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England vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI Predictions & Tips - Root backed for runs as miserable tour for Sri Lanka continues

  • England vs Sri Lanka predictions for Thursday’s ODI cricket match
  • The fixture will be played at the Oval at 13:00 BST
  • Joe Root scored ended on 79 not out in the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka
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Joe Root scored 79 not out in the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 30 Jun 2021
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England vs Sri Lanka Predictions


Jonny Bairstow has been in sensational form on both the domestic and international front. With England being so dominant our best bet is for Bairstow to score over 28.5 runs in this match.

  • England’s Joe Root scored 79* in the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka.
  • England’s Jonny Bairstow has scored 51 & 43 runs in his last 2 limited overs matches.
  • England’s Jonny Bairstow has scored 30+ runs in 7 of his last 9 limited overs matches.
  • Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera has scored 120 & 73 runs in his last 2 ODI matches.
  • Sri Lanka have lost 6 of their last 7 ODI matches

Head to Head


England lead Sri Lanka 4-2 over their last six ODI matches In the 1st ODI of this series England cruised to a five wicket win at Chester-le-Street.

England Form


England will be pleased with their opening ODI performance against Sri Lanka. While the visitors have been extremely poor, this will serve as good preparation for upcoming challenges.

In the 1st ODI, Eoin Morgan won the toss and asked Sri Lanka to have a bat. Chris Woakes and David Wiley produced superb bowling performances, taking four and three wickets respectively. They bowled Sri Lanka out for a measly 185 runs in just over 42 overs.

Jonny Bairstow came out firing with the bat, smashing 43 off 21 balls. Joe Root completed the job by scoring 79 not out to lead England to a five wicket victory. 

England Injuries & Team News


The England squad is fully fit. They have been chopping and changing their side a lot over the last few matches so we could once again see a fair few changes.

Sri Lanka Form


Sri Lanka’s hopeless tour of the UK showed no signs of improvement in the 1st ODI at Chester-le-Street. Batting first they only managed to score 185 runs. 

Kusal Perera showed his class by scoring 73 runs at the top of the order. Wanindu Hasaranga contributed 54 in 99-run partnership with Perera. Unfortunately only one other player managed to score more than 10 runs.

The visitors had little chance in defending that mediocre total. Dushmantha Chameera still managed to bag figures of 3-50 in eight overs as England won by five wickets.

Sri Lanka Injuries & Team News


Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka and Niroshan Dickwella were all sent home after breaching COVID-19 protocols prior to the 1st ODI.

A few changes are likely but whether that will actually improve performance remains to be seen.

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Verdict

After scoring 79 not out in the 1st ODI, Joe Root is tipped to continue his form by top scoring for England and in the match. It is worth backing Jonny Bairstow's consistency in the over/under runs market.

Kusal Perera is the one shining light for Sri Lanka. He is tipped to once again be their top scorer.

Best Bet: Bairstow over 28.5 Over/Under Runs @-120.48 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best Sri Lanka Batsman Tip: Kusal Perera Best Sri Lanka Batsman @187.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best England Batsman Tip: Joe Root Best England Batsman @275.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Top Match Batsman Tip: Joe Root Top Match Batsman @500.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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