England will eye their first Test series win in Sri Lanka when they face the hosts in the second Test match that starts in Pallekele tomorrow.
England registered 211 runs convincing win in the first Test in Galle and will look to carry the winning momentum in the second Test too. England's team is very much balanced and if captain Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali etc perform upto their potential then England has a great chance of winning the series in Pallekele itself.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka needs to put up a collective performance to stay alive in the series. They'll miss Rangana Herath who retired after Galle Test and captain Dinesh Chandimal who got injured in the first Test. Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne have to score big runs and in bowling Dilruwan Perera and Akila Dananjaya will be key.
All the major stats and facts as Sri Lanka take on England in the second Test in Pallekele :
Head to Head -
|Venue||Tests||Won by SL||Won by ENG||Drawn||Tied|
1 - Sri Lanka have won only one of six tests they have played at Pallekele International Stadium, Pallekele. Their only win came against Australia in July 2016.
3 - Suranga Lakmal has captained Sri Lanka in three Test matches so far and all three Tests have been won by Sri Lanka.
39.84 - Joe Root's Test batting average in 2018. He has scored 757 runs at this average in 11 Tests with one hundred and six fifties.
43 - James Anderson has taken 43 Test wickets in 2018 and needs 4 more wickets to go past Kagiso Rabada's tally of 46 wickets and become leading Test wicket-taker of this year.
197 - Number of Test wickets James Anderson has taken away from home and needs 3 more wickets to become the 14th bowler to take 200 Test wickets away from home.
384 - Joe Root has scored 384 runs against Sri Lanka in 10 Test innings. 200 of them came in his first ever Test innings against them and in next 9 innings, he could manage only 184 runs.
421 - Dimuth Karunaratne has scored 421 runs at an average of 52.62 in 9 Test innings this year - the most Test runs for Sri Lanka in 2018.