Can Sri Lanka keep their campaign alive and knock out the world champions?
- England and Sri Lanka have lost three out of their first four games in the Cricket World Cup 2023.
- The head to head scoreline for the last 10 completed encounters between the two teams is tilted towards England at 8-2.
England and Sri Lanka are set to lock horns in match no. 25 of the World Cup 2023 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on October 26th. England are at the bottom of the table with two points, having lost three of their first four games. They’re coming off back to back defeats against Afghanistan and South Africa, and need to turn things around. England head into the game as favourites at 1.35
Sri Lanka are just above England – at ninth with a slightly better net run-rate. They’re in a similar position, where one more loss could be the end of their semifinals hopes. After losing their first three games, Sri Lanka defeated the Netherlands by five wickets. Sri Lanka have odds of 3.33 to win this match.
The head to head record between these two teams in ODI cricket is pretty tight. They have faced each other in 78 ODIs, with England winning 38 matches and Sri Lanka coming out on top 36 times. Talking about the previous 10 completed clashes, England lead the scoreline by 8-2.
M Chinnaswamy Stadium has been a host to 27 ODIs in men’s cricket. The team batting first and second has won 12 games each. Both teams could look to set the target and hope for some movement under the lights. Our toss prediction is that Sri Lanka will win the toss and bat first.
Both teams have had an awful campaign and are in a similar position but England remains favourites with a win probability of 74%. The recent head to head record is also in England’s favour and they have a stronger side on paper.
The average first innings score at M Chinnaswamy Stadium from 27 ODIs stands at 269. The team batting first has scored more than 300 in 11 of these games.
The pitches at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru have historically been excellent for batting. The flat pitches and short boundaries make batting look easy and bowlers have to toil hard at this ground. The weather in Bengaluru is likely to be sunny and pleasant on Thursday afternoon, and the rain should not be an issue.
Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (c/wk), David Willey, Mark Wood, Brydon Carse, Gus Atkinson, Adil Rashid
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (c/wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushan Hemantha, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka
Jonny Bairstow: The England opening batter has had a mediocre tournament so far but has the ability to turn things around. Bairstow has over 3700 runs in the format at an average of 44 and strike rate of 103.
Dilshan Madushanka: The left arm seamer will pose a big threat to the English top order with the ball coming in. Madushanka has been excellent in the World Cup, claiming 11 wickets in four games with a best of 4/49.
England have been lackluster in the World Cup but still have enough quality in the squad to win this game. They have enjoyed good success over Sri Lanka in recent years. Although it hasn’t yet, England have a destructive batting line-up compared to Sri Lanka.
Our pick: England to win the match at 1.35
Apart from betting on England to win the match, check our other recommended bet about Sri Lanka’s best batter.
Kusal Mendis struck 76 in the opening game against South Africa and then smashed 122 off 77 against Pakistan. He has 488 runs in the last 10 innings at 49 average and 105 strike rate. Back Mendis at 4.33 to be Sri Lanka’s top batter in the match