This article will talk about the probable XIs for both teams and continue with the Dream11 predictions and the winning fantasy team for the 1st ODI between England and Sri Lanka that is scheduled to take place on the 29th of June 2021.
After the completion of the one-sided T20I series, both teams will lock horns for the three-match ODI series. England has made some changes in the ODI series as Joe Root will be back in the squad and Jos Buttler has been ruled out from the whole series due to a calf injury.
On the other hand, the Sri Lankan squad will remain the same as it was in the T20I series. They have lost the T20I series by 3-0 so, they will look to start fresh in this ODI series as their batsman will get some more time to set in the middle. However, England will look to continue their domination over Islanders in this ODI series as well.
Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Pitch and Weather: The pitch of Chester-le-Street will be batting friendly in this match. Batsmen will enjoy their batting here as it will be another high-scoring match especially if the home side bats first. However, seamers will get assistance in the initial overs of powerplay. The weather of Chester-le-Street will be clear as the game will finish without any interruption due to rain. The temperature will remain around 17° during match hours.
Date and Time: June 29, 2021, 11 PM Local, 3.30 PM IST.
Probable Playing XIs
Jos Buttler has been ruled out from the whole white-ball leg against Sri Lanka due to Calf Injury. Jonny Bairstow is likely to keep the wickets in the absence of Buttler. Joe Root will be back for this ODI series as he will play at number three. The bowling department performed brilliantly in the T20I series and Sam Curran perfectly performed the role of an all-rounder.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka was completely outplayed by the home side in the T20I series as they lost the series by 3-0. Sri Lanka’s squad will be the same as the one which played in the T20I series. The skipper will be a key player for Sri Lanka. Kusal Mendis and Gunathilaka will be other important players from the batting order. Wanindu Hasaranga and Laxman Sandakan will play as spinners.
Probable Playing XI
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow(wk), Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan(c), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chirs Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya De Silva, Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep.
England is a way ahead of Sri Lanka in terms of quality as the home side will start as favorites against Sri Lanka in this match.
Batsmen: Jason Roy and Joe Root will be important picks from the batting section. Both batsmen will be in the top order as both will have a chance to score big in this match. Kusal Mendis will be an important pick from the Sri Lankan side in this match.
Wicket-Keepers: Kusal Perera and Jonny Bairstow will be the two best wicket-keeping option in this match.
All-Rounders: Sam Curran and Moeen Ali are important options from the all-rounder section. Sam Curran has been running in a good form and Moeen Ali will play as a spin all-rounder. Wanindu Hasaranga will be the main player from the Sri Lanka team.
Bowlers: Mark Wood and Adil Rashid looked in good rhythm in the T20I series as they will be main bowlers in this ODI series as well. Dushmantha Chameera bowled well for Sri Lanka and he will aim to continue his good rhythm in this ODI series as well.
Fantasy Team: Kusal Perera, Jonny Bairstow(c), Kusal Mendis, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran(vc), Wanindu Hasaranga, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, Dushmantha Chameera.
Captain – Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow is in tremendous form in white-ball cricket and he will also keep the wickets in the absence of Jos Buttler, as the England opener will be the best choice for the captaincy option.
Vice-Captain – Sam Curran
Sam Curran is currently the best option for the vice-captain as the English all-rounder will perform with bat and ball.