England are 2-1 up in the five-match one-day international series against Sri Lanka. The hosts completed a crushing ten-wicket win on Wednesday in the see-saw series.
What: England vs. Sri Lanka, fourth ODI
Where: Lord's, London
When: Saturday, May 31, 10:30 a.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: AccuWeather has given the weather the all clear for Saturday. That's in terms of rain anyway. There will be some cloud around and it will be a cool 22 degrees Celsius.
England bounced back from an embarrassing defeat to dish out a big defeat of their own. England crushed Sri Lanka by ten wickets with 227 balls still remaining. The visitors were bowled out for 67, with not a single player managing to score more than 13. Chris Jordan was the star of the show, picking up five for 29 as Sri Lanka collapsed like a house of cards.
It was quite the turnaround from their previous match and while Alastair Cook returned to action, the captain was quick to shy away from the credit for the turnaround.
Cook was impressive in the way he used Jordan and admitted that he did "gamble a little" in the way he used him. He was quoted by ESPNCricinfo as saying:
I gambled a little bit, but luckily every time I was thinking about taking Jords off he took another wicket. The overs were counting down and I was wondering how long I could keep him going but the decision was taken out of my hands. At the time they were six or seven down I was going to go for the jugular and would have bowled out our seamers. If we didn't get the wickets then Ravi and Tredders could have done the job, but luckily we didn't get that far.
Neither side has been able to pick up any sort of momentum this series so Saturday’s clash makes for an interesting prospect. England can take the series if they win while Sri Lanka have to win in order to take it to the final game.
With the Test series just around the corner, a number of England players will also be hoping to stake their claim for a spot in the Test line-up.
Lord’s does tend to be slightly more batsmen-friendly and the much-maligned “Lord’s Slope” dishes up an extra challenge for foreign bowlers. English players are used to it through county cricket, of course. The advantage sits heavily with the hosts, but with the way this series has see-sawed, nothing is a safe bet.
Now that Chris Jordan has impressed, it will be interesting to see if he can keep up some consistency. Of course, nobody expects him to take five wickets in every game, but his bowling strategy will definitely be worth watching.
Nothing went right for Sri Lanka in their last match and even at a stretch, there are no positives to take from it. Captain Angelo Mathews has some work to do to motivate his charges ahead of the next game and, of course, some work to do with the bat.
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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