Sri Lanka vs England 1st Test: England pummeled the world no.1 team, India in their own backyard a couple of months ago. That has to be a confidence booster but they now visit the Sri Lankan island for a three test match series where even the best sides tend to struggle. Sri Lanka, appallingly have had a tumultuous cricketing period. Not only was an early exit from the Asia Cup a huge disappointment, but the Chandika Hathurasingha and Angelo Matthews fiasco have made matters worse. However, the egos of the two individuals have to be sidelined and the team’s progress has to be given priority. Test match #2324 also marks the end of Ranagan Herath’s test career. The wily old fox will, for the final time try to take his team home. Does he find a spot in your FanFight fantasy cricket team?
Venue & Match Details
Venue: Galle International Stadium
Kick-off time: 10:00 AM, IST
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney & Marais Erasmus
Pitch Conditions Sri Lanka vs England 1st Test
The pitch here at the Galle International Stadium is a rank turner & is likely to get drier as the game goes on. The weather forecast though indicates signs of rains for the first three days. Uniquely, the last 21 games in Sri Lanka have all seen results. The captain who wins the toss will undoubtedly like to bat first.
The highest score at this ground came in the year 2013. Bangladesh battered the home team for a colossal 638. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Ashraful scoring 200 & 190 respectively. The ground also saw the greatest test spinner Muttiah Muralitharan pick his 800th test scalp.
The England team will field plenty of new faces for the first test. Rory Burns, the Surrey opener will begin the innings with Keaton Jennings. Burns averages 44.71 after 107 FC games. Ben Foakes will manage the wicket-keeping duties in Jonny Bairstow’s absence. Moeen Ali is expected to bat at number 3. Skipper Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler have to take the onus of putting up a decent score on the board. Left-arm orthodox, Jack Leach will take Stuart Broad’s place.
For Sri Lanka, a fitter looking Angelo Matthews will take the number 5 spot. Kaushal Silva will return to the side after a year. He’s likely to open the innings with Dimuth Karunaratne. Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Matthews and Niroshan Dickwella form a sturdy middle-order.
Expected Playing XI
Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Angelo Matthews, Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Dilruwan Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Akila Dhananjaya, Rangana Herath
Rory Burns, Keaton Jennings, Moeen Ali, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Ben Foakes(wk), Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Jack Leach, James Anderson
Fantasy Cricket Tips for Sri Lanka vs England 1st Test
Dimuth Karunaratne has scored 785 runs in 9 tests at this venue. The left-handed opener has scored 2 hundreds and 4 fifties here. On FanFight Karunaratne is valued a high 9.1. Angelo Matthews did have a bowl in the nets but is listed as a batsman on FanFight. Matthews(8.6 credits) is easily one of Sri Lanka’s best batters and will be a solid choice. From England, you’ve got to pick a safe option. To sound more precise, Joe Root has to be an obvious choice. Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings might be risky choices. Especially on turning wickets.
Moeen Ali and Dilruwan Perera are the likely picks from the all-rounders’ section. Sam Billings and Ben Stokes are natural stroke makers but will they prove to be effective?
Rangana Herath has picked nine 5-wicket hauls at this venue. Period. Adil Rashid from not wanting to play the 5-day format will now be England’s premier strike bowler. James Anderson can’t be ignored but in the sub-continent, his record isn’t the brightest. In 4 tests, Anderson has picked only 11 wickets & at a high 40.72. Jack Leach has played only one test so far and his abilities will be up for a massive test.
Ben Foakes will play his first ever test. The keeper batter averages 40.64 after 90 FC games. Niroshan Dickwella, Sri Lanka’s dasher costs only 7.7 credits on FanFight.
Fantasy Cricket Teams on FanFight for Sri Lanka vs England 1st test
Note: The above teams have been put together based on our knowledge of the sport and the stats from various sources. You can use the information we’ve provided & our tips to complete your best FanFight teams.
Sri Lanka have plenty to prove in this test series and their side looks more balanced than the English unit. In spite of beating team India ever so convincingly in their last test series, England are the underdogs for Sri Lanka vs England 1st test.
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