Sri Lanka v England 2nd Test – Betting Tips and Prediction
England took advantage of some poor shots from Sri Lanka in the first innings of the previous clash and never looked back except for a slight wobble when chasing down a low total for victory.
The form of Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow’s ability in these conditions and the emergence of Dan Lawrence were huge plus points for them.
Despite hardly any preparations, their spin attack of Jack Leach and Dom Bess also took wickets. A fresh James Anderson also comes into the bowling attack to boost them further.
They can be backed at 2.05 with bet365 to take the win, which looks too big.
Back Bairstow for More Value
Jonny Bairstow failed to take advantage of his good start in the first innings of the first Test but showed plenty of grit to see England home.
He clearly relishes these conditions and he can continue to shine without pace playing a big role.
The England openers have looked a little shaky and Bairstow can take the chance to bag more runs and help his selection claims ahead of the tour to India.
His price of 5.0 with Funbet to be England’s first innings batsman looks to be the value pick. Joe Root is the obvious danger to this bet but it’s worth siding with Bairstow at the prices.
Thirimanne to Top Score for Sri Lanka
Lahiru Thirimanne was excellent in the second innings of the first Test for Sri Lanka.
He hit 111 in difficult circumstances to keep his team in the match. He will have gained plenty of confidence from that and looks a good bet to be Sri Lanka’s top first innings batsman.
Opening partner Perera has been struggling for consistency and he can take advantage again, especially with skipper Dimuth Karunaratne missing out with injury.
His price of 5.5 with bet365 is too big given how well he battled in his last outing.
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