England vs Sri Lanka, Match 20, Saturday 15 June

England and Sri Lanka both teams play exciting cricket. England are ranked number one in the world at the moment while Sri Lanka lye in the bottom ranked teams in ODI. In the last few years especially after the departure of their big guns Sri Lanka cricket team have been succumbed to demise. They lack the star studded dressing room plus they have not been able to maintain the balance of the team which resulted in defeats in various bilateral series plus the ICC world events. England on the other hand is entering the world cup with a well-balanced and settled squad.

Head to head contest

The historic statistical record suggest that both the teams have played over 100 ODI internationals against each other and both teams have almost an equal winning percentage against each other. Sri Lanka have won 50 matches against England and while England have won 51 matches against the Sri Lanka cricket team. They have been at par but the current situation is a bit different then what the record suggests, right now England team is much stronger than the Sri Lanka team in all three departments of the game.

England and Sri Lanka meet on June 21, 2019 at the venue of Headingley, Leeds. England playing in their own home ground and will look to beat Sri Lanka to gain 2 points on the points table. Sri Lanka cricket team lacks the quality pacers to demolish the opponent’s batting line up, they do have some good spinners but they will not be that effective in the English conditions. Sri Lankan batsmen are also not that consistent, their batting line up consists of comparatively younger lot and they lack the experience and quality to compete against the world’s best teams at the moment. They can improve by playing more cricket and by getting their basics right again. England is a much stronger team then the Sri Lanka team. England possess one of the most dynamic and destructive batting line up in the world cricket right now and Sri Lanka bowling line up is mediocre, so if nothing happens out of the blue then England team should win this encounter between the 2 teams.

Probable outcome

It’s safe to say that England will be victorious in this match. 70-30 is the ratio in favor of England before the match starts, Sri Lanka will have to play out of their skins even to just test the full potential of the English cricket team. In England conditions it is very hard to beat English team and Sri Lanka don’t play very good in those conditions. Sri Lanka need to improve their brand of cricket in all three departments of the game if they are to be ranked among the top teams in the international cricket circuit.

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