England to make winning start


England head into their five-match one-day series in Sri Lanka as the number one-ranked team in the world and are much fancied to take the honours against their struggling hosts.

Sri Lanka have not won any of the last seven one-day series on home soil, with their last success coming against England four years ago.

England to win 1st ODI @ 5/14

They will hope to turn around their fortunes starting with the first ODI in Dambulla on Wednesday, but have it all to do against an in-form and firing Three Lions outfit.

England have won eight of their last ten one-dayers and appear to have the sort of momentum which is going to make them tough to stop for a home outfit who have failed to overcome both Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in the past couple of years.

Top team bowler, Akila Dananjaya @ 27/10

If Sri Lanka are to spring a surprise, then they will surely need Akila Dananjaya to impress, with the off-spinner having taken 18 wickets in his last seven one-day internationals, including a career-best 6-29 against South Africa in August.

Veteran paceman Lasith Malinga may well be involved, but his powers are on the wane and others need to step up to plug the gap.

Top team bowler, Moeen Ali @ 15/4

England have a potent spin partnership in the shape of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali, while Liam Dawson may also get the nod, with his left-arm spin a useful back-up option.

Rashid is 57/20 to be top team bowler, but off-spinner Moeen appears to offer a little more value in the market at 15/4.

Top team batsman, Eoin Morgan @ 17/4

The real strength of the England team is a power-packed batting line-up, which means there are a number of candidates to lead the way for the Three Lions.

Skipper Eoin Morgan is one of them and an unbeaten 91 in a warm-up win over a SL Board XI showed that he is in form heading into the internationals.

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