England and Sri Lanka are going to be playing a series of limited-overs matches. England vs Sri Lanka 1st T20 2021 is the first of three T20 internationals that are going to be followed by three ODI's. Both teams are playing their first choice teams and that is no surprise. The T20 World Cup is going to be played in just a few months' time and every single T20 match will be given importance over other formats. England is easily the favorite according to 10cric going into this series but Sri Lanka cannot be counted out. the islanders pulled off one of the upsets of the World Cup 2019 edition when they defeated England quite comprehensively.
England vs Sri Lanka 1st T20 2021
Teams’ strengths & weaknesses
England's biggest strength is its batting. There is no other team in the world that has the depth and six-hitting power that it does. It is also playing at home and knows the conditions much better than Sri Lanka. Almost every single player in the England team plays for T20 franchises around the world and stars in them. This is an indication of the kind of match-winning impact that each player can make. There are no real weaknesses but it has been noted that England is less comfortable facing quality wrist-spin than other types of bowling.
Sri Lanka is a team in transition but it is not really a young team. There is a lot of experience and most of the players have been around for quite some time now. This can be seen as a good thing or a bad thing as it suggests there is not enough talent coming up to the national team. Sri Lanka's batting is not bad and it has some very good spinners in the team. The weakness has to be a lack of stability in the lineup and not enough six-hitting power to match England.
Players in form
Jonny Bairstow has just hit a century in the T20 Blast and can be considered to be in great form. Similarly, Liam Livingstone has also been scoring runs very consistently for Lancashire. Among the bowlers, David Willey and Adil Rashid have been in the wickets in the recent matches that they have played. Dawid Malan is another player that raises his game at the international level.
Sri Lanka will be looking for some leadership in the bowling from Dushamanth Chameera. He was brilliant for Sri Lanka against Bangladesh and could be a handful in more helpful conditions. Danushka Gunathailka is also another player that scored a lot of runs for Sri Lanka when they played their previous international T20 series.
Rain is always a threat when a match is being played in England but the forecast for Cardiff on match day is quite good. Bowlers get some swing with the new ball but after that T20 matches are very high-scoring.
- There have been nine T20 international matches played between the two teams out of which five have been won by England and four by Sri Lanka
- The average score batting first is 147 in T20's played at Cardiff
- The previous occasions when Sri Lanka beat England in a T20 international (in England) was in 2014.
England is the clear favorite and it should be able to win the England vs Sri Lanka 1st T20 2021. It has a team that is filled with some of the best batsmen in the world. Its bowlers are faster, its fielding is better, and it is playing in home conditions. Sri Lanka should not be counted out completely as it has a couple of dangerous batsmen in its team as well but the real threat to England is going to come from the Sri Lanka spinners. Cardiff is not the best venue for them.
Winner: England (1.27)