About the Match
After winning the ODI series hands down, England will look to dominate the Lankans in the only T20 match of the series to be played at Southampton on 5th July. The visitors, who are still rebuilding their team and have many inexperienced youngsters, will look to start afresh here and try to win this match before heading back home; on the other hand, the resurgent English side will leave no stone unturned to make sure they retain the upper hand in the T20 format also. The upcoming match will surely be an entertainer as both sides have exciting players who can come out with all their firepower with bat and ball to help their team emerge victorious on Tuesday.
Eoin Morgan will lead the side that has in-form batsmen like Jason Roy, who helped set up the foundation for the ODI series win with his splendid batting achievements, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, James Vince, Sam Billings, Dawid Malan and all-rounders David Willey, Liam Plunkett and Chris Jordan, who can stabilize the innings in the top and middle order.
Speedsters Liam Plunkett, David Willey and Chris Jordan combine very well to stifle the opposition and look good to come out with all their weaponry here; Adil Rashid has been useful with the spin and along with Liam Dawson and Malan, adds depth to the attack. David Willey was phenomenal in the last one-day match, registering figure of 4-34 in less than 9 overs; Plunkett and Rashid took 5 wickets between them while Jordan helped stifle the opposition.
Roy and Vince must look to repeat their hard-hitting skills here and they will be eager to set up challenging total if batting first; Morgan and his men will definitely put their best foot forward in order to come out with flying colors here yet again.
This young team is still trying to figure out the best approach to win here but they do have the required resources with bat and ball to make a comeback; all-rounder Gunathilaka’s 3-48 followed by a well-made 48 off 45 in the 5th ODI is a good sign for the team while Dinesh Chandimal continues to be a strong asset in the batting line-up. However, others like Kusal Perera, who had done well in the beginning of the series, Mendis, Mathews and Upul Tharanga must come out all guns blazing in order to challenge the formidable opposition.
Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Bandara and Shanaka provide the pace attack while Prasanna, Suraj Randiv and Gunathilaka can ouwit the English batsmen with a good strategy in place. Mathews has his work cut out and must lead from the front; if defending a target, they must look to break the openers who are in very good form and stop the singles and twos with a disciplined bowling attack.
Overall, they have young talent and experienced players who must keep a cool head above their shoulders in order to steer the team towards victory.
England surely are the favorites here having won the ODI series and the players being in superb form; although Sri Lanka could give a tough fight, we feel that the hosts have the edge to win on Tuesday