Match 25: ENG vs SL| Match Analysis| Pitch Report| Best 11

The 26th match of the tournament will be played between England (ENG) and Sri Lanka (SL).

Current Standings:

PositionTeamsPointsNet Run Rate
7thSri Lanka2-1.048

England (ENG) Analysis:

The defending champion hasn’t been able to perform as well as their last World Cup performance. Despite having such a huge batting line up they collapse one after the other. They need to perform as a team together so that they can make their presence heard.   

Tournament performance so far:

Match NumberOpponentsResult
1st MatchEnglandLost by 9 wickets
7th MatchBangladeshWon by 137 runs
13th MatchAfghanistanLost by 69 runs
20th MatchSouth AfricaLost by 229 runs

Dawid Malan despite his century against Bangladesh he was unable to perform in the remaining three matches where he scored 14, 32 & 6 runs. He has the quality to make runs full of destruction and the team is expecting this performance soon. Jonny Bairstow on the other hand hit only a single half century which also came against Bangladesh. He is failing to score runs which ultimately put the team in a fix. 

Joe Root, one of the best batsman from the side started the World Cup with two half centuries in two matches but in the last two matches he scored just 11 & 2 runs. His presence in the crease matters a lot. Finally in the last match Ben Stokes played where he only scored 5 runs. He is a great finisher and can play well in any position. He will only do batting, not bowling as he wants to maintain his fitness. 

Jos Butler the skipper of the team has not crossed 50 runs mark yet in the tournament. His highest score is 43 runs which came in the first match against the Kiwis. Harry Brook also performed average with one half century in his name where he scored 66 runs against Afghanistan. He is an aggressive batsman and can bat aggressively in the death overs. 

Liam Livingstone, the hard hitter of the ball has scored 20, 0 & 10 runs. He is struggling to put some runs on the board and also lacks to hit the ball outside the ground. Sam Curran the star all rounder from the side has not shown any dominating performance in any of the departments. With the bat he scored just 14, 11 & 10 runs and with the ball he was expensive in his spells and till now he was not able to complete any 10 overs.

Reece Topley was the highest wicket taker of the team in this tournament till now with 8 wickets, but he was injured in the last match due to which he was ruled out of the World Cup. David Willey played in the last match and was not that impressive with his performance as he scored 12 runs and in his bowling he gave 61 runs in 9 overs.  

Adil Rashid the main spinner from the side has taken 6 wickets till now with 5.19 economy. Till now he had a decent series and needs to step up more with his performance. Gus Atkinson played his first match and performed better in both the departments. With the bat he scored 35 runs and with the bowl he took 2 wickets. Mark Wood has still not performed for which he is known for, got only 3 wickets till now and was mostly expensive in his spells.  

Predicted 11 for the Match:

Jos Butler (c/wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Gus Atkinson, Mark Wood.

Sri Lanka (SL) Analysis:

Finally after losing three back to back matches they managed to open their victory account in the World Cup by the win against Netherlands. Most of the batsmen are batting superbly with a couple of centuries in the tournament but their bowling is probably their weakest point in this tournament which needs to be improved to get better results.   

Tournament performance so far:

Match NumberOpponentsResult
4th MatchSouth AfricaLost by 102 runs
8th MatchPakistanLost by 6 wickets
14th MatchAustraliaLost by 5 wickets
19th MatchNetherlandsWon by 5 wickets

Pathum Nissanka, after starting his journey with a zero has now hit a hattrick of half centuries in the World Cup till now. His scores in the last three matches were 51, 61 & 54 runs. He gave his team a solid start and made a foundation of runs in the beginning. Kusal Perera played a brilliant knock of 78 runs against Australia but in the remaining 3 matches he got out cheaply. 

Kusal Mendis, the new leader of the team, started with a half century followed by a century but in the last two matches he scored 9 & 11 runs. Till now he scored 218 runs with an average of 54.50 and a strike rate of 146.31. Sadeera Samarawickrama is one of the strong batsmen from the side having scored 230 runs including a century and a half century. His 91 runs against the Dutch plays a crucial role in winning the match.

Charith Asalanka one of the most destructive batsmen in the side has scored 149 runs which includes one half century that comes against the Proteas. He can finish off the innings well in a destructive manner. Dhananjaya de Silva hasn’t performed yet according to which he is known. His highest score in the tournament till now is 30 runs which came in the last match against Netherlands.     

Dushan Hemantha played his first match against the Dutch where he spent 42 runs in 8 overs and scored 4 runs not out. Chamika Karunaratne who is currently playing in place of Dasun Shanaka has not shown any impressive performance till now. With the bowl he was expensive against the Dutch whereas in his batting he scored just 2 runs against the Aussies. 

Maheesh Theekshana after making his comeback was struggling with his line and length due to which he was not that economical. Dunith Wellalage hasn’t been impressive with his performance as it was shown by him in the Asia Cup. he was expensive in his spells and with the bat he was unable to contribute much. Kasun Rajitha after having an expensive spell of 90 runs in the first match against Proteas makes his comeback against Netherlands where he took 4 wickets.    

Dilshan Madushanka has got 11 wickets till now and bowling well in the starting and death overs as compared to the other bowlers in the team. Though he has an economy of 6.13 but his average is 21.18. Lahiru Kumara was highly expensive against Australia where he bowled 4 overs and gave 47 runs. Matheesha Pathirana spent 90 runs in both of the first matches due to which he has sat in the dugout.       

Predicted 11 for the Match:

Kusal Mendis (c/wk), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushan Hemantha, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanaka. 

Pitch Report and Weather Report:

The match will be played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. Here due to the short nature of the boundary batsman can hit as many sixes as they want. High scoring match is expected with long sixes.  

Weather will be full of humidity with more than 70% which might make it hard for the players to play. No chances of rain is expected as it will remain sunny throughout the day with 31 degree celsius in the daytime and 18 degree celsius in the evening. 

Head to head (ENG vs SL) in the World Cup:

They played 11 matches against each other in the World Cup

EnglandSri Lanka
Matches won65
Highest score333312
Lowest score137136

Best 11 for the match:

Jonny Bairstow, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Perera, Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Pathum Nissanka, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka.

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