Hales starts as Sri Lanka bat first

After two defeats so far in this seven-match series, the tourists decided on three changes in all at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium.

Captain Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali’s opening partnership will not be disturbed. But further down the order, Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes return – with no James Tredwell or Harry Gurney.

Sri Lanka won the toss on an increasingly cloudy afternoon ahead of this day-night match, and brought Thilina Kandamby in for Mahela Jayawardene – who is missing the fixture for personal reasons.

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