Sri Lanka vs England 2018: 3rd ODI, Pallekele – Match Preview; After visitors drew the first blood of the series, it is the time for both the teams to move Pallekelle to lock horns in the 3rd ODI. Both the sides have got their concerns to address before heading into the 3rd match. However, England has gained the upper hand from all corners.

England will head into the game with the momentum in their side. However, they have got their concerns in the form of opening batsmen, who are yet to make an impact on the series. Nonetheless, they would love the form of Joe Root.

Meanwhile, the home side, Sri Lanka has got numerous problems to solve. Once again, their batting department has been wayward with none of the batsmen standing up for the challenge.

Joe Root. Sri Lanka vs England, 3rd ODI, Pallekele - Match Preview
Joe Root with Paul. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Apart from Kusal Perera, none of them looked comfortable in dealing with the quality of England. However, Dananjaya de Silva’s form is the soothing aspect for the team alongside Thisara Perera’s heroics.

The bowling department is yet another area which needs a bit of tinkering for the Islanders’ camp. Despite the new ball bowlers giving the start, the other bowlers in the unit aren’t up to the mark thus making the things look bleak.

On the other hand, England has got the solidity in their bowling ranks with the likes of Chris Woakes, Olly Stone and Moeen Ali. They also got the services of Ben Stokes as well when the things aren’t in control.

LAsith Malinga, Sri Lanka vs England |
Lasith Malinga is in a fine form. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)


England will have one forced change in the form of Liam Dawson, who flew back to his country with an injury. Probably, he will get replaced by Sam Curran. For Sri Lanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama might get the nod to replace Dickwella.

Match Details of Sri Lanka vs England 3rd ODI:

Time – Sri Lanka vs England, 3rd ODI, October 17, 09:30 local time.

Venue – Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele

Pitch Conditions – The conditions would favour the batsmen on Pallekele Track. However, fast bowlers will also get the movement.

Weather Conditions – The forecast suggests mostly cloudy, but a thunderstorm is expected.

Playing XI:

EnglandEoin Morgan (c), Adil Rashid, Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Olly Stone

Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga, Upul Tharanga, Thisara Perera, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Nuwan Pradeep, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk), Kusal Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan

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