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LIVE RADIO | West Indies v South Africa | 3rd CG Insurance T20I

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West Indies vs South Africa, 3rd T20I

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South Africa win by 1 run


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West Indies Nicholas Pooran is due a big score
West Indies Nicholas Pooran is due a big score
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You live by the sword, you die by the sword. The fact cannot be truer for West Indies, given their performances in the first two T20Is.

LIVE SCORES - West Indies vs South Africa 3rd T20I 


Worked wonders in series opener

The team went out all guns blazing the 1st T20I and crushed the South African bowling attack so much so that they chased down the target of 161 from just 15 overs and won in thumping fashion with as many as five overs to spare.

None of their batsmen had a strike rate of under 130, and this is the brand of cricket that West Indies want to play. Captain Kieron Pollard said after the match that this is exactly how West Indies wanted to bat.

And, why wouldn't you, with a batting lineup packed with power hitters? West Indies had Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, Dwayne Bravo and Fabian Allen still to come and even if the score had been close to 250, the team was capable enough to chase it down.

Backfired in 2nd T20I

The scenario in the first half of the second T20I was more or less the same as the series opener. South Africa batted first and scored 160 odd, which shouldn't have been a big deal given the big hitters in the Windies line-up.

However, there was one major difference in the conditions. The pitch on which the match was played was the same as the 1st T20I and naturally, it got slower and the ball did not come that quickly onto the bat.

As a result, it was more like 185 and not 166, after accounting for the slow nature of the surface.

West Indies though hardly changed their approach and came out swinging. Evin Lewis started from where he had left and smashed 21 runs to help West Indies past 30 from the first three overs. Then, he misjudged the length from the over the wicket angle from Anrich Nortje and was castled.

Things began to change for the West Indies from there on. Chris Gayle was dismissed off a leading edge by Kagiso Rabada. The wickets of Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell followed soon after and just like this, the engine room of the West Indies batting order was dismissed without contributing much.

The team did go through a building phase with Jason Holder and Andre Fletcher doing well. However, Fletcher being caught right at the boundary and Holder run out from a brilliant throw from Temba Bavuma, the West Indies lower order was left with a bit too much to do in the final overs.

Fabian Allen did show his ability, smashing 34 off just 12 balls at a strike rate of 283, but even that was not enough for West Indies as they went on to lose the match by 16 runs.

 

Shamsi and Linde do the damage

Kagiso Rabada ended up as the highest wicket taker for the side with three wickets while giving away 37 runs, but the bowlers who won South Africa the match were spinners George Linde and Tabraiz Shamsi in the middle overs.

While Shamsi was South Africa's best bowler in the 1st T20I as well, George Linde went for 24 of his two overs and was under pressure. He went back to the basics and took the ball across the left handers. Linde got the rewards and finished with two wickets while conceding just 19 runs and received the Player of the Match award.

 

The quandary facing WI

The third T20 will be crucial for West Indies given the bigger picture of the T20 World Cup as they'll have to decide whether they want to go with the same no-holds-barred approach or temper their aggression in the middle order and rotate the strike a bit more to build an innings.

Going all guns blazing may bring out some exceptional cricket on days, but collapses like the one in the 2nd T20I on other days.

Here's a look at the probable playing XIs:

West Indies
 - Evin Lewis, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Fabian Allen, Kevin Sinclair, Obed McCoy

South Africa - Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

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England vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Sri Lanka tour of England

Fall of wickets: 1-54 (Liam Livingstone - 4.5 ov), 2-59 (Jonny Bairstow - 5.6 ov), 3-74 (Eoin Morgan - 9.5 ov), 4-80 (Sam Billings - 11.5 ov), 5-171 (Moeen Ali - 31.5 ov)

SCORE UPDATE

England won by 5 wickets

 England 189/5 (34.5 ov)

 Sri Lanka 185/10 (42.3 ov)

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England's Joe Root in action

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England vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Sri Lanka tour of England

Fall of wickets: 1-54 (Liam Livingstone - 4.5 ov), 2-59 (Jonny Bairstow - 5.6 ov), 3-74 (Eoin Morgan - 9.5 ov), 4-80 (Sam Billings - 11.5 ov)

