The two warm-up games were interrupted by rain, the latter being called off even before the toss. England won the 1st warm-up match by 43 runs (D/L method) after making 215/2 in 35 overs during the chase. The Sri Lanka Board’s XI made 287/9 in 50 earlier in the day.
The 1st one day international between Sri Lanka and England will commence on the 10th of October 2018 at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium.
Scattered thunderstorms are on the forecast and it’s highly unlikely that we’d get a 50 over game with the ongoing weather condition.
Dinesh Chandimal made a fantastic comeback in the 1st warm-up match with a useful 77 batting on top of the order. However, he’ll have to cope without the experience of former captain Angelo Mathews who has been left out of the side due to fitness issues. Mathews was urged to fight for his place in the limited over side after stats disclosed that he was one of the worst when it came to running between the wickets.
Misfiring top order batsman Kusal Mendis was left out alongside Suranga Lakmal for the ODIs. Danushka Gunathilaka is yet to recover from an unfortunate back injury.
Meanwhile, England’s experienced pair Joe Root and Eoin Morgan got useful runs in the 1st warm-up game last week. Both batsmen remained unbeaten in their 90s when rain interrupted play. England will rely on their spinners but most importantly their batsman who’ll have their work cut when against the mystery of Akila Dhananjaya. The visitors will have to be extra careful in Dambulla and Colombo. With a much better fast bowling attack, England will have a good chance of taming Sri Lanka in Kandy.
“They have very good spinners in Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali. Rashid in Sri Lankan conditions will become a very potent threat. They have bowlers who know have to reverse swing as well, so they’re bringing a very, very strong unit. They have the ability to adapt, because if they want to play three spinners, they can play three spinners. They can play an extra seamer if they want, without really compromising on their batting. Sri Lanka will have to be on the top of their game,” said former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara.
The last time these two teams met in Sri Lanka, England suffered a heavy 5-2 defeat against a side led by Angelo Mathews.
After losing to Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the Asia Cup, Sri Lanka will want to turn things around, that too with a new captain who has done well in Test Cricket.
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