About the Match
England defeated Scotland in the last game and has earned 2 points from 3 matches played so far; positioned at the 6th place on the points table, they will go up against Sri Lanka, who have 4 points from 3 matches and are placed 2nd, in the upcoming Pool A match on 1st March at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. England lost two matches consecutively but their last performance against Scotland will boost their confidence and they will be eager to continue on their winning strategy; on the other hand, Sri Lanka’s last match against Bangladesh ended in victory and they are well-prepared for the upcoming challenge.
Winning the match against Scotland by 119 runs, the batsmen and bowlers proved their strength in delivering the goods but they will be cautious against the Lankan might; the two openers were exceptional upfront and set a great platform. Moeen Ali was adjudged man of the match for his brilliant all-round performance as he blasted 128 off 107 and also took 2 for 47; Ian Bell scored 54 off 85 and Captain Eoin Morgan made a comeback with a 46 off 42. On the bowling front, Steven Finn took 3 for 26 while James Anderson and Chris Woakes also picked up 2 wickets each that helped England defend their strong total of 303 against Scotland by bowling them out for 184. Although they had a poor start at the beginning, the team can bounce back with explosive batsmen such as Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Gary Ballance, Joe Root and James Taylor who can set-up a perfect platform by pilling on the runs. Bowlers Steven Finn, James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes are dangerous with their pace, who could terrorise the opposition on a good day and perfect conditions; overall they look good to make a comeback if they can bring positivity on to the field.
Sri Lanka comprehensively beat Bangladesh by 92 runs with Dilshan posting a brilliant 161 off 146 while Kumar Sangakkara’s imperious 105 helped the evergreen pair post an unbeaten 210-run stand to help Sri Lanka put up 331 runs. On the bowling front, they picked up wickets at regular intervals and forced Bangladesh to toil for the runs; Lasith Malinga was amazing with 3-35 while Suranga Lakmal and Dilshan took 2 wickets each. Sri Lanka’s experienced batting line-up is their biggest asset with the in-form Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Tirummane, Mahela Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews, who are capable of performing well under pressure. Bowling looks good and economical with bowlers like Malinga and Suranga Lakmal taking their wickets consistently and restricting the run-flow. Overall they have the talent and fire-power to overcome any situation and keep their hopes alive by repeating their winning strategy against England on Sunday.
The contest between England and Sri Lanka will surely be a fight between the Sri Lankan batting line-up and the pace attack of the English bowlers; both teams have a well-balanced side with experienced players and talent. However, Sri Lanka, which is in better form compared to their opponents, is well placed to win the upcoming match.
Sri Lanka, 2.00 @ Bet365