Sri Lanka vs England Only T20I, Match Predictions – Who will win the match?
The match will be played on a good batting surface in Colombo.
Updated - Oct 26, 2018 9:49 pm
Sri Lanka got some crucial momentum towards the end of the ODI series. Though it was a bit too late, the home team did arrive in the contest. T20I, on the other hand, is a game of momentum and the Thisara Perera led team will thus think they have a chance to stun the visitors in the one-off T20I.
Eoin Morgan will be back again to leading the Brits. This England teams in limited-overs cricket is one for all seasons. With the firepower in both the batting and bowling departments, they will want to win this series as well having clinched the ODI series 3-1.
Pitch and weather
The match will be hosted by the R Premadasa Stadium which is a good batting wicket and promises plenty of runs. The rain gods have been really interested in following this series closely and thus there is a good possibility of rain interruption in this match as well.
A change in format brings a change in leadership for the Sri Lankans. Perera is one name that instils confidence both with the bat and ball, thus it makes sense for him to be at the helm. He also understands the shortest format of the game better than most having played most T20 leagues around.
There is a definite chance that Lasith Malinga will play this game and make a comeback in T20I format. But for that to transpire into a happy memory the likes of Niroshan Dickwella, Samarawickrama to give them a flying start with the bat. Mendis, Chandimal and Dhananjaya then have to capitalize. A total under 200 is never safe against this opposition and they should be mindful of it.
Predicted XI: Sadeera Samarawickrama, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera (C), Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera
Buttler will be itching to go out there and make his mark in the T20 format. He didn’t get a lot of opportunities in the ODI series and this is clearly his forte as he also opens the batting. Jason Roy has a point or two to prove as well so does Alex Hales.
The bowling unit will look up to the two spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali as the wicket will be slower and offer something to the slower bowlers. Apart from that life will be difficult for the likes of Jordan, Curran and Plunkett on this flat deck.
Predicted XI: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan (C), Joe Denly, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Tom Curran
Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka) | Jos Buttler (England)
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The prediction is for England to win the match and take the T20I series.