ODI preview: Sri Lanka vs. England
ODI preview: Sri Lanka vs. England

Sri Lanka and England are ready to battle it out in the first ODI of the five-match series, which will be played in Dambulla on Wednesday.

The hosts will be desperate to turn things around after having a horrendous time in the recently concluded Asia Cup, where they suffered humiliating exit from the first stage and was knocked out after failing to win even a single match in the tournament.

After such poor performance, there were calls for drastic changes in the team which saw all-rounder Angelo Mathews losing his ODI captaincy. Not only that as he was also dropped from the squad for the series against England as well.

England, on the other hand, are coming into this series with the label of being one of the best in the world in this format, and will be eager to continue strengthening their status with another impressive outing.

In their last 50-over assignment, the Eoin Morgan-led unit registered an impressive 2-1 win against Virat Kohli-led India.

Key Players


Jos Buttler – 9.5 Cr

First in the list of key players features England vice-captain and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler, who is in a prime form in the 50-over format. The 28-year-old has scored three half-centuries and one century in last six innings, and three of those innings came at a strike-rate of over 100. Valued at 9.5 Cr, Buttler will be an expensive acquisition, but is someone who can turn the match around in the matter of couple of overs, and keeping

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Azeem Siddiqui
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