Fresh Start in ODI Series Likely from Sri Lanka against England

June 15 15:22 2016

engNew Delhi, Wednesday, June 15 – The recently ended Test match series is what Sri Lanka would not like to remember for long for the reason that they did not succeed to display their abilities to outshine in tough conditions, giving enormous room to the opponents to carry on putting them under pressure when it was a matter of winning. It is difficult to beat England in their home conditions as a result of knowledge about mood of the pitch and possible weather conditions too.

Before the Sri Lankan squad flew for England a few weeks ago, the audience thought the tour to be full of action, taking the excitement up. Given that both teams looked forward to registering victories, the approach was sufficient to keep the confidence of players up. The contest kicked off from May 19 when the first Test was scheduled to start. The 3-match Test series came to an end a couple of day ago wherein England were on happy side to seal series 2-0. This was made possible thanks to win at Headingley in Leeds and Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street. Had the rain not come into picture, England would have won the third Test at Lord’s in London as well for the reason that Sri Lanka faced batting collapse in first innings.

What is going to come next can’t be predicted accurately in cricket as this being the sport that if full of uncertainties. Post a rest of a week, the two cricket playing nations will gear up for 5-match One Day International series that will start at Trent Bridge in Nottingham from Tuesday, June 21. Besides this, Edgbaston in Birmingham, County Ground in Bristol, Kennington Oval in London and Sophia Gardens in Cardiff have been picked as the venues for second, third, fourth and fifth ODIs, respectively. Winning will be important from 1dt ODI till the final one. Regardless of the truth that the guest did not taste victory so far but story might not be the same in 50-50 over matches.

The series between England and Sri Lanka will come to an end with the only T20 International that is to be played at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on July 5. In view of the fact that the two formats of cricket are to take place between these two teams, the level of interest is undoubtedly going to be at peak. The combination of batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders will of huge importance. Sri Lanka side will have Dhananjaya de Silva, Seekkuge Prasanna, Suraj Randiv, Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Pradeep, Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal, Farveez Maharoof, and Danushka Gunathilaka.

The reason to pick them for the tour of England is the belief that they will emerge strong and give tough competition to the opponents, making best use of the earned opportunity. The home team, on the other hand, will have Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan, Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Joe Root, James Vince, Chris Woakes and David Willey. Some changes are likely in T20 International but that is not going to have any impact on the performance of two Playing XIs in One Day International match.

If a fleeting look is given over most ODI runs in all series held between Sri Lanka and England then Kumar Sangakkara is at no. 1 spot with 1162 runs in pocket in 29 innings with an average of 44.69. He hit 110 fours and three sixes in his achievement. Mahela Jayawardene is the next with 1089 runs in 28 innings. Tillakaratne Dilshan is at number three position with 761 runs. Alastair Cook is at number 4, scoring 750 runs in 22 innings. Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka and  Ian Bell of England hold 5th and 6th positions with 534 and 516 runs, respectively. Angelo Mathews with 477 runs, Joe Root England with 465 runs, Upul Tharanga with 414 runs and Marcus Trescothick  with 334 runs are at no. 7,8,9 and 10, respectively. If crux is to be taken out then more than a few players have chance to do some changes on the ranking position by performing to the best of their abilities in the tournament, which is soon to start.

Lasith Malinga is the man who took most wickets when two teams faced each other. 32 wickets in 20 matches by him can be called a milestone as bowlers ranking below him are not even close to his achievement. Chris Jordan  with 22 wickets, James Anderson with 21 wickets, Sanath Jayasuriya with 19 wickets in 16 matches, Tillakaratne Dilshan with 19 wickets in 28 matches, Dilhara Fernando with 18 wickets, Graeme Swann with 15 wickets, Sachithra Senanayake  with 14 wickets, Chaminda Vaas with 14 wickets and Chris Woakes with 14 wickets too hold positions from second to ten. More to the point, statistics related to highest individual scores, highest average, highest strike rate, most centuries, most fifties, most boundaries and most sixes, best bowling figures, most five-wicket hauls by the bowlers from Sri Lanka and England and best economy is interesting enough to grab eyeballs of the viewers who are always excited to watch action live whenever the powerhouses contest against each other.

For the reason that the entire tournament is taking place in England, the support for the home squad is huge as compared to the tourists. This may or may not affect performance of the guest in future matches. There have been more than a few occasions when players had done extremely well even in the unfamiliar conditions. But there were occasions when teammates succumbed to pressure due to lack of support in a foreign country.  Eyes will surely be struck on each happening during the contest as players of both Playing XIs will look forward to surpass expectations. Climatic conditions are typically good in England. If weather remains pleasant, things will be a tad easier for players given that they have to do running, fielding and batting under the sun to let team do well in the game.

Here is to mention that the ODI series between England and Sri Lanka is probable to increase entertainment quotient. Cricket fans are keen to enjoy a lot through matches which are to be played at different venues with wickets sporting various moods. The tracks may support the bounce but it is likely to back batsmen as well. As a matter of fact, some serious cricket is on the cards which will serve great theatre to the audience. Results after each game will definitely have enormous weight. The Grand Finale will turn interesting only when both teams win two matches each. The tourists will wish to make the host feel pressure, however, possibility of a vice versa condition is high. The wait to witness a number of classy shows on the field is to get over just after a few days.