Tue, Jun 28, 9:17am by Staff Writer
England will have the opportunity to secure victory in its one-day international series against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
The home side holds a 1-0 advantage ahead of the fourth game of the five-match series at Kennington Oval in London.
The contests so far have had everything, with a tie, a draw because of bad weather and a thumping England victory.
England is a warm favourite with punters to record a second win, priced at $1.21 with Sportsbet, while Sri Lanka is at $4.75.
While Sri Lanka is fifth and England sixth in the ICC ODI rankings, the latter looks the superior team on its home deck.
But, that said, all results are possible with two matches remaining.
The series started with a tie at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
Sri Lanka compiled 286, assisted by half-centuries from skipper Angelo Mathews (73) and Seekkuge Prasanna (59).
England was reduced to 4-30 in its run chase before Chris Woakes (95 not out) and Jos Buttler (93) did everything but see their team to victory.
The second fixture at Edgbaston, Birmingham was a one-sided rout.
Sri Lanka again batted first and posted a respectable 254, Upul Tharanga (53 not out) and Dinesh Chandimal (52) leading the way.
But England made light work of the run chase, taking just 34.1 overs to reach 0-256.
Alex Hales hammered 133 not out, while his opening partner Jason Roy was unbeaten on 112.
Rain intervened in the third match at Bristol.
Chandimal (62), Mathews (56) and Kusal Mendis (53) all played fine hands without cashing in as their team reached 9-248 from its 50 overs. Liam Plunkett returned 3-46 from 10 overs for the host nation.
England was 1-16 from four overs in reply when wet weather struck, leaving the series alive for another few days at least.
If you’re finding it tough to pick a winner, why not try and nail the leading runscorer from one team or both?
Sportsbet rate Hales ($4), Roy ($4.50) and Joe Root ($4.50) as England’s leading hopes.
Hales is the $5.50 favourite to be the top-performing batsman in the match.
Sri Lanka’s bowlers have not enjoyed a great deal of success so far, but Suranga Lakmal ($4.33) is the favourite to be his side’s leading wicket-taker.
The next best chances are Chris Jordan ($5.20) and Moeen Ali ($8).
For those who fancy betting purely on chance, both teams are priced at $1.87 to win the toss.
The other markets at Sportsbet for this one-day series include man of the match, player to score 50, player run margins, first over and dismissal.
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