England v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Lord's July 2, 2011

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Match facts

Sunday, July 3, Lord's
Start time 1045am (0945 GMT)

Big Picture

It has taken just two matches for Alastair Cook to experience the full spectrum of emotions England one-day captains are routinely subjected to. A near-perfect performance at The Oval was followed by a shoddy one at Headingley, where Sri Lanka outgunned the home side in every department. It seems difficult to remember - especially after their World Cup showing - that England were actually making significant progress as an ODI side last year. After their Champions Trophy eureka-moment in autumn 2009, when they decided to shelve the caution that left them out of step with the modern game, they won five series in a row.

Though Cook is looking for a similar consistency, the brazen approach that underpinned England's success then won't always deliver. At The Oval, once rain reduced the game to 32-overs a side, England happily blazed away to good effect. Set 310 at Headingley they again had little choice but to attack, but the approach was much less successful as the heart of the top order - Craig Kieswetter, Cook, Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan - was dismissed looking for boundaries. Yet keeping the faith in the 'fearless cricket' that all the players promise is England's best hope of building on last year's progress.

Sri Lanka have no such worries. As a limited-overs side they are completely clear on how to approach both setting and chasing totals. They possess two of the classiest batsmen in the world in Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara as well as two fine strokemakers in Tillakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Mathews. Conditions at Headingley suited them perfectly (as those at The Oval did England) and their batsmen left England's bowlers looking toothless before their spin attack left England's batsmen looking clueless.

The two one-sided matches have meant that, in keeping with the stuttering international summer, the series is yet to kick into life. Lord's is the ideal setting to change that. The weather is set fair, the pitch will be flat and a sellout crowd will lend an atmosphere that the series has lacked so far. Sri Lanka have little reason to deviate from the team that brought the 69-run Headingley win but England will be tempted to make changes. Graeme Swann was their best bowler in the last game and Cook may want a second slow-bowling option in Samit Patel. Jonathan Trott came in for familiar criticism for clogging up the middle overs with dot balls but, despite his 39 from 54, his record - averaging 53.68 from 27 games - is outstanding.

Form guide (most recent first)

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The spotlight

There are plenty of wise judges who don't see Alastair Cook as the long-term answer to England's one-day captaincy. Yet his record in charge suggests he can meet this challenge like he has all others in his career so far. In the five matches he's led the side he's made 209 runs at 41.80 striking, crucially, at 92 runs per 100 balls. That's a major step up from a record of 30.52 at 68 when back in the ranks. Lord's is a favourite venue for Cook in Tests and if he can transfer that success into the 50-over format England will have a much better hope of victory.

For most of this summer Sri Lanka have been without one of their brightest talents. Angelo Mathews missed the Test series recovering from a leg injury but returned for the Twenty20 in Bristol. It was at Headingley, though, where Sri Lanka fans were shown just what they missed. His 30-ball 46 helped Sri Lanka ambush 97 runs from their final 10 overs and left England needing to surpass their highest-ever successful run-chase to win the game. As promising, was the first sign of his bowling, which, however ginger, was the first time he'd bowled since the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in March.

Team news

England's line-up looks top-heavy with orthodox top-order batsmen so to squeeze a second spinner - in Samit Patel - into the side may demand a difficult decision to drop one of the big guns. However, Stuart Broad's ropey form can only be tolerated for so long and Cook may feel better off without him.

England (probable) 1 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 2 Alastair Cook (capt), 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Ian Bell/Samit Patel, 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 Graeme Swann, 9 Stuart Broad/Samit Patel, 10 James Anderson, 11 Jade Dernbach.

Sri Lanka are likely to stick with the combination that brought them victory, though - after not bowling or batting at Headingley - quite what vice-captain Thilina Kandamby's role is exactly is not clear.

