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Sri Lanka vs England, 5th ODI Match Prediction

Oct 23, Tue 14:30 GMT , R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka 366/6
England 132/9 *
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- Prediction by Benny Thompson

Sri Lanka won by 219 runs (DLS method)

ABOUT THE MATCH

Having lost the last 3 matches, Sri Lanka have already conceded the ODI series to England and will only be playing for pride in the final ODI at Colombo.

Match Preview

England have the rain affected series in the bag and might opt to go for a second string side in this dead rubber. For Sri Lanka, it is a case of limiting damages and they might still try and pick the Strongest XI in a bid to get at least one win from the series.

iconSri Lanka Team News

Having replaced Kusal Perera who suffered a quad strain, Kusal Mendis has struggled for form with scores of 0 and 5. He could be replaced by Upul Tharanga. Sadeera Samarawickrama did well in the 3rd ODI but could only muster 1 run in the 4th one. He too will look to improve.

Dasun Shanaka was the one who led the Lankan charge with a gritty score in the lower middle order. He will hope to repeat the feat in the final ODI. Despite being wicketless, Lasith Malinga is showing flashes of his brilliance again and would want to carry that into the final ODI.

iconEngland Team News

With Jonny Bairstow having injured his ankle warming up for the 4th ODI, it remains to be seen if England will risk him for this one or choose to continue with Alex Hales. Liam Plunkett is in Sri Lanka after missing the first 3 matches to attend his wedding. His replacement Olly Stone was expensive in the 4th ODI and England might opt to give Plunkett a run in.

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Pitch Conditions

 

The rain is expected to follow the teams to Colombo. The pitch is dry and has plenty of carry for the pacers as well as the spinners. But this is going to be another rain curtailed match so adding runs on the board as quickly as possible will be the game plan for both teams.

Toss Prediction

 

Expect the team winning the toss to elect to field.

Our Match Prediction

Despite fielding a second string team, England have plenty in them to go on and win this one.

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