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Sri Lanka's poor form continued in the fourth home one-day international as well where they lost to England by 18 runs on Duckworth Lewis Stern method when the match was called off due to rain. They'll be up against England for the one final time in the series on 23rd October at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo in a bid to preserve their pride in the eyes of their fans. On the contrary, the Englishmen have been ruthless in all of their recent limited-overs encounters and will be looking to wrap it up in a clinical manner. However, with World Cup 2019 not far away and as hinted by skipper Eoin Morgan, we can expect England to bring about a couple of changes to their playing eleven. Regardlessly, both teams are expected to strive hard for a win in the final ODI of the series.
Although Sri Lanka have fared a lot better as compared to their Asia Cup outing, they still are a long way off from their best. The unfortunate axing of Angelo Mathews has left their team a little short on experience, but it appears to have been a blessing in disguise considering their massive improvement over the past few matches.
Dhananjaya de Silva and Niroshan Dickwella have been brilliant at the top and they did particularly well in the last match with de Silva scoring 66 and Dickwella hammering a quick half-century. Thisara Perera has been impressive down the order and is one of the leading run scorers for Sri Lanka in their previous contest. The return of Dinesh Chandimal has provided much-needed stability to their batting order and although he could only muster 33 runs in the last innings, he continues to be one of the most important members of their batting unit.
As far as their bowling is concerned, barring Akila Dananjaya, no bowler was able to keep English batsmen from scoring let alone picking wickets. He single-handedly stifled English chase before Joe Root and Eoin Morgan steadied the ship with an important partnership. Also, the hosts committed a blunder in the field when Joe Root lobbed Dhanajaya de Silva's harmless full-toss to short fine-leg before the umpire called it a no-ball as there were less than the required number of fielders in the inner circle. Before the series commenced, their spinners were expected to deal the bulk of the damage to England, but no one has really stepped up for them thus far.
While they are likely to go in with the same eleven as their previous contest, they'd need their bowling to step up on the surface where there has been some assistance for spinners.
Niroshan Dickwella, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis , Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha, PVD Chameera.
England are going pretty strong in the colored outfit and apparently, they need not resort to even the smallest of adjustment to their to ground. However, with the ICC marquee event just around the corner, they need to be deadly sure about their first combination of their playing eleven for the tournament. Skipper Eoin Morgan has already suggested that there will be a few changes to their playing eleven and we might see a couple of their bowlers being rested.
They have a pretty good batting unit with Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, and Joe Root in terrific form. Jos Buttler hasn't got a chance to bat in the middle, yet, due to inclement weather conditions and we might see him being promoted in the upcoming game. There is a strong likeliness of a few or all of Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, Joe Denly, and Sam Curran to play on Tuesday as they all have been unused thus far on the tour.
Despite the fact that they've been on the happier side of the results in this series, they certainly have a few areas to improve on. Their bowling lacked penetration in the middle overs of the last match which allowed Sri Lankans to crawl through to a competitive total. Moeen Ali picked up two for 55, Chris Woakes 1 for 45, and Tom Curran returned picked up one wicket for 50 runs. They, although, provided wickets at regular intervals, they were a bit off-radar in the middle and death overs and the dropped catches and missed stumping didn't help either.
Overall, this English side has been in the terrific form which can be validated by their unbeaten run despite committing a few little mistakes here and there. It will be a day for them to test their bench strength and although it might provide the hosts with a better opportunity, they will still be the team to beat.
JJ Roy, AD Hales, JE Root, Jos Buttler, BA Stokes, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, AU Rashid, LE Plunkett, Tom Curran, M Wood.
Dew has been a factor in the series and defending hasn't been easy. Also, the unpredictable weather has made the things a bit trickier for the team batting first. Therefore, we expect the captain winning the toss to field first.
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Just like the weather of Pallekele, Colombo, too, is going through a spell of heavy rainfall. There is a forecast of rain for the whole of the next week with precipitation at around 80% for Tuesday. Although the surface will stay true to bat for the whole of the innings, the weather and dew is likely to make things easier for batting in the second half. The team bowling first should be happy if they're able to restrict its opponent for anything less than 280.
It's been a long time since Sri Lanka last won an ODI. Furthermore, the Lankans aren't familiar with losing bilateral series at home without a fight and going into the last game with series already gone is kind of a new experience for them. Regardless of that, they have nothing to lose and all to play for in the final ODI with their pride at stake. Jonny Bairstow is still likely to sit out for England making them a little vulnerable at the top of the order. Having said that, they have quality players in their middle-order and on the bench and are better placed to win the fifth and final game of the series.
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