Sri Lanka (probable) 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt) 2 Mahela Jayawardene, 3 Dinesh Chandimal, 4 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 5 Thilina Kandamby, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Jeevan Mendis, 8 Nuwan Kulasekera, 9 Suranga Lakmal, 10 Suraj Randiv, 11 Lasith Malinga.

Pitch and conditions

The weather has been the overriding factor all summer. Thankfully Lord's is set to look a picture with sunshine forecast for the whole day. The Test pitch earlier this summer held no terrors for the batsmen and while that made for an anodyne contest, a similar surface would suit the one-day format much better.

Stats and trivia

  • From the four ODIs these sides have played at Lord's, the spoils are shared two each

  • Mahela Jayawardene needs 93 more runs to surpass Sanath Jayasuriya as the all-time highest Sri Lanka runscorer against England in ODI cricket

  • Kevin Pietersen is still waiting for his first ODI hundred since November 2008, but his record at Lord's - with one fifty and an average of 24.75 from nine matches - suggests he'll be waiting a little longer

    Sahil Dutta is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on July 3, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    I miss the jokes of sehwagologist and khildasher. where are they?

  • lakshan2 on July 3, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    SRI LANKA WILL WIN 3RD ODI & SERIES AND GO TO THE 2ND SPOT IN ODI RANKINGSRI LANKA WILL WIN 3RD ODI & SERIES AND GO TO THE 2ND SPOT IN ODI RANKING

  • on July 3, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Adil Rashid is the answer to the balance of the team. Patel not good enough at either discipline. Broad needs some time in county cricket to get some confidence back. Bell should open. I'd go for Cook, Bell, Trott, KP, Morgan, Kieswetter, Bresnan, Rashid, Swann, Shahzad, Anderson at the moment, with bopara, finn, woakes, taylor, stokes waiting in the wings. We have a lot of potential, just got to harness it...

  • on July 3, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    It's important that dili must get among the runs. U can't always hope mahela 2 get 100s. sanga needs to convert 50s & 60s in to a 100.

  • on July 3, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    Regarding Kandamby, he is a good batsman but with a limited array of strokes as I have noticed watching him play on TV and as a spectator. His minus points are slow mover in the field, liable to run himself out and liable to run his partner out. One cannot judge a middle order batsman purely based on his average particularly in top order heavy Sri Lankan set-up. Therefore, Kandamby cannot be compared with other alternative choices for a middle order berth especially since he has played in only 35 ODIs. He could be blocking a place due to a more talented agile player. If he continues to be in the team simply because of being vice captain, I do not think he will survive for long.

  • ranga_s on July 3, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Saw lot of comments bashing Kandambi....Even I dnt like Kandambi being in the 11...But I dnt doubt his talent and ability....He'll be an excellent No:5 for SL in Tests once Thilan goes....if Kandambi to play ODI he should play No:3 or 4....Unfortunately Sanga and Mahela holds those and when Mahela opens Chandimal is a better option because he'd be our future WK he's an aggressive player who can hit 6's at will when he's in and he's still 23 or so....Im an Anandian too but I dont understand the logic of this Anandian, Kandambi, playing in the unit....If he's there for a collapse that's ridiculous...U dnt chose teams hoping they'll fail...If Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela trigger collapses more than 50% the answer would be not to get a batter to stop that...get a top order which wont collapse on regular basis...SL top order is full of class and hence Kandambi's role is wasted...quite a talent but wasted in the set up...thats what im saying....

  • PDilE on July 3, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    After Tharanga Comes back, he should open & MJ Should bat @3. Sanga should bat @ 5 because he can adjust according to any situation unlike Kandamby, so that Chandimal could bat @ 4. Mathews @ 6 & Jeewan @ 7 will provide proper balance. It is really important that selectors must not forget the service made by Upul Tharanga as a opener, which really helped us to qualify for the Final of the World Cup. Dimuth could be used more as a Test Player & his time will definetely come when the seniors retire in 2/3 years time in One-dayers as well. I feel Bhanuka could be considered for Shorter formats to be in the squad to gain valuable experience.

