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England vs. Sri Lanka 2021
3rd T20I – Tue, 29th June
REDEMPTION ON CARDS?
England, aptly as the top-ranked T20I team in the world, wreaked a white-wash upon the Sri Lankans in the T20 series. Although they alternated their team throughout the series, the hosts’ strength and talent shone brilliantly.
While the likes of Liam Livingstone and Jonny Bairstow starred with the bat, the bowling line-up came up with remarkable performances on all three instances. With Joe Root coming into this team for the ODIs, England will be eyeing to win one more series over Sri Lanka, although it is easier than done.
Possible playing XI: Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Sam Billings, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), David Willey and Mark Wood.
Although Sri Lanka were comprehensively outplayed in the shortest format, they bundle a punch in the ODIs. While they hold a lot of talent in all areas, the Lankans will need their big firearms in Wanindu Hasaranga and Kusal Perera to step up to the forefront if they are to even come close to defeating a well-greased England team.
Sri Lanka have lost Avishka Fernando, their highly ranked young batsman, for the series to injury and Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella, and Kusal Mendis are banned. The trio violated the buddle and are ready to fly home.
Possible playing XI: Oshada Fernando, Kusal Perera (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Pathum Nissanka, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dhananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan and Binura Fernando.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
A comparatively high-scoring game is anticipated at the Riverside Ground with the bowlers also set to get some assistance off the wicket. While the speedsters should be able to obtain bounce, seam movement and some swing early on, the batters should enjoy the ball coming well on to the bat.
As the match progresses, the spin bowlers should come into play with some spin on bid. Wickets will be crucial for either team with both teams expected to choose chasing upon winning the toss. Anything above 280 should be a viable total, although the two teams are adept of breaking the 300-run mark as well.
The Sri Lankans pulled off a memorable win in the 2019 World Cup, which was the last time England played against Sri Lanka at their home.
England will be looking for revenge as they head into the game as the clear favourites. England is at the odds of 1.12, whereas Sri Lanka trail far behind at 6.00. But with the depth and stability of the Sri Lankan team factoring in, we should be in for a actioner at the Riverside Ground on Tuesday.