Sri Lanka v England cricket betting: Our 11/1 tip for the first ODI
In what is likely to be a rain-affected match, Adam Drury is backing runs for Jason Roy and wickets for the hosts' mystery spinner.
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Here are Adam Drury's cricket betting tips for the first ODI.
Jason Roy to score over 24.5 runs
With rain forecast to play a significant role in this match, there’s little point looking at lower-order batsmen to score big runs.
The 24.5 line looks low for England opener Roy, who has scored at least 34 in seven of his last nine ODI innings, and backed up his first-class century for Surrey last month with 27 in the first warm-up match last week.
Upul Tharanga to score under 25.5 runs
Tharanga’s passable ODI form in 2018 has largely come against Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
In his last 10 matches against sides other than those two and Zimbabwe, he has passed this mark just three times.
Akila Dananjaya to take over 1.5 wickets
England’s ferocious batting line-up far prefer pace on the ball, so expect Sri Lanka to hit them hard with spin throughout this series.
After mystery spinner Kuldeep Yadav took six wickets in the first ODI between England and India in the summer, expect Dananjaya – who destroyed South Africa with a six-wicket haul in August and has taken at least two wickets in five of his last seven ODIs – to flourish.
Under 15.5 wickets in the match
Twelve of the last 15 ODIs hosted in Sri Lanka have produced 15 or fewer wickets, including the first two of the recent series against South Africa.
With rain likely to play some part, this looks a good price for another low tally.
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