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Cricket: ICC Men’s T20 World Cup - England v Sri Lanka Preview & Betting Tips

After a wobble against Ireland last week, added to that rainy No Result against Australia, England got themselves back on track with a polished win over New Zealand earlier this week. Now it is time to seal a semi-final spot.


  • ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
  • Saturday 5 November, 2022
  • England v Sri Lanka
  • Sydney Cricket Ground (8am UK)

I just can’t see England slipping up here. It’s as simple as that as they they bid for the victory which will seal qualification.

Given Australia’s narrow win over Afghanistan in Adelaide, England don’t have to worry about net run-rate. A win and they’re through, a defeat and they’re out.

Despite an inconsistent year of limited overs cricket for the ‘three lions’, I still firmly believe they are the best team in this competition and haven’t changed my mind when it comes to thinking they’ll go on to prove it next weekend.

It doesn’t surprise me that they are 1/4 to win, but given there is interest on them winning the tournament if you followed my tip before a ball was bowled then I think it’s wise to look elsewhere for value.


Hasaranga has to fire if Sri Lanka are to have any hope

Sri Lanka’s leg-spinning all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga would be in my first choice All Star T20 XI every single time. I think he’s an outstanding cricketer.

And he’s having a very decent tournament. At time of writing, his 13 wickets see him as the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, including a trio of three-wicket hauls.

Despite them all coming against lesser nations, he’s still Sri Lanka’s best bowler and I would be taking the 9/4 on him to be their top bowler in this match with VBet amongst other firms.

If he doesn’t perform, I don’t think Sri Lanka have a prayer in terms of winning.

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Graham Hardcastle's Cricket Tips

England v Sri Lanka

The tournament’s leading wicket-taker can be top dog again

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At 9/4 a £10 bet would return £32.50

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

November 05, 2022

8:00 am GMT


The Buttler who served ...

Jos Buttler was outstanding in England’s win over New Zealand. It wasn’t just with the bat, but he kept well and captained the side brilliantly in a must win game.

His 73 represented his first significant contribution of the tournament, and I’d certainly be siding with him to build on that form when he rocks up at the SCG.

I would be going with a couple of bet365 prices on his success in this fixture. The first is the 5/2 on the skipper to score a fifty in the match, while the second is their 3/1 price boost on him to be England’s top run-scorer.

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Graham Hardcastle's Cricket Tips

England v Sri Lanka

Graham is taking the bet365 price boost on Jos Buttler

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At 3/1 a £10 bet would return £40

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

November 05, 2022

8:00 am GMT

I can also see Mark Wood having a good day, with his pace proving too much for the Sri Lankan top order. Betfred have him at 3/1 to be England’s top bowler in the match.

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Graham Hardcastle's Cricket Tips

England v Sri Lanka

Mark Wood should have too much pace for Sri Lanka

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At 3/1 a £10 bet would return £40

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

November 05, 2022

8:00 am GMT

I would also be interested in taking on the 9/1 which Betfair are offering on the double for Buttler to be England’s top bat and Wood to be their top bowler.

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Graham Hardcastle's Cricket Tips

England v Sri Lanka

Graham is doubling up on England's top batsman and bowler

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At 9/1 a £10 bet would return £100

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

November 05, 2022

8:00 am GMT

* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.


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Graham Hardcastle

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Graham Hardcastle is our resident cricket and tennis betting expert at Freebets