The home team’s defeat at the hands of Englishmen might have come in as a shock for majority of the home of the Sri Lankan visitors who had anticipated for a their victory in the red-ball format. Following the series losses in the ODIs and in only T20i, the Lankans would have hoped for a triumph in the early stages of the contest to get the series going in their favor, only to get their hopes washed away by the likes of Root & Co. throughout the course of their duel. Here’s a sneak peek into the much awaited Sri Lanka vs England 2nd Test Preview featuring the Team News, Head to Heads & Probable XI for both the units.
Sri Lanka vs England 2nd Test Preview
Date: 14th November 2018.
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele.
Time: 4:30 AM GMT, 10:00 AM Local.
Head to Heads in Tests
13-8 in favor of England. Both units have battled it out whilst donning the whites on a total of 32 occasions in red-ball cricket with England emerging meritorious on 13 occasions, Sri Lanka on 8 occasions and the remaining ending as a draw for both the units.
Sri Lanka’s Batting Predictions
Apart from former skipper Angelo Mathews (52 and 53) no other player could crawl their way past the 50-run mark in the individual tallies. The second Test being a decider duel, could get to witness the duo of skipper Dinesh Chandimal and wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella delivering some emphatic performances at just the right moment, contrary to their aggregates of 34 and 44 respectively.
The burden of carrying the team onto a competitive total would also fall on the shoulders of Kaushal Silva and Karunaratne, who’d have to level up their batting prowess to help Sri Lanka clinch the must-win game.
Sri Lanka’s Bowling Predictions
Herath’s exit could prove as a boon for Lakshan Sandakan to make way into the Sri Lankan unit. The task of affecting dismissals would lie in the hands of Dilruwan Perera (5/75 and 2/94) and Akila Dananjaya (1/96 and 87/1) who seemed as the only players capable of uprooting the English wickets. Even Suranga Lakmal (3/73) could turn out as an effective option under right situations.
Sri Lanka’s Probable XI
Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Angelo Mathews, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Dilruwan Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Dhananjya de Silva, Kaushal Silva.
England’s Batting Predictions
The duo of Ben Foakes (107) and Keaton Jennings (146) impressed the audience in the first and the second innings respectively and will be anticipated to exhibit their previous game’s prowess in the upcoming contest. All-rounder Ben Stokes has always been one of England’s go-to player amidst the tough and writhing situations.
His knock of 62 helped the Englishmen sail past the total of 300 in the topsy-turvy spin conditions, which eventually led to the visitors’ triumph in what was presumed to be the hosts’ conquest prior to the commencement.
England’s Bowling Predictions
Chris Woakes could be made to play in the must-win duel at Pallekele in place of Sam Curran. The trio of Rashid (2/30) , Leach(2/30) and Moeen Ali(4/66) wrecked havoc onto the Sri Lankan unit and would be expected to emulate a similar gameplay in the forthcoming test. The likes of Anderson have nothing much to do in the spinner-friendly conditions other than inflicting a couple dismissals.
England’s Probable XI
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