Can the inexperienced underdogs find a way to have a chance in the series?

After quite an easy win over Sri Lanka’s inexperienced & struggling side, the Eon Morgan-led English side has a 90% chance of winning the 2nd ODI & the ODI series with it. Joe Root’s experience once again came in handy the previous match at The Chester Lee Street. The match would have taken a turn if Kusal Perera had held onto a fairly straightforward catch when Moeen Ali edged his first ball behind. Moeen Ali after that drop stayed with Joe Root who carved the victory in his 150th match in the form of a 91 run stand.
But all the Lankans can do is learn from their mistakes & just take the positives from the match, even if there were only a few. A young seam attack with only 33 caps in total bowled their heart out at Chester Lee & kept England’s aggressive playing strategy at bay. Dushmantha Chameera, the 6ft tall right-arm fast bowler impressed everyone with 3 wickets in his second spell.
Wanindu Hasaranga came onto bat above his original position due to all the injuries & the bio-bubble breach. He further displayed his abilities with bat, recording a quick sparky half-century & a 99 run stand with the in-form captain to achieve a far better total.

Current Form
Following six defeats in their last seven games, Sri Lanka is rooted to the bottom of the World Cup Super League and is on the verge of being knocked out of the 2023 World Cup event before the group stage. In that sense, while losing the services of three senior players for an unsanctioned trip into Durham certainly won’t help their chances in England.
England, in contrast, are at top of the table – despite having won only half their games – and are planning on taking over the full 20 points from the remaining matches at The Oval and Bristol. Chris Woakes confirmed his status as one of England’s best bowlers of all time in the 50-over format, while David Willey refuses to let his teammate take away all the fame marking his 50th cap with a three-wicket haul. Joss Buttler’s injury doesn’t seem like a huge concern because of the availability of the likes of Bairstow & Billings.

Players to watch out for:
England’s middle-order batsman Sam Billings will be stepping out in front of his home crowd & would want to give his people memorable innings just like his maiden ODI ton against Australia at Old Trafford last summer. He would also like to make the most of this opportunity as players like Joss Buttler & Ben Stokes are bound to return after this series.
Pathum Nissanka, the 23-year-old prodigy made his way into the Sri Lankan side in all three formats in the same year. Marking his debut with a test century, this youngster is still finding a way to fit in into the limited-over formats. He was given a huge burden of opening the innings only in his 7th International match due to the suspension of the former opener.

Pitch Conditions
The forecast is clear for this day-night game, as no rain is to be expected & the wicket will have more pace & bounce under the light. The team chasing has won the last 4 ODI’s played at the Oval.

Possible playing XI’s
England: 1) Jason Roy, 2) Johnny Bairstow(wk), 3) Joe Root, 4) Eon Morgan, (c) 5) Sam Billings, 6) Moeen Ali, 7) Sam Curran, 8) Chris Woakes/ Tom Curran, 9) David Willey, 10) Adil Rashid, 11) Mark Wood.
Sri Lanka: 1) Kusal Perera(C, wk), 2) Pathum Nissanka, 3) Charith Asalanka, 4) Dhananjaya de Silva, 5) Dasun Shanaka, 6) Wanindu Hasaranga, 7) Dhananjaya Lakshan, 8) Ramesh Mendis, 9) Chamika Karunaratne, 10)Binura Fernando, 11) Dushmantha Chameera

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