ENG vs SL 3rd T20I – Match Preview
The three-match T20I series between England and Sri Lanka will culminate with the third T20I on 26th June at Southampton. The home team has taken an unassailable 2-0 lead after securing comprehensive wins in the first two T20Is at Cardiff. England's bowling attack and did a brilliant job while restricting the visitors to a below-par total in both the outings.
Jos Buttler who has been ruled out of the ENG vs SL 2021 series owing to injury, played a match-winning knock in the first T20I, while Livingstone and Curran finished the run chase in the second T20I for the hosts. On the other hand, Sri Lanka's batting unit has struggled in both matches against a top-ranked T20I side. The Sri Lankan top-order has failed to make any use of the first six of the batting powerplay.
Wanindu Hasaranga and Isuru Udana did a decent job with the ball but not enough runs on the board gave the tourists very little chance to put up some fight while defending the target. The Kusal Pere-led side will hope to gather some momentum in the 3rd T20I ahead of the upcoming three ODIs.
Here’s a detailed look at the ENG vs SL Dream11 Match Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, and Top Picks:
|Match||Date & Time||Venue||Live Telecast & Streaming|
|England vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I||June 26, 7 PM IST||The Ageas Bowl, Southampton||Sony Sports Network, Sony Liv App & Website (In India)|
What to Expect – Pitch Report & Weather Conditions?
The pitch will be batting-friendly at Southampton in this third T20I match between England and Sri Lanka. Pacers will get early assistance from the pitch but it will be batsmen's game throughout the match. The weather will be clear in this match as the game will be completed without any interruption due to forecast or rain.
The English opener and wicket-keeper Jos Buttler has been ruled out from the white-ball series owing to a calf injury. Chris Woakes, who was rested for the second T20I, might get an opportunity again in the playing XI. England might opt to rotate a few of their pace bowlers. Adil Rashid is expected to continue as the lead spinner. Mark Wood could be rested for the last T20I at Southampton.
Sri Lanka made a couple of changes in their playing XI for the 2nd T20I in the series. Sri Lanka's batting failure in the series so far has been a huge concern for the visitors. Skipper Kusal Perera will be expected to lead from the front. The experienced likes of Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis could be the two players to watch out for Sri Lanka in the third T20I.
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Probable Playing XI for ENG v SL 3rd T20I
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan(c), Liam Livingstone, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood.
Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (c), Kusal Mendis (wk), Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Wanidu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananjaya, Isuru Udana, Binura Fernando.
Top Fantasy Picks for England vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I
Jonny Bairstow will be the key batsman for England in this last T20I. He opened in the absence of Jos Buttler and is likely to continue at his favorite slot at Southampton too. Leading into the series, Bairstow was in terrific form, scoring 295 runs in 4 matches at an average of 73 in T20 Blast 2021. Bairstow will also keep wickets and is a great pick in the Dream11 Team against Sri Lanka in the 3rd T20I.
Sam Curran was impressive in the first two T20Is at Cardiff. The left-arm medium-pacer picked 3 wickets in two matches with an average of just 11. He also finished the match for England in the second T20I where he scored 16 runs in just 8 balls. He will again be an important pick in this match and can provide fantasy points both with bat and ball.
The Sri Lankan skipper Kusal Perera has been disappointing with his performance in the series so far. Playing at three, Perera didn't make an impact with his bat. The Southpaw was off to a decent start in both the games but failed to convert it into a big score in either of the games. The 30-year old has been a match-winner for Sri Lanka and can come good in the final match of the series.
The Sri Lankan all-rounder, Wanindu Hasaranga has been one of the consistent performers for his team in white-ball cricket. However, the spin all-rounder didn't perform as expected in the first two matches against England. He will aim to perform with the bat in this match and give his team enough runs on the board. Hasaranga bowled economical spells in both matches especially in the second T20I, conceding a mere 20 runs for two wickets in his four overs.
Dream11 Team Prediction for ENG vs SL 3rd T20I
Wicket-Keeper: Jonny Bairstow (C), Kusal Perera
Batsmen: Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Kusal Mendis, Eoin Morgan
All-Rounders: Sam Curran (VC), Wanindu Hasaranga
Bowlers: Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Isuru Udana
Dream11 Match Prediction – Who will win the ENG vs SL 3rd T20I?
England have outplayed visitors in both the T20Is so far. The home team will yet again start as favorites to win the final T20I and claim a clean sweep win over Sri Lanka.