Can England secure the ODI series at Lord’s?

Ian Bell adds more runs on his way to 41 not out in a comprehensive 3rd ODI victory for England in Manchester.

Ian Bell adds more runs on his way to 41 not out in a comprehensive 3rd ODI victory for England in Manchester.

The ODI series between England and Sri Lanka has been a topsy turvy affair so far with the first three one day international matches seeing a close England win then a bounce back from Sri Lanka to make it 1-1 after two matches with a 157 run win at Chester-Le-Street. However, the third game in Manchester saw England run riot, thanks to a Chris Jordan masterclass with the ball, to limit Sri Lanka to just 67 runs before Alistair Cook and Ian Bell wrapped up the match in less than an hour. Victory for the hosts at Lord’s again today will see them take an unassailable lead in this five game series, but will they win it today or can Sri Lanka push it to the decider at Edgbaston on Tuesday?

England v Sri Lanka 4th ODI Betting Odds:

England to win – 1.69

Sri Lanka to win – 1.99

(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)

Coming into this 4th ODI at the home of English cricket, Lord’s cricket ground in central London, it is the hosts who have all the momentum after delivering a crushing blow to Sri Lanka last time out. Chris Jordan secured the man of the match award in Manchester after an amazing five wicket haul and just 29 runs conceded from eight overs and it he is sure to have the eyes of the world on him again in this one day clash. However, James Anderson removed both the Sri Lankan openers in Lahiru Thirimanne and Tillakaratne Dilshan as well as ceding just ten runs in seven overs, two of which were maidens.

While the English bowlers were on fire in Manchester during the 3rd ODI, this series has seen some inconsistent batting from both sides with just two English batsmen reaching double figures in the 2nd ODI at Chester-Le-Street and two of the top three for the guests at the Oval in the 1st ODI in Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara scoring a total of eight. If this form continues today, I feel that it is likely to be England that cope best as Jordan has bagged himself nine wickets over the three tests, standing head and shoulders above the rest of the bowlers.

As well as the form of the 25 year old Barbados born Sussex player helping towards a home win in this 4th ODI the weather at Lord’s is expected to be fine for this match causing the pitch to lose pace. If this should happen then, just like in the T20 match between these sides recently and several county cricket matches of late, the score rate late on is likely to drop and leave us with a low scoring match. The advantage from this will only help the bowlers and I foresee another, and third from four matches, star man performance from Jordan to lead England to victory in this ODI series.

Back England to beat Sri Lanka in the 4th ODI match at Lord’s @ 1.69 with GR88.com.

AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.

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Can England beat the Twenty20 world champions at The Oval?

England defeated Sri Lanka at the World T20 tournament, now can they do so again today?

England defeated Sri Lanka at the World T20 tournament, now can they do so again today?

Sri Lanka kick off their tour of England, that will see them play five ODI matches and two tests as well as today’s singular Twenty20 match, at The Oval this evening in a meeting of the two sides that won the World Twenty20 championship and the only side to defeat them in Bangladesh. Sri Lanka scorched to victory at the start of April at the tournament and, despite securing victory against the eventual champions, England’s loss to the Netherlands in the group stage saw them crash out in disgrace.

The last two months have seen big changes for England, with Paul Farbrace moving from Sri Lanka to take over the limited overs side, and after a ODI win over Scotland to their name in their only match following the World T20 competition they will be confident of a second straight win over Sri Lanka today.

England v Sri Lanka Betting Odds:

England Victory – 1.74

Sri Lanka Victory – 1.92

(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)

England are certainly a side capable of winning this match following their outstanding performance against the Sri Lankan side in Bangladesh that saw them set 190 runs from 20 overs to win. They overcame the long odds going into bat to secure their biggest run chase in Twenty20 history thanks to Alex Hales and today’s England captain Eoin Morgan. Hales became the first ever Englishman to secure a T20 century with 116 and Morgan added another 57 runs to the total as England took victory – their only win in Bangladesh – with four balls to spare.

However, losses to South Africa and the Netherlands, who are not exactly a top cricket nation, saw England return home with their tails between their legs. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, went from strength to strength with 59 run win over New Zealand before eliminating the West Indies at the semi-final stage and then beating India, the top ranked Twenty20 side in the world, by six wickets to claim victory.

