Venue: Headingly, Leeds
Timing: 3 PM IST
The 27th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 will see England take on Sri Lanka at the Headingly in Leeds. Sri Lanka have just one win in five games, while England have lost just one game in their five matches so far and are at the second spot in the points table.
England had a field day in Manchester as they ripped apart the Afghanistan bowling and registered a 150-run win with captain Eoin Morgan scoring 148 runs in 71 balls with a world record 17 sixes to his name. With confidence high, the hosts will look to score another big win against Sri Lanka, who are coming off a loss against Australia in the previous game. James Vince will continue to open with Bairstow given that Roy is yet to recover from his hamstring issue.
Sri Lanka have a lot riding on this game, given that if they lose this match to England, they are very much out of the contention for World Cup semifinals’ spot. Batting has been a big issue for the Island team and subpar bowling has not helped them out much. Apart from some good knocks by the likes of Kusal Perera, captain Karunaratne and Thisara Perera, the experienced Angelo Mathews has not fired for them. Malinga and Udana has been too good for the Lankans, but the support from spinners is next to nothing.
The game is of utmost importance for both teams as one fights for its survival in the tournament and other looks to consolidate their position in the top four.
England Predicted Playing XI:
Jonny Bairstow (WK), James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood
Sri Lanka Predicted Playing XI:
Kusal Perera (WK), Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Milinda Siriwardana, Thisara Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep