Date: 1 July, 2021
Time: 5:30 PM IST
Venue: Kennington Oval, London
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Sri Lanka will face England in the second game of the three-match ODI series on Thursday. England currently lead the series 1-0 after they beat Sri Lanka in the 1st ODI by 5 wickets. Sri Lankans didn’t have much to cheer for in their opening ODI. England’s batting was in a spot of bother after their middle-order collapsed but Joe Root's half-century helped them cross the finishing line. The Sri Lankan side is depleted due to the absence of some players due to various reasons but needs to be at their best to level the series. England would be looking to continue with their winning run and seal the ODI series.
Wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow is a key batsman for England along with Joe Root. Liam Livingstone is a player to watch out for and could score quick runs at the top of the order. Joe Root looked in excellent touch in the first match as he stayed unbeaten with an 87-ball 79 with the help of four fours. Sri Lanka's batting has been at an all-time low and needs to improve soon. All the burden of scoring runs is on Kusal Perera. Dasun Shanaka is an experienced campaigner and will play a key role in holding the middle order together.
Probable Playing XI
England- Jonny Bairstow (wk), Liam Livingstone, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Sri Lanka- Kusal Perera (c & wk), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando, Praveen Jayawickrama
Wicketkeepers: Jonny Bairstow, Kusal Perera
Batsmen: Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Dasun Shanaka, Pathum Nissanka
All-rounders: Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Wanindu Hasaranga, Moeen Ali
Bowlers: Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando
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