Sri Lanka vs England 4th ODI Prediction
- Date: October 20, 2018
- Time: 09:45 AM IST
- Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
- Sri Lanka hasn’t won a single ODI game against England in the last 3 years and has lost 5 and tied one during this period.
Prediction for Sri Lanka vs England 4th ODI
England will win the 4th ODI
Rain, rain and again rain – this seems to be the bottomline in the on-going ODI series between England and Sri Lanka. The first ODI was abandoned while the second had to be decided on DLS method and now the 3rd one had to be reduced to 21 overs a side. Cricket scheduling is bound to be questioned during rainy season. Coming back to the last game England won it comprehensively to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series with two more games to go. The 4th ODI of the series would be all about survival for the home side whose problems seem to only multiply. They would have to work out on many issues and offer something better for their fans at Pallekele with weather gods permitting!
Skipper Dinesh Chandimal’s side didn’t fare poorly in the last game that was reduced to 21 over and put up a decent total of 150 on the board which wasn’t bad given the kind of batting form we have seen from the side in the recent games. They got the right start but somewhere lost the script in the middle with regular wickets but finally managed to put up something on the board for the bowlers to defend. But in the end this wasn’t enough against the strong English side who chased it comfortably without any hiccups. Chandimal knows that he is captaining the side at one of its worst phases and would have to inspire the men to come up with something special in the next game.
The good news for the side was Niroshan Dickwella’s return to form who gave a solid start along with youngster Sadeera Samarawickrama. Kusal Mendia missed out again but Chandimal played a good innings in the middle and steadied the ship at the fall of quick wickets. But it was Thisara Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva who threw away their wickets when the side needed them the most. On the bowling front Amila Aponso gave his team the perfect start with two quick wickets but there was little support from the other side as Lasith Malinga and Akila Dananjaya leaked runs. They are Sri Lanka’s best bowlers and have to respond to the captain’s call in the next game if the side is to perform better and win the contest.
Eoin Morgan is leading a bunch of inspired men who have been clinically going through the paces and defeating opponents with ease. Their #1 ranking among ODI teams is no fluke and they proved it with their performance in the last game. It was a clinical batting performance from the English top order that saw them home without having any trouble. The bowling also came good in the last game and bowlers kept it tight in the end and prevented Sri Lanka from putting up huge score on the board. Going into the next game Morgan would hope to make it 3-0 and add another series win to his captaincy record.
They are one of the best batting sides in the ODIs and they played to their reputation. While the destructive Jonny Bairstow missed out his opening partner Jason Roy sealed the fate of the game with a fast scoring knock. Joe Root who has been in brilliant form this season missed but Morgan and Ben Strokes made sure that the Sri Lankans caused them no further trouble in the game and won it comfortably. The young Olly Stone was impressive with his bowling when his senior partner Chris Woakes wasn’t having the best day. Strokes bowled brilliantly with the ball as well and the side would expect to win the next encounter on their better batting and bowling talent.
Sri Lanka would have to do something special to win the next game and as things stand now England would start as favourites to win the 4th ODI.