Sri Lanka v England 2018 betting has England as favourites this time. It’s a far cry from when in 2006 Sri Lanka won 5-0.

 

Sri Lanka v England 2018 ODI Betting

 

Remembering 2006

These days it’s hard to imagine that it could have happened. But it did. In Sri Lanka’s 2006 Tour of England, they beat the hosts 5-0.

They played Andrew Strauss’ England ODI Team and whitewashed them. You read that right: 5-zip.

England’s bowling was admittedly a bit suspect: Kabir Ali, Harmison, Bresnan, err…Dalrymple and Plunkett, who remarkably is still part of England’s ODI set-up in 2018. But there wasn’t too much wrong with the several players who at one stage or another batted in the Top 5 during that Series: Trescothick, Strauss, Bell, Pietersen, Collingwood, Cook.

They were admittedly up against a Sri Lankan ‘Who’s who’ of ODI Cricket. If you were to put together Sri Lanka’s best-ever ODI side you could make a case for any one of these players who featured in that Series being in it:  Jayasuriya, Dilshan, Jayawardene, Sangakarra, Vaas, Muralitharan, Malinga.

But that only tells half the story. It wasn’t so much a question of resources as it was of mindset. These were the dark days of England’s openers batting sedately, scoring at four an over, eventually getting out and then everyone hoping for a vicious last 10-over onslaught with wickets in hand. That almost never came.

The 5th ODI sums it up best. England posted 321/7 batting first; a monster total by 2006 standards. Sri Lanka, thanks to quick-fire centuries by Tharanga and Jayasuriya chased it down for the loss of two wickets with an incredible 75 balls to spare.

 

Sri Lanka v England: The 2011 World Cup Quarter-final

 

There was more of the same at the 2011 World Cup. Having lost plenty of players to injury before and during the tournament including star man Kevin Pietersen and exhausted after a winning Ashes Series Down Under, England crawled into the Quarter-Finals. Batting first, they posted 229 thanks largely to Trott and Morgan. This time the hammering was even worse: centuries from Tharanga (again) and man-of-the-match Dilshan, both throwing caution to the wind, meant they chased the total without losing a single wicket.

But as very often happens in sport, the tables have turned. And then some. The captaincy merry-go-round has seen Angelo Matthews first deposed as skipper after an awful Asia Cup showing and then dropped altogether on fitness grounds. Apparently, his hampered running between the wickets was affecting the whole of Sri Lanka’s innings.

 

 

 

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Sri Lanka v England 2018: England favourites

 

Dinesh Chandimal returns to lead the side after his own injury problems and somehow Lasith Malinga (no stranger to fitness problems and injuries himself) is in the fold.

Tharanga is still there, now with 230 ODIs under his belt, and in Kusal Perera there’s a floater who can take the game away from any bowling attack.

Niroshan Dickwella is no mug. Averaging 32 with a strike rate of 90, he’s a fearless stroke-maker who on his day is guaranteed to get up bowler’s noses.

Then there’s the curious case of Thisara Perera. The first to be dropped when Sri Lanka are going through a bad patch and the first to be recalled when they can’t get out of a rut. With his gun barrel-straight bowling and agricultural batting, he always seems to contribute. But it’s the other six that are a problem.

As for England, 12 years since that whitewash, they’re the most aggressive ODI side in the world. Bar Joe Root, every player in that Top 7 looks to find the boundary just about every other ball.

It’s now Sri Lanka who struggle at the top and get bogged down in the middle-overs.

Of course, spinning wickets and humid conditions may prove a great leveller. We’ll have to see.

As a cricket fan, it’s exciting to be going into an ODI Series where one could make a case for either side.

As a gambler looking at Sri Lanka v England 2018 odds, one would say that certainly makes the hosts the value call at 6/4 on Betfair to win the 1st ODI.

 

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