On Sunday, Sri Lanka’s depleted team will play the final game of their England tour. So far, they’ve lost all five games in both forms.
For the first time in the three-match ODI series against England, the island nation is on the verge of being whitewashed.
We win the toss and bowl first! ⚪
🏴 #ENGvSL 🇱🇰
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 4, 2021
This dead rubber will be held at Bristol’s County Ground. Teams batting first have won 10 of the 27 ODIs played at this stadium, while chasing teams have won 16 of the matches. The best score on this pitch is 373/5 by England women against South Africa.
So far, Sri Lanka has only played in two completed games at this stadium. They were defeated on both occasions.
In the 1983 World Cup league game at Bristol, New Zealand defeated them by five wickets. At the same venue, India defeated Sri Lanka by 63 runs in the 2002 Natwest series.
England restricted Sri Lanka to a below-par total before rain played spoilsport
Bristol County Ground.
— Gloucestershire Cricket🏏 (@Gloscricket) February 21, 2021
On June 26, 2016, the Sri Lankan team played their farewell ODI match at the County Ground in Bristol. During Sri Lanka’s summer 2016 tour of England, it was the third match of a five-match series.
Going into the game, the hosts were up 1-0 in the series. In gloomy conditions, Eoin Morgan won the toss and urged the opponents to bat first.
The visitors’ openers, Kusal Perera (9 in 25 balls) and Danushka Gunathilaka (1 in 2 balls), struggled to get off to a decent start. Kusal Mendis (53 in 66 balls) batted at No. 3 and stabilised the batting, scoring a crucial half-century.
When he was dismissed in the 22nd over, the squad was once again in difficulty. As the side labored at 88-3, skipper Angelo Mathews (56) linked hands with Dinesh Chandimal (62).
The seasoned combination scored 80 runs in 87 balls, attempting to drag their team out of a precarious scenario.
Chris Woakes (3/34) ended the promising stand in the 36th over, dismissing Chandimal when Chris Jordan took a routine catch at third base.
Later, Upul Tharanga (40 in 33 balls) played a quickfire innings to provide Sri Lanka a much-needed boost in the dying overs. By the completion of 50 overs, Sri Lanka had amassed a total of 248/9.
For the home side, Liam Plunkett (3/46) starred in the bowling department alongside Woakes. Chris Jordan and David Willey, two more pacers, also contributed by taking one wicket each.
The England team faced a 249-run target when they began their chase. Suranga Lakmal got them off to a wonderful start in the opening over, knocking Alex Hales for a golden duck.
After four overs, the game was called off due to rain, with England on 16-1 and Joe Root (11*) and Jason Roy (5*) at the crease.
Due to the inability to play due to heavy rain, the match was called off without a result.
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) July 4, 2021