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England on for Pallekele double

England on for Pallekele double


England hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in their one-day series in Sri Lanka and will be eager to put the matter to bed when the teams meet in the fourth ODI in Pallekele.

The tourists dominated the rain-affected third one-dayer at the same venue on Wednesday and Eoin Morgan and his men will be super confident of claiming another victory on Saturday.

England to win 4th ODI @ 5/19

Sri Lanka look so short of firepower with the bat that it is hard to see how they can make England sweat, meaning that the tourists are still not worth following at 47/20 to win on Saturday.

There is little return to be had in backing England as they are heavily odds on, but that is for a very good reason and Morgan has shown in the past that he is not the sort of leader to slacken off and let the opposition back into the game.

Top Team Bowler, Adil Rashid @ 59/20

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid was in sparkling form on Wednesday as he took 4-36 to prevent the Islanders from registering a truly competitive total.

He has only failed to take two or more wickets in three of his last 12 completed ODI appearances and is relishing the support and backing given to him by Morgan, who is happy to trade a few loose deliveries for the ones which take wickets.

A decent back-up option to Rashid has to be seamer Tom Curran (15/4), who excelled when taking 3-17 from four overs on Wednesday, figures even more impressive when you consider the match had been reduced to a 21-over-a-side slogfest.

Top Team Batsman, Jonny Bairstow @ 16/5

Predicting who will shine in the England batting line-up is a hazardous job, given any of the top eight or nine are more than capable of leading the charge.

However, opener Jonny Bairstow is the pick for this match, with the Yorkshireman perhaps just getting a little nervous about his position – with Alex Hales waiting in the wings for a recall.

Not long ago Bairstow was dripping in ODI runs, making four centuries in six innings against New Zealand, Scotland and Australia.

Since then he has passed 50 just once in eight innings, failing to build on a number of good starts, a run which has to improve if he is to avoid potentially losing his place in the run-up to the World Cup next summer.

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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.