Sri Lanka v England betting tips, prediction & odds; 2nd Test preview

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Welcome to our Sri Lanka v England betting tips, prediction and odds analysis for the 2nd Test at Galle from Friday, January 22. 

England scored a commanding seven-wicket win on this same ground in the opening Test, largely on the back of an imperious double ton from England captain Joe Root.

Local pundits believe the ball will turn sharply in this second Test and the draw seems an unlikely outcome give many Test matches in Sri Lanka are over in four days or less.

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England of course would love to complete a 2-0 sweep before they head to India to play a four-Test series, with the first Test in Chennai from February 5.

Both teams are tipped to make changes for this second Test, with Sri Lanka dropping out-of-form No.3 Kusal Mendis and bringing in Oshada Fernando. Pace bowler Suranga Lakmal should also be ready to come into the team.

England will rotate their pacemen with an eye to the India series. Veteran James Anderson, Olly Stone and Chris Woakes will likely come into the XI. Stuart Broad, Sam Curran and Mark Wood will be rested.

Sri Lanka v England Test series results, schedule

January 14-18: 1st Test, Galle International Stadium, Galle. Sri Lanka 135 (Dinesh Chandimal 28; Dom Bess 5-30) and 359 (Lahiru Thirimanne 111, Angelo Matthews 71; Jack Leach 5-122) lost to England 421 (Joe Root 228, Dan Lawrence 73; Dilruwan Perera 4-109) and 3-76 (Jonny Bairstow 35no; Lasith Embuldeniya 2-29) by seven wickets.
January 22-26: 2nd Test, Galle International Stadium, Galle.

Sri Lanka 2nd Test team (possible)

Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Oshada Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya.

England 2nd Test team (possible)

Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (c), Dan Lawrence, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Dom Bess, Jack Leach, Olly Stone, James Anderson.

Continue reading for our free Sri Lanka v England tips for the 2nd Test at Galle starting on Friday. 

Sri Lanka v England 2nd Test odds

Head to head odds: Sri Lanka $2.43, England $2.08, draw $6

Man of the match betting:
$ Joe Root
$9 Lasith Embuldeniya, Dilruwan Perera
$10 Dom Bess, Jack Leach, Kusul Perera
$11 Jonny Bairstow, Zak Crawley
$13+ others

Top run-scorer Sri Lanka 1st innings odds:
$4.50 Kusal Perera
$5 Dinesh Chandimal, Oshada Fernando
$6 Angelo Mathews, Santhush Gunathilake

Top run-scorer England 1st innings odds:
$3.50 Joe Root
$4.50 Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow
$6 Dan Lawrence
$6.50 Dominic Sibley
$10 Jos Buttler
$11 Ben Foakes

Top wicket-taker 1st innings Sri Lanka odds:
$2.38 Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya
$3.50 Lakshan Sandakan
$3.75 Wanindu Hasaranga
$6 Suranga Lakmal
$6.50 Vishwa Fernando

Top wicket-taker 1st innings England odds:
$2.75 Jack Leach
$2.88 Dom Bess
$3.25 Moeen  Ali
$5 Mason Crane, Matt Parkinson
$6 James Anderson, Stuart Broad

Sri Lanka v England betting tips

Our cricket tipsters have examined the odds and found several Sri Lanka v England tips for the second Test.

Wanindu Hasaranga most wickets first innings

The young leggie never got going in the first Test but we will stick with him to find his range on a pitch conducive to spin this time. We tipped him for man of the match in the first Test and may back up again with a small wager in this match. PWH de Silva is a real talent.

Joe Root top scorer for England 1st innings

Sometimes you just have to take the obvious bet and Root was so much more comfortable in the first innings than his teammates it was ridiculous. Neither of the England openers reached double figures in either innings. Root will do us at $3.50.

Sri Lanka v England prediction 22/1/2021

England have an amazing recent record in Sri Lanka, a place that is difficult for most touring teams to succeed. Root’s knock papered over a few cracks in the first Test, but the English batsmen should be better for having experienced the conditions. Our final Sri Lanka v England prediction? This should be a much closer contest but it’s hard to tip a Sri Lanka team really low on confidence. 

Sri Lanka v England Test Details

How can I watch the Sri Lanka v England first Test?

Britain: Sky Sports Cricket, Main Event. India: Sony TEN 2. Australia: Fox Sports, KAYO.

How can I bet on the Sri Lanka v England game?

International readers can check out the best cricket betting sites.

What time does the Sri Lanka v England Second Test start?

The game starts at 10am local time (4.30am UK time) on January 22, 2021.

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