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England vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI Betting Tips 01/07/2021

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Sri Lanka

The opening ODI played out for Sri Lanka just as it was expected. The islanders struggled with the bat, with their conquerors being the English pace duo of Chris Woakes and David Willey. Kusal Perera’s team lost seven wickets to the two pacers, with Woakes picking up four and Willey three. Together, they wrecked the entire Sri Lankan batting unit.

The Sri Lankans piled more misery on themselves by losing two wickets via run-outs as well. Much of their 185 runs came off the bat of captain Perera, who scored 73 and Wanindu Hasaranga, who contributed a 54. Apart from those two, only Chamika Karunaratne got into double figures.

It’s unwise to make changes based on the evidence of just a single match or defeat but Sri Lanka’s batting woes have been going for a while now. They have a talent problem, which means there are no guarantees that the newcomers would do any better than the incumbents. All they can do is play the series out, gather the positives, if any, and build upon them.

England

For England, one blemish on their performance was that they lost five wickets in their run chase. In fact, they were 80-4 at one point, and another wicket then could have really made things interesting.

Another slight cause of concern could be the performance of Adil Rashid and Sam Curran, each of whom leaked 45 runs in six and 7.3 overs respectively.

Those are not alarming figures and the pair could bounce back and play a starring role in just the next game.

Liam Livingstone and Sam Billings, the pair that is in the side because of injuries to regulars, also failed to capitalize on the opportunity, scoring just nine and three respectively. The pair has limited chances, meaning they must deliver in the next game.

What do the Sportsbook Say

England are massive favourites for the second ODI. 22Bet has England priced at 1.075 and Sri Lanka at 7.9. Bet365 has England priced at 1.08 and Sri Lanka at 8.0, whereas 888 has England available for 1.04 and Sri Lanka for 7.0.


Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Top batsman Sri Lanka – Kusal Perera @ 2.86

Kusal Perera is not only the Sri Lankan captain he is by far the most experienced batsman the islanders have. With the team up against a much powerful opponent in their own backyard, Perera did his part in the 1st ODI, contributing a fighting 73. He opens the innings and is his side’s best better. There is nothing to suggest he would not repeat the trick in the follow up game, too. The play here is to back Perera to finish as Sri Lanka’s best batsman @ 2.86 (22Bet).

Tip: Most run-outs Sri Lanka @ 2.4

It has long been said that winners make their own luck. What do losers do then? They dig deeper holes for themselves, as Sri Lanka did in the series opener, losing two wickets to avoidable run-outs. When the team is under pressure, the tension, at times, also transforms into confusion and chaos, which it did for Sri Lanka in the 1st ODI defeat. There is no reason to believe their troubles are over, which is why they are again more likely of the two sides to suffer run outs. This play can be found with 22Bet @ 2.4.

Conclusion

There isn’t much else to conclude here. England are strong, and Sri Lanka are weak. The hosts should go ahead and seal the series here.

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