After an ODI series in which all five matches were affected by the rain, Sri Lanka and England will now try to squeeze out a unique T20 that could be more splash than thrash. When the rain arrived in Colombo on Tuesday, England suffered a painful failure to finish its winning race; Sri Lanka expects them to deliver from now on, with three tests for next month.
Since the third ODI in Pallekele was a matter of more than 21 years, things might not be very different now. The teams are officially playing T20. England started to open with Jos Buttler (where he averages 62.75, at a strike rate of 158.86, in five innings) and has added yorker specialist Chris Jordan to his group; There may not be room for Joe Root, and Joe Denly could complete a return to England's remarkably long and sinuous colors, but otherwise the lineup will be quite familiar.
Sri Lanka will be led by Thisara Perera in this format, while Lasith Malinga could win her first T20I hat in more than a year after a successful return in the ODI. Perhaps the most interesting name in his squad is the batting of everyone (and the ambidextrous bowler) Kamindu Mendis. Mendis played against England in one of his warm-up games and was able to make his first international debut.
With a former captain of the U-19, and one among a group of young players trying to perfect the ability to play bowling with both arms. Less than two years into the next men's World T20, there may not be many important lessons to learn, but both teams, and a full house expected at the R Premadasa Stadium, will hope the weather does not ruin their fun. 19659006] Form Guide
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In the spotlight
After his error, forming part of the fifth place. ODI, Kusal Mendis is going to hit the bit by another crack. A ball of 30 balls fifty, which had several imperious hits beyond the strings, was a decent enough practice to change the T20 team, a format in which he has already played four half centuries this year. Sri Lanka hopes that its young batting talents can enter next month's test series with total confidence.
Alex Hales was unable to capitalize on the opportunity provided by Jonny Bairstow's injury during the ODI series, scoring 12 and 0, while his fielding has also been examined – in Pallekele's second game , managed to abandon Dasun Shanaka by six. It also has competition on the T20 side, after Buttler's successful starts in the first game. Having given up first class cricket to focus on hitting the cue ball, these are the times you need to take advantage of.
Kusal Perera has not recovered from the variety of quads he held during the second ODI, so Sadeera Samarawickrama has joined the team and will probably enter the XI. Kamindu won his first call to Sri Lanka at age 20, and was able to compete with Dhananjaya de Silva for a place.
Sri Lanka (possible): 1 Sadeera Samarawickrama, 2 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Dhananjaya de Silva, 6 Dasun Shanaka, 7 Thisara Perera (capt.) , 8 Isuru Udana, 9 Akila Dananjaya, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Dushmantha Chameera
England has flown in Jordan, but otherwise will choose the same team as for the ODIs. However, several players missed training on Friday, including Joe Root, Chris Woakes and Olly Stone. Denly appears to be ready for his first England title in more than eight years, although he is unlikely to be awarded the top-level job he occupies for Kent.
England (possible): 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jos Buttler (week), 3 Alex Hales, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Joe Denly, 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Jordan, 9 Liam Plunkett, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Tom Curran
The Premadasa was flat and full of runs for the ODI on Tuesday (at least during the innings in Sri Lanka) and will use a cool surface, although that does not completely rule out the possibility of turns. However, the weather is again a major obstacle, with showers and thunderstorms likely to arrive in Colombo during the afternoon / evening.
Statistics and curiosities
Sri Lanka has lost three of its last four T20 outings in Colombo, including a penultimate defeat in Bangladesh in the Nidahas Trophy that led to the breaking of a dressing room door .
England played two T20s in Khettarama, defeated Afghanistan and lost to India during the T20 World Cup 2012.  Denly's last international appearance was against Pakistan in Dubai in 2010. England quickly changed to Michael Lumb and Craig Kieswetter as their first combination and won the T20 World Cup.
However, Denly has the distinction of being one of only 15 men took a window with his first international T20 ball.
"Kamindu played along with me for the Colombo District in the national cricket, we know what he is capable of He is an extraordinary player: he can play bowling with both hands and when a right hand / left hand combination is In the middle, having him on the team is a great advantage for us, he is a good outfielder and also a good hitter. "
Thisara Perera talks about the multi-skill prospect Kamindu Mendis
"The last ODI was an awakening, I do not remember the last time we were hit by 360 as a bowling unit or played so badly with the bat It was a great learning curve, it gave us a big kick in the ass, we hope we can correct those mistakes on Saturday. "
Ben Stokes says that England is trying to recover quickly after a record ODI defeat