Invincible England will take on Sri Lanka at the fifth and final ODI at Cardiff a little while from now. When they will step their feet on the ground, two things will be on the mind of Captain Eoin Morgan; to win the series with an unassailable lead of 3-0 and to ensure their position at fifth spot in ODI ranking.
England will be expecting a crackling innings from Jason Roy one more time. Last time, his brilliant 162-run knock helped the hosts winning the match comfortably with 6 wickets in hand. The stylish batsman has already piled 282 runs in the series and if he gets his rhythm with the bat again, then it will be real difficult for Sri-Lanka to stop the home team.
Captain Eoin Morgan’s Conundrum
Though, England are playing some amazing cricket these days, but poor form of captain Eoin Morgan is on radar of the English media for quite some time. This series was expected to bring some good news for him but he managed just 65 runs with his two innings in the series so far. He is without half-century for the last 20 innings which doesn’t suit a batsman of his caliber.
Morgan has already announced his retirement from first-class cricket to solely focus on ODIs. As a captain, he would be looking forward to contribute well with the bat when the entire team is playing amazing cricket as a unit. No captain wants to draw unwanted attention of media towards one’s poor form. Well safe bet for him would be to initially stick to the ground dealing in singles and doubles and then gradually accelerate the score with grounded shots as much as possible.
What Should Sri-Lanka Do?
Sri Lanka have lost the series already but Captain Mathews won’t wish to finish it with a Nil. He will do everything possible to win today and make the series 2-1, though it seems extremely difficult now. This was one of the most devastating bilateral series for the Lankans, having lost both the tests and ODI series with a lot of injured players.
Injuries and fatigue have badly affected some of the team’s star players. Newbie Danushka Gunathilaka is expected to get preference over experienced Upul Tharanga once again. Let whatever the series may be, talented Gunathilaka is a positive element for Sri Lanka from this tour.
Expected Teams for Cardiff One Dayer
Sri Lanka:Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews (C), Seekkuge Prasanna, Dinesh Chandimal (WK), Dasun Shanaka, Upul Tharanga, Chaminda Bandara, Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal
England: Joe Root, Jason Roy, James Vince, Eoin Morgan (C), Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (WK), Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, David Willey, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid.