Sri Lanka v England: second ODI


After 1st ODI was abandoned due to rain, Sri Lanka and England are aiming to have a full game. At anywhere between 65 to 95 per cent chances of rain is forecast in Dambulla for Saturday, the second ODI looks like going down the same road as well.

England, in the first ODI against Sri Lanka, breezed to 92 for 2 in 15 overs before rain interrupted the encounter. However, there is a reserve day kept for Sunday, unlike the first game, but the players, officials and fans alike will be hoping to see some sort of action on Saturday.

Woakes struck again in his third and fifth overs, with Dinesh Chandimal (6) chopping on and Dasun Shanaka (8) forced to play a superb back-of-length delivery and handing Buttler his third catch of the match.

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Sri Lanka's XI featured left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan, who was left out from the Asia Cup squad, and fast bowler Pradeep, who has not played an worldwide since January, largely owing to injury. If we do get some action on Saturday, Sri Lanka will be keen to get their batting in order. Earlier, England handed over maiden ODI cap to Olly Stone who came in as a cover for Liam Plunkett.

Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (c), Upul Tharanga, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga, Amila Aponso, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha, Kusal Perera.