Host England is expected to lose their string when they come head to head against the underdog Sri Lanka in the 27th fixture of ICC World Cup 2019 at Leeds on Friday.
Words won’t end in appreciation of England. This team has shown the clinical performance with the bat as well as with the ball and are stepping ahead of the competition. Captain Eoin Morgan would take this clash seriously as this would take them closer towards qualifying for the semi-finals for the World Cup.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka must win this match in order to stay alive in the competition. Playing five matches, Sri Lanka could only manage to win one match, as two were washed away by the rain and two others saw moving with the defeats.
Toss Update: Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first.
Two changes for Sri Lanka – A Fernando and J Mendis replace L Thirimane and M Siriwardene
England is playing with the same combination, No changes!
England: W, W, W, L, W
Sri Lanka: L, W, L, W, L
England vs Sri Lanka, 24th Match, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Friday, June 20, 2019
3:00 PM IST
Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds
The wicket here is said to be suitable for the batting. Seamers might get some surprise out of this surface. Weather on the match day is expected to be sunny but with a bit of breeze.
Jofra Archer: Even Virat Kohli considers him as an X-Factor player England needed. He believes this because he holds a skillset that’s very different from anyone else. Jofra Archer doesn’t saw but he is capable of generating pace and variation. At present, Jofra is the third leading bowler with 12 wickets in his pockets. Don’t dare to miss him.
Lasith Malinga: This player could be an X-factor for Sri Lanka, as he holds good record against the English team. Malinga is the most experienced players and he could trick the batsmen with his different variations and experience.
Malinga at this venue has bagged five wickets by bowling just 18 overs. He has an economy of 4.72. This could be really effective.
Against England, Malinga has picked 44 wickets with best being 5/44.
Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Dawson, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Joe Root
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Avishka Fernando, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal.
Probable playing 11:
Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Milinda Siriwardana/Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep
Fantasy picks from England:
You cannot even think of missing E Morgan. He was lethal in the last game against Afghanistan. He has smashed 249 runs in four innings with highest being 148 runs. He batting average this world so far is 62.25.
J Root is the leading run scorer for England. He has scored 367 runs in five innings at an average of 91.75. His highest score against Sri Lanka is 121 and holds an average of 57.15. You can make him your captain.
Your another pick can be Mark Wood, as he is the second leading wicket-taker for England with 9 wickets in the tournament so far.
Fantasy picks from Sri Lanka:
Karunaratne is expected to show no mercy to the bowlers. He is in splendid form as he has smashed 179 runs in three innings and holds an average of 89.50. He can be your vice-captain.
K Perera has even taken some responsibilty for his side and has scored 159 runs in three innings with highest being 78 runs. His average so far is 53.00.
Apart from Malinga, N Pradeep has bagged four wickets for Sri Lanka. He is expected to trouble the English batsmen with his twist and turn. You can rely on him.
Captain: E Morgan
Vice Captain: J Archer
Captain: J Root
Vice Captain: L Malinga