The first ODI in the five match series was rained off at the same venue, Dambulla on Wednesday. What are the betting prospects for the second game?
England had reached 82-2 after 15 overs having lost the toss and being asked to bat in the first ODI, as the heavens then opened as can be the way in Sri Lanka’s tropical climate
England’s line up is experienced and settled and high powered in the batting ranks while Sri Lanka minus erstwhile captain Antonio Mathews are callow in comparison particularly in the bowling ranks where conditions can be in their favour particularly for slower bowlers but we would expect this to be relevant more in the test series on wearing pitches
For the second match England are once again 1/2 and Sri Lanka 2/1 and that looks about right given the teams. England are playing three slower bowlers (Rashid, Dawson AND Ali) alongside Woakes, Stokes and the quick debutant Stone which speaks to their flexibility in the conditions
I expect England to win, with a decent chance that the top run scorer comes in the first three in the line up which means Roy, Bairstow and Root and my preference is Bairstow in the top England run scorer market at 7/2 with Bet365