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England v Sri Lanka betting tips: Morgan’s men eye another clean sweep

| 03.07.2021

Preview and odds for the third ODI

The series is already won and the hosts are eyeing another clean sweep as we pick out some England v Sri Lanka betting tips for the third one-day international.

Having already won the T20 series 3-0, England went 2-0 up in the longer format with an eight-wicket win at The Oval on Thursday.

The series ends at Bristol on Sunday in a match which is live on Sky Sports and begins at 11am.

Sri Lanka struggle continues

The tourists produced a slightly better batting performance in the second ODI but it still never looked like being enough.

After bowling out Sri Lanka for 185 in the opening match in Durham, England captain Eoin Morgan laid down the gauntlet by sending them in first again at The Oval and watched as the top order not only failed to pick it up but fell on their faces in the attempt.

Sam Curran was promoted to new-ball duties on his home ground and rose to the occasion with figures of five for 48, including three in his first nine deliveries as the tourists slumped to a torrid 21 for four.

Dhananjaya De Silva’s excellent 91 staved off the threat of outright humiliation as they reached the relative respectability of 241 for nine but England cruised to their target for the loss of just two wickets.

Sri Lanka are 7/1 underdogs to at least end the tour with a morale-boosting win but England are 1/12 to add to their misery.

Time for change

With the series already won, England will make several changes on Sunday.

There is likely to be a debut for Sussex all-rounder George Garton and also possible chances for the likes of Tom Banton, Liam Livingstone and Liam Dawson.

“I think we’ll see more changes,” said Morgan. “There’s an eye on the Pakistan series next week and 50-over cricket is a chance to bring guys in. We’re always looking to grow and get better.”

Banton was called up into the squad as a replacement for Dawid Malan earlier this week and should be full of confidence after his 47-ball hundred in the Vitality Blast for Somerset on Monday.

He has played six ODIs for England already so has some experience at this level and is 3/1 to be the team’s top run scorer here.

Opening credits for England

Both of England’s victories have been partly down to a strong start to their innings which has put them firmly on course to chase down their target.

In the first match, Jonny Bairstow raced out of the blocks and England had made 54 in only the fifth over when fellow opener Liam Livingstone was dismissed.

Jonny Bairstow can get the hosts off to a flying start in England v Sri Lanka betting tips

At The Oval, Sri Lanka’s opening bowlers Dushmantha Chameera and Binura Fernando both failed to take a wicket and England had 76 on the board by the time Bairstow was dismissed, with fit-again opener Jason Roy going on to make 60 from 52 balls.

In terms of England v Sri Lanka betting tips, the hosts can be backed at 5/6 to score at least 43 before losing the first wicket and are 8/11 to score four or more off the first over.

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.