  • big_guy_321 on July 3, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    troot keeps getting dot balls next to his name and puts pressure on the other batman which causes them to get out. No point having average like that with such a one paced style of batting.

  • desoler on July 3, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    kp at number three and trott to 4, may provide aggressive start and later stability

  • sandunsba on July 3, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    no wonder, a comprehensive win for sl

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    I miss the jokes of sehwagologist and khildasher. where are they?

  • lakshan2 on July 3, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    SRI LANKA WILL WIN 3RD ODI & SERIES AND GO TO THE 2ND SPOT IN ODI RANKINGSRI LANKA WILL WIN 3RD ODI & SERIES AND GO TO THE 2ND SPOT IN ODI RANKING

  • on July 3, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Adil Rashid is the answer to the balance of the team. Patel not good enough at either discipline. Broad needs some time in county cricket to get some confidence back. Bell should open. I'd go for Cook, Bell, Trott, KP, Morgan, Kieswetter, Bresnan, Rashid, Swann, Shahzad, Anderson at the moment, with bopara, finn, woakes, taylor, stokes waiting in the wings. We have a lot of potential, just got to harness it...

  • on July 3, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    It's important that dili must get among the runs. U can't always hope mahela 2 get 100s. sanga needs to convert 50s & 60s in to a 100.

  • on July 3, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    Regarding Kandamby, he is a good batsman but with a limited array of strokes as I have noticed watching him play on TV and as a spectator. His minus points are slow mover in the field, liable to run himself out and liable to run his partner out. One cannot judge a middle order batsman purely based on his average particularly in top order heavy Sri Lankan set-up. Therefore, Kandamby cannot be compared with other alternative choices for a middle order berth especially since he has played in only 35 ODIs. He could be blocking a place due to a more talented agile player. If he continues to be in the team simply because of being vice captain, I do not think he will survive for long.

  • ranga_s on July 3, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Saw lot of comments bashing Kandambi....Even I dnt like Kandambi being in the 11...But I dnt doubt his talent and ability....He'll be an excellent No:5 for SL in Tests once Thilan goes....if Kandambi to play ODI he should play No:3 or 4....Unfortunately Sanga and Mahela holds those and when Mahela opens Chandimal is a better option because he'd be our future WK he's an aggressive player who can hit 6's at will when he's in and he's still 23 or so....Im an Anandian too but I dont understand the logic of this Anandian, Kandambi, playing in the unit....If he's there for a collapse that's ridiculous...U dnt chose teams hoping they'll fail...If Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela trigger collapses more than 50% the answer would be not to get a batter to stop that...get a top order which wont collapse on regular basis...SL top order is full of class and hence Kandambi's role is wasted...quite a talent but wasted in the set up...thats what im saying....

  • PDilE on July 3, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    After Tharanga Comes back, he should open & MJ Should bat @3. Sanga should bat @ 5 because he can adjust according to any situation unlike Kandamby, so that Chandimal could bat @ 4. Mathews @ 6 & Jeewan @ 7 will provide proper balance. It is really important that selectors must not forget the service made by Upul Tharanga as a opener, which really helped us to qualify for the Final of the World Cup. Dimuth could be used more as a Test Player & his time will definetely come when the seniors retire in 2/3 years time in One-dayers as well. I feel Bhanuka could be considered for Shorter formats to be in the squad to gain valuable experience.

  • big_guy_321 on July 3, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    troot keeps getting dot balls next to his name and puts pressure on the other batman which causes them to get out. No point having average like that with such a one paced style of batting.

  • desoler on July 3, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    kp at number three and trott to 4, may provide aggressive start and later stability

  • sandunsba on July 3, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    no wonder, a comprehensive win for sl

  • on July 3, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    This game will be simply decided by da conditions.... If it dsnt swing SL would win easily...and if it does swing Eng would hv da advantage... but i hardly doubt dat eng would win.

