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Sri Lanka vs England, 3rd Test Match Prediction

Nov 23, Fri 10:00 GMT , Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka 284/10 & 240/10 *
England 230/10 & 336/10
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- Prediction by Benny Thompson

England won by 42 runs

ABOUT THE MATCH

With the 57 run victory in the 2nd Test, England have registered their first Test series win in Asia since 2012 and their first in Sri Lanka since 2001. The third match in Colombo is now a dead rubber.

Match Preview

England and Lanka have now met 33 times in Tests. England have won 14 while Lanka have 8 wins. 11 have ended in a draw.

iconSri Lanka Team News

Things look bleak for Lanka at the moment. The bowlers did their job and got the England wickets but their batsmen couldn’t support them. There were 5 Lankan half centuries but none of the batsmen could build on their scores enough to trouble the English bowlers. Opener Dimuth Karunaratne scored 63 and 57 but couldn’t help his side to a big score in either innings.

In the bowling department, Malinda Pushpakumara –in place of the retired Rangana Herath – picked up 4 wickets. Akila Dananjaya claimed 8 wickets but having been reported for a suspect bowling action, he might miss the third Test. Dilruwan Perera claimed 7 wickets.

iconEngland Team News

England rode on Joe Root’s second innings century to claim a famous win. While they struggled with the bat in the first innings, they performed better in the second to take the fight to Lanka.

19 of the Lankan wickets were claimed by English spinners with the other one being a run out. Jack Leach was the pick of the English bowlers with 8 wickets while Moeen Ali got 6 and Adil Rashid got 4. If they can continue in the same vein, they will coast to victory in the third Test as well.

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Pitch Conditions

 

The pitch in Colombo will be spinner friendly like the one in Kandy and so the batsmen from both sides have their task cut out. Whoever can put on a first innings score close to 400 stands a good chance but with rain spells predicted, the outfield will become tough to score in later on.

Toss Prediction

 

The team winning the toss will elect to bat first.

Our Match Prediction

England to win the match and complete the 3-0 whitewash.

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