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Sri Lanka vs England 1st ODI Prediction with Betting Tips and Playing 11

Sri Lanka vs England 1st ODI Prediction with Betting Tips and Playing 11. Sri Lanka will host England in the first ODI at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla. The match is scheduled for October 10 and the live action begins at 14:30 local time.

  • England come into this series as the world’s top-ranked ODI series ahead of next year’s home World Cup.
  • Bad light and rain in Colombo hampered England’s warm-ups, however – the second match .
  • England are unbeaten in their last five games against Sri Lanka, all at home in 2016, but lost 5-2 in their most recent ODI series in Sri Lanka.

Our Pick: England are favorites to win

Who will win England vs Sri Lanka (1st ODI)?

Sri Lanka will host England in the first ODI at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla. The match is scheduled for October 10 and the live action begins at 14:30 local time.

Sri Lanka vs England (1st ODI): Where to watch/Live streaming

TV channels: Sony Six, SuperSport, OSN Sports, Willow TV, Sky Sports, PTV Sports, Ten Sports, Gazi TV

Live streaming: SonyLiv, Willow TV Online, OSN Play, Foxtel Sports, Now TV

Toss Prediction

Bowling first will allow England’s pacemen to get the most out of the wicket, while Sri Lanka – as they did in August against South Africa – will look to bat first, for their spinners to bowl second on the crumbling pitch.

Sri Lanka Team News & Playing 11

SL Team News

Angelo Mathews has been dropped from the Sri Lanka squad as the hosts look to reverse their recent poor ODI form. The former captain is axed for fitness reasons, while also missing are Kusal Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Shehan Jayasuriya and Dilruwan Perera. Nuwan Pradeep is fit again, however. Having been a late call-up to the Asia Cup squad, Niroshan Dickwella retains his place despite Dinesh Chandimal’s return.

SL Key Players

In a disappointing Asia Cup campaign, there were at least bowling positives for Sri Lanka as Lasith Malinga claimed five wickers and Thisara Perera six – including 5-55 against Afghanistan.

Perera now has 19 wickets in his last ten ODIs, while Akila Dananjaya – who took 6-29 against South Africa in August – has 18 in his last nine in total.

Runs have been in short supply, but Upul Tharanga has scored 268 in his last ten ODIs – making good starts, but failing to capitalise on them, in both Asia Cup matches. His strike rate is a litte low, however.

Kusal Perera scored two half-centuries against South Africa on the other hand, and has a much better strike rate.

SL Team Form

Sri Lanka lost both matches at the Asia Cup in the UAE – and by big margins too. They were dismissed for just 124 in a 137-run loss to Bangladesh and were then bowled out for 158 by Sri Lanka in a 91-run loss to Afghanistan.

It followed a 3-2 series defeat to South Africa at home, which flattered the hosts considering they lost the first three matches. They did sign off on a big high, however, as Akila Danajaya claimed 6-29 from nine overs as they bowled South Africa out for 121 in pursuit of 299/8 in the final game in Colombo.

Sri Lanka’s only other matches in 2018 were in a tri series with Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, which they won despite losing their opening matches against both teams.

Sri Lanka Predicted Playing 11

  • Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera

England Team News & Playing 11

ENG Team News

Liam Plunkett is unavailable for the first three games in the series due to his wedding, while David Willey is out with a back injury. Olly Stone has been called up for the first time in their place, while the Curran brothers are England’s other options – though neither played in the first warm-up match. Jason Roy and Alex Hales are competing for the opening batting spot alongside Jonny Bairstow – Roy got the nod for the warm-up game.

ENG Key Players

Joe Root and Eoin Morgan proved their form in the first warm-up match, as both hit unbeaten 90s to lead England to an eight-wicket win against the Sri Lanka Board XI. Root his back-to-back unbeaten centuries in his previous two ODIs as England came from behind India 2-1 in July’s ODI series, while Morgan was 88 not out in the deciding game.

England’s batsmen have been in stunning form, and the fact Alex Hales – despite his big-hitting brilliance against Australia earlier this year – is not guaranteed a starting place is testament to that. Jonny Bairstow has hit 615 runs in his last ten ODI innings – at a strike rate of 145.39 – while Jason Roy averages 52 in his last eight games, during which he has scored 416 runs.

With the ball, England’s spin duo will be key. Moeen Ali took three wickets in the warm-up game and has 15 in his last ten ODIs. Adil Rashid has been the main man, however, earning a test recall on the back of 23 wickets in his last ten ODIs.

ENG Team Form

England have won their last eight bilateral ODI series, including whitewashing Australia on the back of some record-breaking batting before coming from behind to beat India 2-1 most recently, with Joe Root hitting back-to-back unbeaten centuries to lead England to victory.

They did lose a one-off match against Scotland in between, but that has been a rare blip in a stunning run of form, which included their record-breaking 481/6 in a 242-run defeat of Australia at Trent Bridge in June.

Against India, they lost by eight wickets at Trent Bridge but bounced back thanks to Root’s batting. He scored 113* in a total of 322/7 before Liam Plunkett claimed 4-46 to dismiss India for 236, while in the decider, Adil Rashid and David Willey claimed three wickets apiece before an unbroken 186-run partnership between Root (100*) and Morgan (88*) led England to an eight-wicket win.

England Predicted Playing 11

  • Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)

SL : L L W W L


SL vs ENG Head to Head

This will be the 70th ODI between England and Sri Lanka, with Sri Lanka currently edging the head-to-head with 34 wins to England’s 33, with one tie and one no result.

Both of the latter occurred in Sri Lanka’s most recent tour of England, with Chris Woakes’ 95* helping England to 286/8 in pursuit of 286/9 in the first game. Alex Hales and Jason Roy shared an unbroken opening partnership of 256 in the next game, as England won by ten wickets at Edgbaston, before the third game was rained off with England just beginning their pursuit of 248/9. Sri Lanka posted 305/5 batting first in the fourth game, but Jason Roy hit 162 from 118 balls as England won by six wickets. Finally, Joe Root hammered 93 from 106 balls in a total of 324/7 before David Willey claimed 4-34 as England won the final game by 122 runs.

It was in stark contrast to their most recent series in Sri Lanka, however, when the hosts’ veterans Kumar Sangakarra and Tillakaratne Dilshan dominated. Sri Lanka won the seven game series 5-2.

England vs Sri Lanka Betting Odds

In-form England are favourites to win the opening ODI in Dambulla, with Bet365 offering 1.4 on the tourists and Betfair 1.44. Sri Lanka are 3.00 with Bet365 by contrast.

England’s batting strength is their greatest asset, and Joe Root – having hit unbeaten centuries in his last two ODIs before starting this tour with 90* in the warm-up match – is 4.00 to be England’s top scorer with Bet365.

The opening partnership of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy (or with Alex Hales in there, if selected) will also be key. England are 1.67 to post the highest opening partnership with Betfair, and a best price of 1.57 with Bet365 to score the most runs in the opening 15 overs.

Sri Lanka vs England Prediction

England struggled on their last tour of Sri Lanka, but this time around it is the hosts struggling for consistency ahead of the World Cup. England can take advantage and start with a win.

Final Verdict: England to beat Sri Lanka at 1.40 with Bet365 and 1.44 with Betfair.


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