For the first time in ODI cricket, Sri Lanka is on the verge of getting whitewashed by England. The Sri Lankan team has already lost 2 ODIs of the three-match series. England has convincingly dominated in all departments to secure their win in the series. So, to avoid a clean sweep in the third match, the Sri Lankan team must perform exceedingly well.
The final match of the series would be held in County Ground Bristol on the 4th of July. The is extremely well suited for batsmen in ODI games. If Sri Lankan batters are successful at finding their rhythm then they can put good runs on board.
The highest chase on County Ground Bristol was 359/4 that England had posted against Pakistan. So, the Sri Lankan team would have to prepare well and find their rhythm to defeat the English team on July 4.
Moreover, the Sri Lankan team has not won a series against England in the last six years. They have also already lost the current one with England winning two games of the three-match series. Now, the fight for Sri Lanka is to avoid a clean sweep in the series.
Sri Lanka last won against England in a seven-match ODI series in 2014
In the Pallekele International Cricket stadium at Kandy, Sri Lanka had last registered a win against England in an ODI series. The Sri Lankan team had a 3-2 lead over England at that point.
Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews won the toss and invited England to bowl first. It was a decent batting pitch to make good runs. Chris Woakes scalped 2 wickets for 51 runs including the wicket of Mahela Jayawardene in the fourth over. It reduced the team to 80-1. But Dilshan's 68 off 105 balls and Kumar Sangakkara’s 112 run stint helped Sri Lanka post a good run on board after losing an early wicket.
Sangakkara and Dilshan formed a 153-run partnership for the second wicket and set up a good platform for the middle-order batsmen. It was the farewell ODI of legendary cricketer Kumar Sangakkara at his home ground. He retired from international cricket in style with his 20th ODI century.
Sri Lanka posted 292 runs target on board for England at the loss of 7 wickets.
Sri Lankan bowlers played exceptionally well and bundled out the English team in 41.3 overs. England could make just 202 runs in that match. Thereby, Sri Lanka won the match by 90 runs. They also won the series 4-2 with just one match remaining.
Sri Lanka also won the next ODI by 87 runs and registered a 5-2 series win against England.