Confident England seek to close out rain-impacted ODI series

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A fortnight in the tour of England by Sri Lanka, and a pattern has been established on cricket that has been possible until now. Invitably, clear skies in the mornings have invariably given way to torrential downpours in the afternoon and if, in between, there has been enough opportunity to start a contest, then players have placed slots in the windows that are presented.

Not exactly ideal but for England, 2-0 after three truncated contests and with part of the series secured, they are at least passing their first significant test on this, the final focus of their World Cup campaign 2019. For Sri Lanka, poorly balanced in the absence of Angelo Mathews and too dependent on the rare moments of individual brilliance, his only realistic goal is respectability.

Much has been said about the timing of this tour, particularly by the ECB. themselves, who felt compelled to defend their programming in a post on social networks during the six-hour rain delay on Wednesday.

But somehow, despite everything, we've been invited to a couple of entertaining contests so far, with England having to endure a Renaissance performance by Lasith Malinga in the opening contest at Dambulla, before being more cunning than his opponents in a trot of 21 over Pallekele on Wednesday.

Who knows what support this will have in the toughest tests in England. The new year, but have given the feeling of a side with more gears to feed if necessary. Neither Jos Buttler nor Moeen Ali needed to bat during the pursuit in the third ODI, while Eoin Morgan, the captain, referred to the "good frustrations" in England's locker room after that same game, given that players of the caliber of Alex Hales, Sam Curran and Mark Wood can not even join the team today.

Sri Lanka, for its part, needs a measure of consistency above all else. His implosion in the third match was an example: 55 for 0 after five passes, 95 for 9 in his remaining 15, with the ardent introduction of Niroshan Dickwella that proved insufficient to ignite a competitive total. Then there is Malinga's performance in hot and cold to consider. He was impressive in adversity in Dambulla, his five windows showed all the old tricks that many feared he could no longer deliver. And yet, four days later, his dust display in Pallekele later seemed to deflate the entire attack.

Anything can happen in the course of an international day, particularly when Messrs. Duckworth, Lewis and Stern are involved in the permutations. . But it is difficult to see how the narrative of this stage of the tour can be changed in a hurry. England seems to have too much in reserve, Sri Lanka already seems to be beyond its limits. A rare victory in Asian conditions is very much at stake, but it is both a reflection on the struggles of Sri Lanka and the excellence of England that, if it happens, is unlikely to feel like a seismic triumph.

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Dinesh Chandimal prepares to play in the order Inverse AFP ] In the limelight

He spent much of the summer in the shadow of his younger brother, while Sam Curran cut a script during India's test series. But after taking advantage of Liam Dawson's misfortune, Tom Curran entered the vacancy to serve a reminder of the strange confidence he exudes whenever he is armed with a white ball. His four shots in the drink of Wednesday 21 were delivered masterfully; his full repertoire of variations helped to verify the unbridled progress of Sri Lanka before it returned to death to eliminate the lowest order in figures from 3 to 17. It was a reminder of how valuable it can be to have a bowler in your rows he wants to be the hero, and if he has not yet managed to enter the first election of England in the XI World Cup, he is quickly making a case for the final 15.

There was not much for that Amila Aponso wrote about his home after his solitary exit during the Asian Cup: it was his first ODI in more than a year, and only his seventh was said, and his figures from 1 to 55 in nine attempts, he was unable to stop the progress of Bangladesh towards a victory of 137 races. But in Pallekele on Wednesday, no one did more than him to give Sri Lanka some hope in his defense of a subpar. 150. After opening the bowling, apparently to attack the frailty of Jason Roy against the twist of the left arm. He bagged Jonny Bairstow immediately, then threw Joe Root through the door one later. He was powerless to prevent England from exceeding his goal when he returned to his final end, but there was a confidence in his bowling game that he can manifest better in 10 instead of four, if the weather gives him the opportunity to settle in a longer period

Team news

Kusal Mendis entered the vacancy created by the quad variety of Kusal Perera, but his first duck did three balls in a row since his Asian Cup merger, and suggested that his place on the team It is once again in danger. It is likely that Upul Tharanga, who paved the way for the game over 21 years, will be put back on the side, although possibly in No. 3, and Sadeera Samarawickrama is expected to have the opportunity to take advantage of his 34 balls. Dinesh Chandimal, who missed the post-match presentations on Wednesday after suffering from seasickness, is expected to be in a position to lead once again.

Sri Lanka (possible): 1 Sadeera Samarawickrama, 2 Niroshan Dickwella (week), 3 Upul Tharanga, 4 Dinesh Chandimal (capt), 5 Dhananjaya de Silva, 6 Dasun Shanaka, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Akila Dananjaya, 9 Amila Aponso, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Nuwan Pradeep

Liam Plunkett has arrived in Sri Lanka and is ready to resume his role in the mid-innings after hitting the deck after leaving the wedding unharmed. last week. But with Olly Stone impressing on her first outing of the tour, there's no guarantee she'll claim her spot immediately. An unchanged side is the most likely outcome.

England (probable): 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Tom Curran, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Olly Stone

The tone and conditions

Surprisingly, it did not rain in Kandy on Thursday, and Friday has been quite pleasant too. Which, inevitably, means that the weather on the day of the match is forecast torrential. However, after a heroic job by Pallekele staff, which involved mainly the judicious positioning of several acres of blue tarpaulins, the pitch for the third ODI turned out to be dry and true, with good hauling for sealers and a little of purchase for the spinners: as shown by Adil Rashid with a pinouche.

Statistics and trivia


"Hopefully we can take advantage of the good beginnings through our middle order in the next games, we've talked about that and formulated a plan to hit in the middle now."
Sadeera Samarawickrama hopes to put an end to Sri Lanka's batting problems

"We have to keep winning as a unit, people have come and are confident that you can beat anyone in any condition. People say that in the past, you never win away from home, you fight when you travel and when you tour, but now we have shown that we can win in any condition … "
Liam Plunkett is pleased by his teammates after rejoining the squad after their wedding


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