England levelled the ODI series with Sri Lanka at 2-2 in fine style in Nottingham on Wednesday and head to Manchester in search of a series clinching win, something Ladbrokes rate as a 4/6 chance.
After a spot of rain, Sri Lanka crumbled to 20-4, Anderson their tormentor, before steadying out to 174 all-out. Coral put the tourists at 11/8 but the momentum is certainly in England’s camp, especially after such an emphatic win.
Conditions in Manchester should play into England’s hands again, the damp weather prevails and Anderson should be aiming for more wickets; he is 3/1 with 888sport to take the most wickets for England. Those thinking Stuart Broad can continue his resurgence can get the tall pace bowler at 9/2 (bet365) but our preference is for Anderson.
Ali Cook played some fine shots at Trent Bridge to take his tally to 267 runs in 4 ODI’s, Boylesports making the captain 7/2 to top score again in Manchester. Kieswetter is 4/1 () and Morgan 11/2 (bet365).
Jayawardene failed for Sri Lanka in Notts but once again Sangakkara was dangerous and he remains a key for a Sri Lankan win, Sportingbet going 7/2 on the latter top scoring for the visitors.
The conditions should play into England’s hands and Cook’s men should take the series 3-2.