England dominated in this series from the beginning not giving the hosts a chance even to breathe. They have choked the hosts slowly into a defeat which will hurt them where it matters. There are a lot of weak links in this Sri Lankan side which were exposed in this series. The most important is the lack of experience. The new layers don’t know how to tackle pressure situations yet, and without the proper guidance, the team is under a lot of stress. The selectors have no options left which they can capitalize on. England, on the other hand, is having a time it will not want to forget, reigning the white ball cricket with such ease. Let us check out the probable playing 11 for this game.
Overall Matches – 73
Sri Lanka- 34
R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Rain has played a crucial role in ruining the complete experience in this series. The last match might not be any different. There is a strong possibility of a shorter match due to a thunderstorm. This has always been a batting ground with a lot of turn which should help the spinners in the absence of rain or else it could be a run-fest.
|Matches won batting first||68|
|Matches won bowling first||49|
|Average 1st Inns scores||233|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||195|
|Highest total recorded||375/5 (50 Ov) by IND vs SL|
|Lowest total recorded||86/10 (29.3 Ov) by NED vs SL|
|Highest score chased||288/5 (49.4 Ov) by IND vs SL|
|Lowest score defended||204/7 (50 Ov) by SL vs IND|
This side will want to scrape off whatever they can in this game after a disappointing series they would want to end the series with some consolation. There should not be any significant change in the team. Dushan Chameera should get another chance instead of Pradeep for this game. This is a batting ground which supports the spin bowling well. They would want to utilise it to their advantage to go with some confidence on the T20s. They have shown promises in bits in this series. They will have to buckle-up and put in all the efforts for this last game to survive yet another whitewash.
They would want to test the leftover bench strength that they have to figure out the best suitor for the World Cup. They would also want to end the series on a high note so they will not shuffle a lot of key players. This might make way for Joe Denly, both the Curran brothers, Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett giving rest to Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Olly Stone for this one. The middle order has been the strongest suit for the team in batting which will be a sigh of relief for the team. They would want to keep the momentum going for a few more months till the end of the World Cup.
|Dinesh Chandimal (c )||Eoin Morgan (c)|
|Niroshan Dickwella(wk)||Jos Buttler (wk)|
|Sadeera Samarawickrama||Joe Denly|
|Upul Tharanga||Alex Hales|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||Joe Root|
|Dasun Shanaka||Sam Curran|
|Thisara Perera||Moeen Ali|
|Akila Dananjaya||Liam Plunkett|
|Amila Aponso||Tom Curran|
|Lasith Malinga||Adil Rashid|
|Dushan Chameera||Mark Wood|