ENG vs SL 1st T20I – Match Preview
Sri Lanka will kick-start their tour England tour of 2021 with a three-match T20I series starting June 23. England has announced their cricket summer involving both limited-overs and Test series. After beginning with a Test series loss against the BlackCaps, the hosts will face Sri Lanka in a limited-overs assignment. It will be a tough job in hand for visitors to go past the ranked T20I side at home. Sri Lanka will be led by a young captain in Kusal Parera.
On the other hand, England has announced a strong 16-man squad for the upcoming T20Is. England has been a consistent side in the shortest format of the game. They have only lost a couple of series among the last eight T20I series, both series defeats came against India. In the upcoming series against Sri Lanka, the Eoin Morgan side will aim to continue their good run in the T20I format.
Here’s a detailed look at the ENG vs SL Dream11 Match Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, and Top Picks:
|Match||Date & Time||Venue||Live Telecast & Streaming|
|England vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20I||June 23, 11 PM IST (6:30 PM local time)||Sophia Gardens, Cardiff||Sony Sports Network, Sony Liv App & Website (In India)|
What to Expect – Pitch Report & Weather Conditions?
The pitch will be batting-friendly for the T20I at Cardiff. It is usually a high-scoring venue and is likely to remain the same for the first England vs Sri Lanka T20I. There will be very little help for the seam bowlers. The weather should remain clear during the match hours as the complete match will happen without any interruption due to rain.
England has announced a full-strength squad for the T20Is against Sri Lanka. Chris Woakes and David Willey are making their comeback after missing out from the last T20I series against India. However, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer have been tested due to injuries. The majority of England players are coming from T20 Blast, so they are in a good rhythm and they will aim to continue it into this series and win it at home.
Sri Lanka skipper Kusal Perera had a good ODI series with the bat against Bangladesh and he will look to continue his good form against England. He is likely to open with Dunashka Gunathilaka. SLC has picked a contrasting squad compared to their last T20I series against the West Indies. Hasaranga will be a key player in the lower middle order along with youngster Oshada Fernando. Akila Dananjaya might play as a spinner along with Pradeep and Chameera as fast bowlers.
Probable Playing XI for ENG v SL 1st T20I
England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (Wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chirs Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Sri Lanka: Kusal Parera (C & Wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjay De Silva, Oshada Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep
Top Fantasy Picks for England vs Sri Lanka 1st T20I
The English opener and wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler will undoubtedly be a very important player in this three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. He's known as one of the best limited-overs batsmen in the world. Buttler has been in terrific form in white-ball cricket, scoring 172 runs at an average of 43 in the last T20I series against India. The 30-year old will also be donning the wicket-keeping gloves for England. Hence, he might provide maximum fantasy points in today's ENG vs SL Dream11 Team.
The English all-rounder Sam Curran will be a crucial player too for England in the forthcoming T20Is. Curran will play in the lower middle order and he will probably bowl during powerplay overs for England. In the ongoing T20 Blast tournament, the left-arm seamer has picked 6 wickets at an average of 14. He got very limited opportunities with the bat, but the lower middle-order batsman has scored 94 runs at an average of 47. He will give fantasy points with bat and bowl both, so he will be an important fantasy option in the Dream11 Team.
The Sri Lankan skipper and opener, Kusal Perera will be one of the players to watch out for the Islanders. He had a really good ODI series against Bangladesh where he scored a match-winning hundred in the last game of the series. He is making his comeback in the T20I team, but there was never a doubt on his potential and hitting ability. He is the highest T20I run-scorer in this current squad of Sri Lanka.
Wanindu Hasaranga has been an exceptional limited-overs player for Sri Lanka in recent times. In the last series against Bangladesh, he scored 98 runs and picked 3 wickets in three ODI matches. In the last T20I series against Windies, he picked 8 wickets in three matches. He will be a very important player for this Sri Lankan side in this series. He will give points with his batting and bowling in the fantasy team.
Dream11 Team Prediction for ENG vs SL 1st T20I
Wicket-Keeper: Jos Buttler, Kusal Parera, Johnny Bairstow
Batsmen: Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Danushka Gunathilaka
All-Rounders: Sam Curran, Wanindu Hasaranga
Bowlers: Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Dushmantha Chameera
Dream11 Match Prediction – Who will win the ENG vs SL 1st T20i?
England will be the favorites to win this match against Sri Lanka. England has a really good record at this venue, as the home side is yet to lose a single T20I match at Cardiff. Sri Lanka needs to play out of their skin to beat this England side on their conditions.