After a year of lull, cricket resumed in 2021 in the biosecure bubble. England is the center of cricket action this summer, hosting India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in quick succession. That’s good news for cricket fans that were starved for some action since the pandemic set in.
Sri Lanka is scheduled to play ODI and T20 series against hosts, England. The tour will end on July 04, 2021 with the 3rd ODI. Whether you are a punter or a fantasy league, knowing the tour schedule is crucial.
A brief schedule:
|1st T20I||Jun 23, Wednesday||Sophia Gardens, Cardiff|
|2nd T20I||Jun 24, Thursday||Sophia Gardens, Cardiff|
|3rd T20I||Jun 26, Saturday||The Rose Bowl, Southampton|
|1st ODI||Jun 29, Tuesday||Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street|
|2nd ODI||Jul 01, Thursday||Kennington Oval, London|
|3rd ODI||Jul 04, Sunday||County Ground, Bristol|
With Lanka touring England, you have a total of six matches to bet on and win. Why not approach the series with some preparation? Here’re a few cricket betting tips to help you prepare well –
1. Root for the underdog:
Sri Lanka is going through a prolonged lean phase while England is formidable on their home turf. Sri Lanka is obviously the underdog and would attract high odds. England is expected to win but Lankans can pull off an upset. If you happen to bet on Lankans when they win, expect hefty winnings. The strategy works better in T20s where weaker teams have a higher chance.
2. Read the pitch report:
The English pitches traditionally favor swing. If you prefer betting on markets like Top Bowler and Top Team Bowler, go for a seamer, preferably an Englishman. Someone like Mark Wood is more adept at utilizing the swinging conditions than the Lankan bowlers. The same goes for bets like Top Batsman and Top Team Batsman. Malan and Bairstow can be the ideal pick.
The boundaries are smaller in England compared to Australia or South Africa. That means a 300 plus score is always on the cards in ODIs. The English top order batsmen like Bairstow will have a higher scope for scoring against a weak bowling attack when field restrictions are in place. The chasing team has a decent chance, as swing would be less prominent by the time it bats.
Fantasy Cricket Predictions:
England is the overwhelming favorite, thanks to a strong unit and home advantage. Bairstow and Malan would earn you points in the fantasy cricket matches. They are top order batsmen with technique suiting the English conditions. Kusal Mendis and Avishka Fernando can also be considered. Bairstow could be your captaincy candidate, as will keep wickets as well.
A batting all-rounder, Dhananjay De Silva can be a good choice for vice-captaincy provided he bowls his quota of 10 overs. Keep an eye on the Lankan wicket keeper, Kusal Perera, as he can come up with some match-winning cameos. Don’t forget to pick Sam Curran. He is a quality all-rounder who can get you points with both bat and ball. Plus, he costs incredibly low.