We are well aware England are superb chasers but this might be one of the rare occasions they could come unstuck. A little complacency could be ok
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EnglandEngland have shuffled their pack for the T20 after their comprehensive 3-0 ODI series success over Sri Lanka. Dawid Malan, Liam Dawson and Tymal Mills could all make their international debuts.
Malan was big news in 2008 when he smashed 103 off 51 balls against Lancashire for Middlesex in the T20 quarter-finals. He was promoted to the England performance squad the same year before losing his way. Only in the last couple of years has he found consistent form again.
Dawson is a batsman who bowls useful left-arm spin and is a tenacious player. Of the three -included in a supposed pool of strong England reserves - Mills is the most interesting. He has genuine left-arm pace and has restricted himself to limited-overs to prolong his career.
Eoin Morgan will lead, Jason Roy and Jos Buttler will blast but there is no Alex Hales, Joe Root or Moeen Ali.
Sri Lanka will have to make do and mend with the personnel who were thoroughly outplayed in ODI. Everyone must surely hope they prove to provide more competition in the shorter format.
They should certainly be troublesome to contain with the bat. Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal has superb series while the strike rates of Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka and Seekkuge Prasanna suggest they will be more suited to the thrash and bash.
Mathews, however, is likely to be the only bowler capable of containing England. Suranga Lakmal was pretty tight but there's not much to get excited about with the ball.
The T20 scores at the old Rose Bowl since 2015 are the following: 158-1/143-1/186-1/181-1/157-2/172-1/172-2/173-1. Those are some consistent scores and 165 should really be breached.
Sri Lanka haven't managed a win yet. There best chance came last time out in a Cardiff on a wicket which had proved helpful to bowlers and they had the crucial advantage of the chase. But they blew it.
A toss bias of seven wins from eight for the side batting first means we have to take on the favourites. And we can at least console ourselves that they are a little weaker without Hales and Root.
We are well aware England are superb chasers but this might be one of the rare occasions they could come unstuck. A little complacency wouldn't go amiss, either.
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