England vs. Sri Lanka
|Date & Time||Friday June 21, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
Sri Lanka 8.00 England 1.10
England and Sri Lanka will meet in Yorkshire on Friday as England look to book a spot in the semi-finals of their home World Cup.
Sri Lanka lost to Australia by 87 runs in their last match whilst England notched up the highest total of the tournament so far in a record-breaking win over Afghanistan.
England finished on 397/6, with captain Eoin Morgan playing one of the greatest ever World Cup innings. He broke the record for the highest number of sixes scored in an ODI innings, smashing 17 in a brutal assault on the Afghanistan bowlers.
Morgan finished with 148 runs from just 71 balls and his hitting also helped England break their own record for the number of team sixes in a single ODI innings.
Morgan was the star of the show and his performance overshadowed brilliant innings from both Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow. Bairstow hit 90 whilst Joe Root’s 88 means his sits just behind Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hassan in the race for the most runs scored at the tournament. Remarkably, 5 of England’s batsmen now feature in the top 10 of that table.
Jofra Archer is now the second highest wicket taker at this year’s World Cup after claiming 3 wickets against Afghanistan. Spinner Adil Rashid also picked up 3 wickets and Mark Wood continued to impress with figures of 2/40.
In their last match, Sri Lanka registered their highest total so far with 247 against Australia but it wasn’t enough to claim the victory. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne’s 97 runs from 108 balls left him just 3 short of a maiden ODI century. Kusal Perera chipped in with 52 from 36 but couldn’t help his side chase down Australia’s 334/7.
Sri Lanka have been disappointing at this year’s World Cup. They lost their opening match to New Zealand by 10 wickets before claiming their only victory against bottom of the table Afghanistan. They then had 2 consecutive wash outs before losing heavily to the Aussies.
The Sri Lankan bowlers have been expensive and their batsmen simply have not got the runs for them to be able to compete with the top teams in the competition.
On the other hand, England have been sublime and are proving that their favorites tag is well deserved. They have won 4 of their 5 matches and a shock defeat to Pakistan is their only loss so far. They are yet to face India, Australia or New Zealand but should have a semi-final spot all but wrapped up before they come up against their top 4 rivals.
We could see another huge total posted by England on Friday. Their batsmen have been relentless throughout the tournament and I don’t see any sign of them slowing down against a weak Sri Lanka bowling attack. England win are firm favorites for this one and should easily claim the win.