SL looks to bounce back against top-ranked England

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By M. Shamil Amit

The Sri Lanka Team which is in shambles at present after their debacle at the recently concluded Asia Cup will face a tough task when they confront the high-riding England Team in the first of the five ODI’s scheduled to be played under lights at the Dambulla Stadium today. 

However, the prevailing bad weather would be the key factor with heavy showers being experienced in Dambulla during the last few days. 

No doubt, Sri Lanka would be looking to bounce back after their heavy defeats at the hands of Bangladesh and Afghanistan. 

Dinesh Chandimal who has been handed over the captaincy will be playing in an ODI after a lapse of nearly nine months.

In between this period, he was suspended when the South African Team toured Sri Lanka and then he missed out the Asia Cup due to an injury.

But the return of Lasith Malinga and the inclusion of wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella have given Sri Lanka some kind of hope.

In the batting, much will be expected from Upul Tharanga, Kusal Perera Dhananjaya de Silva and all-rounders Dasun Shanaka and Thisara Perera if Sri Lanka are to put up a challenging score.

Nuwan Pradeep and Kasun Rajitha are the main pace bowlers while Akila Dhananjaya and Lakshan Sandakan will lead the spin-attack.

England of course, would start the game with confidence despite little practice where their second warm-up match was washed out due to heavy rain.

In the only warm-up match they played, Skipper Eoin Morgan and Joe Root made half centuries.

England’s bowling would revolve around Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Mark Wood the three pacies along with spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid. 

The last time England toured Sri Lanka in 2014 they suffered a 2-5 defeat in the ODI series.

In addition, Sri Lanka will be looking to break the hoodoo of having lost the previous seven ODI’s at Dambulla.

Meanwhile, Jonny Bairstow will be seeking to achieve the feat of 1,000 runs in a calendar year for which he needs just 30 runs.

The Teams:

Sri Lanka (from): Dinesh Chandimal (Captain), Upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga, Akila Dhananjaya, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan, Amila Aponso and Sadeera Samawickrama. 

England (from): Eoin Morgan (Captain), Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Sam Curran and Olly Stone.



However, the prevailing bad weather would be the key factor with heavy showers being experienced in Dambulla during the last few days