England were favourites to win the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka, and they performed like it in the opening game. The Eoin Morgan-led Brits triumphed by eight wickets with 17 balls left at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
Jos Buttler’s unbeaten fifty put them across the finish line after their bowlers restricted their opponents to a modest score of 129 in 20 overs. The Lankans face a must-win situation in the second T20I today.
With the exception of Dasun Shanaka and Wanindu Hasaranga, none of the visitors’ players could hold back the Three Lions. Their bowlers gave it their all, but it’s their batting that needs to be revived. Kusal Perera had a difficult time with Bangladesh in the One-Day Internationals, and he’ll be eager to make amends in the next match.
The weather will be cloudy with a high of 19 degrees. Although it should remain dry, there is a chance of rain in Cardiff during the match.
There should be plenty of runs on the surface, with some assistance for the bowlers as well. Given the cloudy circumstances, the pacers should be able to start the ball moving quickly. With spinners set to play a crucial part in the middle overs, the pitch should ideally slow down as the game progresses. Because rain may be a factor in the game, both teams will aim to chase after winning the toss. Although 170 should be a reasonable total, both teams can go above and above with the bat.
Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood
Kusal Perera (c&wk), Avishka Fernando, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Akila Dananjaya, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep
England vs Sri Lanka – 2nd T20I, Dream 11
Jos Buttler (wk), Jason Roy (c), Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dawid Malan, Sam Curran, Wanindu Hasaranga, Adil Rashid, Isuru Udana, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood
Winning the toss
- England – Jason Roy
- Sri Lanka – Danushka Gunathilaka
- England – Adil Rashid
- Sri Lanka – Wanindu Hasaranga
- England – Jos Buttler
- Sri Lanka – Kusal Mendis
Player of the Match
- England – Jos Buttler
Team Scores Batting First
- England – 180+
- Sri Lanka – 160+
Sri Lanka will have to take a chance and bowl Wanidu Hasaranga sooner in England’s innings to give themselves the best opportunity. England’s batsmen were wary of him, but they had the luxury of chasing a low total. Expect a closer game in today’s match, but England win by a comfortable margin.