Sri Lanka v England 1st Test – 14/01/2021

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January 14, 2021
Galle International Stadium, Galle
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Sri Lanka v England 1st Test Preview – Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Predictions – 14/01/2021

England face Sri Lanka in the first of two Test matches in Galle.

The hosts will be keen to show what they can do in home conditions, while England will want to follow up their previous dominance in Sri Lanka.

Read our expert cricket tips and discover the latest odds with the best betting sites in India.

Sri Lanka v England 1st Test Betting Tips
Best Bet Dimuth Karunaratne to get more runs than Kusal Mendis at 2.1 with bet365
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Longshot Bet Joe Root to be named man of the match at 8.0 with bet365

Sri Lanka v England 1st Test – Match Preview

England are set to make a host of changes due to both injury and absence. The likes of Jonny Bairstow and Jack Leach could return, while a debut may be handed to Dan Lawrence.

The last time England played in Sri Lanka in 2018-19 they won the series 3-0, which included a 211-run success at this venue.

Sri Lanka head into this series on the back of two Test defeats in South Africa.

Where: Galle International Stadium, Galle

When: Thursday, 14 January 2020

Start time: 10:00 IST (04:30 GMT).

Pitch conditions: Sri Lanka have a good record in Galle. They have won seven of the last 10 matches here, including wins over Australia, India and New Zealand. It is likely to be a spin-friendly surface from early in the match.

Weather conditions: The weather doesn’t look great for this Test. Dark cloud cover and thunderstorms are expected at some stage. There is also the high probability of rain delays over the five days.

Sri Lanka v England 1st Test – Latest Odds

England are the favourites to win the first Test. They are priced at 2.0 with Funbet.

Sri Lanka can be backed at 2.9 with the same betting site. The draw is priced at 4.20.

Sri Lanka v England – Team News

  • Jonny Bairstow – The 31-year-old could come back into the Test starting XI for the first time since 2019.
  • Jack Leach – The England spinner is another due to play his first Test action for more than a year. He is most likely set to line-up alongside Dom Bess as England go with two frontline spinners.
  • Moeen Ali – The Worcestershire all-rounder missed the series after a positive Coivd-19 test. It means England will have to look to Matt Parkinson, Amar Virdi or Mason Crane should they want a third spin option in support of Leach and Bess.
  • Angelo Matthews – The middle-order batsman is back in the fold for Sri Lanka after missing the trip to South Africa. He hit 223 runs in three matches when England last visited.
  • Dimuth Karunaratne – The batsman will again captain his country against England. He was Sri Lanka’s top run-scorer when England toured in 2018-19.

Sri Lanka v England 1st Test – Betting Tips and Prediction

Despite their changes, England are rightly the favourites to get the job done here should they get enough time.

However, Sri Lanka do have a good record at this ground and the weather might also be a huge hindrance to the tourists’ hopes.

Backing the draw looks the value bet at 4.20 with Funbet. Sri Lanka showed some battling qualities against South Africa recently, especially in the first Test.

That suggests they can avoid a collapse against a much-changed England outfit. With a few rain delays also expected it would be no surprise to see the contest head to a decider in the second Test.

Back Root for Man of the Match

If there is to be a winner and star performer then picking someone from the England team looks a good bet.

Picking the man of the match is always a longshot bet but can pay at bigger prices if you get it right.

Joe Root did well the last time England visited and warmed up for this first Test with a half-century in an intra-squad practice match.

The fact England are without Moeen Ali also means the captain could be needed to do some bowling too. His spin bowling deserves more overs that he gives himself and he is more than capable of taking wickets.

Backing him to be man of the match at 8.0 with bet365 looks worth a go.

Take on Out-of-form Mendis

Kusal Mendis heads into this game on the back of three successive ducks out in South Africa.

He looks low on confidence and a return to home comforts may not be enough against this England side.

Backing Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne to outscore him in the first Test looks a great bet at 2.1 with bet365.

Karunaratne hit 256 in three matches against England in 2018-19 and just smashed a fine century in Johannesburg.

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