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    England [153/3] defeat Sri Lanka [150/9] by 7 wickets in the 3rd ODI, takes 2-0 series lead

    After winning the second one-day international of the five-match series against Sri Lanka by 31 runs in a rain-affected encounter, Eoin Morgan and his team will aim to take the momentum into the third ODI.

    Overview

    Sri Lanka v England
    3rd ODI
    Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
    Wednesday, 17 October, 09:00 am GMT, 2.30 pm local


    A steady 92 from Morgan and a disciplined performance from his seamers saw England bring up a 1-0 lead in the ODI series with a win in the second match. The first ODI had been washed out. The focus now shifts to Pallekele, where the teams will hope for the first full match of the series.

    England, who are No.1 on the MRF ICC ODI Team Rankings currently, have many of their boxes ticked ahead of the third ODI. Experienced batsmen like Morgan and Joe Root made strong half-centuries.

    The visitors' seam-bowling department, comprising of Chris Woakes and debutant Olly Stone, also showed promise in testing Asian conditions. Left-arm spinner Liam Dawson dished out an impressive performance as well, returning 1/26 in his six-over spell to support the fast bowlers.

    Dawson, however, will not participate in the remainder of the tour and has returned to England after sustaining a right side strain. All-rounder Joe Denly, who is already a part of England's Test squad for the tour, has been named as a replacement.

    Their blistering opening combination hasn't quite brought its A-game yet, however, and the visitors will want to tick that box too in Pallekele.

    A slight concern for England is the performance of the spin-twins Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali in the second ODI. While Rashid bowled just two overs and gave away 15 runs, Ali was wicket-less through his 10-over spell.

    Sri Lanka, meanwhile, will be pleased with Lasith Malinga's figures of 5/44 in the second ODI. The veteran seamer denied England the chance to finish the innings on a high. His scalps also included Jason Roy and the English skipper, who, at one point, looked primed to notch up his 12th ODI century.

    All-rounder Thisara Perera was making a good fight of it with a 49-ball 44*. The left-hander smoked three sixes in his innings, stitching an unbeaten 66-run stand with Dhananjaya de Silva for the sixth wicket. He was bankable with the ball as well, returning figures of 1/37 in his seven-over spell.

    De Silva, who went toe to toe with Perera in the game, will also be integral to Sri Lanka's efforts.

    While the all-rounders have looked impressive, Sri Lanka's batsmen, particularly the top order, have not pulled their weight. Their top three batsmen were dismissed for single-digit scores and they have been unable to build substantial partnerships in the Powerplay. The team have failed to cross 250 in five of their last seven ODIs and will be keen on improving that stat.

    Their bowling department too has showed flashes of brilliance, but struggled to add consistency to their craft. They did make a strong comeback in the second ODI after the 30th over, though, to restrict England to a total below 300.

    All three departments must click simultaneously for the hosts to give the No.1 ODI side a run for their money. They have the talent it just a matter of application.

    Key players

    Joe Root (England): England's red-ball skipper has had a breakthrough year in 50-over cricket, cementing his place in the side with assertive batting displays. Root has scored three hundreds and five fifties in the last 12 months, accumulating 896 ODI runs at an average of 64. The right-hander's contribution at No.3 will be vital for the visitors, whereas his early wicket will be key for Sri Lanka.

    Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka): The pacer is in the twilight of his international career right now, but still has the ability to uproot a stump or two, both at the start and death of an innings. His five-wicket haul kept the hosts alive in the second game, and he will be important in keeping England's swashbuckling batting order at bay. The seam-bowler surpassed 500 international wickets in the game and has recently expressed the desire to represent Sri Lanka at the ICC World Cup 2019.

    Conditions

    There is threat of rain in Pallekelle, with the possibility of a thunderstorm at the time of the toss and during the game. However, if we do get a full match, it is likely to be a run-fest Sri Lanka scored 306 runs batting first in an ODI against South Africa last month.

    Squads:

    Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (c), Upul Tharanga, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga, Amila Aponso, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha, Kusal Perera

    England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett (last two games only), Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/879586

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    Rain delay. How surprising.


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    Sl vs Eng update.jpg

    SL 58/1 (6/21 ov)
    Last edited by Zeeraq; 17th October 2018 at 21:45.

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    Beautiful Googly by Rashid


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    21 overs game , this is England advantage , who have power hitters all the way down

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    87 . 2

    11 overs

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    Lanka need some big hits here , no point in keeping wickets in hand .

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    Rashid gets another wicket

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    Rashid gets two in two

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    99 / 4

    14 overs

    Lanka should look to add another 50 runs here

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    17 from first over

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    38 . 2

    Poms well ahead in the game

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    Englan 35/2 after 4 Overs in pursuit of Sri Lanka's 150/9 in 210 Overs.

    Jason Roy 20(11) 1x4s 1x6s
    Eion Morgan 2(2)

    Amila Aponso 2 Overs 10 Runs 2 Wickets.



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    England batting depth is phenomenal , Curran to come at number 9 !!!

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    Roy gone , Good breakthrough.

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    60 required from 66 balls.

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    44 from 52 balls.

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    A couple of wickets here will spice up the game

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    There seems to be no stopping to Sri Lankan cricket fall. They used to be incredibly strong side at home in ODIs, and now!

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    50 runs partnership , Poms cruising along smoothly here

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    Quote Originally Posted by happydavy View Post
    There seems to be no stopping to Sri Lankan cricket fall. They used to be incredibly strong side at home in ODIs, and now!
    The way its going , lanka may slip below Afghanistan.


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    Big hit

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    England won by 7 wickets


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