Sri Lanka vs England 3rd ODI Match Prediction & Betting Tips with P11

Sri Lanka vs England 3rd ODI Match Prediction & Betting Tips with P11. Sri Lanka and England will be hoping the rain stays away when they play the third ODI of this series at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy, after two rain-affected matches in Dambulla. The match is scheduled for October 17 and the live action begins at 14:30 local time.

Betting Tips

  • Rain has hampered England’s tour so far, washing out the first match and causing an early end – and D/L-affected result – in the second in Dambulla.
  • England, who start the series as the world’s number one ODI team, hit 278/9 in their 50 overs last time out, with Eoin Morgan scoring 92 and Lasith Malinga taking 5-44.
  • England’s seamers then pegged Sri Lanka back, and they were 31 runs behind the par score on 140/5 when the rain arrived, thanks to Chris Woakes 3-26 – England therefore winning on the D/L method.

Our Pick: England Our Winner Team

Sri Lanka vs England: Where to watch/Live streaming

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Sri Lanka vs England 3rd ODI Match Prediction & Betting Tips

Toss Prediction

Sri Lanka won the toss and bowled first in the washed-out first game, and it seems likely both teams might fancy bowling first this time too.

Sri Lanka Team News & Playing 11

SL Team News

Unsurprisingly, Sri Lanka stuck with the same team that had fielded for just 15 overs before the rain came down in the first ODI when hostilities resumed at Dambulla last time out. Lakshan Sandakan toiled through nine, expensive wicketless overs with the ball and – after the seamers had a big impact on the game – Sri Lanka might be tempted to opt for another in his place. Dushmantha Chameera is one option. After the batsman struggled with the bat, there may be changes there too – though with Angelo Mathews among those left out of the squad due to fitness issues, it will not be the former captain they turn to.

SL Key Players

Lasith Malinga claimed 5-44 in the second ODI, ripping through the England batting line-up with his fast swing bowling – taking his 500th international wicket in the process. Five of those came in the Asia Cup – Sri Lanka’s last ODI engagement – while Thisara Perera took six in that tournament.

Perera is a dangerman with bat and ball, and was sat on 44 not out from 41 balls when the rain came last time out – having hit one four and three sixes. He has scored 228 runs in his last ten matches at an average of 32.57, while also picking up 14 wickets in those games.

Namesake Kusal Perera scored 84 at Pallekele in a T20 match for Kandy last month and is another of Sri Lanka’s recent top scorers. His 30 in the second ODI took him to 237 in his last nine matches at a run rate just above a run a ball.

Sri Lanka vs England 3rd ODI Match Prediction & Betting Tips

SL Team Form

Sri Lanka are out of sorts in ODIs – which was never more evident than in the Asia Cup. Their batting has the biggest worry, as scores of 124 against Bangladesh and 158 against Afghanistan clearly highlight. Bangladesh won by 137 runs and Afghanistan by 91 runs as Sri Lanka suffered an early exit.

They had previously lost 3-2 to South Africa in their most recent bilateral series, though that scoreline flatters the hosts a lot – South Africa had the series wrapped up after the third game. It was only 6-29 from Akila Dananjaya in the final game – a 178-run win after bowling South Africa out for 121 – that Sri Lanka really showed the best form.

Sri Lanka Predicted Playing 11

  • Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera
Sri Lanka vs England 3rd ODI Match Prediction & Betting Tips

Sri Lanka vs England 3rd ODI Match Prediction & Betting Tips

England Team News & Playing 11

ENG Team News

Liam Dawson is a fitness doubt for England with a side strain, meaning they will likely have to alter the balance of their XI. If Dawson misses out, Joe Root will have to bowl as the third spinner, while Mark Wood or the Curran brothers will come into the line-up. Sam Curran’s test form may give him the edge, but Wood was in the England team for the win against India that preceded this tour. Alex Hales was the other man to sit out the first two matches, with Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow opening the batting.

