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After a string of dismal performances in recent times, The Islanders finally found a win in an inconsequential encounter where the decimated England by a whopping margin of 219 runs. England introduced a plethora of changes to their lineup in the fifth ODI as a part of their team-building process for World Cup 2019, but they are expected to go in with their regular T20 lineup in the upcoming match.
The two teams are set to face each other in the only T20 International on Saturday, 27th October at Colombo. The mammoth win in the fifth ODI would certainly have boosted the confidence of the hosts and will be looking to extend their winning run. England, on the other hand, were dominant throughout the ODI series barring the last ODI and will be looking to carry the momentum they have into the shortest format of the game as well.
Sri Lanka is a team that never ceases to surprise the cricketing fraternity with the endless supply of unorthodox players. They've included Kamindu Mendis for the upcoming match who is known to bowl with both arms. This will add another dimension to their spin department which looked rather flat in the first four One Day Internationals. It will be interesting to see if he gets a game as their other spinner, Akila Dananjaya is a certain starter following his superb performance in the ODIs.
The major problem for Sri Lanka in the recent times has been their batting which has looked fragile and clueless at times. The likes of Kusal Perera, Nironshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal, and Kusal Mendis have all looked pretty comfortable in the middle, but have often failed to convert the starts in the big innings. Dickwella would have gained a tremendous amount of confidence with his 95-run knock in the last match and England will love to keep him quiet this time.
After a mediocre past, Thisara Perera has impressed one and all with his brilliant performances with both bat and ball. He's looked fitter and more agile and his big-hitting ability towards the back-end of the innings has been pretty useful in the absence of Angelo Mathews. Overall, with a win behind their back, this Sri Lankan lineup appears to be an altogether different unit.
Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis , Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Kamindu Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Amila Aponso, Lakshan Sandakan.
As witnessed by fans across the globe, England have the services of brilliant individuals for a limited-overs version of the game and the results speak for them. They've won close to 70% of their matches since their early departure from 2015 World Cup and are only growing in stature. However, despite some brilliant display of Cricket, they've struggled against quality spin.
First, it was Kuldeep Yadav, who bamboozled every one in the English lineup and then it was Akila Dananjaya who got better of them in the final ODI. It is their only apparent weakness which Sri Lanka will be keen to exploit in the only T20 International. Eoin Morgan is set to make a return to the lineup who rested himself in the last game in order to test their bench strength. Jos Butler will return to open the innings alongside Jason Roy and he will be a big threat for the Sri Lankan bowlers.
With the presence of quality bowlers who can bat, England bat pretty deep which can be crucial where getting runs quickly is often the key. Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali both looked good in the previous series who were ably supported by Tom Curran and Chris Woakes. The importance of having Ben Stokes in the middle-order cannot be overstated considering his ability to hit the ball from the word go.
Morgan was easily the most consistent batsman by a mile in the ODI series and his absence was clearly felt in the fifth ODI. His return will certainly make the team stronger both batting-wise and strategically.
JJ Roy, Jos Buttler, AD Hales, Eoin Morgan, BA Stokes, Joe Denly, Moeen Ali, LE Plunkett, Tom Curran, AU Rashid, Chris Jordan.
Batting second has been a trend in T20s and the choice has reaped good fruits for the teams across the globe. With dew factor and chances of rain, the captain winning the toss is expected to field first here as well.
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The series was one of the very few series where rain played a part in every game. The is a possibility of rain on the match-day as well, but it is expected to hit during the earlier half of the day. Having said that, the rain generally spices up the surface and there is some assistance expected for the quick bowlers in the early overs. Dew, too, is likely to play a key role and defending will not be easy here. The team batting first should be looking to score a total of at least 180.
England have been brilliant in the build-up to this only T20I with an ODI series win against India and then Sri Lanka. They have a terrific white-ball unit which is second to none in World Cricket. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are slowly but surely growing after poor Asia Cup performance. They have a much better chance in the shortest version of the game with their batsmen known to play aggressive cricket by nature. Going by the recent performances and teams on paper, England are favorites to win the upcoming match despite Sri Lanka having the home advantage.
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