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Sri Lanka vs England, 1st TEST Match Prediction

Nov 06, Tue 10:00 GMT , Galle International Stadium, Galle, Srilanka

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Sri Lanka 250/10 & 203/10 *
England 322/6 & 342/10
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- Prediction by Benny Thompson

England won by 211 runs

ABOUT THE MATCH

After a rain interrupted limited over series, Sri Lanka and England resume hostilities in a 3 match Test series. It will be an emotional match for the hosts as 40 year old veteran Rangana Herath is playing his final Test. For England too, this will be the first time since 2006 when they play a Test series without Alastair Cook.

Match Preview

Sri Lanka and England have met 31 times in Test cricket with England winning 12 of those matches and Lanka winning on 8 occasions. 11 matches have ended in a draw. The last time the two sides met was during Lanka’s tour of England in 2016 when they were beaten 2-0.

iconSri Lanka Team News

Angelo Mathews is back to boost the Lankan batting after missing out on the ODI and T20 series and he will receive support from Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal.

All eyes will be on Herath who is on 430 Test wickets and has bagged 99 wickets at Galle. He will look to add to that tally in his final outing. He will have support from fellow spinner Akila Danajaya while Suranga Lakmal and Dilruwan Perera will bring up the pace attack.

iconEngland Team News

With Cook no more a part of the team, Keaton Jennings and Rory Burns will open the batting for England. Jonny Bairstow’s ankle injury means that Joe Denly could make his Test debut. Their middle order looks strong with the likes of Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Sam Curran.

James Anderson has a good record in Asia and will look to continue that. Root has other options in Stuart Broad, Olly Pope and Chris Woakes. But he will also want to accommodate spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali. Left arm spinner Jack Leach could win his second cap for England.

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Pitch Conditions

 

Spells of rain has been predicted on all 5 days which will slow the outfield. It will also get difficult for the bowlers to grasp the ball making it tough on the usually spin friendly conditions. 37 of the 40 South African Test wickets in the recent 2 match series fell to spinners so the English batsmen have their task cut out.

Toss Prediction

 

Expect the team winning the toss to bowl first.

Our Match Prediction

Sri Lanka to win this match with Herath finishing as Man of the Match one final time.

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