Sri Lanka vs England 2nd Test Match Prediction

  • Jan 22, 2021
  • 10:00:00, GMT +5:30
  • Galle Cricket Stadium - Colombo, Sri Lanka
2021-01-22 10:00:00
Sri Lanka SL Sri Lanka
England ENG England

Betting Tips

  • Sri Lanka batting has been very inconsistent in the last few games
  • England have a better bowling attack with quality spinners and pacers in their team.
  • The form of Joe Root gives England a massive advantage in the match.

Our Pick England are favorites to win

Posted On 25th January 2021 05:22:50
Posted by Kavin

SL vs ENG 2nd Test, Prediction & Betting Tips

After a demoralizing defeat to the visitors in the first match, Sri Lanka will look get their dues even when they host England for the final match of the series. The game will be played on the Galle International Stadium and is set to get underway at 10:00 Am local time.

England continued their dominance over Sri Lanka and thrashed them by 7 wickets in the first Test. As expected their skipper Joe Root was the star of the match as he stroked a top class 228. Jonny Bairstow, Daniel Lawrence also batted pretty well.

Earlier, we had few issues with this batting line up but the kind of form Joe Root is in, we’ll have to hand them some advantage. If Sri Lanka can somehow knock over Root early, then they’ll have real chance of getting the visitors under the hump. 

In the bowling department, Dom Bess was terrific with the ball, picking up 8 wickets in the match. Jack Leach too picked up a 5-fer in the second innings. The pacers, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood and Sam Curran also bowled well.

For Sri Lanka, after a collapse in the first inning, they fared pretty well in their next outing with Lahiru Thrimanne batting well for his 111 and Kusal Perera, Angelo Matthews getting themselves to impressive 50’s. 

Still, we see Sri Lanka as a very good batting team and if all of them can play to their potential, they’ll be a hard nut to crack.

Sri Lanka heavily depends on their spinners but all them were ineffective in the first Test. Sri Lanka will expect a lot more from them in the next match.

Overall, we think Sri Lanka have a better batting on paper but they’ve not been very consistent. England on the other hand a quality bowling line up that will create a lot of trouble for the Sri Lankan batsmen. 

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 will be very crucial. The skipper that wins the toss will look to bat.

Weather Report

The weather looks good throughout the match. There will be few clouds around but there is no prediction of rain. 

Pitch Report

It’s a decent wicket to bat. There will be some movement on offer with the new ball but the spinners will be the real threat on this wicket. 

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Sri Lanka vs England 2nd Test

Sri Lanka Team News & Playing 11

SL Team News

Dimuth Karunaratne has a fractured thumb thus he won’t be the part of the second Test. Dinesh Chandimal will lead the side in his absence. 

SL Key Players

  • Lahiru Thirimanne - Thirimanne scored a magnificent hundred in the second innings. He’s one batsmen that can play long innings. He’ll need to bat well in the second Test too.
  • Angelo Matthews - Matthews too looked good in the second innings in his knock of 71. He’s one of their key batsmen and can be backed to play well in the next match
  • Dilruwan Perera - Dilruwan Perera picked up 4 wickets in the first inning and will be key for Sri Lanka on this wicket.

SL Team Form 

After 2-0 loss to South Africa, Sri Lanka lost the first Test by 7 wickets

Sri Lanka Predicted Playing 11

Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Asitha Fernando/Suranga Lakmal 

England Team News & Playing 11

ENG Team News

Chris Silverwood, English coach has hinted their England are likely to rest all their three pacers that played the first match. Stuart Broad, Mark Wood and Sam Curran can be replaced by James Anderson, Chris Woakes and Olly Stone

ENG Key Players

  • Joe Root - The English skipper is at the peak of his game. He played a magnificent knock of 228 in the first Test and looks good for another big knock.
  • Daniel Lawrence - Lawrence also batted well for his 73. He looked very comfortable and is expected to continue his good run.
  • Dom Bess - Dom Bess decimated the Sri Lanka batting and picked up 8 wickets in the previous match. He too will be eager to replicate his performance.

ENG Team Form 

After back to back series wins over West Indies and Pakistan, England are 1-0 up in the ongoing 2 match series against Sri Lanka.

