England will host Sri Lanka in a 3 match T20 series and 3 match ODI series starting from 23rd June. England recently lost a test series to the WTC finalists New Zealand while Sri Lanka also lost to Bangladesh in a ODI series.
England had been a dominant side among the two in recent times. In their last 5 meeting England had won 4 matches while Sri Lanka bagged single win. This series would probably be the start of preparations for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup later this year.
Playing on home conditions England will definitely have an upper hand over the visitors. Sri Lanka will need some extra effort in order to come out on top.
Here are the suggestions for Dream11 team for the first T20 match:
England vs Sri Lanka 1st T20 Dream11 Team: ENG vs SL Predictions: Wicket keeper
The English side have two wicket keeping options Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow. Both Buttler and Bairstow may be included in Playing XI however, Jonny Bairstow will be the one donning the gloves behind the wicket. He is an experienced wicket keeper and a seasoned T20 batsman with over 1000 runs.
Butler is also a good option, but he will have the responsibility of more being a batsman rather than being behind the wicket. Explosive batting can be expected from Butler who has over 1700 runs in T20i.
Sri Lanka too have two wicket keepers in their squad, Kaushal Perera and Niroshan Dickwella. Perera the captain might himself take the responsibility to stand behind the wickets while Dickewlla will be part of middle-order batsman.
For Dream11 team, we suggest 2 wicket Keepers.
England vs Sri Lanka 1st T20 Dream11 Team: ENG vs SL Predictions: Batsmen
England currently has the most destructive T20 batting order with Dawid Malan opening with probably Jason Roy. Malan also has a T20 century and is the fastest to reach 1000 runs. Jason Roy is also a very experienced batsman at the top order.
The middle order has captain Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings. Morgan had been the most consistent performer for the last few years. He has over 2000 T20i runs and also has the most number of matches as a skipper in the T20s (59).
Sri Lankan batting has some mix of experience and youth. Avishka Fernando will likely be their opening batsman though he has just started to play in that position. But main focus would be on the three new players especially Charith Asalanka.
Among the experienced would be Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka. Mendis has a strike rate of 131.52 and has almost 500 T20 runs.
For Dream11 team we suggest 4 Batsman.
England vs Sri Lanka 1st T20 Dream11 Team: ENG vs SL Predictions: All-rounders
From Sam Curran to Moeen Ali, England has two best all-rounders. He is very useful in the death overs and can also play very crucial innings at times. Moeen Ali was excellent during IPL 2021 as he was exceptional with bat playing for CSK.
Sri Ka Lanka too has some of the quality all-rounders in the squad. Wanindu Hasaranga was in a decent touch against Bangladesh especially with the bat, and his batting contributions would be more important in England.
Dhananjaya De Silva can also bat the middle overs under pressure. Dhananjaya is more of a bowling all-rounder rather than a batting all-rounder.
For Dream11 team we would suggest 2 all-rounders for this match.
England vs Sri Lanka 1st T20 Dream11 Team: ENG vs SL Predictions: Bowlers
Jofra Archer is set to miss the upcoming clash against Sri Lanka. In absence of Archer, Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes may lead the England’s pace attack. Both the bowlers can even bat when needed, so overall its a good combination of pace and all rounding options.
Adil Rashid will be their main spinner and will be paired with Moeen Ali. But its likely that England might go with just one spinner, so playing both Adil and Moeen might not be possible instead they could go with an extra pace.
As for Sri Lanka they have lots of bowling options, the main pacer will be Isuru Udana and he might be paired with either Dushmantha Chameera or Chamika Karunaratne.
Sri Lanka too have some other bowling options like Nuwan Pradeep or Anurudha Fernando. As for the spinning department they can go with the new spinner Sandakan, but due to the pacer friendly pitches, they may have only one spinner in the side.
For Dream11 team we suggest 3 bowlers
England vs Sri Lanka 1st T20 Dream11 Team: ENG vs SL Predictions: Recommended Players
After analyzing the recent performance of each players, here our Dream11 team suggestion for this match:
Wicket keeper- Jos Butler and Jonny Bairstow
Batsmen- Dawid Malan (C), A Fenando, K Mendis and Eoin Morgan
All Rounders- Sam Curran and D De Silva.
Bowlers- Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Hasaranga and Sandaka