ENG vs SL Dream11 Prediction: Fantasy Cricket Tips, Top Picks, Playing XI Updates, Pitch Report for Today’s 1st ODI

ENG vs SL 1st ODI – Match Preview

After the one-sided T20Is, the white-ball action for the ODI series between England and Sri Lanka begins from June 29 at Chester-le-Street. England won the T20I series convincingly as the visitors were found wanting against a formidable outfit. However, the tourists will hope to bring a change in fortunes in the upcoming ODI series. However, it will be a tough ask against the defending World Champions

England played their last ODI series against India where they faced defeat by 2-1. Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, and Mark Wood were top performers in that away series. England skipper Eoin Morgan didn't score runs in the last few series so he will look to end that long drought of runs in this series. Moeen Ali can play a role of a finisher in the absence of Jos Buttler who has been ruled out due to a calf injury. 

Moeen Ali England
Moeen Ali will target to string a few performances together

On the other hand, Sri Lanka needs to address their batting failures ahead of the ODI series. Their batting unit was completely outplayed by the English bowling attack in the T20I series. Skipper Kusal Perera who performed well in the last ODI series against Bangladesh, will look to spend more time on the pitch and give enough runs on the board. 


Here’s a detailed look at the ENG vs SL Dream11 Match Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, and Top Picks for the 1st ODI:

Match Details
Match Date & Time Venue Live Telecast & Streaming
England vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI  June 29, 3.30 PM IST Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street Sony Sports Network, Sony Liv App & Website (In India)
What to Expect – Pitch Report & Weather Conditions?

The pitch will be batting-friendly at Chester-le-Street in this first ODI match between England and Sri Lanka. Pacers will get early assistance from the pitch but it will be batsmen’s game throughout the match. The weather will be clear in this match as the game will be completed without any interruption due to forecast or rain.


Team News
Joe Root England
Joe Root was called back to the England ODI squad for the Sri Lanka series (Image Source: AFP)

England has made a couple of changes in their ODI squad as Joe Root will be back for this three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka after missing the series against India. Jos Buttler has been ruled out from the whole series so Jonny Bairstow is likely to keep the wickets in the absence of Buttler. Mark Wood, Chris Jordan, and Sam Curran will handle the pace attack and Adil Rashid will play as the lead spinner. 

Sri Lanka will feature the same squad which played in the T20I series. Skipper Kusal Perera is expected to play as an opener and lead from the front in this ODI series. Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis will be other important batsmen for Sri Lanka. Wanindu Hasaranga will be a key player for Sri Lanka if they are to do well against such strong opposition. Isuru Udana and Dushmantha Chameera will be the main pacers for Sri Lanka in the first ODI against England. 


Probable Playing XI for ENG v SL 1st ODI

England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (C), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood. 

Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjay De Silva, Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep.


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Top Fantasy Picks for England vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI 

Jonny Bairstow 

Jonny Bairstow England
Jonny Bairstow arrived on the back of a scintillating run in the T20 Blast 2021 (Image Source: Getty Images)

Jonny Bairstow is one of the best white-ball players in the current England squad. He's in terrific form in the ODIs too. The English opener was the highest run-scorer in the series against India. He bats at a high strike rate and hence will allow an opportunity to have more points in the Dream11 Fantasy Team for today's match. He will also keep the wickets in the absence of Jos Buttler.


Sam Curran

Sam Curran England
Sam Curran

Sam Curran is the best all-rounder in this match among both the teams. The left-arm medium-pacer bowled well in the T20I series and he also finished the chase with the bat in the second T20I match. In his last ODI series against India, Curran scored 107 runs with an average of 107 and also picked two wickets in the three ODIs. He will bowl in the powerplay in this three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. The 23-year old will provide points with both bat and ball, so he will be an important fantasy pick in this match. 


Sri Lanka 

Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera Sri Lanka
Kusal Perera will aim to lead from the front in the first ODI against England

Kusal Perera will be the main batsmen in this inexperienced Sri Lankan batting lineup. The skipper failed to make an impact in the T20I series but he will look to spend more time in the middle and score big runs in this ODI series. Perera scored a hundred in his last ODI match against Bangladesh so the Southpaw will look to repeat that performance in this ODI match as well. 


Wanindu Hasaranga

Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga is a utility player for Sri Lanka

Wanindu Hasaranga is currently one of the main players from this Sri Lankan limited-overs squad. He has been consistent with his all-round performances in the ODI format for Sri Lanka. He scored 98 runs and also picked 3 wickets in his last ODI series against Bangladesh. The all-rounder also picked two wickets in the T20Is against England, The 23-year old will provide fantasy points with both bat and ball so he will be an important pick for the fantasy team. 


Dream11 Team Prediction for ENG vs SL 1st ODI

Wicket-Keeper: Jonny Bairstow(c), Kusal Perera

Batsmen: Jason Roy, Joe Root, Kusal Mendis

All-Rounders: Sam Curran (vc), Moeen Ali, Wanindu Hasaranga

Bowlers: Adil Rashid, Dushmantha Chameera, Mark Wood 

ENG vs SL 1st ODI Dream11 Prediction
ENG vs SL 1st ODI Dream11 Prediction


Dream11 Match Prediction – Who will win the ENG vs SL 1st ODI?
England T20I
England will be favorites to win the first ODI against Sri Lanka (Image Source: Sky Sports Cricket)

England have been by far the most consistent side in the limited-overs format in the last two years. Looking at their recent performances against Sri Lanka, they proved too good for the visitors in the T20Is. Even in the first ODI, England will start as hot favorites to go past the Sri Lankan outfit with ease and are likely to win today's ENG vs SL 1st ODI on June 29.