Game 22, Cricket World Cup 2015
England vs Sri Lanka
Cricket World Cup is in full stream with the teams battling it out for the next phase of the tournament and wins by the associate teams have made it more absorbing. The campaign of both the teams looks disparate if you look at the points table but with a comprehensive loss against New Zealand in the opening match and a shaky win against less fancied Afghanistan, Sri Lanka has not been convincing either.
Either you see because we all have seen how England have fared till now with two morale crushing losses to the co-hosts and probably against the strongest teams of the tournament. If looked at it at another angle England has not been the luckiest with their scheduling as the first two matches against the co-hosts isn’t something a visiting team is looking forward to. However, England is past those matches and a win against their neighbours, Scotland, would have put most of the compartments back onto the track.
However, not all parts looked well oiled in that match against Scots as they lost their way in the back end of the innings and stuttered to a score of just over 300 when, at one point, they looked like getting more. However, their biggest relief would be the return to of their classy fairy, Moeen Ali as he clobbered his way to his second international century. He is key payer to England plans if they are to get anywhere past the quarter final spot as he provides that much vaunted agile start to the innings and if not for him the batting seems to be a little too sedate.
Also England need to haul its decision of including Garry Ballance in XI and that too at number three as he is unable to rotate the strike which in turn puts pressure on whole batting line up. Also their captain Eoin Morgan needs runs more than ever. He has been horribly out of form with just glimpses of order.
Sri Lanka on the other hand is striving to get better out of themselves and would like to perform better against England. They won two of their three games with the wins against Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Dilshan’s runs at the top is certainly a relief as in pitches like these teams need a batsman who can carry out the innings and keep wickets in hand for the late burst. However, like many teams in this tournament they do not have a batsman other than Thisara Perera who could go berserk in the slog over and get them that extra 15 runs. With Jeevan Mendis out of the tournament due to an injury the problem deepens for them.
With the return of their strike bowler Lasith Malinga who along with the experience of Rangana Herath can do the job for the Lankans in the bowling department. With the all rounders Perera and Angelo Mathews bowling decently one would think they have all the bases covered.
Team News :
England should look to change things around especially with their number three spot. They might bring in Ravi Bopara in at number six and get James Taylor at number three spot.
England (probable) : 1. Moeen Ali 2. Ian Bell 3. James Taylor 4. Joe Root 5. Eoin Morgan 6. Ravi Bopara 7. Joss Butler 8. Chris Woakes 9. Stuart Broad 10. James Anderson 11. Steve Finn
For Sri Lanka they are expected to go in with an unchanged XI.
Sri Lanka (probable) : 1. Tilakratne Dilshan 2. Lahiru Thirimane 3. Kumar Sangakkara 4. Dimuth Karunaratne 5. Mahela Jayawardena 6. Angelo Mathews 7. Dinesh Chandimal 8. Thisara Perera 9. Rangana Herath 10. Lasith Malinga 11. Suranga Lakmal
The Pitch :
The match is to be played at Wellington and it is the same ground where New Zealand thrashed England by 8 wickets with more than 37 overs to spare. Conditions on that day assisted the swing bowlers as Southee took seven wickets.
The Odds :
Both the teams are equal before the start of the match i.e. 1.90. But given the England bowling and the conditions expected to assist the swing bowlers it won’t be surprise to see that price crash in favour of England if they bowl first. Bat or bowl we are backing England to win this all important fixture.