Sri Lanka vs England Test series 2020-21 – 2nd Test

Sri Lanka vs England Test series 2020-21

2nd Test:

Second and final 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 22nd 2021.

England Tour of Sri Lanka History:

The teams competed 35 meetings in the longest format of cricket, till date. Out of them, the host won only 8 times and lost 16 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 LLLLD.

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

On the soil of Sri Lanka, the teams faced each other 17 times. The host won just 5 times. The visitors won 8 times. 4 games concluded as a draw.

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

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

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

If the visiting team will lose the series with a margin of 2 defeats, then the team will lose 5 points but have no impact on the rankings. In case of winning the series with 2 winning margins, 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 gain 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 WDDWW.

Venue Weather:

Weather forecast for Galle shows the weather would be a mixture, it would be from Partly cloudy to mostly sunny. Except on the second day, the weather would be partly cloudy. The weather of the second day would be mostly sunny. The precipitation percentage would be 25% on the first two days and between 5% to 10% on the remaining three days with extremely less chance of rain throughout the match (all 5 days). The temperature would be between 28 to 30 Celsius. The wind would be between 9 to 10 km/h.

Galle International Stadium, Galle

Toss and Pitch:

Teams chose to bat first after winning the toss, which happened 29 times out of 34 times. The selection favored the teams, and the teams won 17 times and lost only 7 times with 5 draws.

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

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 9 times with 6 draws.

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

Particularly, for Sri Lanka, the team won the toss 18 times out of 34 played games. The team won 12 times and lost just twice with 4 draws.

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

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 9 times with 6 draws.

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

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

The first inning lowest total was 135 in 2021 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 38.94 and 30.94 is for the second innings. For the third inning, 29.60 and 23.43 is for the fourth innings.

Test History Between the Teams at the Venue:

Both the teams faced each other 6 times at the venue. The host won twice and lost twice, as well, with 2 draws.

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

Teams’ Test History at Venue:

The home side has a pretty good record at the venue, and won 19 times out of 34 games and lost just 9 times with 6 draws. Whereas, the visiting team won just twice with 2 defeats and 2 draws.

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

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

Tentative XI for both the Teams:

Sri Lanka:

The home side would go with spinners on the first choice. The team may include O. Fernando in place of K. Mendis and S.Lakmal in place of V. Fernando.

Sri Lanka Eleven: L. Thirimanne, K. Parera, O. Fernando, D. Chandimal, A. Mathews, N. Dickwella, D. Shanaka, W. Hasaranga, D. Parera, L. Embuldeniya, S. Lakmal

England:

The visiting team would go with two pacer and two spinners with an all-rounder with pace bowling. The team may include J. Anderson in place of S. Broad.

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

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