SCORE UPDATE

England need 44 runs in 24.0 remaining overs

 England *142/4 (26 ov)

 Sri Lanka 185/10 (42.3 ov)

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England vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Sri Lanka tour of England

SCORE UPDATE

Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Pathum Nissanka - 4.4 ov), 2-24 (Charith Asalanka - 5.5 ov), 3-46 (Dasun Shanaka - 8.1 ov), 4-145 (Wanindu Hasaranga - 28.4 ov), 5-149 (Kusal Perera - 30.3 ov), 6-152 (Ramesh Mendis - 31.5 ov), 7-152 (Kusal Perera - 32.2 ov), 8-160 (Binura Fernando - 36.1 ov), 9-170 (Dushmantha Chameera - 40.2 ov), 10-185 (Praveen Jayawickrama - 42.3 ov)

England won the toss and elected to field

 England

 Sri Lanka 185/10 (42.3 ov)

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England vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Sri Lanka tour of England

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Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Pathum Nissanka - 4.4 ov), 2-24 (Charith Asalanka - 5.5 ov), 3-46 (Dasun Shanaka - 8.1 ov), 4-145 (Wanindu Hasaranga - 28.4 ov), 5-149 (Kusal Perera - 30.3 ov), 6-152 (Ramesh Mendis - 31.5 ov), 7-152 (Kusal Perera - 32.2 ov), 8-160 (Binura Fernando - 36.1 ov), 9-170 (Dushmantha Chameera - 40.2 ov)

England won the toss and elected to field

 England

 Sri Lanka *171/9 (41 ov)

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Cobra Cricket Club vs Blinders Blizzards, Match 7, Hungary T10

SCORE UPDATE

Cobra Cricket Club won by 7 wickets

 Cobra Cricket Club 109/3 (7.4 ov)

 Blinders Blizzards 107/7 (10 ov)

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MATCH 8 - Cobra Cricket Club vs Blinders Blizzards

Blinders Blizzards are placed at the bottom spot in the European Cricket Series T10 Hungary 2021 points table with losses from both their matches of the league.

Sachin Chauhan is the top run-scorer for Blinders Blizzards with 41 runs at a strike rate of 146. He has struck 4 fours and 2 sixes. Omer Zahid has also made 17 runs at a strike rate of 85.

Omer Zahid has been the best bowler for Blinders Blizzards and has picked up 5 wickets while bowling at an average of 7 and an economy rate of 9.75.

The performances of Cobra Cricket Club in their last five matches read L L NR W L. The team has an average score of 84, but has conceded 94 runs on average. Their bowlers will have to step up to close the gap.

Cobra Cricket Club's captain in the European Cricket Series T10 Hungary 2021 is Jogi Sehgal. Satyadeep Ashwathnarayan will don the big gloves for the side.

Anuj Kumar, Jogi Sehgal, Shiekh Rasik, Satyadeep Ashwathnarayana are the leading batsmen for Cobra Cricket Club while Ashutosh Mathur, Sanjay Kumar are their top bowlers.

Spinners have made a mark in ECS and along the same line, Cobra Cricket Club have a handful of options to choose from in Hafeez Ullah, Bhavani Prasad Adapaka, Jogi Sehgal, Amal Jacob.

Let's have a look at the squads:

Cobra CC - Nitin Narve, Vishnu Vasudev, Bhavani Prasad Adapaka, Satish Inakoti, Anuj Kumar, Sanjay Kumar, Satyadeep Ashwathnarayan (wicket-keeper), Ashu Mathur, Kailash Chander, Srinivas Mandali, Achuk Singh, Duncan Shoebridge, Arun Venkatarajan, Jogi Sehgal (captain), Shiekh Rasik, Ravi Yadav, Rahul Wasnik, Cicil Kurian, Amit Pandey, Amal Jacob, Hafeez Ullah, Deepak Mallappa, Mohmand Rahmatullah

