Sri Lanka vs England 2018, 3rd ODI – Dream11 Fantasy Tips
England should manage to continue their winning run but Sri Lanka’s aggressive approach could well work on a good day.
Updated - Oct 16, 2018 7:39 pm
The five-match ODI series between Sri Lanka and England now moves on to Pallekele after two rain-affected games in Dambulla. The first game was washed out after 15 overs of England’s innings while the second game lasted 79 overs. Chasing 279, the home team was reduced to 31/4 and eventually 74/5 before they recovered. However, the rain returned at the wrong time for Sri Lanka who were 31 runs behind DLS par score at that point.
This 3rd match will be a crucial one for the Lankans as they have not won an ODI series at home since the start of 2016. A defeat in this game will end their hopes of a series win. England, on the other hand, will be trying new bowling combinations due to injuries and the availability of players. They have picked a team based on the conditions in the first two games and life is expected to get better for the batsmen in the upcoming fixture.
The game between Sri Lanka and England will be played on October 17th 2018 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele.
The match starts at 2:30 PM Local Time (9:00 AM GMT) (2:30 PM IST).
Results of Sri Lanka’s last five completed ODIs – L, L, L, W, W.
Results of England’s last five completed ODIs – W, W, W, L, W.
Dambulla was on the slower side in the second game as the same pitch was used in both the matches. However, Pallekele could produce a game with 300+ totals. During the SL-SA ODI series a couple of months ago, the Saffers made 363/7 while the home team was bowled out for 285 in 45.2 overs. In the next game, Lankans posted 306/7 in 39 overs and the visiting team made 187/9 chasing 191 in only 21 overs.
Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (C), Upul Tharanga, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga, Amila Aponso, Nuwan Pradeep, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Perera.
England: Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (C), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Dasun Shanaka, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera / Lakshan Sandakan.
England: Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Sam Curran / Tom Curran, Chris Woakes.
No fantasy team for this game would be complete without Lasith Malinga and Thisara Perera who are the in-form players. Alongside these two, Dhananjaya de Silva will be a utility player from the home team given his part-time spin bowling abilities. Joe Root will be key from England due to his adaptability to Asian conditions. It is a matter of time for Jonny Bairstow to produce a stroke-filled innings at the top.
Best Playing XI:
Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Ben Stokes, Thisara Perera, Olly Stone, Lasith Malinga, Chris Woakes.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
If you are looking for someone with guaranteed returns as captain from this game, it would be Thisara Perera. The Sri Lankan all-rounder scored 360 runs and took 25 wickets in the 13 completed ODI matches in 2018. Malinga and Eoin Morgan are two great options as vice-captain along with Joe Root. Bairstow looked good with the bat in both the matches and can be a contender for captain or vice-captain as well.
Chris Woakes might end up leaking runs if Pallekele turns out to be a belter. The all-rounder’s an asset with the ball is when the pitch is abrasive or when there is some movement off the pitch. Olly Stone and Tom Curran are more suitable in all conditions. Liam Dawson was ruled out from the tour due to an injury. Upul Tharanga retains his place in the team despite his recent form due to Kusal Perera’s injury. The senior batsman failed to cross 40 in his previous eight ODI innings.
England might continue their winning run but Sri Lanka’s aggressive approach could well work on a good day. A flat track would do a bit of a favour to the home team’s batsmen who push for quick runs irrespective of the match situation.