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by Alastair Symondson Friday 19 October 2018
Rain got informed about the 3rd ODI and came pouring down so much so that the ODI became a T20I. The overs were curtailed to 21 for each side. The only time that Sri Lanka looked in the game was in the first five overs when they put up 55 runs on the board.
After that Rashid came and the Sri Lankan batting couldn't take off much like skipper Dinesh Chandimal. Tom Curran, coming in place of Liam Dawson, too struck with some timely blows.
In reply, first Jason Roy and then Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes ensured that it was an easy victory for England. Although Akila Dananjaya threatened a couple of times, he could get just one wicket as England sealed the series 2-0 with two matches still to go.
The next match will be played at the same venue and rain or no rain, a different result is not expected. Sri Lanka is looking a bit listless and it would be tough to stop an English team which is on song.
Keep an eye on Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler who have not contributed handsomely till now and would be etching to turn that around. For Sri Lanka, Lasith Malinga fell a bit flat after his fifer in the first game and he along with Akila Dananjaya hold the key for Sri Lanka.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
Sri Lanka- Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep, Lakshan Sandakan
England- Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Tom Curran, Olly Stone
Who will win? – England
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Dinesh Chandimal (Sri Lanka), Joe Root (England)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Akila Dananjaya (Sri Lanka), Olly Stone (England)
Most Sixes – Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka), Jason Roy (England)
Team Scores Batting – Sri Lanka 220+ , England 270+
*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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