Blinders Blizzards - Sachin Chauhan (captain & wicket-keeper), Omer Zahid, Hasnain Meer, Hemanth Perumal, Anup Gupta, Zubair Muzaffar Bhat, Muhammad Uzair, Jassi Singh, Amjad Aziz, Rahul Goyal, Mehraj Haris, Usama Kajla, Kamran Wahid, Madhav Gupta, Ehsan Sherani, Ali Shan, Onur Ozkul, Ishfaq Bhat

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England vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Sri Lanka tour of England

SCORE UPDATE

Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Pathum Nissanka - 4.4 ov), 2-24 (Charith Asalanka - 5.5 ov), 3-46 (Dasun Shanaka - 8.1 ov), 4-145 (Wanindu Hasaranga - 28.4 ov), 5-149 (Kusal Perera - 30.3 ov), 6-152 (Ramesh Mendis - 31.5 ov), 7-152 (Kusal Perera - 32.2 ov)

England won the toss and elected to field

 England

 Sri Lanka *160/7 (36 ov)

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England vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Sri Lanka tour of England

SCORE UPDATE

Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Pathum Nissanka - 4.4 ov), 2-24 (Charith Asalanka - 5.5 ov), 3-46 (Dasun Shanaka - 8.1 ov)

England won the toss and elected to field

 England

 Sri Lanka *138/3 (27 ov)

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Cobra Cricket Club vs Blinders Blizzards, Match 7, Hungary T10

SCORE UPDATE

Blinders Blizzards won by 1 runs.

 Cobra Cricket Club 76/7 (10 ov)

 Blinders Blizzards 77/6 (10 ov)

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MATCH 7 - Cobra Cricket Club vs Blinders Blizzards

The performances of Cobra Cricket Club in their last five matches read L L NR W L. The team has an average score of 84, but has conceded 94 runs on average. Their bowlers will have to step up to close the gap.

Cobra Cricket Club's captain in the European Cricket Series T10 Hungary 2021 is Jogi Sehgal. Satyadeep Ashwathnarayan will don the big gloves for the side.

Anuj Kumar, Jogi Sehgal, Shiekh Rasik, Satyadeep Ashwathnarayana are the leading batsmen for Cobra Cricket Club while Ashutosh Mathur, Sanjay Kumar are their top bowlers.

Spinners have made a mark in ECS and along the same line, Cobra Cricket Club have a handful of options to choose from in Hafeez Ullah, Bhavani Prasad Adapaka, Jogi Sehgal, Amal Jacob.

Blinders Blizzards are placed at the bottom spot in the European Cricket Series T10 Hungary 2021 points table with losses from both their matches of the league.

Sachin Chauhan is the top run-scorer for Blinders Blizzards with 41 runs at a strike rate of 146. He has struck 4 fours and 2 sixes. Omer Zahid has also made 17 runs at a strike rate of 85.

Omer Zahid has been the best bowler for Blinders Blizzards and has picked up 5 wickets while bowling at an average of 7 and an economy rate of 9.75.

Let's have a look at the squads:

Cobra CC - Nitin Narve, Vishnu Vasudev, Bhavani Prasad Adapaka, Satish Inakoti, Anuj Kumar, Sanjay Kumar, Satyadeep Ashwathnarayan (wicket-keeper), Ashu Mathur, Kailash Chander, Srinivas Mandali, Achuk Singh, Duncan Shoebridge, Arun Venkatarajan, Jogi Sehgal (captain), Shiekh Rasik, Ravi Yadav, Rahul Wasnik, Cicil Kurian, Amit Pandey, Amal Jacob, Hafeez Ullah, Deepak Mallappa, Mohmand Rahmatullah

Blinders Blizzards - Sachin Chauhan (captain & wicket-keeper), Omer Zahid, Hasnain Meer, Hemanth Perumal, Anup Gupta, Zubair Muzaffar Bhat, Muhammad Uzair, Jassi Singh, Amjad Aziz, Rahul Goyal, Mehraj Haris, Usama Kajla, Kamran Wahid, Madhav Gupta, Ehsan Sherani, Ali Shan, Onur Ozkul, Ishfaq Bhat

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England vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Sri Lanka tour of England

SCORE UPDATE

England won the toss and elected to field

 England

 Sri Lanka *47/3 (10 ov)

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United Csalad vs Budapest Blinders, Match 6, Hungary T10

SCORE UPDATE

Budapest Blinders won by 32 runs.

