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England look sweet for Kandy success

England look sweet for Kandy success


England can take an unassailable 2-0 series lead if they play to form and overcome hosts Sri Lanka in the third one-day international in Kandy on Wednesday.

Having seen the first ODI abandoned, the tourists managed to dodge the rain for long enough to claim victory in the second match of five in Dambulla and showed that they hold the whip hand with both bat and ball.

England to win third ODI @ 2/7

There is not too much value to be had in the match result market, but it really is hard to see past England, whose power-packed batting line-up rarely misfires as a whole.

The loss of left-arm spinner Liam Dawson to a side strain may cause some issues in the Three Lions selection process, with Joe Denly standing by if called upon.

He is a better batsman than Dawson, but his part-time leg-spin is not as proven as the lefty twirlers of the stricken Dawson.

Even with that potential problem, there are several good reasons why Sri Lanka are 11/5 to win the match and level the series.

No hundred in the match @ 1/1

Largely due to the rain, we have yet to see a batsman reach three figures in the series and there seems a decent prospect of that stat remaining intact through the third match of five.

Batting is far from easy in the sticky, humid conditions on offer, with the second ODI seeing a number of deliveries quite clearly stick in the pitch and make timing of the shot tricky.

Top Team Bowler Lasith Malinga @ 27/10

Age may be catching up with paceman ‘Malinga the Slinger’, but he remains a potent weapon when he gets things right, as he showed in the second ODI by taking five wickets.

His vast experience gives him an edge over all of his colleagues and he will be determined that he could still have a role to play in the World Cup in England next summer.

Top Team Batsman Joe Root @ 59/20

Joe Root made a well-timed 71 in the second one-dayer and looked to have got to grips with the conditions, while he is definitely a man in form in this format, having ended the summer with back-to-back centuries against India.

Coming in high up the order, probably at three, means he is also afforded time to get himself set, and once he has done that he becomes a very difficult man to dislodge.

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Adrian Mills Adrian has enjoyed a journalistic career spanning over three decades, with cricket his specialised topic. He also has a wealth of knowledge on football, golf and tennis and has the stats to back up his betting advice.