Sri Lanka looks very desperate to gain a victory against England because they had not won a single one yet and today is their last chance. Sri Lanka lost all five ODI matches, they tried their best but they had not succeeded. Sri Lanka won only two ODI matches against Ireland but that was not a big victory. The Rose Bowl, Southampton cricket ground is very good for bowling and batting, especially for pacers, can take advantage of the pitch as much as they want. The forecast is for a dry and mild evening.
Trevor Bayliss wants Mills in the final XI and though he is not the sole voice in selection it would seem perverse to name Mills in the squad and not give him a game. Liam Dawson, the Hampshire allrounder who was in the World T20 squad, has been confirmed to make his debut while Dawid Malan, the Middlesex left-hander, could make it three new caps. Alex Hales, Joe Root, and Moeen Ali have all been rested. Dhananjaya de Silva could replace Upul Tharanga who is not part of the T20 squad. Chaminda Bandara was given his ODI debut in Cardiff and though he went for 83 there isn’t much to lose playing him in the T20 where left-armers have proved particularly effective. Suraj Randiv, the offspinner, could also come into the equation.
JC Buttler†, JJ Roy, JM Vince, EJG Morgan*, JM Bairstow, SW Billings, LA Dawson, LE Plunkett, AU Rashid, CJ Jordan, TS Mills.
Sri Lanka team
MDKJ Perera, MD Gunathilaka, BKG Mendis, LD Chandimal†, AD Mathews*, MD Shanaka, KMC Bandara, RLB Rambukwella, S Prasanna, N Pradeep, MF Maharoof.
Watch Online Sri Lanka tour of England final match Only T20I Eng v SL Highlights at Southampton, Tuesday, July 5th, 2016.
18:30 local time (17:30 GMT)
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat
Umpires – ???
Match referee – DC Boon