Hosts Sri Lanka face stern challenge against formidable England side
Sri Lanka will be keen to end their losing streak after getting knocked out of the Asia Cup in the preliminary stages. The manner in which Sri Lanka suffered defeats was alarming during the Asia Cup. They were easily beaten by teams like Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
Sri Lanka will need to raise their overall game when they take on England in the first game of the one-day series to be played Rangiri International Cricket Stadium, Dambulla on Wednesday (10th October).
Upul Tharanga will be desperate to get some runs in this game. He is currently struggling to get any runs. The left-hander has scored close to 7000 runs in limited-overs cricket for Sri Lanka and would be hoping to find form in this series. Kusal Perera needs to bat at no.3 given his decent form for Sri Lanka over the past six months. He is certainly an aggressive stroke maker, who can take the attack to bowlers and get Sri Lanka off to a brisk start.
Niroshan Dickwella and Captain Dinesh Chandimal will play pivotal roles in the middle-order. Chandimal showed good form for Sri Lanka’s Board XI in the warm-up game against England. He will certainly be keen to put in big runs for his team in this game.
Lasith Malinga had a good Asia Cup and picked up a lot of wickets in the two games played against Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Suranga Lakmal has been Sri Lanka’s premier pace bowler in the last six months. Akila Dhananjaya and Lakshan Sandakan might play this game given the flat nature of Dambulla wicket.
Sri Lanka vs England 2018 -1st ODI-Preview
On the other hand, England is coming into the series after convincingly beating India in the five-match Test series. Eoin Morgan and co. have managed to win their last eight bilateral one-day series. They also beat strong teams like Australia and New Zealand in their own conditions.
Jason Roy is pretty hard to stop when it gets going at the start of the innings. He will definitely to watch out in these conditions. Joe Root and Eoin Morgan spent time in the crease in the warm-up game and adjusted well to the conditions. Jonny Bairstow will face an uphill challenge as he has always looked susceptible against spinners.
England’s two spinners in Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid will certainly play a big role in these series. The duo has done an excellent job for England over the past 18 months. Rashid has established himself as a premier spinner in England XI. Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett are new-ball bowlers for Sri Lanka for this game.
Sri Lanka vs England 2018
Possible XI: Eoin Morgan (captain), Jason Roy, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid, and Mark Wood.
Possible XI: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Akila Dhananjaya, Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera/Lakshan Sandakan.