England vs. Sri Lanka 2021
2nd ODI – Thu, 1st July
England, despite a small setback, were able to make bright work of the visitors in the first ODI. While David Willey and Chris Woakes demolished the Sri Lankan batting roster, Joe Root saw them home with a strong knock along with Moeen Ali. England got off to a flying start. Liam Livingstone started with Jonny Bairstow and is expected to continue doing so for the 2nd game.
Although some of their finest players in Ben Stokes Jos Buttler are out injured, England’s depth and balance are scary, handing them the benefit heading into the second match.
Possible playing XI: Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Liam Livingstone, Joe Root, David Willey and Mark Wood.
The Sri Lankans, in the meantime, were jaded with the bat yet again as only skipper Kusal Perera and Wanindu Hasaranga could cling to their own at the Riverside Ground. Their bowling line-up has been pretty remarkable, with Dushmantha Chameera being the choice of the lot on this trip. Although they will seem to level the series with an implausible win, it is easier said than done.
Possible playing XI: Oshada Fernando, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Pathum Nissanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Kusal Perera (c), Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dhananjaya/Lakshan Sandakan and Binura Fernando.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
England will lock horns with Sri Lanka in the 2nd ODI of a three-match series on Thursday at the Kennington Oval in London.
Although a high-notching match is on the cards, there should be some support on bid for the bowlers. The fast bowlers will get some change off the wicket, with the batters having to stay their time in the middle. As the game progresses, the spin bowlers might come into play with some spin on deal. Wickets in hand will be essential leading up to the last 10 overs. Both sides will look to chase upon winning the toss, with 280 being par at the venue.
England will begin the challenge as the obvious favourites, but there is still certain room for progress for the home team. With Sri Lanka yet to come up with a perfect performance, a shocker outcome isn’t off the table. All in all, an exhilarating game of cricket gestures, with both sides eyeing a vital victory at the Kia Oval.
While this match should be tighter than the 1st ODI, it’s not clever to bet against an in-form England team. They are expected to wrap up the series with a victory on Thursday.