Hosts England will face off against Sri Lanka in the 3rd and final ODI of the series on Thursday, 14th September, 2023 at Grace Road, Leicester, at 5:00 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).
Sri Lanka has never won an ODI against England and they will try their best to change that fact with this match. On the other hand, England has dominated the ODI series and they will hope to continue their impressive performance. The match promises to be an exciting contest and fans will be eager to see which side comes out on top.
England: Heather Knight (C), Tammy Beaumont, Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Charlie Dean, Lauren Filer, Mahika Gaur, Sarah Glenn, Bess Heath, Amy Jones, Emma Lamb, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Alice Davidson-Richards
Sri Lanka: Chamari Athapaththu (C), Oshadi Ranasinghe, Vishmi Gunaratne, Nilakshi de Silva, Kaveesha Dilhari, Inoka Ranaweera, Sugandika Kumari, Anushka Sanjeewani, Udeshika Prabodhani, Achini Kulasuriya, Kawya Kavindi, Inoshi Fernando, Hansima Karunaratne, Hasini Perera, Imesha Dulani, Harshitha Samarawickrama
Players to watch out:
Charlie Dean ran through the Sri Lankan lineup in the previous game, taking 2 wickets for 12 runs, and bowling 3 maiden overs. She also took the prized wicket of the opposition captain Chamari Athapaththu. To win the game, Sri Lanka will have to find an effective way to counter her.
Pace bowler Kate Cross is an invaluable asset for England in the longer formats of the game. In 59 ODI matches, she has taken 79 wickets with best figures of 5/24. While she went wicketless in the first ODI, she took 1 wicket for 35 runs in the second. England will hope for a good performance from her in the game to win the series.
Nilakshi de Silva:
While she was out for a duck in the first ODI and didn’t play the second game, Nilakshi de Silva is an important player in the Sri Lankan side. In 31 matches, she has scored 520 runs with a high score of 48 not out. She is an exceptional player and Sri Lanka will be hoping for a big score from her to win the game.
Inoka Ranaweera has been a consistent performer for Sri Lanka on this tour. While Sri Lanka didn’t get a chance to bowl in the second ODI, she took 1 wicket for 15 runs in the first game. She will be a player to watch out for.
The pitch at Grace Road has a favorable record for batters. Once set on the crease, runs will begin to flow easily for the batters. Amongst the bowlers, pacers will be assisted by the pitch. As per past ODI records, teams chasing at the venue have a better chance of winning the game.
The temperature is expected to be between 13 degree Celsius and 20 degree Celsius. Slight overcast conditions can be expected with the humidity being around 72%.
Fantasy playing XI:
Amy Jones, Heather Knight, Tammy Beaumont, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Chamari Athapaththu, Kaveesha Dilhari, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Sarah Glenn, Inoka Ranaweera
Date – 14th September, 2023
Time – 5:00 PM, IST
Venue – Grace Road, Leicester
Broadcast – The game will be live-streamed on the FanCode App and Website.
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