Sri Lanka vs England Test series 2020-21 – 1st Test

Sri Lanka vs England Test series 2020-21

1st Test:

First meeting of the series of 2 Test matches between Sri Lanka and England is going to be played at the Galle International Stadium, Galle on January 14th 2021.

England Tour of Sri Lanka History:

This is going to be the seventeenth bilateral series between the teams. The host won just 5 times, while visiting team won 8 times. The remaining three were concluded into draw.

Last 5 (completed) series results of Sri Lanka against England are LLWDL.

When touring Sri Lanka from the England team, this is going to be an eighth series. The home team won thrice, and lost thrice, as well, with just one draw.

Last 5 (completed) series results of Sri Lanka against England in Sri Lanka are LDWWL.

Last time, the host won the series at home was in 2007-08.

The teams competed 34 meetings in the longest format of cricket, till date. Out of them, the host won only 8 times and lost 15 times with 11 draws. 2 were cancelled (2020) (these two are not included in the 34 games).

Last 5 (completed) match results of Sri Lanka against England are LLLDL.

The teams played 7 consecutive matches without draw in spam of 13 years (1988 to 2001).

On the soil of Sri Lanka, the teams faced each other 16 times. The host won just 5 times. The visitors won 7 times. 4 games concluded as draw.

Last 5 (completed) match results of Sri Lanka against England in Sri Lanka are LLLLW.

Last time, the host won the match at home was in 2014.

Points and Rankings:

The series is the comparison between the sixth rank team (Sri Lanka) and fourth rank team (England) team. The host is 20 points behind the visitors.

If the home team will lose the series with margin of 2 defeats, then the team will lose 3 points without getting impact on the position. In case of winning the series with 2 winning margins, the team will earn 6 points without impacting in the position.

In case, the team will lose the series with margin of 1 defeat, then the team will lose just a point without disturbing the position. If the case of winning the series with 1 winning margin, the team will earn 5 points without impacting in the position.

Drawing the series will help the team to earn 2 points without disturbing the position.

Last 5 (completed) match results of Sri Lanka are LLDWL.

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If the visiting team will lose the series with margin of 2 defeats, then the team will lose 5 points but no impact on the rankings. In case of winning the series with 2 winning margin, the team will earn 2 points with no impact in rankings.

In case, the team will lose the series with margin of 1 defeat, then the team will lose 4 points without affecting the position. If the case of winning the series with 1 winning margin, the team will neither earn nor lose either points or the rankings.

Drawing the series will cause the team to lose 2 points with no impact in position.

Last 5 (completed) match results of England are DDWWW.

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Venue Weather:

Weather forecast for Galle shows the weather would be mixture, it would be from Partly cloudy to thunderstorm. The first, second and fourth day would be partly cloudy and expected thunderstorm on the afternoon of the third day and scattered thunderstorm on the fifth day. The precipitation percentage would be between 25% on non-thunderstorm days with less chance of rain and 65% to 75% on those two days. The temperature would be 29 Celsius on all 5 days. The wind would be between 8 to 15 km/h.

Galle International Stadium, Galle

Toss and Pitch:

Teams chose to bat first after winning the toss, which happened 28 times out of 33 times. The selection favored the teams, and the teams won 17 times and lost only 6 times with 5 draws.

Last 5 (completed) match results at the venue, when the team chose to field first, are LWWWW.

On the other hand, the teams who chose to field first, after winning the toss, won twice and lost twice, as well, with one draw.

Last 5 (completed) match results at the venue, when the team chose to bat first, are WLLDW.

Overall, 19 times the teams won the toss, won the matches, and lost 8 times with 6 draws.

Last 5 (completed) match results at the venue, while winning the toss, are LWWWW.

Particularly, for Sri Lanka, the team won the toss 17 times out of 33 played games. The team won 12 times and lost just once with 4 draws.

Last 5 (completed) match results of Sri Lanka at the venue, while winning the toss, are WWWWW.

The only lost for the team, after winning the toss, was in 2000.

Last 5 (completed) match results of Sri Lanka at the venue, while losing the toss, are WLLLW.

The first batting team won the match 19 times. Whereas, the teams, who batted second, won the matches 8 times with 6 draws.

Last 5 (completed) match results at the venue, while the team bat first, are LWWWW.

The lowest defended total was 168 in 2009. And the highest successful chase was 268 in 2019. 

The first inning lowest total was 181 in 2000 and the highest total was 600 in 2017, and the second inning lowest total was 81 in 2007 and the highest total was 638 runs in 2013. For the third inning, the lowest total was 114 (completed innings) in 1998 and the highest total was 512 in 2004, and the fourth inning lowest total was 73 (completed innings) in 2018 and the highest total was 300 in 2012.

The batting average of the first innings is 39.75 and 30.60 is for the second innings. For the third inning, 29.36 and 23.40 is for the fourth innings.

History Between the Teams at the Venue:

Both the teams faced each other 5 times at the venue. The host won twice and lost once with 2 draws.

Last 5 (completed) match results of Sri Lanka against England at the venue are LWDDW.

Teams’ Test History at Venue:

The home side has a pretty good record at the venue, and won 19 times out of 33 games and lost just 8 times with 6 draws. Whereas, the visiting team won just once with 2 defeats and 2 draws.

Last 5 (completed) match results of Sri Lanka at the venue are WLWLW.

Last 5 (completed) match results of England at the venue are WLDDL.

Tentative XI for both the Teams:

Sri Lanka:

The home side would go with spinners on the first choice.

Sri Lanka Eleven: D. Karunaratne, K. Parera, K. Mendis, D. Chandimal, A. Mathews, N. Dickwella, D. Shanaka, W. Hasaranga, D. Parera, L. Embuldeniya, S. Lakmal / V. Fernando

England:

The visiting team would go with two pacer and two spinner with a pace. The team may introduce D. Lawrence.

England Eleven: D. Sibley, Z. Crawley, J. Bairstow, J. Root, D. Lawrence, J. Buttler, S. Curren, D. Bess, J. Leach, S. Broad, J. Anderson

*Notes: the result of the most recent match is at the left.
*Notes: D means Draw in “last five match results”.