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World Cup 2019, Match27- ENG Vs SL, Preview: Dominant England Boosted Up For Struggling Sri Lanka

After witnessing a reality check in the defeat against Pakistan, England have come back in a dominating fashion registering smashing wins against the Windies, Bangladesh and recently gave a hard time to Afghanistan. In the 27th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 extravaganza, hosts England will be locking horns with Sri Lanka at the Headingley, Leeds on June 21, Friday. Both the teams are coming into this game after witnessing contrasting results being unfold in their respective previous outings. England recorded a convincing win over Afghanistan, while Sri Lanka suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Australia in the last match.

While England will look to reclaim the top spot on the points table with a win in this encounter, Sri Lanka are in desperate need of two points. If they manage to get the better of England, the island nation will have a realistic chance of making it to the top four then. As far as the team combinations are concerned, England might bring back Liam Plunkett who missed the previous game due to illness while Sri Lanka also would love to have Suranga Lakmal in the XI.

Sri Lanka are yet to find their feet at the mega event. Having beaten only Afghanistan, the team is placed fifth in the table. Against Australia, they got themselves in a commanding position, but the middle-order let them down. Ahead of their upcoming game, Dimuth Karunaratne and Co can take heart from the fact that they won four out of their last five World Cup matches versus England.

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England’s likely Playing XI

The Three Lions are most likely to bring back Liam Plunkett, who missed the last match due to illness. In that scenario, Adil Rashid may have to sit out. Rashid has bowled at an average of 54.50 and also leaked runs at an alarming economy rate of 6.25. The 34-year-old Plunkett has comparatively been better. James Vince would wish to kick on after getting out for 26 versus the Afghans.

Jonny Bairstow is steadfastly finding his rhythm back. Joe Root has arguably been the Brits’ best bet with the bat, having scored 367 runs at 91.75. Eoin Morgan is in red-hot form as well. Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali have also done well. In the bowling department, Mark Wood and Jofra Archer with nine and 12 wickets respectively, have the onus of making the important breakthroughs.

Probable XI: James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid/Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood.

Sri Lanka’s likely Playing XI

The Lankans may bring back Suranga Lakmal in place of Milinda Siriwardana, who didn’t have a great outing against the Aussies. Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera have been the only silver linings in the dark clouds of the team’s batting. Both have a couple of half-centuries under their belt and have to replicate the same show versus ICC’s number-one ranked ODI team.

Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis, despite being prolific run-scorers, haven’t done anything of sorts thus far. Thisara Perera is yet to terrorize the opponent with his merciless style of play. Nuwan Pradeep made a horrendous comeback, conceding 88 runs without success in his 10 overs. Lasith Malinga has occasionally looked good but needs to be a bit more consistent.

Probable XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana/Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.

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