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England vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI Predictions & Tips - Malan to pile misery on hapless Sri Lanka

  • England vs Sri Lanka predictions for Tuesday’s ODI cricket match
  • The fixture will be played at Chester-le-Street at 11:00 BST
  • Dawid Malan scored 76 runs in the 3rd T20I against Sri Lanka
  • I am backing Dawid Malan to top score for England
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Dawid Malan smashed 76 runs in the 3rd T20 against Sri Lanka (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 28 Jun 2021
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England vs Sri Lanka Predictions


England trounced Sri Lanka in the recent T20 series and that form is expected to continue. Dawid Malan opened in the final T20 and scored a marvelous 76 runs. Malan’s form deserves backing, he is tipped to score over 25.5 runs as the best bet.

  • England’s Dawid Malan scored 50 runs in his last ODI match.
  • England’s Dawid Malan scored 76 runs in the 3rd T20 against Sri Lanka.
  • Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera scored 120 runs in his last ODI match.
  • Sri Lanka have lost 5 of their last 6 ODI matches.

Head to Head


England lead Sri Lanka 3-2 in their last five ODI matches but it is the visitors who have won the last two matches. They last met at the 2019 Cricket World Cup where Sri Lanka won by 20 runs.

England Form


England’s ODI form has been a bit erratic since winning the 2019 Cricket World Cup. That can be expected with the conditions in which all teams have played and the strongest squads not always available since COVID struck.

The last series England played saw them lose a three-match series 2-1 in India. In the final match of the series England needed to chase a mammoth 330 to win but fell short by just eight runs. Sam Curran was the star with the bat scoring 95 runs while Dawid Malan contributed 50.

England will be confident of seeing of Sri Lanka though. They cruised to a 3-0 whitewash in the recently completed T20 series with Sri Lanka offering little threat.

England Injuries & Team News


Jos Buttler has been ruled out of the ODIs with injury. Injury still keeps Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer out of the squad.

Sri Lanka Form


Sri Lanka have lost five of their last six ODI matches with their only win coming in their last match. In that match Kusal Perera smashed 120 runs as Sri Lanka posted 286 in Dhaka.

Dushmantha Chameera bowled superbly for figures of 5-16 in 9 overs to restrict Bangladesh to 189 runs. That performance was however an anomaly and their recent T20 performances in England has left much to be desired.

The batsmen have completely failed to adapt to the surfaces in the UK. In the three T20 internationals Sri Lanka have scored 129, 111 and 97 runs and no batsman has reached a half-century.

Sri Lanka Injuries & Team News


As if things are not bad enough currently for Sri Lanka, there are doubts over Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella ahead of the ODIs. They are both under investigation for alleged breach of bio-bubble restrictions.

Avishka Fernando has also been ruled out through injury.

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Verdict

Dawid Malan showed his quality in the 3rd T20I against Sri Lanka so carries form into this match. He is backed to score over 25.5 runs, be England's top scorer and win the man of the match award.

Sri Lanka have not performed on this tour but Kusal Perera did score 120 runs in his last ODI. He is tipped to be the visitors bets batsman.

Best Bet: Malan Over 25.5 Runs Over/Under Runs @-120.48 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best Sri Lanka Batsman Tip: Kusal Perera Best Sri Lanka Batsman @275.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best England Batsman Tip: Dawid Malan Best England Batsman @350.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Man of the Match Tip: Dawid Malan Man of the Match @1000.0 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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