Things are all square in the five-match series between England and Sri Lanka as they head for the third one-day international.
What: England vs. Sri Lanka, third ODI
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester
When: Wednesday, May 28, 2 p.m. BST
Live Stream/TV info: Sky Sports 2, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. BST, highlights, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Weather: It wouldn't be cricket in England if there wasn't also rain. It's not even light rain, either. According to AccuWeather, loads of rain is forecast for Manchester on Wednesday during the day. Some of it should clear toward the evening, but it looks like it might be one of those stop-start days.
After getting the tour off to a good start with a win at The Oval, England capitulated in their second game against Sri Lanka. Not only did the hosts lose, they were embarrassed, being bowled out for 99 in pursuit of 257.
Nuwan Kulasekara and Sachithra Senanayake were the chief destroyers, picking up seven wickets between them as England collapsed in a heap. Just two batsmen passed the double-figure mark and just one, captain Eoin Morgan, managed more than 12.
The captain was honest in his postmortem and admitted that it was one of the worst performances he had ever been part of. ESPNCricinfo quoted Morgan as saying:
It's as badly as we can bat. It was one of the worst performances I've been a part of, in an England shirt. I can't explain why we played that badly. This is a performance I think we've got to draw a line under, and look forward to Manchester. You can't look into it too deeply—you'd be here for weeks. But today, throughout our batting display, it was just terrible.
England would have had two days to recover from their defeat. The hosts are sweating over the fitness of Alastair Cook, who missed out on the second match through injury.
Sri Lanka aren't likely to make too many changes and will be far happier with their batting display in the second match compared to the first. Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Ashan Priyanjan all chipped in with the bat to help the visitors post a competitive total.
Sri Lanka might have won, but they lacked their usual entertaining island flair. Both sides will be keen to step it up a notch, but the weather seems to have other ideas.
Suranga Lakmal has been ruled out of contention for the rest of the series after sustaining a grade-two hamstring tear in the first ODI. Rangana Herath has been added to the squad as a replacement.
Joe Root showed some promise in the first ODI and flopped in the second. He's a very crafty batsman, who can stick it to the bowlers when he gets his head down. Getting Root to go on the attack will do wonders for England's total and confidence.
Nuwan Kulasekara's style of bowling is perfectly suited to English conditions. If there is play and the skies are overcast, expect the feisty bowler to pick up at least a couple of wickets.
Michael Carberry, Ian Bell, Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, James Tredwell, James Anderson, Harry Gurney, Alastair Cook, Tim Bresnan and Chris Woakes.
Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Ashan Priyanjan, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Dhammika Prasad, Lasith Malinga, Thisara Perera, Ajantha Mendis, Chaturanga de Silva, Kushal Janith Perera and Rangana Herath.
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