit that would test the English batting in these conditions. If the batting fires for the side they definitely have the resources to give the visitors run for their money.
Eoin Morgan led English side has been on a roll in all forms of the game especially in limited overs cricket. They white-washed the Australian side 5-0 at the start of the summer and then defeated India 2-1 in the ODI series. With firepower that can score in excess of 300 at will the English captain would be confident about his team’s chances in the ODI series and it won’t be over optimism if he already has plans of a 5-0 whitewash. But Morgan would hope that his side doesn’t become complacent given Sri Lanka’s form as they would be backed by their supporters and in home conditions it is a matter of a single game for them to return to form.
The English batting line-up is formidable with openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow with the latter being the highest ODI run getter in 2018. With Joe Root, Morgan, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler to follow they are as good as a batting line up as it can get. Both Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid are great with the bat too and so is Sam Curran who impressed against India. On the bowling front Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett and Strokes is a wonderful seam bowling combination with Curran adding the perfect variety and the two spinners Ali and Rashid would look to exploit the conditions in Sri Lanka to the maximum.
Sri Lankan cricket is going through one of its worst phases and we expect the English side to win this contest easily with the batting firepower on their side.