England have one eye on SL, a other on semis

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After a torrent of rain, a inundate of sixes. This World Cup has had to conflict a elements, as good as some lop-sided contests, yet England dismissed things adult in Manchester with their record-breaking performance. Eoin Morgan led a approach by lashing 17 sixes opposite Afghanistan, notwithstanding a apparent risk of putting his behind out again, and paltry injuries aside his group demeanour in excellent figure as a World Cup moves over a Pennines for a initial compare during Headingley.

With their brood of spinners and contentious mentality, Afghanistan were billed as a group prepared to means an upset. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, have usually been dissapoint generally – with a weather, with a pitches, with a comforts and hotels. They come into this compare ensconced in mid-table, mostly interjection to dual points from no-results and a feat of their possess over a untimely Afghanistan in Cardiff.

Although their destiny is still in their possess hands – unlike, say, South Africa – with dual of their final 4 games being opposite England and India, Dimuth Karunaratne‘s side face a high stand if they are to find a track into a tip four. Although not utterly to a same peppery spin as Morgan, Karunaratne has found some form – narrowly blank a lass ODI ton opposite Australia last week – yet a weaknesses in their center sequence and an conflict that still leans heavily on Lasith Malinga will have to furnish something special to lift England.

But this belligerent does reason special memories for Sri Lanka, as a place where they hermetic a warn Test array victory in 2014. England have prolonged left that low lessen behind, and kick Sri Lanka in all 3 formats on their debate last winter; better in this compare would positively consecrate a dissapoint of a World Cup so far.

And an dissapoint or dual wouldn’t go astray in this World Cup, with a tip 4 commencement to indurate – while a rest bluster to process next them. But England have done a misstep already, beaten by Pakistan in their second match, and are doubtful to be in a mood to disencumber their hold after a cruel dismantling of Afghanistan – achieved yet a services of Jason Roy, who stays on a sidelines interjection to a hamstring injury.

They have posted a two tip totals of a tournament, have four of a 10 centurions and dual quicks estimable of a name in Jofra Archer and Mark Wood – adding a slicing corner to an conflict that had some doubt outlines over it going in. And while Headingley is a belligerent remarkable for a erratic nature, England have not mislaid an ODI here since 2011 (although that better did come opposite Sri Lanka). Two points some-more from this confront would many sign a knockout spot.

Form guide

England: WWWLW (Last 5 finished matches, many new first)

Sri Lanka: LWLWL

in a spotlight

He might be a understudy, yet James Vince has another event to levy himself on a categorical stage. The customer of Alex Hales’ misdemeanours, Vince has continued to do unequivocally Vince things with his opportunities – demeanour good for around about 30 balls, and afterwards plan to get out. He got a life opposite Afghanistan when Mohammad Nabi during low midwicket misjudged a skier, yet fell to another top-edged lift shortly after; that was also a shot that got him out for 33 off 32 here final month. One fifty in 9 innings is a bad lapse for his talent.

After another fall in a follow opposite Australia, losing 4 for 17 during a essential stage, a feverishness has usually increasing on Sri Lanka’s misfiring center order. The group so distant deployed between Nos. 4 and 7 have managed 58 runs between them in 12 innings, with Angelo Mathews‘ struggles maybe a many strident – he has done scores of 1, 0, 0 and 9 given his ODI quip opposite Scotland before a World Cup. With few other options to spin to in a 15-man squad, Sri Lanka need someone like Mathews or Kusal Mendis to finally come good.

Team news

Vince will continue as Jonny Bairstow’s opening partner, with Roy sitting out a second of his reliable absences following his hamstring rip – he was relocating openly during training yet did not bat and we wait news of his accessibility for a Australia compare during Lord’s on Tuesday. Liam Plunkett has recovered from a stomach bug that caused him to be quarantined before a Afghanistan diversion and he could be brought behind to give possibly Chris Woakes or Wood a rest – yet signs are they might hang to a same XI.

England (possible) 1 Jonny Bairstow, 2 James Vince, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Jofra Archer, 11 Liam Plunkett/Mark Wood

Sri Lanka seem to have staid on giving Milinda Siriwardana a allrounder role, while Dhananjaya de Silva has turn a frontline spinner. Given satisfactory continue and a prosaic surface, there could be a change to a batting, with Avishka Fernando’s some-more energetic attack a probable deputy for Lahiru Thirimanne during No. 3. Malinga has managed to fit in another outing behind home, for almsgiving after his mother-in-law’s death, yet is approaching to play.

Sri Lanka: (possible) 1 Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), 2 Kusal Perera (wk), 3 Lahiru Thirimanne/Avishka Fernando, 4 Kusal Mendis, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Milinda Siriwardana, 7 Dhananjaya de Silva, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Isuru Udana, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Nuwan Pradeep

Pitch and conditions

Headingley mostly provides a bit of extract for a seamers, with copiousness of sleet around recently and a spirit of weed on surface. But it is also a belligerent where a runs can upsurge – as demonstrated by England’s most-recent ODI here, when they made 351 for 9 (an ODI record during Headingley). The foresee is for a calm day, that might inspire a carnage.

Strategy punt

  • Morgan is now in a form of his life, averaging roughly 50 during a strike rate of some-more than 100 given a start of 2017. As Rashid Khan detected on Tuesday, he has grown a robe of ransacking spin – that normal balloons to 103.1, while still scoring above a run a ball. However, he does have a weakness, and it is one Sri Lanka could demeanour to exploit: opposite left-arm seamers over a final two-and-a-half years, his normal and strike rate dump to 16.9 and 83.8; and all 8 of his dismissals to that form of bowler have come within a initial 20 balls of his innings. Calling on Isuru Udana when Morgan is usually removing started could be Sri Lanka’s best bet.

  • Sri Lanka could do themselves a foster by also settling on a staid batting order. They started a contest opening with Thirimanne, afterwards changed adult Kusal Perera to partner Karunaratne; meanwhile, in 3 games Dhananjaya has batted during Nos. 5, 6 and 8. Dhananjaya in sold seems to have been miscast – his strike rate during No. 4 or reduce is a small 68.5, suggesting he is not ideally matched to a purpose of finisher. Meanwhile, he averages 38.5 when batting in a tip four, has scored 3 of his 9 ODI fifties there and performs good opposite both gait and spin.

Stats and trivia

  • England have won their final 6 ODIs during Headingley, 3 times batting initial and 3 times chasing.

  • Sri Lanka have a good new record opposite England in World Cups, however, winning 4 of their final 5 encounters – including knocking them out during a quarter-final theatre in 2011.

  • Moeen Ali is set to win his 100th top in ODIs; Jos Buttler needs one some-more exclusion for 200.


“You can remove to anyone in this tournament, Sri Lanka poise a large hazard tomorrow. They played unequivocally good opposite Australia and substantially could have won that game.”
Moeen Ali says England won’t be holding their competition lightly

“If we don’t have pace, we have to consider out of a box. That’s what we did a final few days, [work on] what we have to do with England’s batsmen. We played a home array before opposite them, so we have a integrate of ideas.”
Dimuth Karunaratne hints during Sri Lanka attempting to brew things adult with a ball

Article source: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/1189882.html?CMP=OTC-RSS


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