Sri Lanka were absolutely off their game in the T20 series against England and now it's time for the ODIs. Sri Lanka have not been at their best since the 2014 T20 World Cup and their form in Odis hasn't been anywhere near their best too. To have a deeper look at Sri Lanka's downfall, click here.
Sri Lanka's last ODI action was against Bangladesh where they lost 2-1. For England, their last action in this format was against India in March 2021 and their record was also the same, losing 2-1 to the hosts. However, England are stronger than Sri Lanka in the current scenario and that will be a huge concern for the Lankan lions who will be playing a longer format and against a tougher opponent.
Sri Lanka will hope to at least come out strong against England and make it difficult for the hosts. Will Sri Lanka bring their possible A game out? Or Will England produce another whitewash?
Match Toss Time: 10: 30 Local (15:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 11:00 Local (15:30 IST)
Match Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Head to Head
Matches Played: 75 , England: 36, Sri Lanka: 36, Tied: 1, NR: 2
The weather is anticipated to be cloudy. The conditions could complement the fast bowlers and the bowl is expected to swing very well. The temperature will be at the 16-20 degrees Celsius mark, while humidity over 60% can also be expected.
Due to overcast conditions, the bowlers are likely to have an upper hand. However, the pitch is generally known to be a batting pitch. The team winning the loss is likely to bat first.
For the visitors, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, and Niroshan Dickwella are suspended and out of contention for the series due to the COVID-19 protocol breach.
For the hosts, there aren't any injury concerns and we may see a strong yet experimental XI that turns up for England in the first ODI.
Probable Playing XI
England (ENG): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (C), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Sri Lanka (SL): Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (C), Pathum Nissanka, Oshada Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva (wk), Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando
Considering that England are likely to dominate, the likes of Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, and Sam Curran are a must.
From a Sri Lanka side that looks on the back foot, Kusal Perera is the most reliable option.
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