The second Test of the two-match Test series between the hosts Sri Lanka and the visitors England will begin on Friday (22nd January) at Galle International Stadium (Galle).
Currently, the visitors are leading this Test series by the 1-0 margin as they won the first Test by 7 wickets at Galle. While a draw will be enough for the visitors to win this Test series, the hosts must have to win the upcoming second Test to only save this Test series.
Sri Lanka vs England, 2nd Test: Complete Squads
Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (C), Kusal Perera, Dushmantha Chameera, Niroshan Dickwella, Lasith Embuldeniya, Asitha Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Vishwa Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Mathews, Dilruwan Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Lakshan Sandakan, Roshen Silva
England: Joe Root (C), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dom Sibley, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood
Sri Lanka vs England, 2nd Test: Playing XIs
Sri Lanka (predicted): Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Roshen Silva, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Asitha Fernando
England (confirmed): Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Jonathan Bairstow, Joe Root (C), Dan Lawrence, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Dominic Bess, Jack Leach, Mark Wood, James Anderson.
Sri Lanka vs England, 2nd Test: Fantasy Cricket Tips
While Sri Lanka batting totally failed in the first innings, their batsmen fought bravely in their second innings. Openers Kusal Perera (62) and centurion Lahiru Thirimanne (111) started their second innings with the 101 runs partnership. In the last three Tests, Kusal Perera scored one half-century each. Coming back to the third innings of the first Test of the ongoing series, Angelo Mathews also scored 71 runs.
Among their bowlers, only Lasith Embuldeniya (3/176 & 2/29), Dilruwan Perera (4/109) and Asitha Fernando (2/44) managed to pick up the wickets in the last Test.
The visitors England have the strong Test squad. Captain Joe Root scored a double-century in the last Test while Dan Lawrence (73 & 21*) and Jonny Bairstow (47 & 35*) played crucial supported innings in both the innings of the last Test. Also, the off-spinner Dom Bess (5/30 & 3/100) and left-arm spinner Jack Leach (1/55 & 5/122) impressed with the balls as both of them claimed one five-wicket haul each in that Test victory.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Joe Root, Jack Leach
Vice-captain – Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews, Dom Bess
Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (1):
Wicket-keeper(s) – Kusal Perera, Jos Buttler
Batsmen – Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews (vc), Dan Lawrence, Joe Root (C), Jonny Bairstow
All-rounder(s) – Sam Curran
Bowlers – Lasith Embuldeniya, Dominic Bess, Jack Leach
Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (2):
Wicket-keeper(s) – Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera (vc)
Batsmen – Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Joe Root
All-rounder(s) – Wanindu Hasaranga, Sam Curran
Bowlers – Dilruwan Perera, Dominic Bess, Jack Leach (C)