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England threatening remarkable ODI comeback against Sri Lanka

| 12.12.2014

After going 2-0 and then 3-1 down in the seven-match ODI contest in Sri Lanka, few would have predicted that England would be within touching distance of taking the series. The visitors have now been shortened to 4/1 in Coral’s betting to win overall.

Hosts Sri Lanka, though, are still odds-on to both to claim the series at 1/6 and 8/13 to take the sixth ODI, though.

But England will be hoping another heroic hundred can win them the next match to level the scores to 3-3, with one to go, after Joe Root’s unbeaten century last time out.

The young Yorkshireman scored 104 to help the tourists to a five-wicket victory in Pallekele, and put on crucial partnerships with both James Taylor (104) and Ravi Bopara (86).

Captain Alastair Cook had high praise for his youthful teammates, saying: “The way Taylor, and particularly Root, played today was just phenomenal.

“[Kumar] Sangakkara (91) gave a masterclass in batting yesterday, but I thought Rooty matched that level. To chase 240 fairly comfortably on a spinning wicket is a credit to the way we’ve pushed ourselves,

Root is a 4/1 chance to be best England batsman again, while Taylor, who is doing wonders in his claim to make the World Cup squad after smashing 90 in the 4th ODI, is 9/2 in the same market.

Skipper Cook, who is struggling with form but managed 20 in the last match, is 4/1 to top score, while veteran Sangakkara is 5/2 to be best batsman for Sri Lanka.

Chris Woakes will hope he can carry on his bowling heroics, after taking outstanding figures of 6-47 last time out.

Speaking after his haul, he said: “It was really important for myself to put in a good performance. It’s always nice to take wickets, and six wickets sounds a lot, but at the time I suppose you are just trying to put the ball in the right areas and do your best for the team.

“But it was great day for myself and I was just hoping that the boys could chase it down because we weren’t sure whether it was a good total or a par total, but the boys made a good chase.”

All-rounder Woakes is 7/2 to be best bowler again and help England to a crucial win (13/10).



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.