  • nwsk on July 3, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    dinesh should have play good talent score today, he is good hitter but still not in the playing good score.

  • on July 3, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    I can see many comments on Kandamby . . . i dont agree with most of those comments as someone like to see him as a talented player.He must be in the side to see sri lanka get through when they are in trouble. I strongly agree with sending Jeewan and Kulasekara ahead of him since we should not waste him by sending after 45 overs. We must understand that he needs few balls to settle down. In the 2nd ODI we have taken batting power play early and I cant see any reason for Kandamby to come and bat after 45th over. he is a natural stroke player and just because he is the vice captain of the team should not send him at the wrong tome to crease. We should clearly define each players role in the team. I still believe his talents and making him VC of SL. I strongly believe he will justify this in this ODI series when he get the right opportunity.

  • on July 3, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    @Rifnas-Bhanuk is only 18 ! he should get LOT more experience.how ever I agree with Ranga..Sanga or Mahela should bat at no 5 to make middle order.strong..Chandimal at no 4....No 3-Sanga/Mahela...no 6-Mathews & 7-Jeevan.. Since Tharanga is not playing Lahiru Thirimanne should have been selected to replace him..but our brain dead selectors sent him home so now,at least Dimuth should be selected..

  • 9ST9 on July 3, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    @Nipuna - are you from ananda college? I'm pretty sure you are.

  • on July 3, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    Kandamby is not the correct combination......he is not bowling nor is he batting…his average doe's not even get near to Charmara Silva who could bowl…SO WHY IS THIS V/CAPT UNSUCCESSFULLY APPIONTED.

  • on July 3, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    SL should not be overcofident, If they win toss , they should bat first and set a score exceeding 280, England batting revolve around morgan and petersen. If they are out cheaply england will crashed to another huge defeat.

    Good luck sri lanka

  • SamRoy on July 3, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    England have at least a couple of major problems as a limited overs unit. Many of their batsman don't use their feet against spin and as a result don't know how to milk the bowling. They don't have a proper no. 7 batsman (all bresnan, broad and swann are all competent no. 8 and excellent no. 9s but not good enough no. 7). If Luke Wright is playing at no. 6 the batting looks even more iffy. Finally they don't have a restrictive and wicket-taking fast bowler like they used to in Flintoff (if a Flintoff in his prime and Swann had bowled together England would have become a formidable ODI outfit). And England should play their best players in limited overs not their best sloggers or talentless jack of all trades like Yardy. Remember it was Pietersen and the bowlers who won them their only world title (World T20 in 2010) in cricket.

  • johnathonjosephs on July 3, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    don't know all the hyphe over this dumuth. Guy has only 1 century in List A cricket (a low one at that) and averages 29.....thats as an opening batsman too.... best leave him away and accept tharanga when he comes back. Tharanga's comeback = Chandimal's exclusion from the team since sanga/mahela have both expressed them not wanting him to to be wasted at 5/6. If mahela/sanga play till WC, how then will Chandimal get a chance? very sad precidament for the youngster. If only he was a number 5/6 genius like matthews

  • on July 3, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    Sri Lanka will tar and feather England in the ODI series...

  • WaldermaltCricketer on July 3, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    Lord.emsworth is 100% correct. Apparently nobody in SL side is confident of Kandamby's performances or abilities. That's why they didn't send him to bat in 2nd ODI. If he is not capable of getting runs in a situation like that Mr.Mendis must express to the public why Kandamby was selected. When the team was in a very strong position in 2nd ODI, Dilshan wanted to send Kulasekara & Jeewan to bat, while Kandamby was in the pavilion. That shows Dilshan & the team has no reason to rely on Kandamby's batting skills. Even he's not a good bowler or a fielder with extra ordinary abilities,what he must do the team is scoring runs.. He should be given a chance to show that his inclusion in the team is 100% correct. Because he's not a ordinary player. He is the VICE CAPTAIN of SL team.

