England hold all the cards

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Jos Buttler

The weather put paid to the meeting of Sri Lanka and England in the first one-day international of five in Dambulla on Wednesday and they will hope for better luck on Saturday in the second ODI.

The tourists had reached 95-2 off 15 overs when rain and a wet outfield put paid the proceedings, with both wickets falling to catches.

First wicket to be caught @ 5/11

A catch appears to be by far the most likely method of the first dismissal, but if you want to try a longer shot in the search for some value, then clean bowled looks to be the best option at 15/4.

Top Team Batsman, Upul Tharanga @ 16/5

Upul Tharanga needs to deliver if the hosts are to put the runs on the board needed to try and win the game.

The experienced left-hander has passed 50 only once in his last 12 ODI innings, but has made a start in almost all of those knocks and just needs to cash in to cause England some problems.

He and skipper Dinesh Chandimal (4/1) provide the experience in the Sri Lankan batting following the exit of a number of top-class performers in recent times, ramping up the pressure to deliver when it matters.

Top Team Batsman, Jos Buttler @ 21/4

Unlike their hosts, England have a wealth of batting options at their disposal and should the weather intervene on Saturday, then the Three Lions are able to mix up their batting order.

If that does occur than Jos Buttler will be a man to watch, as he is likely to be shunted up the order, having proved a hit during the most recent IPL season when he excelled as an opener for the Rajasthan Royals.

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