About the Match
Sri Lanka is on the tour of England, scheduled to play 5 ODIs as part of the series of which the 1st ODI is to be played at the Oval on 22nd May. While Sri Lanka has just completed a 3-0 win over Bangladesh in January, followed by a 1-0 win over Ireland, England had a 4-1 drubbing against Australia in the last ODI series they played in Jan 2014. The two teams are one behind other in the world ODI ratings with Sri Lanka leading by 111 points followed closely behind by England with 110 points. The home team is eager to give a fresh start to make a comeback in the game whereas the visitors are riding high on a wave of enthusiasm and success.
Alaistair Cook has James Anderson as the most experienced player who has helped the team as the leading wicket taker with 247 wickets and Ian Bell with 4685 runs to his name. Eoin Morgan has the highest average of 39.98; the team is a mix of old and experienced players like Ravi Bopara, solid as a middle order bat providing stability to the batting line-up with Tredwell, Bresnan and Root gradually developing as good assets alongside younger players like Carberry, Gurney and Jordan. Buttler has been alert behind the wicket and doing a good job for the team with a reasonable batting average of 29.05; the team has a fairly good fast/medium pace bowling attack in Anderson, Bell, Bopara, Gurney and Morgan but lacks reputed spinners though they have a mix of spin bowling in Cook, Balance, Carberry, Root and Tredwell. They are ill equipped to handle the experienced Sri Lankans, who have established fast as well as spin bowlers and that may be a problem to tackle, as the series progresses.
Angelo Mathews leads the team with confidence after winning the two recent series against Bangladesh and Ireland, convincingly; he himself is a man with rich experience scoring totally 2595 runs with an average of 37.07. Jayawardene has played the highest number of ODIs with 11512 runs to his credit and an average of 33.17 whereas Kumar Sangakkara is abundant with experience having made 12500 runs and the highest batting average in the team. Lasith Malinga is the most experienced bowler with 256 wickets and is feared by all batsmen for his controlled pace; Tilakaratne Dilshan is a difficult batsmen to be dislodged with Jayawardene, an impregnable wall against any bowling attack. It is a well balanced side in all departments of the game and a difficult team to beat in varying conditions; they are a very well equipped professional side who are focused to play with purpose in every match.
Talent, experience and commitment play a great role in one-day cricket and these qualities have to be dedicated to the cause of the team and the game to win matches. While England has the home advantage, Sri Lanka, with all these qualities is a superior team and expected to take the first match.
Sri Lanka, 2.00 @ Bet365