Back-to-back victories in less than 24 hours for England means that the hosts have the series done and dusted in their favor. The third match of the 3-match T20I series is set to take place at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, this Saturday.
The dead rubber is nothing but an oppurtunity for the Lankans to show some sort of resistance to their winless streak in the shorted format. England on the other hand will hope they can white-wash the visitors and cement their place at the top of the ICC T20I rankings.
I don't see the pressure, I like coming into this environment that Morgs has created to play cricket. I enjoy the freedom to express myself in cricket, which is an idea that Morgs endorses- Liam Livingstone
With everything to play for in the upcoming clash, can the Sri Lankan side evade another whitewash? Or will the Englishmen once again make easy work of the Asian side?
Match Toss Time: 14:00 Local (18:30 IST)
Match Start Time: 14:30 Local (19:00IST)
Match Venue: Rose Bowl. Southampton
Head to Head
Matches Played: 11, England: 7, Sri Lanka: 4
The weather conditions are not ideal for the game of cricket as we saw in the recently concluded WTC final. However, the reports do suggest that there is only a 10% precipitation, which is likely to give us the 40 overs. The humidity at the peak is likely to touch the 63% mark.
As we saw in the encounter between India and New Zealand, the pitch has definitely been in favor of the pacers. Considering that the strip is rolled out and ready for action, we might be looking at the pacers creating a menace. Said that the pitch has been in favor of the batsmen when the ball is pitched full. With the outfield on the slower side, we expect a match of around the 280 aggregate.
England played the second T20I without Player of the match of the first encounter- Jos Buttler. The 30-year old sat out due to a calf strain and given that England have sealed the series they would not be risking the in-form hard-hitter.
Sri Lanka on the other hand bought in Binura Fernando in place of Nuwan Pradeep and with figures of 17/1 in his three overs, the pacer is likely to hold onto his place in the playing Xl.
Probable Playing Xl
England (ENG): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Sri Lanka (SL): Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (c), Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando
Jonny Bairstow failed to make a contribution in the previous encounter but given his record in the Rose bowl and ability to play long innings in home conditions, the WK- batsman along with the all-rounder Sam Curran are must picks in the fantasy line-up.
Wanindu Hasaranga has been the only Lankan player who stood out in this series and along with we bank on all-rounder Liam Livingstone to deliver both with the bat and ball.
ENG vs SL fantasy team
Captain and Vice-captain Picks
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