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Lord's to host Sri Lanks ODI Published: 29 October 2010

MCC will host the third NatWest One Day International between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's on Sunday 3 July 2011.

The Home of Cricket takes over from the Emirates Durham ICG which was originally scheduled to host the fixture.

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Lord’s will now host two Test matches and two ODIs in 2011 - one each against Sri Lanka and India.

MCC Secretary & Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw said: "MCC is delighted to be hosting Sri Lanka for a One Day International next year.

"It gives a nice balance to our fixture list in that MCC Members and the public can now look forward to seeing both India and Sri Lanka play a Test and an ODI at Lord's, and it means explosive, entertaining cricketers such as Lasith Malinga and Tillakaratne Dilshan can display their skills on the finest stage of all.

"MCC is committed to hosting the best players and the biggest matches at Lord's, and this is further proof of that commitment."

Sri Lanka

The 2007 ICC World Cup runners-up are currently ranked fourth and are one of the most exciting outfits in the game.

With the unconventional style of stars including Malinga, Ajantha Mendis and the incomparable Dilshan in their line-up, fireworks are guaranteed.

Captain Kumar Sangakkara will lead his men back to Lord’s for their first limited overs match since they were beaten by Pakistan in the ICC World T20 final in 2009.

Back to Lord's

They will have better memories of their last match against England at Lord’s, beating the hosts by 20 runs in 2006 - the first game of a 5-0 NatWest series drubbing.

Their overall record at the Home of Cricket is less dominant however, losing two of their first three matches at the ground - both against England.

An innings of 86 from Graeme Hick and three wickets for Darren Gough helped England to a 36 run win in 1998's triangular tournament but Sri Lanka had their revenge, winning the final by five wickets.

England cruised to a thumping win a year later in the ICC World Cup, beating the reigning champions by eight wickets thanks to another Hick innings - an unbeaten 73.


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