4th ODI, England tour of Sri Lanka 2018, Eng v SL highlights today – Fourth one day international from Pallekele International Cricket Stadium (Sri Lanka) Saturday 20th October 2018. Shockingly, it didn’t rain in Kandy on Thursday, and Friday has dawned rather pleasant as well. Which, inevitably, means that the weather on match-day is forecast to be torrential. Nevertheless, after some heroic work from the Pallekele groundstaff, mostly involving the judicious positioning of several acres of blue tarpaulins, the actual pitch for the third ODI proved to be dry and true, with good carry for the seamers and a bit of purchase for the spinners – as Adil Rashid demonstrated with a pinpoint googly.
Bairstow did not appear for the rest of training after appearing to turn his ankle during a warm-up game of football. Hales is on standby to take over at the top of the order. Liam Plunkett has arrived in Sri Lanka and is ready to resume his deck-hitting mid-innings role after emerging unscathed from his wedding last week. But with Olly Stone impressing in his first outing of the tour, there’s no guarantee that he’ll be reclaiming his place straightaway.
Kusal Mendis stepped into the vacancy created by Kusal Perera’s quad strain, but his first-ball duck made it three blobs in a row since his Asia Cup meltdown and suggested that his place in the team is once again in peril. Upul Tharanga, who made way for the 21-over match, is likely to slot back into the side, though possibly at No.3, with Sadeera Samarawickrama expected to be given the chance to build on his 34-ball 35. Dinesh Chandimal, who missed the post-match presentations on Wednesday after suffering a bout of dizziness, is expected to be fit to lead the side once more.
Toss: England , elected to field first
Sri Lanka team/playing XI
N Dickwella †, S Samarawickrama, LD Chandimal (c), LD Chandimal (c), DM de Silva, MD Shanaka, NLTC Perera, A Dananjaya, SL Malinga, MA Aponso, CAK Rajitha.
England team/playing XI
JJ Roy, AD Hales, JE Root, EJG Morgan (c), BA Stokes, JC Buttler †, MM Ali, CR Woakes, TK Curran, AU Rashid, OP Stone.
Sri Lanka vs England 4th ODI Highlights 2018