About the Match
It was a shameful performance by the visitors Sri Lanka in the 3rd game; unbelievable, as they had just recovered from the shocking defeat in the 1st and inflicted a serious wound on the home team by crushing them for 99 runs in the 2nd match and thus leveling the series. Now, they themselves have suffered an embarrassing defeat in the 3rd ODI, being bundled out in just 24 overs for 67 runs and England then smashing the runs in just 12 overs without losing any wicket to take a 2-1 lead in the series. A serious introspection is required by the visitors to change the attitude and play like true cricketers; the two teams now face each other in the fourth ODI on 31st May at Lords and England would be eager to take the match and series comfortably here.
Preferring to chase a target, England after winning the toss, put Sri Lanka to bat; none of the batsmen of the Lankan team could offer a semblance of resistance, to check their team from getting crushed in just 24 overs for a paltry 67. The England bowlers led by Jordan were at their best in demolishing the opponents; Anderson and Buttler combined well to dismiss the openers Thirimanne and Dilshan with just 13 runs on board with only 5 overs bowled. Tredwell and Jordan took over from there and dictated terms to the collapsing batsmen and wickets kept falling at regular intervals and bundled them out in 24 overs. To establish their supremacy and make the Lankans lick their wounds, England achieved the target in just 12 overs without losing a wicket, leaving the opponent demoralized and establishing a 2-1 lead in the 5 match series. England will try and keep up their performance and ensure that they continue to haunt the visitors with such realities and win the series.
Over confidence seems to have overtaken the team, leading them to disaster, which can leave a permanent scar on the performance of the Sri Lankan team. They failed miserably batting first after being put into the middle by the confident Cook, challenging them to set a target. Sri Lanka should blame themselves for the lethargic and spineless batting with only 3 of its top order batsmen reaching double figures. Having to defend a very small target, the team lost teeth in its bowling attack in Kulasekara and Malinga; the support bowlers Herath, Senanayake and Priyanjan could not dent the well-settled openers Cook and Ian Bell, and allowed the home team to achieve the target easily in just 12 overs without losing a wicket. They trail the series 1-2, going to Lords in a demoralized mindset; psychologically they must be feeling aghast for the loss and the team must be addressing the issue in-depth before stepping out for the 4th ODI but it looks difficult to recover.
Having been beaten comprehensively in the 3rd ODI, Sri Lankans will make every effort to regain the lost confidence and self-belief and redeem itself by bouncing back; the team should address the factors and level the series but a highly charged-up home team may not allow them to do so.
England, 1.80 @ Bet365