COC Cricbattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips: Sri Lanka vs England on October 10
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The Asian Islanders are set to take on the world number one ODI side, England in the opening fixture of five-match ODI series at Dambulla. Both the teams have played 70 ODIs against each other, with Sri Lanka marginally edging the head-to-head scoreline 34-33, with one tie and one no result. The Islanders will aim for a fresh start after their disappointing show at Asia Cup 2018, where they lost both the group matches against Bangladesh and Afghanistan by big margins. They were dismissed for just 124 in a 137-run loss to Tigers and were then bowled out for 158 by Afghans in a 91-run loss. England have won their last eight bilateral ODI series, including whitewashing Australia on the back of some record-breaking batting before coming from behind to beat India 2-1 most recently. They did lose a one-off match against Scotland in between, but that has been a rare blip in a stunning run of form and one may expect them to start as favorites.
Best economical pick – England will bank on the likes of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy, who have been in stunning form in recent times, to provide them with a quick start at the top. Bairstow has hit 615 runs in his last ten ODI innings while Roy averages 52 in his last eight games, during which he has scored 416 runs.
Top captains & vice captains – England's Test captain, and deputy to Morgan in ODIs, Joe Root has been one of his team's most consistent batsmen. While he always is a key cog in the England line-up, his value in Sri Lanka will probably be higher because of his ability to tackle spin. In the series against India, he scored a total of 216 runs from three innings, looking comfortable against the tweakers even as his teammates had to battle their way through. This will be a hugely important series for Dinesh Chandimal, who returns as the team's captain. He missed out on the Asia Cup through injury and had also missed the home series against South Africa because of a disciplinary sanction. So he will want to make a mark with a big score. His average of 32.69 hardly does justice to his ability, and he'll be keen to improve that figure. How he does not only as batsman but also as captain could determine Sri Lanka's fortunes.
Smart pick – Thisara Perera has done a decent job for Sri Lanka in ODIs and has taken 19 wickets in last ten ODIs including 5/55 against Afghanistan. He is expected to cause problems for England in home conditions.
Cautious Pick – Sri Lankan Opening batsman Upul Tharanga has been a fulcrum of the Lankan batting lineup for over a decade now. With an experience of 229 ODIs, the 33-year-old veteran has failed totally in ODIs this year.
My XI – Joe Root (Captain), Dinesh Chandimal (Vice-Captain), Jason Roy, Thisara Perera, Adil Rashid, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Niroshan Dickwella, Moeen Ali