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Bet of the day: England to be King of the Crease in Sri Lanka T20

Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | July 5, 2016

Coral’s bet of the day

  • England openers put highest partnership on in three of four completed ODIs
  • Roy recently made two One Day centuries
  • Opening batsman has averaged 34 runs in last seven T20 Internationals
  • Tourists Sri Lanka have been winless against England this year

England a sweet 6/5 to be king of the crease in Sri Lanka Twenty20

England v Sri Lanka - Natwest International T20 - England Nets Session - The Ageas Bowl

Sri Lanka’s Summer Tour of England comes to a close today with a Twenty20 International at the Ageas Bowl just on the outskirts of Southampton, and the proud cricketing nation from the Subcontinent is set to return home winless.

Unable to better drawing a Test and One Day International so far, yet another defeat is surely staring the Sri Lankans in the face as they tackle the World T20 runners-up.

Bearing that and the below stats in mind, our bet of the day this Tuesday is a superb 6/5 on England to be crowned kings of the crease in this final match. That is Trevor Bayliss’ team to win the match, to have the highest opening partnership and biggest score after six overs.

Here’s why this wager represents real value on an England side that is really in fine fettle in the shorter forms of cricket…

Roy the boy wonder leading from front

The form of the recent five-match One Day series between the hosts and Sri Lanka reads good ahead of this fellow limited overs contest. England put together the highest opening partnership in three of the four completed games.

England v Sri Lanka - Royal London One Day International Series - Fourth One Day International - Kia Oval

Moreover, Jason Roy has really delivered recently in both ODIs and T20s as opener.

Making two One Day centuries in the last month, he has also posted an average of 34 runs across the previous seven Twenty20 Internationals played by England since their Winter Tour of South Africa ended.

That is excellent form indeed, which contrasts with a Sri Lanka side down on their luck and showing no sign of turning round their own poor performances.

Key players like skipper Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal are carrying injuries, so get on England at 6/5 to be kings of the crease in this tasty T20 contest that brings the first half of their summer to an end.

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