England’s Chance to Secure Semi-Final Berth Against Struggling Sri Lanka

After a record-breaking outing in the last match, Eoin Morgan and his men have set their eyes on downing Sri Lanka with a semi-finals spot to grab. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, needs to come up with a plan on how to restrict the mighty English batting line-up if they are to put up a fight.

After a thrilling contest last night where Bangladesh fell short by 48 runs, the action now moves to Headingley, Leeds. Here are the match details:

Match Details

  • Match Time: 2:30 pm PST.
  • Venue: Headingley, Leeds.
  • Weather: We are expecting a rain-free match, finally.
  • Toss: To be decided.

Team Updates

Injured Jason Roy is still not available for selection, meaning that James Vince is likely to get another go today. Sri Lanka are still not sure about the team combination and we might yet see another couple of changes.

Probable Playing XIs

England

Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (WK), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood

Sri Lanka

Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Kusal Perera (WK), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Milinda Siriwardana, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep

Players to Watch Out For

England

As has been the case in the previous matches, England’s top order can prove to be destructive. Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, and Eoin Morgan have been scoring the bulk of the runs and the same is expected from them today.

Sri Lanka

Kusal Perera has proved time and again that he possesses a reflection of Sanath Jayasuriya’s batting style. The explosive nature of his batting can prove him to be a very dangerous batsman to bowl to.

Stats

England had a day to forget the last time they met Sri Lanka on the field as they were thrashed by 219 runs after rains intervened England’s chase. In the last five matches, Morgan XI has won 3 with one no result.

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