Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook (practicing in the nets) could not play in the second ODI due to a groin injury; is hopeful of leading England in the third ODI.Getty Images

England host Sri Lanka at Old Trafford in Manchester for the third One-Day International (ODI) on Wednesday.

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Having registered a convincing 81-run victory (via Duckworth-Lewis Method) in the first ODI, England suffered a humiliating reversal by 157 runs in the second ODI against Sri Lanka at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street on Sunday.

Eoin Morgan, who captained the hosts in place of the injured Alastair Cook opted to field first after winning the toss.

Following a slow start and losing their first wicket, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara shined for the Lankans. The duo added a partnership of 96 runs before the latter's dismissal in the 31st over with his personal tally of 40 runs.

Following Mahela Jayawardene's (2) runout in the 33rd over Dilshan was dismissed in the 38th over after making 88 runs.

A cameo from skipper Angelo Mathews and Ashan Priyanjan saw the pair contribute 30 and 43 runs to the total respectively before joining their compatriots in the pavilion.

The remaining batsmen took the Sri Lankan total to 256 runs after losing eight wickets by the end of 50 overs.

Harry Gurney took his wickets tally to five in this series with a three-wicket haul. James Anderson took two wickets on the day while Chris Jordan and James Tredwell shared two wickets evenly between them.

However, the hosts' attempts to chase got off to a poor start as the Lankan bowlers tore through the batting lineup. Michael Carberry (6) was Nuwan Kulasekara's first victim to be caught behind the stumps by wicket-keeper Sangakkara and Ian Bell (12) too followed in a similar manner.

Lasith Malinga dismissed Joe Root for zero before Kulasekara got his third wicket by dismissing Gary Ballance, who made just five runs. Morgan was the only other England batsman to score in double figures making 40 runs as his compatriots at the other end were tracing their footsteps one by one back to the pavilion.

Sachithra Senanayake
Sachithra Senanayake took four wickets late in the game to restrict England to a total of just 99 runs.Getty Images

Dhammika Prasad and Mathews took one wicket each, as Sachithra Senanayake was responsible for adding the other four wickets to his name. The home side were all out for 99 runs as Sri Lanka pulled level to make it 1-1 in the five-match series.

The visitors will be hoping to maintain the momentum and secure the upper hand in the series while England will be hopeful that Cook is fit enough to feature in Manchester.

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Probable Lineup: Alastair Cook (c), Ian Bell, Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Jordan, James Tredwell, James Anderson, Harry Gurney

Sri Lanka

Probable Lineup: Lahiru Thirimanne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (c), Ashan Priyanjan, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Dhammika Prasad