Match Preview

Sri Lanka will face England in the first match of its 3-match T20I series in Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on June 23, 2021. This would be a much-anticipated match for Sri Lanka, who have showed lot of grit in their last ODI match against Bangladesh. After the Bangladesh tour, all players have retained their places in the squad except Ashen Bandara. England’s ODI series against Sri Lanka will take place in front of larger-than-expected crowds after being named as a government test event.

Pitch and Weather Report

The Pitch is batting friendly and is more favorable to pacers than spinners. There would be little chance of rain, probably light showers late at night at 13C.

Venue Stats (International)

Total Matches Played- 6

Matches Won:

Team Batting first – 2

Team Batting Second – 4

Average 1st innings score – 150

Team Preview

Sri Lanka’s 24-member strong group includes recalls for Nuwan Pradeep, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando. Uncapped trio Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya Lakshan and Ishan Jayaratne will be looking to make their international debuts, while Praveen Jayawickrama will be eager to make an impression after taking 11 wickets on his maiden Test appearance against Bangladesh.

The series pits together the No.1 ranked T20 nation in the ICC standings, England, against a Sri Lanka side who sits on eighth position. While Morgan’s side were undone by India in a thrilling five-match series in March, while West Indies beat Kusal Perera’s team 2-1 in their last outing at this level.

Total Overall Head-to-Head Matches


Sri Lanka – WON 4

England – WON 5

Top Run Scorer in Last 5 Matches

England – Jos Buttler (Runs 172, Average 43.00)

Sri Lanka – Wanindu Hasaranga (Runs 83, Average 27.67)

Top Wicket Taker in Last 5 Matches

England – Mark Wood (Wickets 5, Average 25.8)

Sri Lanka – Wanindu Hasaranga (Wickets 9, Average 8.33)

Predicted Playing 11

Sri Lanka – Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera (C & WK), Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka De Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Akila Dhananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep

England – Jos Buttler (WK), Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid

Head-to-Head Player Battle

Moeen Ali (Batsman) vs Dhananjaya De Silva (Bowler)

Balls played – 2

Runs – 4

Wicket – 1

Dhananjaya De Silva (Batsman) vs Adil Rashid (Bowler)

Balls played – 8

Runs – 1

Wicket – 4


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