Sri Lanka vs England 1st Test Match Prediction

  • Jan 14, 2021
  • 10:00:00, GMT +5:30
  • Galle Cricket Stadium - Colombo, Sri Lanka
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England ENG England

Betting Tips

  • England batting lacks experience of playing in the Subcontinent conditions. Also they’re without some of their key players like Rory Burns, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes.
  • Sri Lanka have three quality spinners in their side which we think will create a lot of trouble for the English batsmen.
  • Sri Lanka have a great record at this venue, winning 18 off their 32 Test at Galle.
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Our Pick Sri Lanka are favorites to win

Teams Match Odds

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Posted On 13th January 2021 02:47:55
Posted by Kavin

SL vs ENG 1st Test, Prediction & Betting Tips

Sri Lanka host England for the first of the two Test series at the Galle International Stadium. The match get underway on Jan 14 at 10:00 Pm local time  

Sri Lanka has always been a very stiff opponent in Tests in their home conditions and England have a mammoth task on their hands.

They’ll have happy memories of the 2018 tour where they managed to beat the hosts but they’ll need some exceptional performance to replicate their success.

We all know England’s vulnerabilities against the turning balls and Sri Lanka have three quality spinners to give England a nightmare. 

Dilruan Perera picked up 22 wickets in the 2018 series while Lasith Embuldaniya can get extra bounce due to his tall frame. Wanindu Hasaranga made his debut against South Africa and is a very handy spinner. All three are expected to feature in the Playing XI which will make life very difficult for the English batsmen

As a batting a batting unit, Sri Lanka is expected to perform much better than what they did in South Africa. Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Matthews, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella will enjoy batting on the slow surface of Galle.

For England, they have a pretty inexperienced team. They’re without the services of Ben Stokes, Rory Burns, Jofra Archer, Moeen Ali from their first choice team.

The batting will heavily rely on Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow. Other players like Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Dan Lawrence might find it difficult against the spinners.

Mark Wood, Sam Curran and James Anderson will be their lead pacers but on these dead wickets, we have few doubts about their effectiveness. Dom Bess and Jack Leach as spinners will have to play a big role if England have to win this series.

SL vs ENG Live Streaming

The series can be watched live on Sky Sports in the UK while Sony Network will broadcast the matches in India.

Live Streaming  - You can enjoy the Sri Lanka vs England Test series on Sony Liv mobile application. 

SL vs ENG Toss Prediction

Toss plays a big role in the subcontinent as chasing on Day 4 and 5 is never easy here. Both skippers would look to bat first

Weather Report

There is plenty of rain around and we may have few interruption on each of the 5 days. 

Pitch Report

The surface will be very good for batting on the first three days of the match and the spinners will take control on day 4 and 5.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Sri Lanka vs England 1st Test

Sri Lanka Team News & Playing 11

SL Team News

Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Matthews and Suranga Lakmal will be back in the side after missing their last series against South Africa. Lahiru Thirimanne and Dasun Shanaka are also expected to keep their place in the playing XI

SL Key Players

  • Dimuth Karunaratne - The skipper batted well against South Africa and has a good record at this venue. We expect him to perform well in the match.
  • Angelo Matthews - Matthews missed the last series against South and will be eager to mark his return with a decent knock in the series opener.
  • Dilruwan Perera - Dilruwan Perera was the star for Sri Lanka in the 2018 series, picking up 22 wickets. He’d want to replicate his success this time around as well.

SL Team Form 

Sri Lanka are coming back from a humiliating 2-0 loss to South Africa in their last series.

Sri Lanka Predicted Playing 11

Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal

England Team News & Playing 11

ENG Team News

England will be without the services of their key players i.e Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Rory Burns that are missing from their first choice team.

ENG Key Players

  • Joe Root - He’s England’s best batsmen and he has a great record against Sri Lanka. If England have to challenge Sri Lanka, Root has to bat well.
  • Jonny Bairstow - Jonny Baristow will play Test cricket after a gap of over an year. He’d like to make the most of this opportunity.
  • Jack Leach - Spinners are going to play a big role in this series and Leach is England’s best spinner. We’ll back him to come good in the match.

