Date: June 24, 2021
Time: 11:00 PM (IST)
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Wales
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After England registered a convincing win against Sri Lanka in the first T20I yesterday, it's now time for the second encounter of the 3-match T20I series. Eoin Morgan's side outplayed the visitors in all departments in the opening clash and will come out all guns blazing to seal the series on Thursday. On the other hand, Kusal Perera's team will hope to give some fight and try to take the series into a decider. With so much to play for both sides, the stage is set for a high-voltage T20I contest in Cardiff, Wales.
Jos Buttler played a scintillating knock (68* off 55) in the previous contest and looked in great touch. He would want to continue from where he left and could be a great pick for captain/vice-captain once again. While Kusal Perera and Jonny Bairstow also looked good during the time they spent in the middle, Jason Roy and Danushka Gunathilaka, unfortunately, missed out on the starts they got. Both the openers could be in for a big knock in this contest.
Among the all-rounders, Dasun Shaka (50 off 44) starred with the bat, while Sam Curran (2/25) was the most impressive bowler. With spinners getting a bit of assistance, Liam Livingstone, Wanindu Hasaranga and Adil Rashid could also be valuable additions. Among the pacers, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera and Mark Wood took one wicket each and could be good picks.
Probable Playing XI
Jos Buttler (wk), Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera (c/wk), Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dhananjaya, Nuwan Pradeep
Wicketkeepers: Kusal Perera, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow
Batsmen: Jason Roy, Danushka Gunathilaka, Liam Livingstone, Avishka Fernando
All-rounders: Wanindu Hasaranga, Sam Curran, Dasun Shanaka
Bowlers: Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid
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