The third ODI between Sri Lanka and England is scheduled to be held on October 17, at the Pallekele International Cricket Ground. England would want to maintain a lead and cross out the probability of a series victory for the home team. Following a rain hit series so far and with the weather forecast suggesting a full day of rain today, a result is highly unlikely. However, if it’s anything like the second ODI the rain factor would work as a catalyst.
3rd ODI (D/N) – Kandy: Wednesday, October 17, 2.30 pm Local Time at the Pallekele International Cricket Ground.
Significance of the third ODI
The third One Day International match will be decisive of some significant elements of this series. Most importantly, it will decide whether Sri Lanka stands a chance to win it. If England double their lead tomorrow, then drawing the series with England would be the best case scenario for Sri Lanka. On the other hand, England would look forward to maintaining the edge and to win the series by the ned of the fourth ODI. Captain Eoin Morgan has been calculative and yet ruthless in his approach. They’ve adapted better to the alien situation way better than the native team.
What should be Sri Lanka’s ideal approach?
The English batsmen made the best use of the slow pitch maintaining a decent run-rate throughout in the second ODI match. Whereas, the Sri Lankan batsmen struggled under the same circumstances. The forecast for Wednesday states plenty rains throughout the day. Since the home team’s recent record in Kandy hasn’t been positive, they don’t have an advantage here. The pitch is good for batting but since it’s been raining the bowler’s could derive significant advantage. Depending on the weather the decision at the Toss will be made. If Sri Lanka wants to bounce back, captain Dinesh Chandimal should opt for bowling first to let his bowlers make enough use of the existing moisture. The key is to take early wickets in the first innings and not lose early wickets in the second. A lesson the second ODI match has taught.