Date: November 1, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Preview: After outplaying Australia in their previous game, England now face a dilapidated Sri Lankan side. While the Three Lions are coming on the back of three consecutive wins, staying unbeaten in the competition so far, the Lankans on the other have suffered consecutive defeats in the competition. They surely have to punch above their weight in case they want to upset the Englishmen on Monday night in Sharjah.
Pitch Report: The surface at Sharjah is sluggish with very less on offer for the batters. However, the arrival of dew in the second innings makes batting a bit easier. Hence, winning the toss and opting to bowl first would be the right choice.
England: A power-packed performance sees them dominating the points table in Group 1. Their openers Jason Roy and Jos Buttler both are in good form. In the bowling department, the performance of Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes has only become better, while Tymal Mills would look for a comeback.
Sri Lanka: Batting has been the biggest problem for the Lankans in the past two games that they lost to Australia and South Africa. The opening combination has failed to lay the platform, while the middle-order and lower middle-order have been equally disappointing.
England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Tymal Mills, David Willey, Tom Curran, Mark Wood, Sam Billings
Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Binura Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal
Conclusion: Given the form and potential of the side, England are clear favourites to win the game.
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