Depleted Sri Lanka will try to lift their game and stage a comeback in the five-match series when they will face England in the third ODI in Pallekele on Wednesday.
First game of the series was washed out whereas in the second ODI, it was England who came out on top after registering a thumping 31-run win on Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method.The most disappointing aspect for the home side in the second ODI’s defeat was the team’s batting performance, and Dinesh Chandimal-led unit will be hopeful to put a much better show this time around.
The team will be relying on captain Chandimal to lead from the front alongside veteran opener Upul Tharanga in the batting department, whereas veteran all-rounder Thisara Perera will have a task to provide a solid finish to the innings.In the bowling department, the home side will be once again banking on the experience of veteran pacer Lasith Malinga – who was the real star of the show in the previous encounter where he claimed five wickets – to lead from the front in the pace-bowling department, whereas off-spinner Akila Dhananjaya will lead the spin attack.
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England, on the other hand, will be extremely confident going in to the match after an all-round performance in the previous encounter.Captain Eoin Morgan and right-handed batsman Joe Root continued their good form with the bat in the 50-over format, which must be a good sign for the Three Lions who will be optimistic that the experienced duo will continue the good work in Pallekele as well.
In the bowling department, all-rounder Chris Woakes will lead the pace attack, whereas leg-spinner Adil Rashid will be the sole full-time spinner in the lineup.Both teams are expected to make at least one change in the playing eleven. For Sri Lanka, wicket keeper-batsman Kusal Perera will miss the contest due to side strain and will be expected to replace by Sadheera Samarawickrama.
For England, Sam Curran might get a spot in the playing eleven in place of injured Liam Dawson, especially considering the conditions in Kandy.The pitch at the venue traditionally favors fast-bowlers whereas there are chances of rain affecting the outcome of the match.