WC: Sri Lanka to face upbeat England 

WC: Sri Lanka to face upbeat England 


Sri Lanka are on the verge of being out of the race of semi-final berth and will meet favourites England in World Cup 2019, at Headingley today.

Sri Lanka have just four points in their five outings so far. They managed to beat only minnows Afghanistan that too turned out a hard-fought battle for them. The remaining two points in their kitty are because of washouts against Pakistan and Bangladesh.

On the other hand, England, led by Eoin Morgan, are upbeat. They have posted 300 plus scores in four of the five games with two of them being 386/6 against Bangladesh and 397/6 against Afghanistan.

Sri Lanka pacers including Nuwan Pradeep and Lasith Malinga need to put something extraordinary to apply breaks to the England batters in Leeds. Middle order collapse has been a top concern for Sri Lanka since the start of the tournament.

Lahiru Thirimanne's performance in World Cup 2019 has remained upsetting. Sri Lanka may replace him with top-order batsman Avishka Fernando. It will be his World Cup debut if he gets the chance.England are unlikely to make any change in their side.

Probable XIs:

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep.

England: James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid.