Sri Lanka v England 2nd Test Betting Preview & Tips | 14/11/18
Cricket specialist Neil Eyes (@nellbergcricket) previews Sri Lanka v England and provides us with his best bets for the second test which begins on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka v England 2nd Test Betting Preview & Tips
England produced a strong performance in the 1st test, out-playing Sri Lanka to win convincingly after a stuttering start. A lot of the time winning the toss in Asia is the major advantage, but the pitch didn’t break up that much and the game was pretty much over as a contest after the 1st innings so I don’t feel England won because they got to bat 1st. Whilst I’m no big fan of England in these conditions, Sri Lanka will find it hard to come back from this. Herath has now retired, Akila Dhananjaya has been reported for throwing and skipper Chandimal is struggling with an injury. It’s worrying times for the hosts.
Sri Lanka picked 3 specialist spinners in the 1st test, one has retired and the other now has a cloud over him yet the 1 remaining constant (Dilruwan Perera) is available at 3/1? Despite taking 7 wickets in the 1st test (5 in the 1st innings) Perera seems to have been under-estimated by the bookies here, at these odds selecting him as my headline tip is a no-brainer. He’ll be the number 1 spinner, the man Sri Lanka will turn to for wickets. He offers good control so he should be able to bowl long spells, something Dhananjaya couldn’t manage in the 1st test and something a potential call-up Sandkan is often unable to do. 85 wickets in 18 home tests are decent numbers (46 in 1st innings) and now the main man Herath is gone he can step out of his shadow. He’s sub 2/1 in places, I thought he’d be really short here and I’m surprised anything near 3/1 is available.
If Sri Lanka are to win he’ll have to produce a big performance in my eyes, he currently only has 1 MOTM award from 18 home tests but he’s rarely had the chance to lead the attack. He’s handy enough with the bat (4 50’s at home) that a contribution with the bat is possible and adds value to his cause. At 14/1 (as short as 8/1) he’s worth a small interest.
In the submarkets I’m happy to support Joe Root to make an impact in the 1st innings. His runs line varies from 32.5 all the way up to 44.5. He’s passed 32.5 in 9/12 1st innings in Asia, including in the 1st test last week. He was dismissed in both innings in that 1st test by the now retired Herath, so that’s also a bonus