Sri Lanka’s challenge to hold its pride together
England to win
Sri Lankans are finding themselves in knee deep form at the moment in their tour of England. They have not only lost games but have suffered massive defeats and not been able to put English side under pressure in any of the games played so far. They come into this game with the series defeat hanging over their shoulders after the 5-wicket loss in the last game.
Sri Lankan team has struggled whole touring in the last four years where they haven’t won a series against a major side away from home since 2014/15. Most of their players haven’t tasted victory in recent years and this adds to the mental pressure on the side. Against them are the World Champions who are in great form and shall look to win the series in this game.
Apart from few misses with the bat, it was a near perfect show from Eoin Morgan’s side in the last game. They bowled in the right areas and ended up chasing down the small total without ever looking in pressure. Morgan would like his side to carry the same momentum forward and seal the series in two straight games.
Jonny Bairstow played a quick-fire known and he would be looking to provide a good start in company of Liam Livingstone. Joe Root made good use of his experience in the last game and adds strength to the middle order with Morgan and Sam Billings. Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran are good hitters of the ball and make this batting line-up formidable.
It was a dream show from the English new ball bowlers as the trio of David Willey, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood never allowed the Sri Lankans to settle down and similar show would be expected from them in this game. Curran and Adil Rashid were slightly expensive and they would look for similar performances here. With Moeen Ali and Joe Root in the side they have variety in the bowling attack.
Eoin Morgan (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Liam Livingstone, Joe Root, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
|D Jonathan Willey||10.0||1||44||3||4.4|
|D Jonathan Willey||10.0||1||44||3||4.4|
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Sam Billings, Jason Roy, Mark Wood, AU Rashid, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, Tom Curran, Sam Curran, David Jonathan Willey
They were humbled during the T20 series and Kusal Perera’s side met with the same fate in the 1st game of the 3-match series. Their batting line-up just doesn’t seem to have the grit and determination to stand up. It was again a below par show as they bundled out for 185 runs in the last game. Perera would like his players to come up with a more determined performance in the next game.
Perera was the lone warrior with the bat in the top order and shall look for support from Pathum Nissanka opening the batting for the side. They would like to see partnerships from Charith Asalanka and Dasun Shanaka in the middle order. Wanindu Hasaranga did well but there were hardly any contributions for others. The side would need runs from Ramesh Mendis and Dhananjaya Lakshan as the batting conditions would be challenging.
Binura Fernando and Dushmantha Chameera did impress with the ball in the lost cause and the side would need them to come up with similar performance with the new ball. In Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga and Dhananjaya Lakshan the side has young and promising bowlers and they would have to rise up to the occasion for the side to level the series.
Kusal Perera (c & wk), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Chamika Karunaratne, Binura Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Praveen Jayawickrama
Dushmantha Chameera, Avishka Fernando, Binura Fernando, Asitha Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Wanidu Hasaranga, Charith Asalanka, Chamika Karunaratne
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||14||0 mm.||1.58 k/h||From: WNW||97%|
|03h||13||0 mm.||1.75 k/h||From: NW||86%|
|06h||13||0 mm.||2.76 k/h||From: N||62%|
|09h||17||0 mm.||2.93 k/h||From: NNW||43%|
|12h||20||0 mm.||3.48 k/h||From: NNW||54%|
|15h||21||0 mm.||3.41 k/h||From: NNW||100%|
|18h||20||0 mm.||2.4 k/h||From: NNW||100%|
|21h||17||0 mm.||0.43 k/h||From: NE||100%|
The skies over London would be cloudy and batting conditions are expected to be challenging on July 1. The side that bats first would have to focus on building partnerships rather than playing slam bang cricket. Any score above 290 runs can be defended here considering the challenging weather conditions.
Kennington Oval, London is a good batting surface and in the last few years we have seen teams regularly cross the 300 run threshold. There is some juice in the surface early on that allows fast bowlers to trouble the batsmen with the new ball. Spinners have found the conditions tough at this venue.
The weather forecast isn’t encouraging and we might have a rain curtailed game where the side that chases the score would be in a better condition to pace their innings. At the toss both the captains would have the weather in mind and hence look to bowl first and restrict the opponents to a small total.
The series so far as followed the usual script of underperformance from Sri Lanka’s batsmen. They have just not been able to stand up to the challenge that England has thrown at them and have always put up average scores on the board. They would have to improve in this area to challenge the hosts. As for England they have all their bases covered and shall start outright favorites to win this game.
England to win