The match between England and Sri Lanka is another encounter that might just decide the future of the two nations in this world cup. Both England and Sri Lanka have lost one match each. England have played 3 while Sri Lanka have played 2 matches. This is a must win game for Sri Lanka or any chances of them playing in the semi-final would effectively be over.
Both teams would come into this game with an uncertain match in their last game. England won an unconvincing match against the associates Afghanistan, where their top order was badly exposed by spin. The good thing was that they showed team work and came back strongly into the match thus putting to rest any speculations of an upset.
Sri Lanka on the other hand lost theirs to West Indies. The batting didn’t do well and they fell short of setting up a good total on the board. They would be looking forward to strengthening their spin department of Rangana Herath and Vandersay with Senanayake against England.
Sri Lanka would come into this match after a 6 day rest from their previous fixture. This might just make them a touch rusty.
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Both England and Sri Lanka have some issues to address. English top order would need to move on from the shocking display against spin and look to adapt to spin friendly conditions. Sri Lanka would need to be on top of their game in both batting and bowling to edge past their counter parts.
It might all come down to which side handles pressure well and plays spin better. The players to watch out would be Dinesh Chandimal, the Sri Lankan captain who would open the innings and Joe Root from England who played a vital hand in England’s victory against South Africa.