England vs Sri Lanka is the first T20 international between the two teams after 27 October 2018. The match is all set to take place at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. Sri Lanka will be playing its first-ever T20 in the ground. Whereas, England has won all the previous T20 games they have played on this very ground. The two teams have faced each other 9 times in T20’s. England has a slight advantage over Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has won 4 out of the 9 games. England has won 5 out of the 9 games.
Previous encounter between England vs Sri Lanka –
The two teams played a test match last time in 2018. Match was played at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Thisara Perera captain of Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Opening the batting for England was Jos Butler and Jason Roy. Opener Jason Roy was the only batsman who settled against the Sri Lankan bowlers and took charge. Other batsmen could not convert their starts. Jason Roy crossed the half-century mark. England ended 187/8 in their quota of 20 overs. For England, Jason Roy was the pick of the batsman scoring 69. Lasith Malinga and Amila Aponso took 2 wickets each for Sri Lanka.
Opening the batting for Sri Lanka was Niroshan Dickwella and Kushal Mendis. The Sri Lankan side got off to a shaky start. No batsman could convert their starts except captain Thisara Perera. Captain Thisara Perera crossed the half-century mark. Sri Lanka was bundled out for 157 in 20 overs. For Sri Lanka, captain Thisara Perera was the pick of the batsman scoring 51. Joe Denly was the pick of the bowlers for England. Picking up 4 wickets.
Joe Denly won the man of the match award. For his all-round abilities. Scoring 20 runs and picking up 4 crucial wickets.