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Sri Lanka vs England 3rd ODI Preview + Dream11



Last Updated on 6 years by Charbel Coorey

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Could the 2nd ODI have been more predictable?

Rain was always going to be a factor, and England, through Joe Root ad Eoin Morgan, set a platform for a big total. Lasith Malinga was at his brilliant death best to restrict England to below 280. Then, in something more regular than Donald Trump stirring some controversy, we saw a Sri Lankan top order collapse, a key problem in a rut now reading 31 losses in their last 41 completed ODIs.

The series moves to Pallekelle, but rain is expected to have a say once again. Will we see similar proceedings to the second ODI as well?

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Dhananjaya de Silva and Thisara Perera gave Sri Lanka hope of a great comeback in Dambulla, but with rain always around the corner, beating the D/L target was a near impossible task. That can be attributed once again to Sri Lanka’s terrible habit of losing quick wickets at the top. In each of Sri Lanka’s six losses, dating back to the first ODI against South Africa at the end of July, Sri Lanka lost their first five wickets for the following scores: 36, 165, 124, 60, 108 and 74. It is no wonder why they continue to struggle for results in this format, and need a significant improvement today to not only beat England, but also the rain as well.

England raced through their overs to get a result in on Saturday, and it was their efficiency with the ball at the top of the innings that enabled victory. Chris Woakes and Olly Stone exposed a shaky Sri Lankan top order, after Joe Root and Eoin Morgan set England up for a good total. One area they would like to improve in is their death batting, scoring just 69 in the final ten overs in the second ODI. Dealing with Lasith Malinga at his glorious best is a tough ask, but if England are to enjoy ODI success in the next 12 months, overcoming these types of challenges is key.

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Key to a Sri Lanka win

It is no secret that the top order needs to aim up, but what about Sri Lanka’s bowlers? Akila Dananjaya and Lakshan Sandakan – two bowlers who were thought of as threats to England – went for a combined 1/123 in 19 overs on Saturday, creating the need for one of the seamers to deliver in restricting England. 
Of course, Lasith Malinga was that man, but should Malinga be expected to do it again? After a tough outing against Afghanistan in the recent Asia Cup, just 48 hours after a remarkable international comeback against Bangladesh, Malinga will need to back up well. However, he also needs support from his bowling partners, who went for 52 in their six overs at the death on Saturday.

Key to an England win

Joe Root and man of the match Eoin Morgan were simply excellent in never letting Sri Lanka get on top with the ball. In the third ODI, can England’s top four pile the pressure on Lasith Malinga, by setting a platform that enables the middle order to go hard at the death?
Also, with Liam Dawson out with injury, England could bring in another seamer in the mission to dismantle Sri Lanka’s top order once again. Olly Stone was impressive in his first outing in an England shirt, generating good pace, and so too Chris Woakes, who returns to the ground where he took six-fer in 2014.
With rain around and a D/L result very likely if we are lucky to see a result, wickets at the top, like at Dambulla, could prove to be crucial.

Possible XIs

Sri Lanka will be forced to make one change, with Kusal Perera to miss this one with a quad strain.
Sri Lanka possible XI: 1 Upul Tharanga, 2 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 3 Sadeera Samarawickrama, 4 Dinesh Chandimal (capt), 5 Dhananjaya de Silva, 6 Dasun Shanaka, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Akila Dananjaya, 9 Lakshan Sandakan, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Nuwan Pradeep

England will also be forced to make a change with Liam Dawson’s injury. Joe Denly, his replacement, is due to arrive in Sri Lanka on the morning of the match, so it’s likely one of the Curran brothers will replace Dawson.

England possible XI: 1. Jason Roy, 2. Jonny Bairstow, 3. Joe Root, 4. Eoin Morgan (c), 5. Ben Stokes, 6. Jos Buttler (wk), 7. Moeen Ali, 8. Chris Woakes, 9. Sam Curran/Tom Curran, 10. Adil Rashid, 11. Olly Stone

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With rain around, a result could be far-fetched, but Dream11 just makes the build up to the game more interesting! Below is my team with a few pointers.
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  • Jos Buttler > Niroshan Dickwella.
  • Joe Root remains a key player for England, and is in top touch. He is my captain. A Sri Lanka batsman worth including is Dasun Shanaka, who could have greater responsibility.
  • Chris Woakes is a must, and you can’t go wrong with Lasith Malinga, and the three main spinners from either side.
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Stats and Facts

  • In addition to Sri Lanka’s struggles in Dambulla, they have lost four of their last five ODIs at Pallekele.
  • The top three run scorers in ODI cricket in 2018 are from England. Jonny Bairstow reached 1,000 runs for the year in the second ODI, followed by Joe Root and Jason Roy (896 and 804 runs respectively).
  • Lasith Malinga has taken 10 wickets at an average of 17 and economy of 4.85 since his return to international cricket last month.


Given the terrible forecast, it will most likely be a no result.
However, if the weather does play kind and enable a result, it’s hard to see anything other than an England win, given that they are playing as a team. Their opponents, Sri Lanka, look totally disjointed.
Thanks for reading!
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Charbel Coorey
Charbel Cooreyhttps://cricblog.net
Charbel is the owner & founder of cricblog.net, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. He is also a keen fantasy sports player. Charbel has also had the privilege of interviewing cricketers on the CricBlog TV YouTube channel, including James Neesham, Rassie van der Dussen, Andrew Tye, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat and Saurabh Netravalkar: https://www.youtube.com/@cricblogtv For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at charbelcoorey@cricblog.net.

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