Sri Lanka vs England Highlights, 4th ODI, (06-07-2011) 6th July 2011

Sri Lanka vs England

Sri Lanka vs England Highlights, 4th ODI, (06-07-2011) 6th July 2011. Watch Today’s Latest Match 4th ODI of series playing between Sri Lanka vs England Highlights (SL vs Eng), On 6th July 2011 (06-07-2011) (Sri Lanka vs England). 4th ODI Cricket Highlights Match England vs England (Eng vs SL) Highlights. Watch Complete Cricket HD highlights and More Here. Stay Here to watch full highlights, live scorecard, live streaming, full scorecard, quick scorecard, match updates, teams analysis, match preview and much more. The Match B/W Sri Lanka vs England will be started at Nottingham. Schedule time of Match is 14:00 Local Time (13:00 GMT). Watch Live match at ESPN Star that is live broadcasting the live streaming of Sri Lanka vs England (SL vs Eng).

ENGLAND SQUAD: Alastair Cook (capt),  Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Jade Dernbach, James Anderson,Steven Finn, Craig Kieswetter, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes.

SRI LANKA SQUAD: T Dilshan (c), T Kandambi, K Sangakkara (wk), M Jayawardena, D Chandimal, J Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne, Thissara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekera, Damikka Prasad, Suraj Randiv, Ajantha Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Mathews.

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Sri Lanka favorites to wrap up the series !!

Roles have reversed quite clearly ever since limited overs leg of the tour has begun. After bossing the test series, England have been reminded of the gulf that existed between them and top ODI’s teams in the format. Having undergone some changes after their sorry performance in the world cup including handing over the reins to Alastair Cook, the hosts did start their campaign to resurrect their dismal ODI record with a lop-sided win in the first ODI at The Oval. It appeared under new skipper England have made a start in their pursuit to achieve their goals.

It wasn’t to be though. Next two ODI’s, it was Sri Lanka all the way. England lost both the fixtures without much of a fight. And, at Lords one-sided game just reflected the poor limited overs’ cricket England has played in last two decades. All those perennial problems surfaced. Top order consumed too many deliveries virtually for nothing, innings stagnated once Sri Lankan spinners operated and there wasn’t much muscle in the end overs. Consequently, a below par score on a belter of Lords’ surface and game was lost without putting the tourists under much of a pressure. Only positive from the match was new skipper’s hundred that should give some confidence to the left hander, who, critics believe, doesn’t merit a place in England’s ODI set-up. To be honest, Cook struggled to get big shots away and did contribute to England’s meandering approach in batting friendly conditions.

Detractors are training their guns on Johnathan Trot, for, they reckon, the run machine in test cricket isn’t an ideal number three in the ODI’s. More so, when Cook, both of whom have a similar approach to batting, is in the team. They feel it robs England of making quick runs when fielding restrictions are on. With series on the line at Trent Bridge, England management might be forced to take a strong decision of dropping Trot and bring someone like Ravi Bopara into the fold for him being busy at the crease. If England want to compete with Sri Lanka, they will have to play spin well and dominate them. Such has been the English batsmen’s trail against the Sri Lankan spinners, Kevin Pietersen has been dismissed by little known leg spinner Jeevan Mendis in all the three matches. Pietersen has looked in good touch but not been able to kick on. He is due for a big innings for quite a while now and his team would hope Trent Bridge turns out to be a place where KP wields his magic with the bat.

In bowling England have concerns as well. After a poor show in the tests, Stuart Broad’s form isn’t getting any better. This might give an opening to left arm spinner Samit Patel to make a case for his selection. His inclusion would mean an extra spin option to Cook and Samit can bat in the top six as well.

Despite all this, England for sure will be spurred up for Wednesday’s fixture. One, England is trailing by 1-2 in the five match series and there was strong exchange of words between their players and Sri Lankans. England didn’t hold their anger back when young Sri Lankan Dinesh Chandimal, at the fag end of the chase, and his partner Angelo Mathews made sure former scores a century before winning runs were scored.

Sri Lanka won’t complain though. After handed over a heavy defeat in the first match, the tourists have come back strongly winning the next two comprehensively. Everything seems to be falling in place for the side that struggled in the tests. The batting duo Mahela Jayawerdena and Kumar Sangakkara have contributed in both the wins with Mahela, at the top, being a revelation. He looks in elegant touch scoring runs freely with a classic approach. Chandimal’s century at Lords have only made Sri Lanka a better batting unit. If anything, Sri Lanka would want runs from their skipper T Dilshan for he has failed in all three matches. And, if he has a good day, England’s chance of leveling the series will become even more difficult.

For Sri Lanka, bowling is in good shape. Lasith Malinga is virtually unplayable with those Yorkers, slower ones and short balls of his and Jeevan Mendis has looked very impressive with his leg spinners. Other bowling options have also been steady.

At the moment, the tourists are overwhelming favorites to wrap up the series at Trent Bridge, but, the hosts have the players capable of upsetting Sri Lanka.

Source: vcricket.com

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