England will host Sri Lanka in the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street, as the two teams meet in second of three test matches. The latest England v Sri Lanka 2nd Test betting tips for this encounter can be checked below.
Sri Lanka will be eager to make up for their defeat in the first test match against the Brits, as they now trail 1-0 in the three match test series. Following a poor form in the World Cup earlier this year, the Lankans are slowly their grip from the international cricket owing to a squad which is absolutely new.
With the departure of Kumar Sangakkara from the team who was undoubtedly the last pillar holding the side together, they have now fallen into a limbo, escaping which is going to be a Herculean task for them. The defeat by innings and 88 runs which they endured in Leeds last week had the echos of a poor batting show.
Their opening order collapsed rather easily, with Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva departing early in both the innings. The team particularly lacked the will to fight, as they responded to England’s 298 by scoring 91 runs and 119 runs in the innings they got, losing all wickets.
This is only made worse by the cold and wet conditions to which they must get accustomed soon. The only way in which Angelo Mathis can ensure that his side doesn’t lose again so miserably is by putting up a fighting total. At a time when James Anderson and Stuart Broad are wreaking havoc with the ball, while others are maintaining their economy rates under five, it is hard to see how Lankans can avoid an upset at Riverside too.
Alastair Cook will certainly be pleased with Alex Hales and Jonny Baristow, who have proven that the future of England’s cricket is in good hands. The new man James Vince will have the chance here too, as he proves his worth to the team. All said and done, the hosts have got themselves a pretty formidable squad, overcoming which needs a lot of resilience and determination. England are certainly the favorite ones as they enter this match.
England v Sri Lanka head-to-head
Sri Lanka last won a test back in 2014, but they still lag behind by a couple of wins in the head to head tally.
England v Sri Lanka betting tips for the test match:
England to win with bet365: 2/9
The match begins at 11.00 am local time (10.00 am GMT) on Friday, May 27.