Sri Lanka vs England, 2nd ODI: Damp squib on the cards in soggy Dambulla
Rain in Dambulla threatens to wash out the second ODI too. @AFP

Sri Lanka and England face the prospect of another wash-out in Dambulla on Saturday with the weekend forecast for more rain in the Sri Lankan hill town. Wet conditions cut off the series opener after 15 overs, and matters do not look like improving during the second ODI even with a reserve day in hand, because both Saturday and Sunday are forecast to be very wet.

For Sri Lanka, who in the words of Dinesh Chandimal are at a stage similar to where England were after a poor 2015 World Cup campaign, these matches are critical to forming their squad for next summer’s showpiece event.

England have risen to No 1 in the ODI rankings under Eoin Morgan’s captaincy after being eliminated in the group stages of the 2015 World Cup but now find themselves being spoken of as favourites to lift the trophy at home in 2019.

Morgan was left frustrated after the opening match was washed out, and looks in line for more such sentiment.

Date: October 13

Venue: Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium

Time: 10:00 IST

Weather: Scattered thunderstorms

Team News

Sri Lanka 

Lasith Malinga’s five overs cost 37 in the first ODI, which could mean that Dushmantha Chameera gets a look-in.

Probable XI: 1 Upul Tharanga, 2 Niroshan Dickwella, 3 Kusal Perera (wk), 4 Dinesh Chandimal (capt), 5 Dhananjaya de Silva, 6 Dasun Shanaka, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Akila Dananjaya, 9 Lakshan Sandakan, 10 Nuwan Pradeep, 11 Lasith Malinga/Dushmantha Chameera

England

With no chance to get Olly Stone tested at international level in his washed out debut, England should stick with the same attack.

Probable XI: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Liam Dawson, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Olly Stone

Statistics

- Jonny Bairstow is five runs short of becoming the first batsman to 1000 ODI runs this year.

- Joe Root (825) and Jason Roy (804) are behind Bairstow.

- Rashid Khan needs two wickets to become the second most successful bowler in ODIs this year.

- Thisara Perera is the leading Sri Lankan bowler in 2018 with 24 wickets.

Quotes

“Hopefully we’ll have some luck with the weather along the way. It’s unfortunate for Olly, I know he’s itching to get out there.” – Morgan