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England vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI- Preview and Moneyball9 Fantasy tips

Utkarsh Bhatla
|Sat Jun 25 2016


England vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI (Preview)

For a long time the England side were guilty of not taking the attack to the opposition, especially in the limited overs format. They used to approach the ODIs with a test match mindset, which used to lead to their downfall. But this new crop of English players have found a way to distinguish between 5 day and one-day cricket. While the basic technical skills remain the same, there is a huge difference with respect to the way you approach both these formats, and having different sets of players for both formats has resulted in great results for English cricket.

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Alex Hales and Jason Roy, two players who have had a huge role to play in this transformation, stood up and demolished the Sri Lankan attack in the 2nd ODI to gift the English side a comprehensive victory.

The Sri Lankan batting unit looked a bit weary and had to pay the price for that.

Let’s get to business now!

England vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI (Moneyball9 Fantasy Tips)

England vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI
England vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI

Batsmen

Root will have a big role to play in England vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI
Root will have a big role to play in England vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI

Jason Roy and Alex Hales will be my first pick for this. Before the last game as well I had stressed on the fact that these two along Jos Buttler have pioneered the transformation in the limited overs English team. And their thumping performance in the last game was a reflection of that.

Joe Root hasn’t got much of an opportunity to shine in this series but that doesn’t mean he is bereft of talent or skill. He is England’s Virat Kohli and in all probability will be amongst the runs in tomorrow’s game. Get him in!

Wicketkeeper

Between Kusal Perera, Kusla Mendis and Jos Buttler; I opt for Kusal Perera because of the fact that he opens the innings and thus gets the maximum chance of making a significant impact.

With Jos Buttler there is always this risk that he may be demoted to number 6 and thus won’t be able to make much of an impact, especially in pressure situations.

All Rounder

Seekugge Prasanna is my all rounder for this game. All through the UK tour, he has been great with both bat and ball. England traditionally isn’t a great player of leg spin bowling and Prasanna has all the skill in the world to exploit that weakness. Also, his pinch-hitting and late order hitting skills come in very handy.

Bowlers

Suranga Lakmal has been a revelation for Sri Lankan cricket after the departure of Lasith Malinga and has been pretty effective in this tour as well. You just have to get in the Sri Lankan spearhead.

Liam Plunkettt has played brilliantly in the last two games, picking 4 wickets and scoring that crucial 22 to tie the first ODI.

Nuwan Pradeep has picked up 3 wickets on this tour and the comes in at just Rs 5000 in the Moneyball9 fantasy game, giving me a good chance to bring in other high cost players.

Flexible Player

Mathews will play a huge role in England vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI
Mathews will play a huge role in England vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI

Angelo Mathews is my flexible player for this game. He comes in at 5 and bowls at least 7 overs. That makes him a perfect fit for the flexible player position.

Happy team picking!


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