England will take on Sri Lanka in the 1st T20I of Sri Lanka’s tour of England which is scheduled to be played on 23rd June at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
England and Sri Lanka are on the different ends of the coin with England at the top of the ICC T20I Rankings whereas the Lankans see themselves struggling at the 8th position.
England will play their first limited-overs encounter this summer, and they will be eager to get off to a winning start. Although they have picked a mainly strong lineup, injuries have kept Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer out of the squad. Following a disappointing Test series against New Zealand, Eoin Morgan must lead his team to victory and generate impetus as they prepare for the ICC T20 World Cup later this year.
Sri Lanka has an enormous battle against the world’s best T20I squad in their own land. They are coming off a loss in an ODI series against Bangladesh and will be cautious of their recent form. They are in the midst of a rebuilding process, led by new captain Kusal Perera, and have a youthful and talented team capable of putting up a fight against any opponent.
Probable Playing XIs
Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (C), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (C and WK), Kusal Mendis, Oshada Fernando, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep
Match: England vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20I
Date and Time: 23rd June, 11:00 PM IST
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
The pitch at the Sophia Gardena offers a great deal of assistance to the pace bowlers as seen in the ongoing Vitality T20 Blast. The pacers will get enough movement and bounce off the surface in the initial phases and they would like to capitalize on it.
The team winning the toss would most probably opt to field first.
ENG vs SL Dream 11 Fantasy Suggestion
Team for ENG vs SL: Jos Buttler, Kusal Perera, Jonny Bairstow, Danushka Gunathalika, Dawid Malan, Avishka Fernando, Sam Curran, Wanidu Hasaranga, Adil Rashid, Isuru Udana, Mark Wood
Captain: Jos Buttler Vice-captain: Kusal Perera