Sri Lanka Hopeful against England in Third Test at Lord’s

June 09 16:45 2016

cook2New Delhi, Thursday, June 9 – Sri Lanka and England are to contest against each other at Lord’s in London to play the third and final Test. After being crushed in the opening Test at the hands of England at Headingley in Leeds by an innings and 88 runs.

The defeat was humiliating for Sri Lanka as they being capable of doing well than what they actually did on the foreign pitch. The travelers seemed ardent to perform well at Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street where the second Test started from May 27.

They wanted to make best use of the second opportunity to level series and bounce back. But that did not take place in reality for the reason that English players performed outstandingly and totaled 498 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. In response to it, first innings of Sri Lankan side came to an end just at a mere total of 101 runs.

Some good individual performances helped them put best foot forward in the second innings that resulted in 475 runs. The target was not big for the host, who got 80 runs for the loss of one wicket, making the game get over for the visiting squad.

Sri Lanka Playing XI did not succeed to protect themselves from facing another defeat, which gave opponents a chance to seal series with final Test remaining. Now, it is a matter for pride for the tourists. One more win will allow England enjoy Sri Lanka whitewash. Here is to describe that climate conditions and mood of pitch will have pivotal role. These are expected to be of assistance to the players of England thanks to familiarity with conditions are home. But at the same point,  Sri Lankan team got to be strong if they want to win from this point.

11 players among Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Perera, Dilruwan Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Milinda Siriwardana, Niroshan Dickwella, Nuwan Pradeep, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal, Chaminda Bandara, Farveez Maharoof, Danushka Gunathilaka, Seekkuge Prasanna, Suraj Randiv and Upul Tharanga will be its parts, hoping to contribute as much as possible for the success of the squad. Of course, they can believe of ending Test match series, which is considered real cricket. The sadness of losing Test series can be decreased a bit with a win at this stage that is possible if they pay attention to the match without being worried about the mistakes did in the recent past.

Alastair Cook will be captaining England, who will have Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, James Anderson, Nick Compton, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Jake Ball. Sri Lanka tour of England did not have a desired start since the Cook-led side never let them realize the ease to conveniently play in their den. Before landing on England soil, Sri Lanka certainly wished to learn a lot throughout the tournament. They have missed the chance of comeback but ending it on a positive note is possible if opportunity to stand out amid others is well utilized by each player.

Indisputably, the track on which players perform play a considerable role in the team’s achievement but that does not stand for excellence. A team can think of emerging victorious even when situations aren’t favorable. Taking wickets on time to oblige the challengers to take a backseat right from the beginning of the match could only come to their rescue if bowl first. Similarly, putting a big total and not losing wicket on Day 1 and as long as possible will be of use too. The team bowling first must be clear in mind not to give a lot of room to the rivals, who always look forward to putting grand total on the scoreboard.

Since the match is to begin anytime from now, feeling no stress may be a key to success. The balls will certainly be bowled in a different line and length by fast bowlers and spinners. Sri Lankan skipper would be keen to lead his men in a way that could be an inspiration for others. Nothing can be said which team will have a leading edge as game plan, tactics to beat opponents and devoted efforts will be key factors as well. Attaining victory in the last part is never easy but a team with dedication will achieve it for sure.

In order to motivate teammates to believe what they can do, it is the jobs of the captain remind players about what they can do with their strengths and team spirit. Being aware of possible threat of individual blitz may be helpful to some. Expectations are surging both teams, who are a mix of both young and experienced cricketers. The last Test match of Sri Lanka and England is likely to grab the eyeballs. The host is keen for 3-0 feat. They can assume of it thanks to form of some players who are doing good.

Opening batsmen, middle order batsmen, tail-enders and all-rounders must need to accomplish their duties with perfection. If the job is done in a way too fine, it could be anybody’s game. Viewers are excited to see whether it will be the host once again to be a winner another time or Sri Lanka will give them a taste of their own medicine, tasting victory when it becomes difficult. Since the beginning of the series, the visitors have been searching for chance to celebrate but actual performance did not let them do so. It is the chance for them to shine and no wonder they don’t let it go without giving a fight.