  • buddhikapm on July 3, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    The No 5 position was tried with Kapugedara which was failed...Now its the turn of Kandambi who has been with the team for a while..dont be hurry let him prove his tallent...obbiously its not the position for Tisara and it shd be a bating A/R could be Kandambi..Kapugedara..or who ever a new comer

  • on July 3, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    Hope to see a good battle today. Since both teams have won an each game has set up a good match today. SriLankan's new comers ,Jeevan Mendis & Dinesh Chandimal have to show their performances at their maximums , because they are the future if SL cricket. It is nice that SL interim comity have selected these guys for this tour, but the answer needy question is why Kandamby has included rather than new one as Banuka Rajapaksa who is a well known hitter came to the light by a local T20 championship. Any how we will think positively , in the future new selection will be made to the team. Heartful wishes to SL cricket's future.

  • subbass on July 3, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    England to win comfortably, the loss the other day was self inflicted, we will go on to win the series 4-1.

  • CSI_R2C on July 3, 2011, 2:31 GMT

    I think Kandamby is there to play long innigs with singles,instead of boundries.cz if SL lose their top order,thers no one to bat through out inning.even in the 1st ODI @ oval also he stayed for a long time.thtz what SL team require from him.

  • on July 3, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    Sri Lankan Vice Caption's role is to help them if the top order collepse.Two quick wkts in the top will give him a chance to show what is he capable of

  • area1985 on July 3, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    Mathews should send top , and either sanga or mahela should bat down.If that done on 2nd odi sl would easily score 350+

  • manjithakumara on July 3, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    I agree with Lord.emsworth's comments on Kandamby. SL selectors need to justify the inclusion of Kandamby. I don't see any logic behind selecting him. He is not even in form these days.

  • 3rd_man on July 2, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    England did blunder put SL in after won the toss. I thought they were over confident to do that after what happen 1st ODI. they completely forgot about the conditions. conditions were ideal for SL kind of play. Even loads is not very difficult pitch for batsman. sl may enjoy conditions there. Dilshan due for some runs. he will come good in this match. I think who ever win the toss will bat. I cant see any confidence in both teams to chase some big totals. both teams looks to be bat freely when batting first.I am hoping this promotion for MJ will stay only this tournament. cos otherwise our talented Tharaga will loose his place. these days it seems like senior players can do what they want. they can promote them self up in the batting order.that's bad. hope seniors will think about future and not too greedy for their success only. Tharanga, chandimal, dimuth and mathews future of sl cricket. they should given enough chance to gain experience.

  • sitwatsara on July 2, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    England have a lot to prove for themselves, as Srilanka knows how to take control over ODI's, really tuff team to beat. but then all in all we expect a thriller of a match. Srilanka will win this match :-)

  • cricketman123 on July 2, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    @Udentra: thisara perera. No way mate. SL gt enough all rounders. Did u know SL have a wonderful young batsman called Dimuth Karunaratne in the team. This is no.5 spot we are talking about.

  • Lord.emsworth on July 2, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    The Sl selector on tour Duleep Mendis should respond to the many complaints sent in this forum about Kandamby and either drop him immediately or demonstrate to the Sl fans just why he is selected. If its for his batting then promote him to no.3 to show the fans just what he can do. If its for his bowling then give him first change after Malinga & Kulasekera. He didnt look like Jonty Rhodes on the field so it cant be for his fielding and there are plenty of wkt-keepers in the side. Er...Mr.Mendis why is he there? ( No hard feelings Mr.Kandamby!)

  • landl47 on July 2, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    Sri Lanka have two real world-class players in M. Jayawardene and Sanga. If the do well, as they did in the last game, then SL are a tough side to beat. If they don't, as in the test series and the first ODI, SL haven't got anything much to fall back on. So tomorrow, if Jaya and Sanga make a lot of runs, SL will probably win. If they don't England will probably win. It's as simple as that.