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MATCH 6 PREVIEW - United Csalad vs Budapest Blinders


Budapest Blinders are placed at the top spot in the European Cricket Series T10 Hungary 2021 points table with wins from both their matches of the league. The team has 4 points.

Abbas Ghani is the top run-scorer for Budapest Blinders with 47 runs at a strike rate of 204. He has struck 4 fours and 4 sixes. Ali Yalmaz has also made 32 runs at a strike rate of 100.

Ali Yalmaz has been the best bowler for Budapest Blinders and has picked up 5 wickets while bowling at an average of 3 and an economy rate of 4.50.

United Csalad are placed at the 3rd spot in the European Cricket Series T10 Hungary 2021 points table with one win and one loss from their 2 matches of the league. The team has 2 points.

Vinoth Ravindran is the top run-scorer for United Csalad with 90 runs at a strike rate of 236. He has struck 6 fours and 9 sixes. Ashrith Darapureddy has also made 44 runs at a strike rate of 162.

Dheeraj Gaikwad has been the best bowler for United Csalad and has picked up 3 wickets while bowling at an average of 14 and an economy rate of 14.33.

Let's have a look at the squads:

United Csalad
 - Amit Parihar, Anil Pattanaik (captain & wicket-keeper), Khushal Gabhane, Jack Murrell, Vinoth Ravindran, Bobby Patel, Kamran Shah, Vinod Kumar, Rohit Kumar, Satyender Parihar, Dheeraj Gaikwad, Loysten Sebastian, Rameez Hashmi, Raghav Sharma, Hassan Ashfaq, Satyam Subhash, Ashrith Darapureddy, Ajith Sreedharakurup, Hrishi Chekuri, Madhu Sabbavarapu, Saad Akib, Francis Farrell, Adam Karn, Fasih Atif, Kashif Muhammad

Budapest Blinders - Steffan Gooch (captain), Maaz Bhaiji (wicket-keeper), Nisantha Liyanage, Ali Yalmaz, Ali Farasat, Izhar Khan, Salman Khan, Asanka Weligamage, Sandeep Mohandas, Kalum Akurugoda, Danyal Akbar, Mahela Daub, Abbas Ghani, Muhammad Irfan Ghani

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West Indies tour is an opportunity for us to leave a mark: Javeria Khan

Pakistan national women’s cricket team’s third tour of the year will commence on Wednesday when they play West Indies in the first of the three T20Is at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.

 Pakistan Women tour of West Indies - Full Fixtures

They have made trips of the Caribbean islands for three ODI series, two T20I series and two ICC Women’s T20 World Cups in the past but the first T20I will see them play on Antiguan soil for the first time.

There is not much of a difference between the two sides on the ICC’s rankings for Women’s T20I teams as Pakistan are placed seventh and their opponents are sixth. Javeria Khan, the captain of the national women’s team, is optimistic that the hard yards her players put in during the preparation for this tour will bear fruit.

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United Csalad vs Budapest Blinders, Match 5, Hungary T10

SCORE UPDATE

United Csalad won by 11 runs.

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MATCH 5 PREVIEW - United Csalad vs Budapest Blinders



United Csalad are placed at the 3rd spot in the European Cricket Series T10 Hungary 2021 points table with one win and one loss from their 2 matches of the league. The team has 2 points.

Vinoth Ravindran is the top run-scorer for United Csalad with 90 runs at a strike rate of 236. He has struck 6 fours and 9 sixes. Ashrith Darapureddy has also made 44 runs at a strike rate of 162.

Dheeraj Gaikwad has been the best bowler for United Csalad and has picked up 3 wickets while bowling at an average of 14 and an economy rate of 14.33.

Budapest Blinders are placed at the top spot in the European Cricket Series T10 Hungary 2021 points table with wins from both their matches of the league. The team has 4 points.