ENG Key Players

Joe Root’s fine one-day form continued in the second ODI, as he hit 71 from 83 balls batting at number three. He had previously hit back-to-back unbeaten centuries to turn the one-day series against India around as England won 2-1, and hit 90* in the warm-up game and 25* in the first ODI before the rain came.

Eoin Morgan top-scored last time out, however with 92 from 91 balls. He too was not out in the 90s in the warm-up game and unbeaten when the rain arrived in the first ODI, having hit 88* in his previous ODI before this tour – the decisive win against India. Morgan and Root have shared several big partnerships lately, batting at three and four.

They are not England’s only strong batsmen either with Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow generally scoring plenty at the top of the order and the Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler to come in after Root and Morgan.

England are strong with the ball too, and Chris Woakes claimed 3-26 from his five overs last time out, while Adil Rashid (18 wickets in his last ten games) and Moeen Ali (14 in 10) generally share spin-bowling duties.

Sri Lanka vs England 3rd ODI Match Prediction & Betting Tips

ENG Team Form

An England win will put them on the brink of a ninth consecutive ODI series win, having beaten Australia and India in the summer just gone to maintain their form. There was a shock defeat to Scotland in there too, in a one-off game, but that has proved to be a rare blip in an otherwise excellent spell of form in this format.

Against Australia, England won all five ODIs as Jason Roy hitting two centuries, and 304 runs in total, and Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales all hitting one apiece. The former’s came in a thrilling one-wicket win in the final game, which owed it all to his batting, while the latter two both hit their centuries in the record-breaking total of 481/6 England posted on their way to a 242-run win at Trent Bridge.Against India, meanwhile, the tourists won the first game but Joe Root led the comeback with scores of 113* and 100* in the second and third match – England winning by 86 runs and then by eight wickets to wrap up a 2-1 series win.

England Predicted Playing 11

  • Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Olly Stone, Mark Wood

Sri Lanka vs England 3rd ODI Match Prediction & Betting Tips

Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)



SL vs ENG Head to Head

England’s win last time out means they now have an identical record to Sri Lanka in the previous 71 ODI matches between the two – 34 runs apiece, one tie and two no results.

The tie actually came in the most recent series between the two, in 2016, when Chris Woakes saved the game for England with an unbeaten 95 down the order. That laid the platform for England to win three of the next four games – the other was washed out – to win the series 3-0, with highlights including Alex Hales and Jason Roy’s 256-run opening partnership in a ten-wicket win in the second ODI and Roy’s 162 from 118 balls in the fourth match.

The last ODI series in Sri Lanka between the two, however, ended in a 5-2 Sri Lanka win – veterans Kumar Sangakarra and Tillakaratne Dilshan were the stars of the show.

Sri Lanka vs England Betting Odds

England are favourites to make it two wins in a row against Sri Lanka, with Bet365 and Betway offering 1.33 on the world number one team, compared to 3.40 with Bet365 on the hosts.

In-form Joe Root (4.00 to be top scorer with Bet365) and Eoin Morgan (5.50 with Bet365) are two key figures in the England batting line-up, but any one of the top six could be worth backing given the strength England possess. Jonny Bairstow (4.33) and Jason Roy (4.50) are due runs at the top of the order, for example.

Sri Lanka’s lower middle-order was ticking when the rain came down last time out, meanwhile. He is high-priced because he might not get chance for much time in the middle, but Thisara Perera has been scoring runs and at 13.00 with Betfair, he could be worth backing to be their top run scorer.

Sri Lanka vs England 3rd ODI Match Prediction & Betting Tips

Sri Lanka vs England Prediction

England have adapted better to the Sri Lankan conditions than they have done in the past – helped, perhaps, by the wet weather as opposed to it being dry and dusty. With Joe Root and Eoin Morgan in form, it is hard to back against the tourists.

Final Verdict: England to beat Sri Lanka at 1.33 with Bet365 and Betway.

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