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England v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Trent Bridge

Dilshan Eyes ODI Series Win at Trent Bridge

Trent Bridge: Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan believes a one-day series win against England is within his side's grasp after a six-wicket victory at Lord's put the tourists 2-1 up with two to play.

Dinesh Chandimal's unbeaten 105, the 21-year-old's second hundred in just six matches at this level, saw Sri Lanka capitalise on a disciplined bowling display after they held England to a sub-standard 246 for seven.

Chandimal won the match for the World Cup finalists with 10 balls to spare by smashing James Anderson for four.

Sri Lanka might have got there sooner had not Angelo Mathews, whose one not out took 21 balls, been so determined to make sure Chandimal got to a hundred.

Sri Lanka may have lost their rain-affected opener at The Oval by 110 runs but their second victory in three days, following their 69-run success at Headingley, has seen them come from behind to take the lead.

"We are playing good cricket, if we play like this we can win the next two matches," Dilshan told reporters after Lord's ODI.

So determined was Mathews to make sure Chandimal, who eventually reached three figures with a six off medium-pacer Tim Bresnan, got to a hundred he played out a maiden in the 47th over to the visible despair of his captain.

On otherhand, if Alastair Cook felt leading England's one-day ramshackle was a tough ask he'd do well to listen to Kumar Sangakkara's MCC Spirit of Cricket lecture. Yes, stretching five top-three batsman into a top six is difficult, but far simpler than confronting the kind of political wranglings Sri Lankan captains are subjected to.

England could as easily make four changes as none at Trent Bridge. Twice Graeme Swann has been England's best bowler and both times Cook has been unable to back him up with another slow bowler. If they can trust Samit Patel, on his home ground, with eight overs he could replace Stuart Broad - in doing so bolstering England's late-order hitting - but Broad has been publicly backed by his captain. England's attack lacked incisiveness on flat decks at Headingley and Lord's but a day-night game on a pitch that will offer a bit for the quicks could well remedy that.

Teams from

Alastair Cook (captain), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott, Jade Dernbach, Chris Woakes, Samit Patel, Craig Kieswetter (wk), Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan.

Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan (captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Mahela Jayawardene, Suraj Randiv, Suranga Lakmal, Ajantha Mendis, Thissara Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Thilina Kandamby, Sanath Jayasuriya, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhammika Prasad.

Pitch and conditions
The last two games have been played in the kind of sunny, benign conditions that England find most hostile. Trent Bridge, however, should suit them much better. Swing, a bit of nibble, and the chill of night cricket in Nottingham could well conspire to help England to victory. Added to that there are a few spots of rain about overnight which may not clear in time for the match.

Stats and trivia

  • England have lost three of their last five ODIs at Trent Bridge
  • Ian Bell averages 19.75 at a strike rate of 67.52 at No. 6 for England.
  • In 48 ODIs between England and Sri Lanka the spoils are shared 24 wins each.

Match facts
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 (day/night)
Start time 14:00 local (1300 GMT), 19:30 Sri Lanka

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