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England vs Sri Lanka T20 Preview

Written by Maverick White for @HollywoodbetsFollow them both on Twitter and Facebook now!


England vs Sri Lanka | Tuesday 20 May | The Oval | 19:00

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The gloomy English summer begins, a welcome break from a bloated IPL schedule that finds interest waning as quickly the matches pile on top of each other. Admittedly it kicks off with a T20 contest, however this could well be the precursor to a benchmark tour for the Sri Lankans. Never before have they arrived in England with better chances for a Test series victory, their last five-day match win in the country coming in 2006. They have yet to win a Test series that has lasted more than one match while in England, yet with the visitors’ preferred limited overs formats giving them ample time to acclimatise, coupled with England’s transition period in the Ashes aftermath, Sri Lanka will feel quietly confident. As if winning the Asia Cup and World T20 in Bangladesh was not already a welcome enough boost.

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To Win 
England 8/10
Tie 35/1
Sri Lanka 1/1

England
Recalled England coach Peter Moores began his second term with a T20 victory over Scotland, despite the match originally scheduled as fifty over tie. English summer rains will no doubt have a say in this tour, already scuppering one of Sri Lanka’s warm-up matches. Without any T20s to prepare, Moores will not likely deviate too far from England’s WT20 side. Alex Hales, determined for a spot in the ODIs, is likely to open the batting and will have fond memories of the Sri Lankan attack. Chasing 189, Hales bludgeoned 116 unbeaten to take England to victory in the final over. Eoin Morgan scored a half-century in support and, given the captaincy following an injury to Stuart Broad, will be keen to make his presence known as England look to rebuild in all facets. On the subject of new faces, the ECB unceremoniously signed short-term Sri Lankan coach and WT20 winner Paul Farbrace as their assistant just weeks before the tour. A side with already limited resources, Sri Lanka will be fuming.

Sri Lanka
engvsslt20dilshanCaptain Angelo Mathews identified early on that the biggest challenge for the touring Sri Lankans will be to adapt to the cold, damp English conditions. While this seems fairly obvious, it is no mean feat. The English are best at home, with the ball nipping around early on and more than a hint of swing in the cloudy conditions. Surprisingly, the tourists have acclimatised swiftly and already seem to have a handle on the early English summer. Not much should be read into their opening upset against Essex, a sham of match that was ruined by rain and dangerous conditions saw the Sri Lankans play well within themselves, the likes of Lahiru Thirimanne given a bowl with only sixty previous List A deliveries to his name. They proceeded to hammer Kent, runs throughout the order leading to a 300+ target, and thrash Sussex by ten wickets in a T20. Dilshan and Vithanage chased down 128 in 9.1 overs, signalling that the Sri Lankans are well and truly in England to compete.

Venue
England don’t have the best T20 record at the Oval – of the eight matches they have played, they’ve won three, lost four and most recently were involved in a no result. Sri Lanka have yet to play T20 cricket at the ground. This time last year, scores of 200 were par so punters should look high in the overs/unders live markets. There is rain predicted for the morning but should abate by the evening.

BEST: Top England Batsman, Eoin Morgan 9/2
With the added responsibility of leading and having made public his ambition to be a bigger part of England’s rebuild process, I expect Eoin Morgan to score well here. With some county cricket behind him, he’s a good prospect for runs and comes at good value. Get on.

VERDICT: Sri Lanka 1/1
The Sri Lankans are firing at present and I fully expect them to overpower an English side still in the throes of transition. It has been some time since Sri Lanka have looked this good, especially in overseas conditions, and are riding the crest of wave. Back the outsiders for victory.

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