After a very one-sided test series the teams should be more evenly matched for the one dayers which start in Nottingham on Tuesday.
The tourists warmed up for these games with a couple of thumping wins in Ireland and Angelo Mathews’ men will be much stronger in the shorter formats.
Match Odds & Game Preview
England remain clear favourites despite that and Eoin Morgan’s men are currently listed at odds of 1.40 with Bet365 for the win. Since a horrible World Cup in 2015, the new regime has installed a new era of ‘no-fear’ cricket and this is a side capable of easing past 400 if the conditions allow. They bat deep with David Willey – who scored a T20 century off 40 balls last season – frequently coming in at number 10, so they will be competitive against any side.
Sri Lanka’s batting is strong to with a number of players finding their touch in that Ireland mini-series and the visitors offer strong value at their win price of 3.10 with Betfair. There are some new faces too with several players having avoided those heavy defeats in the tests and while the first game of any series is tough to call, the Sri Lankans are worth a small investment at those odds.
Top Batsmen Betting Picks
One of the new men –Seekkuge Prasanna – smashed 95 from 46 balls against the Irish before claiming a couple of wickets so you have to consider him as Sri Lanka’s top batsman at excellent odds of 21.00 with Betfair.
Betting Pick: Prasanna is chiefly a bowler who bats a little but at those odds and based on his recent performance, a small stake is worth putting down. The market leader here is Angelo Mathews at 4.33 with Betfair while Dinesh Chandimal will attract attention at 5.00 with Bet365.
England’s Alex Hales enjoyed a productive test series and if he carries that form into his home ground at Nottingham, the opener will be a good pick at 4.50 with Bet365. Joe Root is marginally shorter at 4.33 with Bet365 while Captain Eoin Morgan starts at 6.00 with Bet365 once again.
For value down the order, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow are the men to watch and both are listed at 7.00 with Betfair. Bairstow is the man on top form after the tests but Hales is also in decent touch and his greater familiarity with the Trent Bridge ground should give him the edge.
Other Bet Tips
Although the Sri Lankans will be more competitive and may well sneak home in this opener, England have that power hitting right through from numbers 1 to 10 so the home side to hit the most sixes should be the safest bet of the day at 1.61 with Bet365.
It’s a similar situation in the Powerplay betting and even if they lose early wickets, England will drive on through at the same pace. England to be ahead at the end of the first 15 overs looks another strong selection at 1.53 with Betfair.
Betting Tip: Finally, although this is a riskier punt in the first game, any player from either side to score a century is certainly backable at 2.10 with Bet365. Expect a reasonably high scoring fixture and with both English and Sri Lankan batters scoring big in the build up, this is another attractive market.
The result is trickier to call and certainly closer than the market suggests. Sri Lanka will be much stronger than they were in the tests and can dictate the pace of the game at times. I’m certain they are going to win at least one match out of the five One Day Internationals and at win odds of 3.10 with Betfair, Angelo Mathews’ men are worth a small punt for this opener.
In the News
 telegraph.com.uk, England vs Sri Lanka, first ODI: Can Eoin Morgan’s side hit ground running?, 2016