Sri Lanka will be facing a tough task of staying alive in the five-match series when they will face England in the fourth ODI in Kandy on Saturday.
After the first game washed out, the Islanders lost back-to-back games against the visitors. In the second ODI, the Eoin Morgan led-unit registered a comfortable 31-run win, by way of the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method in Dambulla. In the third ODI, the Three Lions registered another thumping win, this time by a seven-wicket margin.
The home side will be desperate to turn things around in the do-or-die encounter on Saturday, and will be hoping that their batting will finally click after two disappointing showings in the series so far. The pressure will be on out-of-form captain Dinesh Chandimal and opener Upul Tharanga to put much-important runs on the board. In the bowling department, Sri Lanka's management will be optimistic that the team's bowling performance will live up to expectation, as it did in the second ODI.
On the other hand, England will be flying high after two nearly-perfect performances and will be hoping that the same trend will continue as they will look to seal the series on Saturday.
The pitch in Pallekele is one of the fastest, if not the fastest, in the country, and it is expected to stay the same. There are once again chances of rain, which can affect the outcome of the match.
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