Sri Lanka vs. England
|Date & Time||Friday June 21, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
England -1200 / Sri Lanka +700
England will play against Sri Lanka in the 2019 ICC World Cup.
England were outstanding in their previous match as they defeated Afghanistan by 150 runs. England captain, Eoin Morgan played a historic inning as he hit 148 runs in only 71 balls. During the innings, Morgan broke the world record for most sixes in an innings by hitting 16 sixes. England batted very well with Jonny Bairstow (90) and Joe Root (88) also scoring big runs. England scored 397 runs in their 50 overs which was always too much for Afghanistan.
The England bowling was solid with Jofra Archer leading the team once again. Jofra Archer took 3 wickets at an economy rate of 5.2. Mark Wood also looked in good form as he took 2 vital wickets. Adil Rashid took 3 wickets which will be very pleasing to the team as the leg spinner had been in poor form prior to this game. England took 9 wickets and allowed Afghanistan to only score 247 runs in their 50 overs.
England have 8 points from their 5 games and are probably 1 win away from securing a spot in the semifinals. Jason Roy is the only major injured player for England but with James Vince playing well, the team will be positive about the situation.
Sri Lanka must win the remainder of their games if they wish to qualify. In their previous match, Sri Lanka lost to Australia by 87 runs.
The bowling was very disappointing from Sri Lanka as they conceded 334 runs. The likes of Thisara Perrera and Nuwan Pradeep were very expensive as both players had economy rates of over 6.5. Pradeep had an economy rate of over 8. The batting from Sri Lanka was solid as they started their innings well. Dimuth Karunaratne scored 90 and Kusal Perera scored 52 but the rest of the batting failed and that cost Sri Lanka the game. The likes of Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews have been very poor throughout this tournament and that has cost Sri Lanka many games.
This match is set to be played at Headingley in Leeds. The conditions at Headingley should be good for batting although there may be some assistance for the seam bowlers.
Sri Lanka have been poor throughout this tournament and it is hard to see the team turning things around against England. England have been outstanding and the team will be very confident following their emphatic win against Afghanistan. All the England players look in good form and I see the England team being way too strong for Sri Lanka.