Sri Lanka v England 2nd Test Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - England to repeat victory

England bowler Moeen Ali

England put in a surprisingly authoritative performance in the 1st Test in Galle and the teams now move to Pallekele for the second Test starting from Wednesday with contrasting objectives.  

Not only did England spoil Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath’s farewell, they also put an end to their overseas Test drought with an emphatic 211-run win.

Sri Lanka will be desperate to retain their home edge while England will hop to wrap up their first overseas win since doing so in South Africa in 2016.

Sri Lanka Match Preview


The Lankans failed with the bat in Galle, with scores of 203 and 250 underlining their soft under-belly. The experienced Dinesh Chandimal and the talented Kusal Mendis failed with the bat, leaving middle-order batsman Angelo Mathews to do the work (52 & 53).

Chandimal misses out this match with a groin injury, leaving the Lankas further light in the batting department. With Rangana Herath having retired, bowling burden will be on off-spinner Dilruwan Perara and stand-on captain Suranga Lakmal.

England Match Preview


While the Lankan batsmen struggled, their English counterparts made hay with the debutant ‘keeper Ben Foakes (107 & 37) and opener Keaton Jennings (46 & 146*) leading the charge.

It was the spin trio of Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Jack Leach who impressed with the ball by returning the second-best match aggregate by spinners since 1958 (16 wickets). Jonny Bairstow is set to return from injury, although his place in the playing XI is far from certain.

Match Up


Sri Lanka are weakened by the absence of Chandimal and Herath for contrasting reasons. Mathews will remain their best bet with the bat and Perera with the ball, but they look thin on resources and form to tackle England.

The visitors will have a problem of aplenty on their hands, as captain Joe Root needs to take a decision between Foakes and Bairstow. Another change that could be brought about is, sending Jos Buttler up the order at three.

History & Statistics


Sri Lanka have lost 4 of their last 7 tests against England.
Sri Lanka have won just once in their last 5 home Tests against Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka have won 60 of their 137 home Tests so far.
England have not won two overseas Tests in a row since December 2012 for 35 Tests, winning only five during that run.
England have won just 25 of the 110 Tests they played in sub-continent conditions including UAE.

Key Players


With another senior batsman out of the match, Kusal Mendis’ role in the Sri Lankan side becomes even more critical. The right-handed top-order batsman needs a big score for his own good as well, to brush aside concerns of inconsistency.

Buttler has been enjoying a return to Test colours, but down the batting order where he has batted with freedom. With a promotion up the order on the cards, he will get a better chance at staying more at the crease.

Tips


Back England to win the match at odds of $2.25 (bet365).

Back Moeen Ali to take over 2.5 wickets in the first innings at odds of $2.37 (Ladbrokes).

Back Dilruwan Perera to take 5+ wickets in the first innings at odds of $8.00 (Ladbrokes).

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