The final match of the three-match T20I series between England and New Zealand will be played in Southampton on Saturday. England have already won the series winning the first two games on the bounce. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will play for pride in the final game.
A win will help them to head into the ODI series with confidence. Both sides will play a three-match ODI series after the T20I series is over. Meanwhile, the weather in Southampton was not good throughout the WTC final and is not looking good for this encounter too.
England vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I: Match Preview
After losing the Test series against New Zealand, England made a return to the winning ways in the shortest format of the game. They have outplayed their opposition in both the games with their batters and bowlers all contributing. Jos Buttler and Jason Roy especially played with an attacking mindset scoring most of the runs for their team. England’s middle-order did not get enough time to bat in the first two games as their openers did the job at the top.
Their bowlers, led by Adil Rashid have done the job with the ball. The leg-spinner has taken four wickets so far with Sam Curran and Mark Wood taking three each.
Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Liam Dawson, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Tom Curran, Mark Wood, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, David Willey.
The Lankan boys will have a lot of work to do in the last game. They have lacked consistent performances in the first two games. All-rounder Dasun Shanaka with 58 runs in the first two games is their highest-run scorer so far. The side is lacking the experience of Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal. They recently played a 3-match ODI series against Bangladesh which they lost 2-1.
The likes of Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis will have to contribute with the bat in this game if they are to win it. Isuru Udana is the most experienced Lankan bowler among the lot and has to deliver the good in the final game.
Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ramesh Mendis, Ishan Jayaratne, Dhananjaya De Silva, Lakshan Sandakan, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananjaya, Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana, Shiran Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, Asitha Fernando, Binura Fernando, Praveen Jayawickrama