England will look whitewash the five-match One-Day International series against Sri Lanka when they will take on the opponent for the fourth time at The Oval in London on Wednesday.
After the first games ended in a tie at Trent Bridge, winning the second game at Edgbaston with ten wickets, the host leads the five-match series 1-0. The third one day in Bristol was ended as no-result due rain.
Chance for whitewash for England in the fourth game vs Sri Lanka
England has dominated the Sri Lankan Lions throughout the series and has shown their strength as the series has unfolded. English bowlers restricted Sri Lanka to 248 for 9 in 50 overs and thanks, brilliant centuries of Alex Hales and Jason Roy, England win the game without losing any wickets in the second game. Though the Sri Lankan middle-order trio- Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal all hit half-centuries but couldn’t manage to score a fighting total towards the end of its innings. Chris Woakes who took two wickets in the first innings and played an amazing knock of not out 95 runs and was instrumental in helping the hosts tie the first ODI.
After a record ODI opening partnership of 256 runs in Birmingham, openers Roy and Hales could not repeat the feat in the third ODI. Hales went to play a wide delivery Suranga Lakmal and caught out off the first ball he faced. Joe Root came as a one-wicket down and England was 16 for 1 in four overs before the rain had the final say.
After a good start by Sri Lanka in the first ODI, they have struggled to keep the momentum going with bat as well as ball. They will need an all-around performance from both batsmen and bowlers if it wants to stay alive in the series.
Though Sri Lanka’s batsmen have come back well after the disastrous test series, but they have failed to convert good starts into big scores. On the aspect, the bowlers too need an improvement. They were gone for runs and were wicketless in the second ODI. The side will also want an improved effort on the field.
Sri Lankans bowling attack was jolted by injuries to Dhammika Prasad and Dushmantha Chameera and Shaminda Eranga who was suspended due to a suspect action. Sri Lanka’s inexperienced bowling side has to step up and should support the improved batting line-up to keep the hopes alive.
England has given rest to Moeen Ali in Bristol to make way for Jordan’s return. England is likely to go with five bowlers in the absence of Ben Stokes. The weather is likely to influence the final selection.
Mathews and Chandimal are fit for the today’s match while Suraj Randiv is replaced by Dasun Shanaka. Farveez Maharook has had an injury in his finger but will be available for the match.
Stats and trivia
- Two years ago, England has won of their last ODI against Sri Lanka at this ground of The Oval. It was a rain-dented match where England declared the winner by 81 runs of Duckworth-Lewis.
- If England wins at the Bristol, the wash-out would mean that England now leads by 14 points to 4 in the inaugural Super Series.
England: E Morgan (capt), M Ali, J Bairstow, J Buttler, S Finn, C Jordan, A Hales, L Plunkett, A Rashid, J Root, J Roy, J Vince, D Willey, C Woakes.
Sri Lanka: A Mathews (capt), L Thirimanne, D Chandimal, K Perera, D Gunathilaka, U Tharanga, D de Silva, N Pradeep, S Lakmal, K Mendis, D Shanaka, F Maharoof, S Randiv, S Prasanna.