ENG vs SL Dream11 Prediction: 1st T20I Match, Sri Lanka tour of England 2021

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ENG vs SL Dream11 Prediction, Probable Playing XI, and Fantasy Cricket Tips for Today match.

England and Sri Lanka will be play the first match of the 3-match T20I series at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

ENG vs SL 1st T20I Match Preview

The first match of the three matches T20I series will be played in Cardiff. England’s last T20I series was against India in India, where they lost by 3-2. The English team looks excellent on the paper, and it looks like a one-sided contest.

Even though they will miss the services of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, they look like a powerful team to beat Sri Lanka. Jason Roy would be a player to watch for this series. Mark Wood, Chris Jordan, and Chris Woakes would be their three primary Pacers. Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali are expected to handle the spin department.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka has announced a 24 member squad for their series, and it is tough to predict their Playing XI. The Lankans are coming into this series after losing their last 4 T20I series. They have left out the senior players like Angelo Mathews, Ashen Bandara from the squad.

The Sri Lankan team looks a bit weak on paper, but an upset can also be on the cards. Avishka Fernando is expected to open the innings alongside Kusal Perera/Gunathilaka. Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva will handle the middle order. Wanindu Hasaranga will be their key player both with the bat and ball. Their bowling department will be their major concern as they lack the experience of playing in the English conditions. Isuru Udana, D Chameera and Nuwan Pradeep will be their key pacers for the game.

The Head-to-head record between these two teams also suggests that the English team are the favorites to win this encounter.

ENG vs SL Match Details

England vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20I, Sri Lanka tour of England 2021

Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Date: 23rd June 2021

Time: 11:00 PM IST

Live Score

ENG vs SL Pitch Condition

Average total score: 152

Average 1st innings score: 155

(The average score is based on last 5 matches played so far at this venue)

The English pitches are known to be favorable to the pacers, and the pitch at Sophia gardens is no different. The chasing team has won 4 out of 6 T20I games played with assistance to the seamers. Winning the toss and bowling would be an ideal choice on this ground.

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(The team batting second has won four out of the six games played at this venue so far in this season.)

ENG vs SL Dream11 Team News


  • They will be without the services of Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes in this series
  • Bairstow is expected to start in this game and it was confirmed by their skipper Eoin Morgan.
  • Moen Ali will fill the spot of Ben Stokes in this series and will be their primary all-rounder.


  • The team has taken a big move by dropping seniors players like Angelo Mathews and Ashen Bandara.
  • Kusal Perera will lead the side in this tour.

Probable Playing XI


Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, David Willey/Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.

Sri Lanka:

Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (capt/wk), Kusal Mendis, Oshada Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep.

Top Picks for ENG vs SL Dream11 Prediction


Jason Roy:

(43 M, 1034 R, 24 A)

Jason Roy will be coming into this game after playing some brilliant knocks in the T20 blast. He is very good pick for ENG vs SL 1st T20I Dream11 fantasy team.

Jos Buttler:

(79 M, 1723 R, 30 A)

Buttler’s talent is known by all and we all know how dangerous he can be against a weak Sri Lankan side. He is expected to open the innings alongside Jason Roy. Jos Buttler is very good Captain choice in ENG vs SL Dream11 Prediction Team.

Dawid Malan:

(24 M, 1003 R, 50 A)

He is currently the number one ranked T20I batsman in the world. Malan will bat at No 3 and is another top pick for this game.

Sam Curran:

(13 M, 66 R, 13 A + 37 O, 11 W)

He is another good all-rounder for the team. He will bowl 2-3 overs in the powerplay. Curran had a perfect season with Chennai Super Kings in the IPL recently and also has been consistent with his performance in the T20 Blast.

Mark Wood:

(15 M, 55 O, 23 W)

Wood is known for his extreme pace. He bowled really well against their recent series against India. Wood has picked up 23 wickets in 15 games.

Chris Jordon:

(60 M, 210 O, 70 W)

He will bowl in the death. Jordon is a very experienced fast bowler who can pick up wickets in a bunch in the death overs and is another top pick for this encounter.

Chris Woakes:

(8 M, 91 R, 30 A + 27 O, 7 W)

Woakes can give those early breakthroughs with his swing bowling. He had a brilliant IPL season recently and is another top player to watch for

Eoin Morgan:

(102 M, 2311 R, 29 A)

The English skipper will bat in the middle order. he is a very good player of the spin and is another player who can score big on his day.

Sri Lanka:

Wanindu Hasaranga:

(15 M, 154 R, 19 A + 49 O, 24 W)

He is currently one of the best all-rounders in Sri Lanka and is a player who can give you points both with the bat and bowl. The right-arm leg spinner is another must-have pick for the game.

Kusal Perera:

(46 M, 1293 R, 28 A)

He is the skipper of the team and is expected to bat in the top order. Perera is a very experienced player and is another solid player to watch out for.

Danushka Gunathilaka:

(26 M, 542 R, 20 A)

He is been in a great touch recently and his ability with the bat is also very highly rated. Gunathilaka is expected to open the innings for his team.

Dushmantha Chameera:

(22 M, 78 O, 20 W)

He didn’t have very good records in T20I but Dushmantha Chameera performed very well in recent series against Bangladesh.

Avishka Fernando:

(14 M, 195 R, 13 A)

Though the Lankans do not look like favorites, Avishka Fernando will be their key man if they win this game. He will open the innings and is a very aggressive batsman.

ENG vs SL Dream11 Prediction 1st T20I

J Buttler (C), K Perera

D Gunathilaka, J Roy, D Malan, A Fernando

S Curran, W Hasaranga

C Woakes, C Jordan, M Wood (Vc)

Captain and Vice-captain choices

  • J Buttler
  • J Bairstow
  • D Malan
  • W Hasaranga
  • D Gunathilaka
  • Mark Wood

We will update the final Fantasy Team on Telegram Channel.

Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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