England Predicted Playing 11

Zak Crawley, Dominic Sibley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (c), Daniel Lawrence, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran/Olly Stone, Dominic Bess, Jack Leach, Mark Wood/Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad/James Anderson 

Sri Lanka vs England Team Form in Last Five Matches

SL : L L L D W


SL vs ENG Head to Head

England have been very good against Sri Lanka in Tests

SL vs ENG Head to Head Stats in Tests

Matches Played SL Won ENG Won Tie Draw
35 8 16 0 11

Sri Lanka vs England Betting Odds

Sri Lanka Bet365 Odds

  • SL to win the match:  Sri Lanka are 2.5 to win with Bet365
  • SL top batsman: Angelo Matthews at 4.5, Kusal Perera at 4.5, Dinesh Chandimal at 5.0 and Lahiru Thirmanne at 5.0 are their best batsmen.
  • SL top team bowler: Dilruwan Perera at 3.0 is their best bower followed by Lasith Embuldaniya at 3.25, Lakshan Sandakan at 4.0 and Wanindu Hasaranga at 4.5.

England Bet365 Odds

  • ENG to win the match: England are 2.15 to win with Bet365
  • ENG top team batsman: Joe Root at 3.5 is England’s top batsmen followed by Jonny Bairstow at 5.0, Dom Sibley at 5.0 and Zak Crawley at 5.0 
  • ENG top team bowler : Jack Leach at 3.50 is England’s best bowler. You can also place your bet on Dom Bess at 3.75, Moeen Ali at 4.33 and James Anderson at 4.5 

Sri Lanka Betway Odds

  • SL to win the match: Sri Lanka are 2.40 to win with Betway
  • SL top team batsman : Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera at at 4.5 and 5.0 are their best batsmen along with Angelo Mathews at 4.0, Dinesh Chandimal at 4.5 and Lahiru Thirimanne at 5.5
  • SL top team bowler:  Dilruwan Perera at 2.80 and Lakshan Sandakan at 3.75 are their best bowlers. You can also back Lasith Embuldaniya at 2.87 and Wanindu Hasaranga and 3.75 

England Betway Odds

  • ENG to win the match: England are 2.05 to win with betway
  • ENG top team batsman: Joe Root at 3.75 is their best batsmen followed by Jonny Bairstow, Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley at 4.75 each.
  • ENG top team bowler: Jack Leach at 3.25 is England’s best bowler. You can also place your bet on  Dom Bess at 3.5, James Anderson at 4.25 and Mark Wood at 4.75

Sri Lanka vs England Prediction

Even though Sri Lanka looks to have a decent team on paper, we have serious concerns about them performing consistently. Their batting has been a big let down in the last few matches. England have quality pacers and spinners in their team and are expected to create a lot of trouble for the Sri Lanka batsmen.

Final Verdict

England to beat Sri Lanka at 2.15 on Bet365 and 2.05 on Betway

SL vs ENG Dream11 Prediction

  • Wicket-keeper

    Kusal Perera at 9.0 and Jos Buttler at 9.0 are two good options. Perera played well for 62 in the second innings while Butler is one of England’s most experienced batsmen.

  • Batsmen

    Joe Root at 10.0, Angelo Matthews at 9.0 and Lahiru Thirimanne at 8.5 will make up for a strong batting. Root scored a double hundred in the last ton while Thirimanne too scored a brilliant 111 in the second innings. Matthews also looked good for his 71. 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

    Wanindu Hararanga and Sam Curran at 9.0 will be our all rounders. Haranga will be very handy on his wocket with his spin while Curran is also a quality all rounder. If Curran doesn’t play then you can select Chris Woakes

  • 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

    Joe Root is our preferred captain while Lahiru Thirmanne can be backed as his deputy

SL vs ENG Dream11 Team Prediction

  • Batsmen:Joe Root(c), Lahiru Thirimanne(vc), Angelo Matthews

  • All Rounder:Sam Curran, Wanindu Hasaranga¬†

  • Wicket Keeper:Jos Buttler, Kusal Perera¬†

  • Bowler:Dilruwan Perera, Jack Leach, Lasith Embuldaniya, Dom Bess

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