Teams prepare to battle Sri Lanka

General view

Rinse and repeat. That's the strategy for the second ODI in Dambulla, after only 15 were possible in the first. Unfortunately, the possibility of the rain becoming part again remains high, which would be frustrating, if not completely unpredictable, given the timing of this tour in the wettest part of the year in Sri Lanka.

It could not be deduced too much from the opening exchanges on Wednesday, apart from the fact that England remains committed to its aggressive approach, it remains in six more despite losing both players in the Powerplay. Sri Lanka showed that they had one or two weapons in their bowling arsenal, although Lasith Malinga, which reverberated like a medieval siege engine, could have been sharper, and then it was the Dambulla gardeners who put up their tarpaulin.

the arrival of the rain did not mean a debut start with the ball for Olly Stone, England's new 90 mph toy, and the limited scrutiny of makeup on her side, which saw the surprising inclusion of Liam Dawson as a third player. In the only previous exit to ODI of Dawson, in Cardiff in 2016, he was pressured by the batters of Pakistan during an analysis of 8-0-70-2. Sri Lanka, which is looking for a rebirth in this format, will undoubtedly be willing to test its mettle again.

Form Guide

Sri Lanka LLWLW (last five complete matches, the most recent first)

England WWLWW

In the center of attention

] Akila Dananjaya may have become the largest number of heads of Sri Lankan players to be screened on Wednesday, but it was possibly Nuwan Pradeep who cast the most impressive spell, conceding 23 of five shots, plus Take Jonny Bairstow's porthole. It was usually his first game in nine months: those muscular and muscular leg muscles turned bad for him again. But when in form, he moves the ball out of the seam at a good pace, and in recent years he has developed the kind of control that should make him an important asset for the Sri Lankan team that leads to the World Cup. Coach Chandika Hathurusingha also classifies him as a player of death, and the frequency with Pradeep he had given to the British in the months leading up to his latest injury would suggest that he could be effective in the later stages of opposition entries.

Jason Roy rejected the manner of his dismissal in the first match, caught in the middle of the attempt to hit Dananjaya at the top, but surely it would be negligent that Sri Lanka does not return to test it early in the tickets. The statistics suggest that Roy is less sure of himself when facing turns in subcontinental throws: in six innings, against Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, he has been fired five times by a roulette, but he can point a reasonably strong record to Despite everything, with Three half centuries on the 2016-17 tour of India (has also won a hundred ODI against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates). "It's nothing new," Roy said of the stratagem, adding that it could also benefit him. "In the game of power, bowling games are very risky." Either way, it might be fun to watch it.

Team news

The first selection of the Dinesh Chandimal era did not do much harm, given the limited opportunity, so it is likely that Sri Lanka will keep the same XI. [19659003] Sri Lanka (possible): 1 Upul Tharanga, 2 Niroshan Dickwella (week), 3 Kusal Perera, 4 Dinesh Chandimal (capt), 5 Dhananjaya de Silva, 6 Dasun Shanaka, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Akila Dananjaya , 9 Lakshan Sandakan, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Nuwan Pradeep

England, will also support the same players who lined up the other day, and several are still looking for their first significant action on the tour.

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

The tone and conditions

The hitters of England had a good start on the surface for the first game, which must be reused. Muddy patches in the gardens were the main impediment to a resumption on Wednesday, but a large amount of sunlight in the interim period has allowed the soil to dry. However, there is a possibility that the rain will interrupt the procedures again …

Statistics and trivia


"Lakshan Sandakan is a much better bowler now, we can play well together in partnership, so I expect a lot of support from him."
Akila Dananjaya warns that he is not the only one who should be careful in England in the series

"It has been a bit frustrating, they know that this time of year" It's going to be one of the challenges and treat to not let that affect you. There may be interrupted games throughout the series, and quickly adapting to the situation will be vital to winning. "
Joe Root on the unique challenges posed by the ongoing monsoon


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