England v Sri Lanka 1st T20 Preview & Predictions: Can England show why they’re world no 1?

England v Sri Lanka 1st T20 23-6-21 header
  • Match: England vs Sri Lanka
  • Date: June 24, 2021
  • Time starts (in India): 17:00:00.
  • Stadium: Sophia Gardens
  • Tournament: Twenty20 International – 2021 – 2nd T20I
  • Format: T20I

Trends & Recent Form

In our preview, we will look at the top player’s stats for each team, recent trends and then make our match prediction! 

Top Batters This Season

RunsSR4s6sAvg Runs
Jos Buttler
172147.0191043.00
Jonny Bairstow
118137.2110439.33
Dawid Malan
148120.3315537.00
RunsSR4s6sAvg Runs
Ashen Bandara
75125.004337.50
Dinesh Chandimal
68107.943134.00
Wanindu Hasaranga
31124.003031.00

Top Bowlers This Season

WktsOvsRunsEconAvg
Jofra Archer
7201557.7522
Mark Wood
5161298.0626
Adil Rashid
4191487.7937
WktsOvsRunsEconAvg
Wanindu Hasaranga
812423.505
Lakshan Sandakan
67395.277
Dushmantha Chameera
411787.0920

England form

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Record:
  • T20 World Rankings: 1st
  • Points: 6088
  • Rating: 277
Top players
  • Top Batsman: Dawid Malan (No 1 in the world)
  • Top Bowler: Adil Rashid (No 4 in the world)
Latest stats and trends
  • England has a strong squad for this T20 series. Chris Woakes has returned to the T20 squad. The main absentees are Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer who are out with long term injuries.  
  • Without Archer, it will be down to Mark Wood and Adil Rashid to lead the bowling attack. 
  • Englands last T20 series ended in a loss to India, 3-2 in a 5 match series. It is safe to say that Sri Lanka is not at the Indian level in world cricket currently. 
  • England is the strong favourites to win the first match as well as the series. They are the favourite to win the series 3-0. On home soil and with the squad they have, even without their 2 stars, they look set to take a comfortable win. 

Sri Lanka T20 form

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Record:
  • T20 World Rankings: 8th
  • Points: 2957
  • Rating: 227
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Top players
  • Top Batsman: Kusal Perera (No 37 in the world)
  • Top Bowler: Lakshan Sandakan (No 9 in the world)
Latest stats and trends
  • Sri Lanka posses a very good bowling attack with 2 of their T20 bowlers in the worlds top 10. They are less blessed with the bat with their top batsman, Kusal Perera, ranked at no 37 in the world. 
  • Wanindu Hasaranga has been in good form this year taking 8 wickets at a 3.5 economy in T20 cricket. Hasaranga is also the 3rd highest batsman this year and will be key to the Sri Lankan’s chances of success.
  • Sri Lanka comes into the match after losing a 3 match ODI series to Bangladesh 2-1. Sri Lanka did win the last match with a very good performance that will help to build some confidence ahead of this series. 
  • In the last T20 series Sri Lanka lost to the West Indies 2-1 in a 3 match series. 

Match Prediction

Match Prediction: England to win

With the ratings and players, these 2 teams have you cannot avoid selecting England to win this match. Even with a couple of players missing they should be far too strong for the Sri Lankan team. We are expecting England to win this series 3-0.

Predicted scores (If batting first)

England 200-210/5

Sri Lanka 140-150/8

Hasaranga will be key to the Sri Lankas chances
Match questions?

We are predicting that England will win the first T20 comfortably. 

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