A dominating England will be eyeing to secure victory over the struggling Sri Lanka team in their upcoming fixture of the 20-20 World Cup 2021. By doing so, the Eoin Morgan-led side will book their spot in the semi-finals of the mega event. The team entered the tournament as one of the favourites and has so far lived up to the expectations.
England emerged triumphant against Australia to register their third straight win of the marquee event. Jos Buttler exuded his fiefdom by playing belligerent innings of unbeaten 71 runs. Tymal Mills has chimed in with crucial wickets in all three matches of the side so far.
Currently, the side appears to be pretty balanced and is presenting itself as one of the strong units of the tournament. Liam Livingstone has also looked pretty impressive in the tournament. The team has secured victories with big margins and thus their middle-order hasn’t been tested yet, with the top order sealing the deals for the side.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will need to put up a spirited show to emerge triumphant against the in-form England side at Sharjah. The team initially enjoyed good success in the tournament. They also won their first match against Bangladesh in the super 12s pretty dominantly. However, they have lost their last two encounters to South Africa and Australia.
The team displayed great character against South Africa but unfortunately lost a thriller. The Dasun Shanaka-led side will look to punch above their weights to keep themselves alive in the competition. Charith Asalanka has looked in fine touch with the willow and the form of Pathum Nissanka will also be a good positive for the side.
Wanindu Hasaranga is one of the strongest links of Sri Lanka’s chain. In the previous game, he scalped three wickets. His contributions with both the bat and ball will be important for the side.
Pitch and Conditions:
The surface of the Sharjah Cricket stadium is expected to slow down as the game progresses. Chasing teams have enjoyed good success on this deck.
The weather is expected to remain hot and humid. The sky will be clear as there are no chances of rain
Playing combinations for ENG vs SL Match:
Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Tymal Mills
Kusal Perera (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara
Head to Head:
Matches- 12, England– 8, Sri Lanka– 4, Tied- 0
In 20-20 World Cups
Matches- 4, England– 3, Sri Lanka– 1, Tied- 0
ENG vs SL Broadcast details:
Match Timings – 7:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports Network
Live Streaming – Disney+Hotstar