  • on July 2, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    keep mahela as an opener as well as dilshan should play his own game. also keep jeewan mendis regular member, if keep continue kandambi ask him to play aggressive play. do not play 100 overs game, soem times keep suraj as power play batsman and keep him regular player good for sri lanka team for ever.

    mihlar

  • jackiethepen on July 2, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    I can't quite follow the logic of Sahil Dutta's remarks. He thinks England took too many risks looking for boundaries but recommends that they keep on with their fearless cricket. Surely they should play to the conditions? What was needed at Headingley was partnerships not cameos. But too many batsmen seemed to be just batting for themselves not rotating the strike and sharing the boundary opportunities. If Bell is dropped, though quite why when he got quite a few runs more than Kieswetter and KP and he was batting down the order without the benefit of the harder ball and powerplays. "Pathetic" against Malinga? I would be very interested to see how his replacement bats against Malinga with a reversing ball in his final five hours. Bell didn't get out to Malinga. How long will Patel last? Judging by his T20 performance not very long. Nothing against Patel - he was given a hard time by Flower - but he looked scared stiff. Still Good Luck if he plays.

  • on July 2, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    What is kandamby doing in this team? He Can't bat, bowl or field properly. Replace him with tissera perera.

  • darkmon.SL on July 2, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    "after not bowling or batting at Headingley - quite what vice-captain Thilina Kandamby's role is exactly is not clear. " we had this question in our mind when we heard the selected squad for ODI series,still don't get his inclusion.Even better if Kapugedara was in instead this guy-at least he field 1000 times better comparison to Kandamby.Better option should've been Thirimanne instead Kandamby for the spot and Angelo/Malinga as vice captain

  • ranga_s on July 2, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    SL's only worry I'd say is they are wasting 1 spot in Kandambi....Unless Kandambi turn in to an exceptional talent which I highly doubt in ODI arena SL better get Dimuth in to open and Chandimal at 4...that way it opens the option of going all out attack with 3 attacking players and if soemthing goes wrong SL could always fall back on Sanga (3), Mahela(5), Mathews (6)....England on the other hand aren't doing thing that bad either but I'd make few changes on that line up....Bell should bat 3 or 5....Morgan should bat 6...KP should bat 4...Trott wont go deep hence Bell should play 5....Cook wasn't that bad as media said...he had a good SR...England lacks bowling....Anderson seems only capable under overcast condition...Swann is good but he can't do everything alone...Finn will be a good addition in place of Bresnan....If possible bring Tremlett...that'll make a competitive side for Eng...otherwise if the opposition start to run away they lack the bowling to stop it...

  • Tamil_SL on July 2, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    This is going to be 4-1 or at the most 3-2 series win for SL.

  • on July 2, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    They possess two of the classiest batsmen in the world in Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara as well as Tillakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Mathews

  • Hasan2012 on July 2, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Sri Lanka is Class in ODI's. world cup finalist 2011 and 2007, the first ODI is just a hip-cup, now they in top gear, I see this is as 4-1 to Sri Lanka, as mentioned above They possess two of the classiest batsmen in the world in Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara as well as Tillakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Mathews. I cant say same about England, maybe one or two world class but one is totally out of form(KP) the other is still young and learning(EM), maybe for future.