ENG Team Form 

England are coming back from two back to back series wins against West Indies and Pakistan

England Predicted Playing 11

Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (C), Dan Lawrence, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Dom Bess, Jack Leach, Mark Wood, James Anderson

Sri Lanka vs England Team Form in Last Five Matches

SL : L L D W W


SL vs ENG Head to Head

England have a great record against Sri Lanka in Tests

SL vs ENG Head to Head Stats in Tests

Matches Played SL Won ENG Won Tie Draw
34 8 15 0 11

Sri Lanka vs England Betting Odds

Sri Lanka Bet365 Odds

  • SL to win the match:  Sri Lanka are 3.10 to win with Bet365
  • SL top batsman: Kusal Mendis at 4.0 is their best batsmen along with Dimuth Karunaratne at 4.5, Angelo Matthews at 4.5 and Kusal Perera at 4.5
  • SL top team bowler: Dilruwan Perera at 3.5 is their best bower followed by Kasun Rajitha at 4.5, Vishwa Fernando at 5.0 and Lasith Embuldaniya at 5.0

England Bet365 Odds

  • ENG to win the match: England are 2.50 to win with Bet365
  • ENG top team batsman: England top batsmen Joe Root at 3.5, Jonny Bairstow at 4.5, Dom Sibley at 4.5 and Zak Crawley at 4.5 are their best batsmen.
  • ENG top team bowler : Jack Leach at 3.50 is England’s best bowler. You can also place your bet on James Anderson at 4.5, Dom Bess at 5.0 and Mark Wood at 6.0

Sri Lanka Betway Odds

  • SL to win the match: Sri Lanka are 3.0 to win with Betway
  • SL top team batsman : Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Matthews and Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera at 3.6, 3.75, 4.5 and 4.5 are their best batsmen.
  • SL top team bowler: Vishwa Fernando at 4.75 along with Dilruwan Perera and Lasith Embuldaniya at 3.25 and 3.5 are their best bowlers. 

England Betway Odds

  • ENG to win the match: England are 2.25 to win with betway
  • ENG top team batsman: Joe Root at 3.6 is their best batsmen followed by Jonny Bairstow, Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley at 4.5 each.
  • ENG top team bowler: Jack Leach at 3.50 is England’s best bowler. You can also place your bet on James Anderson at 4.5, Dom Bess at 5.0 and Mark Wood at 6.0

Sri Lanka vs England Prediction

When you look at England, their batting lacks quality as quite a few of their batsmen are inexperienced in these conditions. Sri Lanka have three good spinners which we think will create a lot of trouble for the English batsmen. For us, Sri Lanka is the favourite.

Final Verdict

Back Sri Lanka to beat England at 3.10 on Bet365 and 3.0 on Betway

SL vs ENG Dream11 Prediction

  • Wicket-keeper

    Kusal Perera at 9.0 and Jos Buttler at 9.0 are two good options. Both are aggressive players and likes to play their shots. We back him to come good in the 1st Test

  • Batsmen

    Joe Root at 10.0, Dimuth Karunaratne at 9.5 and Angelo Matthews at 9.0 will make up for a strong batting. Root is the best English batsmen and he’s a good record in Sri Lanka. Karunaratne batted well in South Africa and will be Sri Lanka’s main man with the bat. Matthews is also a top quality batsmen 

  • All-rounders

    Sam Curran, Wanindu Hasaranga at 9.0, and Dilruwan Perera at 8.5 will add depth to our team. Perera and Hasaranga will be very handy with their spin while Curran has been in good form of late

  • Bowlers

    James Anderson at 9.0, Jack Leach at 8.5 and Lasith Embuldaniya at 8.0 will complete our team. Spinner will play a big role here so we’ve picked Embuldaniya and Leach as two main spinners while Anderson can be very handy with the new ball.

  • Captain/Vice-captain

    Dimuth Karunaratne is our preferred captain while Joe Root can be backed as his deputy

SL vs ENG Dream11 Team Prediction

  • Batsmen:Joe Root(vc), Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Angelo Matthews

  • All Rounder:Dilruwan Perera, Sam Curran, Wanindu Hasaranga 

  • Wicket Keeper:Jos Buttler, Kusal Perera 

  • Bowler:James Anderson, Jack Leach, Lasith Embuldaniya

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