Sri Lanka are coming off a terrible Asia Cup where they failed to qualify for the Super Four, losing against both Afghanistan and Bangladesh by comprehensive margins. Prior to that, the Lankans had also lost their home ODI series against South Africa. Although the scoreline says 3-2, it does not tell that they won both their matches after South Africa had already taken an unassailable lead of 3-0.
England, on the other hand, have won eight consecutive ODI series on a trot, discounting a one-off upset against Scotland. Their last series win was a clinical 2-1 performance against India.
That being said, England are short of match practice in subcontinental conditions. They won their first practice match by DLS method where Joe Root and Eoin Morgan, the two mainstays of the English batting lineup, scored 90s. However, the second match was abandoned due to rain and except Root and Morgan, other batsmen do not have sufficient match time under their belt.
Sri Lanka are still recovering from the axing of skipper Angelo Mathews who had disagreed with Sri Lankan Cricket Board's standpoint of making him the scapegoat and removing him as captain. He was later sacked on grounds of poor fitness. Dinesh Chandimal who played a free-flowing a 77-run knock in the practice match will lead the side.
Sri Lanka- Dinesh Chandimal (c), Upul Tharanga, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga, Amila Aponso
England- Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Olly Stone
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – England
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Dinesh Chandimal (Sri Lanka), Joe Root (England)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Akila Dananjaya (Sri Lanka), Moeen Ali (England)
Most Sixes – Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka), Jason Roy (England)
Team Scores Batting – Sri Lanka 200+ , England 300+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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