  • Lakpj on July 2, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Who ever that looses at Lord's will have to win the remaining 2 to win the series, that would be v tough. If the weather stays good and Eng bowlers can't swing it, they won't even come close to defeating SL. Bell isn't suited to batting at 6, you need some one who could strike it, SL have Matthews and Mendis for that. Bell is a classy player but he looked pathetic and hilarious against Malinga when he tried to hit ball

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  • Lakpj on July 2, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Who ever that looses at Lord's will have to win the remaining 2 to win the series, that would be v tough. If the weather stays good and Eng bowlers can't swing it, they won't even come close to defeating SL. Bell isn't suited to batting at 6, you need some one who could strike it, SL have Matthews and Mendis for that. Bell is a classy player but he looked pathetic and hilarious against Malinga when he tried to hit ball

  • Hasan2012 on July 2, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Sri Lanka is Class in ODI's. world cup finalist 2011 and 2007, the first ODI is just a hip-cup, now they in top gear, I see this is as 4-1 to Sri Lanka, as mentioned above They possess two of the classiest batsmen in the world in Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara as well as Tillakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Mathews. I cant say same about England, maybe one or two world class but one is totally out of form(KP) the other is still young and learning(EM), maybe for future.

  • on July 2, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    They possess two of the classiest batsmen in the world in Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara as well as Tillakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Mathews

  • Tamil_SL on July 2, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    This is going to be 4-1 or at the most 3-2 series win for SL.

  • ranga_s on July 2, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    SL's only worry I'd say is they are wasting 1 spot in Kandambi....Unless Kandambi turn in to an exceptional talent which I highly doubt in ODI arena SL better get Dimuth in to open and Chandimal at 4...that way it opens the option of going all out attack with 3 attacking players and if soemthing goes wrong SL could always fall back on Sanga (3), Mahela(5), Mathews (6)....England on the other hand aren't doing thing that bad either but I'd make few changes on that line up....Bell should bat 3 or 5....Morgan should bat 6...KP should bat 4...Trott wont go deep hence Bell should play 5....Cook wasn't that bad as media said...he had a good SR...England lacks bowling....Anderson seems only capable under overcast condition...Swann is good but he can't do everything alone...Finn will be a good addition in place of Bresnan....If possible bring Tremlett...that'll make a competitive side for Eng...otherwise if the opposition start to run away they lack the bowling to stop it...

  • darkmon.SL on July 2, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    "after not bowling or batting at Headingley - quite what vice-captain Thilina Kandamby's role is exactly is not clear. " we had this question in our mind when we heard the selected squad for ODI series,still don't get his inclusion.Even better if Kapugedara was in instead this guy-at least he field 1000 times better comparison to Kandamby.Better option should've been Thirimanne instead Kandamby for the spot and Angelo/Malinga as vice captain

  • on July 2, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    What is kandamby doing in this team? He Can't bat, bowl or field properly. Replace him with tissera perera.

  • jackiethepen on July 2, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    I can't quite follow the logic of Sahil Dutta's remarks. He thinks England took too many risks looking for boundaries but recommends that they keep on with their fearless cricket. Surely they should play to the conditions? What was needed at Headingley was partnerships not cameos. But too many batsmen seemed to be just batting for themselves not rotating the strike and sharing the boundary opportunities. If Bell is dropped, though quite why when he got quite a few runs more than Kieswetter and KP and he was batting down the order without the benefit of the harder ball and powerplays. "Pathetic" against Malinga? I would be very interested to see how his replacement bats against Malinga with a reversing ball in his final five hours. Bell didn't get out to Malinga. How long will Patel last? Judging by his T20 performance not very long. Nothing against Patel - he was given a hard time by Flower - but he looked scared stiff. Still Good Luck if he plays.

  • on July 2, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    keep mahela as an opener as well as dilshan should play his own game. also keep jeewan mendis regular member, if keep continue kandambi ask him to play aggressive play. do not play 100 overs game, soem times keep suraj as power play batsman and keep him regular player good for sri lanka team for ever.

    mihlar

  • landl47 on July 2, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    Sri Lanka have two real world-class players in M. Jayawardene and Sanga. If the do well, as they did in the last game, then SL are a tough side to beat. If they don't, as in the test series and the first ODI, SL haven't got anything much to fall back on. So tomorrow, if Jaya and Sanga make a lot of runs, SL will probably win. If they don't England will probably win. It's as simple as that.