Abbas Ghani is the top run-scorer for Budapest Blinders with 47 runs at a strike rate of 204. He has struck 4 fours and 4 sixes. Ali Yalmaz has also made 32 runs at a strike rate of 100.

Ali Yalmaz has been the best bowler for Budapest Blinders and has picked up 5 wickets while bowling at an average of 3 and an economy rate of 4.50.

Let's have a look at the squads:

United Csalad
 - Amit Parihar, Anil Pattanaik (captain & wicket-keeper), Khushal Gabhane, Jack Murrell, Vinoth Ravindran, Bobby Patel, Kamran Shah, Vinod Kumar, Rohit Kumar, Satyender Parihar, Dheeraj Gaikwad, Loysten Sebastian, Rameez Hashmi, Raghav Sharma, Hassan Ashfaq, Satyam Subhash, Ashrith Darapureddy, Ajith Sreedharakurup, Hrishi Chekuri, Madhu Sabbavarapu, Saad Akib, Francis Farrell, Adam Karn, Fasih Atif, Kashif Muhammad

Budapest Blinders - Steffan Gooch (captain), Maaz Bhaiji (wicket-keeper), Nisantha Liyanage, Ali Yalmaz, Ali Farasat, Izhar Khan, Salman Khan, Asanka Weligamage, Sandeep Mohandas, Kalum Akurugoda, Danyal Akbar, Mahela Daub, Abbas Ghani, Muhammad Irfan Ghani

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West Indies vs South Africa 3rd T20I Preview: 

West Indies Nicholas Pooran is due a big score
West Indies Nicholas Pooran is due a big score
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You live by the sword, you die by the sword. The fact cannot be truer for West Indies, given their performances in the first two T20Is.

LIVE SCORES - West Indies vs South Africa 3rd T20I 

Worked wonders in series opener

The team went out all guns blazing the 1st T20I and crushed the South African bowling attack so much so that they chased down the target of 161 from just 15 overs and won in thumping fashion with as many as five overs to spare.

None of their batsmen had a strike rate of under 130, and this is the brand of cricket that West Indies want to play. Captain Kieron Pollard said after the match that this is exactly how West Indies wanted to bat.

And, why wouldn't you, with a batting lineup packed with power hitters? West Indies had Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, Dwayne Bravo and Fabian Allen still to come and even if the score had been close to 250, the team was capable enough to chase it down.

Backfired in 2nd T20I

The scenario in the first half of the second T20I was more or less the same as the series opener. South Africa batted first and scored 160 odd, which shouldn't have been a big deal given the big hitters in the Windies line-up.

However, there was one major difference in the conditions. The pitch on which the match was played was the same as the 1st T20I and naturally, it got slower and the ball did not come that quickly onto the bat.

As a result, it was more like 185 and not 166, after accounting for the slow nature of the surface.

West Indies though hardly changed their approach and came out swinging. Evin Lewis started from where he had left and smashed 21 runs to help West Indies past 30 from the first three overs. Then, he misjudged the length from the over the wicket angle from Anrich Nortje and was castled.

Things began to change for the West Indies from there on. Chris Gayle was dismissed off a leading edge by Kagiso Rabada. The wickets of Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell followed soon after and just like this, the engine room of the West Indies batting order was dismissed without contributing much.

The team did go through a building phase with Jason Holder and Andre Fletcher doing well. However, Fletcher being caught right at the boundary and Holder run out from a brilliant throw from Temba Bavuma, the West Indies lower order was left with a bit too much to do in the final overs.

Fabian Allen did show his ability, smashing 34 off just 12 balls at a strike rate of 283, but even that was not enough for West Indies as they went on to lose the match by 16 runs.

 

Shamsi and Linde do the damage

Kagiso Rabada ended up as the highest wicket taker for the side with three wickets while giving away 37 runs, but the bowlers who won South Africa the match were spinners George Linde and Tabraiz Shamsi in the middle overs.

While Shamsi was South Africa's best bowler in the 1st T20I as well, George Linde went for 24 of his two overs and was under pressure. He went back to the basics and took the ball across the left handers. Linde got the rewards and finished with two wickets while conceding just 19 runs and received the Player of the Match award.

