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Sri Lanka vs England 1st Test Day 1 Preview

by  Neel Ashar  •  Last updated on 2021-01-13 13:31:04

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International cricket returns to Sri Lanka after a prolonged gap. England is in Sri Lanka for a 2-match Test series beginning on 14th January. There is plenty at stake for both teams. Australia, India and New Zealand are the firm favourites to play this year's ICC World Test Championship Final. If England wants to remain in contention, they need to win this Test series first and then see how it goes once they land in India for the 4-match Test series. England whitewashed Sri Lanka last time around in their backyard. Can they do it again?

Match Preview

Venue: Galle International Cricket Stadium, Galle

Date: 14-18 January 2021

Time: 9:30 A.M. Local Time

The Pitch Report

The pitch is expected to be slow and flat at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle, Sri Lanka. Expect the pitch to provide some assistance to the spinners from Day 3. The cracks will open up thereafter and there will be vicious turn on offer. Batsmen need to capitalise on starts. 

Weather Forecast

The weather is expected to be humid in Galle. There is a 37 per cent chance for rain. Temperatures will soar as high as 29 Degrees and dip as low as 20 Degree Celsius. The relative humidity is predicted to be 62 per cent. Also, winds will blow from the North-East direction to the South-West at a maximum speed of 21 kilometres per hour. 

Predicted Match XIs

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Minod Bhanuka, Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Asitha Fernando

England: Daniel Lawrence, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(wk), Chris Woakes, Dominic Bess, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, James Anderson