Sri Lanka to face England in 1st ODI
2018-10-10 at 08:10
Sri Lanka is set to take on the world number one One Day International side England in the opening fixture of the five-match ODI series at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium this afternoon.
Both teams have played 70 ODIs against each other, with Sri Lanka marginally edging the head-to-head scoreline 34-33, with one tie and one no result.
The hosts will aim for a fresh start after their disappointing show at the 2018 Asia Cup, where they lost both the group matches against Bangladesh and Afghanistan by big margins.
Upul Tharanga has scored the most runs for the team in ODIs from the current squad and is leading the chart with 6,936 runs.
Kusal Perera was amongst the leading run-getters in the previous home series against South Africa with 179 runs.
These two along with Niroshan Dickwella will shoulder the responsibility of propelling the team towards a competitive total.
In the bowling department Thisara Perera has done a decent job for Sri Lanka in ODIs and has taken 19 wickets in last ten ODIs including 5/55 against Afghanistan.
The return of Lasith Malinga was their only positive in the Asia Cup and the veteran pacer would be expected to provide breakthroughs at regular intervals.
Akila Dhananjaya and Dhananjaya De Silva will also be key options while skipper Dinesh Chandimal will pin his hopes on them to chip in.
England meanwhile has won their last eight bilateral ODI series, including whitewashing Australia on the back of some record-breaking batting before coming from behind to beat India 2-1 most recently.
Joe Root hit back-to-back unbeaten centuries to lead England to victory in the last two ODIs against India.