 

The quandary facing WI


The third T20 will be crucial for West Indies given the bigger picture of the T20 World Cup as they'll have to decide whether they want to go with the same no-holds-barred approach or temper their aggression in the middle order and rotate the strike a bit more to build an innings.

Going all guns blazing may bring out some exceptional cricket on days, but collapses like the one in the 2nd T20I on other days.

Here's a look at the probable playing XIs:

West Indies
 - Evin Lewis, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Fabian Allen, Kevin Sinclair, Obed McCoy

South Africa - Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

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England vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI Preview: Change of format unlikely to bring change in result for visitors

England's Moeen Ali with Sam Curran
England's Moeen Ali with Sam Curran
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Joe Root will return for the ODIs, with Dawid Malan also set to keep his place as well.

LIVE SCORES - England vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI

Injury concerns for both sides

In what comes as a big setback for the already reeling Sri Lankan side, top order batsman Avishka Fernando has been ruled out of the ODI series due to quadriceps injury. Fernando could not make a big impact with the bat in the first two T20Is but remains a crucial player for Sri Lanka and has proved it on the world stage, not least in the 2019 showpiece event.

Fernando picked up the injury while fielding in the second T20 and was also ruled out of the final match of the T20I series.

England are already without two of their main men - Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer - who are both out due to injury. While Archer will take some time to recuperate after undergoing an elbow surgery, Ben Stokes has started playing for Durham in the T20 Blast and also came good in his most recent encounter, picking up 4 wickets and also contributing with the bat.

They will also miss the services of Jos Buttler who suffered a minor tear in the calf after starring for England in the first T20. He has been ruled out of the remaining matches of the Sri Lanka series. Jason Roy, Buttler's opening partner in the 1st T20I, is also a doubtful starter after a hamstring niggle.

Opportunity for Morgan to find form

This might present another opportunity for Dawid Malan to open the innings after the No. 1 ranked T20I batsman was added to the ODI squad in place of Jos Buttler.

Malan is set to open alongside Jonny Bairstow who himself suffered an injury scare when he injured his ankle playing for Yorkshire in the T20 Blast. The scare came in the same match in which he struck a brilliant century. Fortunately for him and for England, scans clear him of any major injury.

Not part of the T20 squad, the ODIs mark the return of England Test captain Joe Root who provides a lot of solidity to the England batting lineup. Eoin Morgan has not been in the best of form either in international cricket or in domestic T20 leagues, namely the T20 blast and IPL and will expect to come good.

Sam Billings and Liam Livingstone are expected to be part of the England middle order. Sam Curran, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes will provide the team with balance with their all round abilities.

 

Will Garton make his debut?

Moeen Ali has not been part of the T20I set up on a regular basis but has been given opportunities in the ODIs and is expected to keep his place. Mark Wood, after having earned his rest for the final match of the T20 series, is likely to be back.

Sussex seamer George Garton, known for cranking it up, has also got a call up in the ODI squad. Garton has been the second-highest wicket-taker for Sussex Sharks in the ongoing Blast behind Tymal Mills and has picked up 8 wickets while bowling at an average of 13.25 and an economy rate of 6.62.

England might also want to give Tom Curran an opportunity in the ODIs after he missed out in the T20I series. He can play ahead of Chris Woakes, George Garton or even Sam Curran (who played all the three T20Is against Sri Lanka and might do with some rest) given the thought process in the England setup.

 

Is Nissanka the answer to SL's batting troubles?

Sri Lanka will not make a lot of changes to their ODI lineup. Middle order batsman Pathum Nissanka may come in, for either Oshada Fernando or Kusal Mendis, and that's about it.

Sri Lanka have somewhat shown faith in a given set of individuals over the last year, something they are not used to doing, and it is now up to the players to stand up and get counted when it matters.

Here's a look at the probable playing XIs:

England
 - Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, George Garton

Sri Lanka - Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera (c), Pathum Nissanka/Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Binura Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Dushmantha Chameera