England tour of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka vs England 1st Test Match Preview
After overcoming hosts by a massive 211 run victory in Galle test, England is all confident to take up the challenge in the second test scheduled to be played at Pallekele from Wednesday. After a shattered start in Galle, England came out really strong and dominated the game throughout. At one time the visitors were 103-5, but debutant Ben Foakes and valuable contributions from Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and Adil Rashid helped the side register a convincing 211 runs win in the first test to lead the three-match series by 1-0.
According to English Skipper, Joe Root-
“The way we played throughout the four days, with everyone contributing and playing a part, is really pleasing. We played some really good stuff. “
Pleased with the performance at Galle, Joe Root believes his side will enter the ground with “huge amounts of confidence”.
On the opposite, hosts faced a major blow when their regular skipper Dinesh Chandimal got ruled out of the ground for two weeks following an injury. Chandimal picked up an injury in the Galle test and now Suranga Lakmal will lead the side in his absence. Charith Asalanka has been named as the replacement for Chandimal.
Venue- Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
Matchday- Nov 14, Wed – Nov 18 Sun at 10:00 AM IST
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Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Rangana Herath, Kasun Rajitha, Kaushal Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Akila Dananjaya, Roshen Silva, Pushpakumara, Lahiru Kumara, Lakshan Sandakan
James Anderson, Sam Curran, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Rory Burns, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Ben Foakes (wk), Joe Root (c), Jack Leach, Keaton Jennings, Stuart Broad, Joe Denly, Olly Stone, Ollie Pope
The probable SL vs ENG playing 11 is listed below.
Wicket-keeper – Niroshan Dickwella
Batsmen – Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis
All-rounders – Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Charith Asalanka
Bowlers – Suranga Lakmal, Akila Dananjaya, Kasun Ranjitha/L Sandakan
Wicket-keeper – Ben Foakes
Batsmen – Jos Buttler, Rory Burns, Joe Root (c), Keaton Jennings
All-rounders –Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali
Bowlers – James Anderson, Adil Rashid, Jack Leach, Sam Curran
*As per the last game
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