Joe Root
Joe Root guides England to victory in the fifth ODI to give England a fighting chance Getty

England face Sri Lanka in the sixth One Day Internationals (ODI) at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.

Where to Watch Live

The match starts at 4:30am BST. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Follow live updates of the match on ESPN Cricinfo. Click here for live streaming link.


Sri Lanka suffered their second defeat of the ongoing ODI series in the fifth match on Wednesday as England managed a five-wicket victory at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.

It was Joe Root's unbeaten century that has kept the Three Lions' hopes of winning the series alive. The middle order batsman, along with James Taylor pulled England out of trouble and helped avoid yet another loss during their Sri Lanka tour.

After the fifth match, the Lankans are leading 3-2 and another victory will help them seal the series. A defeat for them will give a chance for England to make a comeback as the outcome of the seven-match series will be decided in Colombo next week.

Betting Odds (bwin)

  • Sri Lanka to win: 3/5
  • England to win: 13/10

Team News

Sri Lanka

Probable Lineup: Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (c), Thisara Perre, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Dhammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis


Probable Lineup: Moeen Ali, Alastair Cook (c), Ian Bell, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (WK), Ravi Bopara, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, James Tredwell, Harry Gurney