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With some much uncertainty around due to weather and team selections, the ongoing series between England and Sri Lanka has been really tough on fans, bettors, and fantasy players. The first match was washed out completely by the rain and the second game, too, was affected by rain before the visitors were declared winners by DLS method. There is a prediction of rain in the third one-day international of the series as well which is to be played at Pallekele on 17th October 2018. Although Sri Lanka are behind in the series, their performances have been a notch above what we saw from them in the Asia Cup. It's been always difficult to defeat them at home and it will be interesting to see how they face off against in-form England in the upcoming fixture of the series.
Ever since the beginning of the Asia Cup, the Sri Lankan spinners, L Sandakan and Akila Dananjaya, haven't really looked threatening. Still, they'll take heart from their seamers' performances who have been excellent guided well by Lasith Malinga. The good thing going for them is the Thisara Perera's form with both the bat and the ball who has really added to the balance of the side.
Despite excellent performances by their bowling lineup, their batsmen have failed to close out matches on numerous occasions. At times, their openers have been so aggressive that terming it reckless will be an understatement. Sometimes, they've been so slow that it has built the pressure on the batsmen to follow. Both times, however, it's their middle-order and late-order which has come to their rescue. The likes of Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga, and Niroshan Dickwell will have to play responsibly for Sri Lanka have to score an imposing total.
Malinga picked up a five-wicket haul in his comeback game in the Asia Cup and he backed it up with yet another stunning performance in the 2nd ODI of the series. Although Dananjaya has been off the radar, picking him will still be difficult for the English batsmen and he will be an important cog for the Lankan bowling attack.
Kusal Mendis , Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, N Pradeep, Lasith Malinga, Amila Aponso.
England is being perceived as arguably the best side in the world and it isn't surprising. They've won a good portion of their matches since their early exit of '15 World Cup and top the charts for most of the batting and bowling statistics since then.
Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow form a formidable opening pair capable of providing lightning quick starts even on bowling-friendly surfaces. However, they haven't really looked to be at their best which has been validated by a couple of mild outings they've had. to a history of struggling against spinner in recent times and will have to be wary of Sri Lankan spinners.
However, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, and Eoin Morgan have lately handled the spinners extremely well in their previous series against India and in this series up till now. Eoin Morgan has already score over a hundred runs in two matches and Root isn't far from him with 96 runs to his name. England are pretty beefed up on the bowling front and addition of Olly Stone has further powered up their already strong bowling. Overall, this English side appears perceived to be one of the best ODI sides in Cricket history and it definitely appears to be true going by their form and team on paper.
JJ Roy, Jonny Bairstow, JE Root, Eoin Morgan, BA Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, CR Woakes, AU Rashid, Tom Curran, Olly Stone.
Dew might play a role at Palekelle if the weather stays clear. Even in the case of rain, the Duckworth Lewis tends to favor the team chasing. Therefore, we expect the captain winning the toss to field first.
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It's been raining at Palekelle quite frequently over the last few days and the same is expected to happen on the match day as well. The surface is likely to stay true over the course of the match with batsmen getting value for their shots. Considering dew factor and the possibility of rain, defending here won't be easy. The team batting first will be looking to put at least 280 runs on the board.
Sri Lanka have not even looked like a shadow of how they were in the earlier part of the decade. England, on the other hand, have really picked themselves up in the last couple of years. Going by the recent results and the teams on paper, England certainly are favorites to win the upcoming match and go 2-0 up in the series.
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