The third T20I between England and Sri Lanka will draw a close to the first leg of the Lankan tour to the UK. The game will be played in Southampton where the WTC final between India and New Zealand was recently played. Though New Zealand won the contest, inclement weather two days of cricket to be called off due to unplayable playing conditions.
The ECB has said that they are trying to get the fans for the ODI series after the T20I are being played in bio-bubble environments. The board also came up with a statement regarding the same.
“For operational reasons, we will focus initially on the three matches in late June and early July against Sri Lanka at the Emirates Riverside in Durham, the Kia Oval in London and the Bristol County Ground. Details on arrangements for the Pakistan series will follow after further discussions with the Government and local stakeholders” said ECB.
For Sri Lanka, this match is one for pride. They have lost the first two games and winning the final one will give the much-needed motivation to head into the ODI series with a positive mindset. They have been playing poor cricket in recent times. Ahead of this series, they lost to Bangladesh in an ODI series 2-1.
Meanwhile, the weather in Southampton throughout the World Test Championship final was cloudy. There was proper sunshine only on the final day of the Test match which was incidentally a reserve day.
England vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I: Pitch Report
This being a T20I game means that pitch conditions will be different from what it was in the WTC final. The average first innings score at this ground is between 167-170. This means that the pitch will be good for batting with runs in store for the batsmen. The average second innings total drops down to 150 meaning chasing is difficult on this ground.
England vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I: Weather Report
The predicted weather in Southampton on Saturday night is not good. Rain is expected to hover around with a cloud cover of 77%. It will mostly remain cloudy with showers expected in places late in the night. There is an 8 percent thunderstorm probability as well.