Thunderstorms are on the forecast as we head to the picturesque Pallekale International Stadium for the 3rd One Day International between Sri Lanka and England.
But that’s not it, dark clouds are also hovering around Sri Lanka Cricket and it wouldn’t be a surprise if we heed a poor turnout for today’s day/nighter. It has been a really long time since Sri Lanka last won an ODI series and with the world cup ahead, it’s a very bad sign.
However, though it may seem unlikely, there’s still a shade of hope. If the weather permits, Sri Lanka should try and somehow get a win to get back in the series.
What happened in the 2nd ODI?
A late five-for for Lasith Malinga restricted England to 278 for 9 but Sri Lanka lost 4 for 31 in just the 8th over of the chase. From what we saw, it was evitable that the side lacked a stable batting line up and Dasun Shanaka was doing them favors whatsoever. Upul Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella showed no resilience out in the middle.
Thisara Perera and Dhananjaya De Silva fought back despite a few close calls but persistent rain played in favor of the visitors, giving them a comfortable 31 run win (D/L Method).
Kusal Perera ruled out of 3rd ODI
Kusal Janith Perera suffered a quad strain in the 2nd ODI, meaning Sadeera Samarawickrama will get his chance. Samarawickrama had a good domestic outing a couple of months back and a half century or two will most likely make him a contender for a place in the world cup squad. However, he’ll have to work hard to stay consistent.
Sanath Jayasuriya charged. Will this distract the players?
The ICC charged former captain Sanath Jayasuriya for failing to corporate with anti-corruption investigations earlier this week. When asked if the incident would distract the player ahead of the 3rd ODI, Sri Lanka’s team manager, Charith Senanayake said, “We have decided the players will not answer any questions with regard to Sanath. It is not a distraction because Sanath has no role to play with the squad at the moment.”
Furthermore, Jayasuriya himself released a statement against the accusations.
“I am under advice to state that the charges do not contain any allegations of match-fixing, pitch fixing or any similar corrupt activity,” said the statement issued by Jayasuriya.
Under the circumstances, as a team, the only course of action Sri Lanka can take is to play good cricket and get a win or two to win the fans back. If things continue as they are, it’ll most certainly be the ultimate downfall of Sri Lanka Cricket.
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