Match Preview

Sri Lanka will face England in the 1st ODI at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-street on 29 June 2021. The last T20I series between the two teams ended with England beating Sri Lanka by 3-0. Sri Lanka will have a lot of work to do in this series and will have to play harder this time to recover their form.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined for batting and is more favorable to pacers than spinners. Weather would be overcast with clouds and temperature at 17 – 18 °C.

Venue Stats (ODI)

Total matches                              19

Matches won batting first             7

Matches won bowling first           10

Average 1st Inns scores               249

Average 2nd Inns scores              189

Highest total recorded                   338/6 (50 Ov) by SL vs WI

Lowest total recorded                    99/10 (26.1 Ov) by ENG vs SL

Highest score chased                    314/4 (44.4 Ov) by ENG vs AUS

Lowest score defended                  274/6 (41 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Here are our best picks for the upcoming ODI. You can pick the best players of your choice.

Top 2 Wicket-keeper pick

1) Kusal Perera – The left-handed batsmen is an experienced player in this format and has a good average which might show his consistent demeanour. He is a skillful player in his squad and will be beneficial for the first match of this series.

Matches – 104

Runs – 2989

Highest Score – 135

Average- 31.79

2) Jonny Bairstow – The right-handed batsman played phenomenally in the last T20I series against Sri Lanka. His average can tell anyone how excellent this player is in ODI format, and he can prove to be the best captaincy choice among all the batsmen.

Matches – 86

Runs – 3426

Highest Score – 141*

Average- 48.25

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Jason Roy – The right-handed batsman is a key player for his squad and even played brilliantly in his last series against Sri Lanka.

Matches – 96

Runs – 3598

Highest Score – 180

Average – 39.97

2) Oshada Fernando – The right-hand batsman has shown great potential in the domestic season but now he will be put into the real test in this longer format.

Matches – 7

Runs – 130

Highest Score – 49

Average – 18.17

3) Eoin Morgan – The left-handed batsman and skipper of England is one of the most experienced players in this format. He has been consistent with his performance and can be a reason for trouble for Sri Lanka.

Matches – 243

Runs – 7620

Highest Score – 148

Average – 39.48

4) Joe Root – The right-handed batsman has great average in this format. His squad can easily rely on his experience and potential to play an excellent inning in the upcoming match.

Matches – 149

Runs – 5962

Highest Score – 133*

Average – 50.10

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Adil Rashid-  The leg-break bowler is one of the crucial players from Sri Lanka and can prove dangerous for England’s batsman with his experience on the pitch with this format.

Matches – 109

Wickets – 158

Economy – 5.65

3) Mark Wood – The right-arm fast bowler is an excellent seamer with good potential to perform in the upcoming matches. His past performance against Sri Lanka has been very promising.

Matches – 55

Wickets – 69

Economy – 5.54

3) Isuru Udana- The left-arm fast medium bowler has been looking good with his form in the past few matches. His bowling style paced with his skillful attack can be deadly for England’s batsman.

Matches – 20

Wickets – 18

Economy – 6.17

4) Chris Woakes – The right-arm fast medium bowler is one of the most experienced bowlers in the England squad and can be quite ferocious with his bowling attack.

Matches – 104

Wickets – 149

Economy – 5.54

Top 4 All-rounder Picks

1) Dasun Shanaka – The right-handed batsmen is a right arm medium bowler with good experience in this format. He has been consistent with his performance and will be a good bet considering his current form.

Matches – 25

Runs – 515

Highest Score – 68

Average – 24.52

Wickets – 10

Economy – 5.77

2) Sam Curran – His form is getting better with every match. The left arm pacer has a good record of economy in this format and he can also change the course of the game with his batting blitzes.

Matches – 14

Runs – 66

Highest Score – 24

Average – 13.20

Wickets -13

Economy – 8.57

3) Liam Livingstone – The right-handed batsman has domineering batting talent in this format and is looking good with his form.

Matches – 2

Runs – 63

Highest Score – 36

Average – 63

Wickets – 1

Economy – 6.6

4) Wanidu Hasaranga – The right-handed batsman is an aggressive leg-break bowler. He is a promising batsman and at the same time he can wipe out his opponent’s team with his deliveries.

Matches – 21

Runs – 418

Highest Score – 80*

Average – 27.86

Wickets – 21

Economy – 5.07

Predicted Playing 11

England – Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings / Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

Sri Lanka – Oshada Fernando, Kusal Perera (c & wk), Pathum Nissanka, Ramesh Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya / Lakshan Sandakan, Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando


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