Looking at the current state of Sri Lankan Cricket, one thing is pretty clear to everyone that “IT IS NOT EASY TO CARRY ON THE LEGACY OF GREAT PLAYERS”. It is so hard for a cricketing legend to look at their national team in such a situation.
A lot of critics and players around the world commented on the situation of the team.
Sam Curran (Player, England)
After taking a maiden five-wicket haul in the 2nd ODI, the left-arm medium-pacer made a controversial statement “Even my 3-year-old nephew shows better resistance”.
Arjuna Ranatunga (Former Sri Lankan Player)
“I may have to slap them two or three times,” he said. Ranatunga was disappointed with such irresponsible behaviour. He further stated that as the three of them are senior players, an inquiry will be set up along with a sanction.
Cric Info (A great site for cricket fans)
“It’s hard to remember a time when Sri Lanka went into a match with so little expected of them (well apart from the previous two games of course).”
The main problem of the Sri Lankan team has been that it is a very young side that is capable of doing wonders even in tough situations. We have seen this in the past that players like Dushmantha Chameera, Wanindu Hasaranga & captain Kusal Perrera, but it is necessary for them to now perform as a unit together. The bowling, the batting & the fielding departments have to work hand-in-hand to come back to winning ways.
As we witnessed in the 2nd ODI, even though they lost the top 4 batsmen for a mere score of 21, the Sri Lankan middle-order bounced back impressively & put up a defendable total on the board. All this was possible because of an amazing inning played by Dhananjaya De Silva in his come-back game. Although he missed the 3 figure milestone, he along with Wanindu Hasaranga(26) & Dasun Shanaka prevented the Sri Lankan ship from submerging once again.
The English bowlers completely demolished the Sri Lankan top order within 7 overs. The MOTM left-arm medium-pacer Sam Curran scalped 3 quick wickets in just 8 balls & sent them on the back-foot. David Willey added salt to their wounds by taking another wicket. Sam Curran further went on taking a maiden five-wicket haul.
To add to the sufferings, the Englishmen started a very strong 76 run opening stand. Joe Root once again rose to the occasion & scored another unbeaten half-century & made a 140 run partnership with captain Eoin Morgan who also played an unbeaten half-century.
The Sri Lankan bowling side that impressed in the 1st ODI couldn’t rise to the occasion this time. Leading to another series loss. The Lankan captain has to step up and make some runs at the top so that there is less pressure on the middle order.
The Bristol pitch favours neither the batsman nor the bowlers, it is said to be a neutral pitch. But with rain in play, there are chances of some overs being reduced.
Expected Playing XI
As Sri Lanka would try to win the last game at least, the England team will happily like to test their bench strength in the last ODI.
Jason Roy, Johnny Bairstow (wk), Joe Root, Tom Banton, Liam Livingstone, Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, George Garton/ Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Kusal Perrera (C, WK), Pitthum Nisanka, Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya De Silva, Charith Asalanka/ Oshada Fernando, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Binura Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Asitha Fernando.