Sri Lanka confident
Sri Lanka will have been buoyed by their terrific performance in the final one-day international. They inflicted a record defeat on England after posting 366. England managed 132 for nine in reply.
Why hadn’t they done this earlier? Well, it was not for the want of trying (they might also argue that in rain-interrupted games they could have come back strongly late on). The difference was that their middle-order clicked and built on the fast start their front three had given them. Then it was all about scoreboard pressure and bowling with discipline.