They have since lost Paul Farbrace to their hosts in this Twenty20 clash at The Oval tonight, but they have still looked impressive as they played their way around the UK and Ireland since the start of May. They have been scheduled for five matches and although one was washed out against Ireland four of these were ODIs. Their only T20 warm up came against Sussex at Hove on Sunday and after being set 127 to win the match they breezed by the total after just nine overs and a single ball without the loss of a wicket as Kithuruwan Vithanage and Tillakaratne Dilshan scored 52 and 73 respectively to secure victory before the halfway stage of the match.

Despite being the outsiders to win this match Sri Lanka have won both T20 clashes while on tour in England and with their loss to the English in Bangladesh as well as their poaching of coach Farbrace, they will be highly motivated to win at The Oval this evening. I feel that such a difficult match for England has come too soon into the new regime and that they are undeserving of being the favourites. Sri Lanka offer the better value and I am backing the guests to secure victory this evening.

Back Sri Lanka to defeat England in this Twenty20 match at The Oval @ 1.92 with GR88.com.

AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.

World T20 Cricket – Can West Indies Cause a Shock?

Will Lasith Malinga be able to deal with the West Indies' strong batting line-up?

Will Lasith Malinga be able to deal with the West Indies’ strong batting line-up?

And then there were four. After nearly three weeks of huge hitting, dropped catches and yet another England humiliation, the ICC World T20 has reached the semi-final stages. The tournament has proved to be highly entertaining so far. There have been upsets, pre-tournament favourites Australia crashed and burned, ludicrous batting as the Dutch obliterated the Irish bowling attack to reach the Super 10s in remarkable fashion, and also some extraordinary death bowling courtesy of Dale Steyn (more on him later). The line-up for the last four promises more great cricket in the next few days.

 

ICC World T20 Betting Odds:

India – 2.77

Sri Lanka – 3.48

West Indies – 4.2

South Africa – 4.95

(All odds at Matchbook.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)

 

The first semi-final sees Sri Lanka taking on the West Indies. This looks to be the tighter of the two games and Sri Lanka go into the match as narrow favourites. Both sides have come through must-win final group games and both will be confident following resounding victories in those crunch matches.

This is a repeat of the 2012 final which the West Indies won and I’d back them to upset the odds and beat Sri Lanka again. West Indies showed just how good they are against Pakistan yesterday. Although they got into a bit of a hole with the bat, Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo blasted them out of it with some brutal batting. They then showed how good they are with the ball; Pakistan never got a sniff and consistently lost wickets before folding completely. In Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine, they possess the top two highest ranked bowlers in T20, with Badree particularly adept at bowling in the Powerplay overs.

 

Sri Lanka have threats of their own of course, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakarra are both classy and elegant batsmen and will be desperate to end their international T20 careers on a high. Rangana Herath decimated New Zealand last time out and is likely to retain his place in the side after recording figures of 5-3. Then there is their trump card in Lasith Malinga who bowls yorkers with such unerring accuracy. It should be a close game, but I think West Indies will just nick it.

 

The other semi-final sees South Africa taking on the heavily fancied Indians. South Africa have lived a charmed life in this tournament with several narrow wins seeing them qualify from the easier of the two groups. Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir have been their stars with the ball, while AB De Villiers showed what a devastating player he is against England, it is also impossible to forget the talents of JP Duminy and Hashim Amla either. They are very much the outsiders of the final four and with good reason: aside from Steyn and Tahir their bowling attack looks very weak.

India on the other side are a beautifully balanced side and the only team remaining with a 100% record. They have made their way through this tournament without breaking a sweat and are now very strong favourites to lift the title. In Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and M.S. Dhoni they have the firepower to take apart any bowling attack. They also have the bowlers to restrict the opposition too with Ravi Ashwin, Ravi Jadeja and Amit Mishra forming a fearsome spin trio. All evidence points to an Indian win and it’s hard to look past them for the semi-final really.

 

So who will win it overall? India are of course very strong and will be most people’s picks to go and win the competition now but I’m sticking with the holders to go on to retain their title. Even though India have already beat them in the group stages, the West Indies are coming into form at the right time and will take some serious stopping.

 

Betting Instinct Tip – West Indies to beat Sri Lanka and score the most sixes is 3.06 with GR88.com

 

liam avatar LIAM McCONVILLE is an avid cricket fan, a hapless village cricketer and a Yorkshireman with an irrational  hatred of Jade Dernbach. He rants about the game he loves at http://www.fortyballduck.blogspot.co.uk/ and  @FortyBallDuck on Twitter.