In his last 3 ODI innings, Jonny Bairstow has scored a century and a fifty.
After a totally one-sided T20I series where England decimated a hapless Sri Lankan side 3-0, both these teams will get into ODI mode and will clash against each other in a three-match ODI series. The first ODI will be played on 29th June 2021.
Sri Lanka will surely be hoping to put up a better performance, and hope that a change in format will also bring along with it a change of fortunes as well. England, on the other hand, will look to once again impose themselves on the opposition in the ODI series just like they did in the T20I format of the game.
Match – England vs Sri Lanka – 1st match
Venue – Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Time – 03:30 PM IST, 11:00 AM Local
Where to watch live – Sony Sports Network and Sony Liv
The pitch at Chester-le-Street is a good one for batting. The ball will come onto the bat nicely on this surface and the batsmen can cash in if they can spend time out in the middle.
Average first innings score
The average first innings total on this ground is 249.
Record of chasing teams
The chasing team has won 10 out of the 17 completed ODI matches at this venue.
Playing Combinations for ENG vs SL
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow(wk), Liam Livingstone/Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Oshada Fernando, Kusal Perera (C), Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Ramesh Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Binura Fernando
ENG vs SL Head-to-Head
Played – 75 | England – 36 | Sri Lanka – 36 | Tie – 1 |N/R – 2
Played – 32 | England – 16 | Sri Lanka – 14 | Tie – 1 |N/R – 1
Probable best batsman of the match
Jonny Bairstow can strike the ball long and can shatter the confidence of any bowling attack. In his last 3 ODI innings, he has scored a century and a fifty. Also, in the 3rd T20I between England and Sri Lanka, Bairstow scored a 43-ball 51 at the top of the order.
Probable best bowler of the match
Dushmantha Chameera produced a sensational performance in the 3rd T20I between England and Sri Lanka. He picked up 4 wickets and gave away only 17 runs in the 4 overs that he bowled. Also, in the previous ODI that he played against Bangladesh, Chameera took a five-wicket haul as well.
Today’s match prediction: England are expected to win this match