Finally, England showed some resilience in the 3rd ODI all thanks to Joe Root and Jos Buttler. Chasing a target of 236 in the rain-curtailed 35 over match, Sri Lankan bowlers had the England reeling on 152/5 in 23 overs. With 84 to get in the last 12 overs, Jos Buttler played a gem of an innings to take England to a much-needed victory. Joe Root also showed a lot of maturity while providing stability from the other end. Sri Lankan were a bit sloppy in the field and leaked too many runs.
With this previous match, series gets a lot more interesting now, as we move on to the 4th ODI, which is scheduled to take place at Colombo on December 7th. This match will be very important for both the teams to create a comfort zone for them ahead of the remaining three ODIs.
England will be without their regular captain Alastair Cook, as he has been suspended from this ODI due to slow over-rate. In his absence, Eoin Morgan will lead the side. It would be a great opportunity for Morgan as this is surely something that will place more responsibility both as a batsman and as a team-man. He has been out of form from the past 15 ODIs, so there is a chance that captaincy might just bring the best out of him.
Apart from this, James Taylor looks all set to make his debut. He is an exciting talent and his addition to the playing XI will make this side worth following. The bowlers on the other hand have done a decent job but Finn and Jordan will have to do something special if England are to win this game.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka will be boosted by the return of Mahela Jayawardne to the squad. He missed the 3rd ODI due to personal reasons and he’ll come straight into the side at the expense of Kandamby. Angelo Mathews will be thinking of bringing in Dilruwan Perera in place of Ajantha Mendis, as has Mendis proved to be very expensive in the 3rd ODI. Dilruwan has been revelation in Tests and his inclusion in the playing XI will be good for the team. Suranga Lakmal also makes a comeback from injury and will look to gain some confidence ahead of the World Cup 2015.
Probable Playing XI for England:
Alex Hales, Moeen Ali, Joe Root, James Taylor, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Steven Finn, James Tredwell
Probable Playing XI for Sri Lanka:
Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardne, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Dhammika Prasad, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal
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