England v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy, Group A, The Oval June 12, 2013

England target semi-final berth

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Match Facts

June 13, 2013, The Oval
Start time 1pm (1200 GMT)

The Big Picture

England were too rigid, too slow and too one-dimensional at Edgbaston - probably why they thumped Australia by 48 runs. The familiar concerns over England's shortcomings were rolled out at lunch on Saturday, only to be wheeled away at the close. England have a knack for getting it right on the night, particularly in ODIs at home, and should they get the job done against Sri Lanka, they will be in the semi-finals.

The scaremongering will emerge again over England's batting - how will they survive Lasith Malinga's toe-crushers? How will they find a way to score from Rangana Herath, who put England in a spin last March? They've never seen Sachithra Senanayake before. Their blasters with the bat are no good against slow bowling. You can see it is quite easy to descend into debilitating nervousness about the England line up.

But England have their plans, England know their game and, more often than not, have been able to put in a performance with the bat. Anyone who left for the bar at Edgbaston after 40 overs of the first innings on Saturday would have been after a stiff measure to numb the pain of the previous 20 overs. By the interval, a response to England's total of 269 would have included pleasant surprise and bewilderment at how they got there after their middle order was so quickly shot down.

England found a way. Ravi Bopara played a great hand and his performances at Trent Bridge and Edgbaston were just what he was picked for: a handy few late-order runs and a tricky spell of slippery overs. Bopara balances England quite nicely and looking at the wickets from the opening Champions Trophy matches, pace off the ball is a good weapon.

Sri Lanka needed more of it against New Zealand. Angelo Mathews admitted his selection was wrong in Cardiff. A second spinner would have forced New Zealand into doing more than drop-and-run and use the pace of the quicker men to nudge their way to the target. More of a threat then Tillakaratne Dilshan was needed. It was a bizarre oversight; especially considering New Zealand played two spinners.

They were left relying on Malinga and even his best ideally needs more than 139 to work with. Sri Lanka's dealing with the new balls - which haven't done as much as might have been expected - and more pertinently, reverse swing, could decide the match.

Form guide

(Completed, competitive matches only, most recent first)

England WWLLW
Sri Lanka LLWLW

Watch out for

Eoin Morgan hasn't been firing on all cylinders since returning from the IPL but there have been some positive signs, the brightest of those his 49 in 40 balls at Trent Bridge. England's tactics with the bat heavily rely on late-innings hitting and Morgan, along with Jos Buttler, is responsible for extricating England from their foundation-laying and is essential if they are to post a large total.

Surrounded by flashy players, a more considered approach will be needed to overcome England's bowling attack. Enter Mahela Jayawardene, very experienced and successful in England with three centuries and an average of 42.00 in 24 ODIs. His form has not been flash of late, but he has the ability to counter the reverse-swing that Sri Lanka will have to master later in the innings.

Team news

England have Graeme Swann fit and available again after the back spasm that kept him out at Edgbaston. But James Tredwell never lets his country down which creates an interesting situation. Tim Bresnan's wife is more than a week overdue with the couple's first baby; the potential remains for Bresnan to be whisked up the M1.

England (possible) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Ravi Bopara, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson

Sri Lanka appear unlikely to play two spinners but could recall Nuwan Kulasekara in place of Shaminda Eranga who, in the circumstances, proved expensive in Cardiff. Senanayake may also replace Rangana Herath.

Sri Lanka (possible) 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Kusal Perera, 3 Mahela Jayawardene, 4 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Angelo Mathews (capt), 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Lahiru Thirimanne, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Sachithra Senanayake, 11 Lasith Malinga

Pitch and conditions

There will be a new wicket at The Oval which will suit England if it returns to the pace and bounce on show for the Pakistan-West Indies game. After a couple of rainy days, the weather forecast is also set fair.

Stats and trivia

  • England just edge the head-to-head record from the 20 ODIs played against Sri Lanka at home. England have won 11 and lost 9.

  • The sides have met three times at The Oval, England winning twice - in 1988 and 2011 - and losing in 2006

  • England have won both previous Champions Trophy ties against Sri Lanka, both by comfortable margins. A six-wicket win at Johannesburg in 2009 followed a 49-run win at the Rose Bowl in 2004.

Quotes

"The first two games against New Zealand seem to be out of the way. We seem to have recovered a bit of form and confidence now."
Alastair Cook

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  • andrewb5walker on June 12, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    As I have said in another post this match is at the Oval on a new pitch. See the (relative) pace and tennis ball bounce seen in the WI v Pak match. I would be surprised if it turned much tomorrow. Will be interesting to see how SL cope with Broad and Finn (he should play if it is a typical 'day 1 Oval pitch). SL batsmen struggled a bit in 2011 (though they handled the fast stuff better than Indian top order did in the same summer) against England's fast bowlers.

    Second issue is this stuff about England's 'weakness' against spin. Yes Ajmal in UAE. Have folks seen Eng record in the spin dept. since then. It is pretty good. India tried the raging turner and were out batted and bowled in India. The strategy was odd when England have the (much) better spin bowlers. I digress..

  • warneshane on June 13, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    ENG 146/2 (31 overs) Enough for the day!!! Declare!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SherjilIslam on June 13, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    @Posted by Thyagu5432 on (June 13, 2013, 9:51 GMT): Well said man....you have summed it all.

  • QingdaoXI on June 13, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Sri lanka should go with this team today: 1.Mahela 2. Dilshan 3. Chandimal 4. Sangakara 5. Thirimanne 6. Mathews 7. Jeevan 8. Perera 9. Senanayake 10. Herath 11. Malinga. I am Indian fan, will support Sri Lanka today as our neigbours, Let Pomsies make fast pitch dont worry but play with what is your strenght. This is the reason i have added Sachitra and jeevan in the team. At the end of the day we all want to see the headline "Sri lanka spun England into web".

  • kevepere on June 13, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Whats is our weakness ? batting . what is our strength.. bowling . If batsman like chandimal , thirimanne cannot deliver better to add an all rounder who would atleast would score the same amount of runs and bowl well. 1. Kusal 2. Mahela (mahela can bat in english cond. opening) 3. Thirimanne/Chandimal (only one spot remaining to these 2) 4 . Sanga 5. Dilshan 6. Mathews 7. J Mendis/Sachithra 8. Thisara 9. Herath 10. NKule 11. Malinga. All in bowling attack . 4 fast and fast medium bowlers , 3 spinners ! Go for the KILL!!

  • deoshatwar on June 13, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Sri Lanka can still shoot up into the reckoning for title. They do have the resources if only Jayawardene and Sanga pull their weights. I would not be surprised to see them in the final at all.

  • madhurajay on June 13, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Will be a 50%-50% game if SL play to their potential. Otherwise concerning English form and conditions, it is 30%-70% for Sri Lanka. Anyway as a Sri Lankan, Cheers!!!! For English men... Roars!!!! for SL men. Hoping to bite remaining nails brought forward from the NZ game.

  • AJS007 on June 13, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    The Article talks about SWAN - FIT. What he is going to do in this match. If he is included in the playing XI, then whatever be on par total on this pitch, SL will add another 75 runs.

  • rock.rockyin on June 13, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    I am an Indian fan and I must say.. Sri Lanka has a good team but the morale is down completely. Dilshan is not at his usual best, Mahela..what a great batsmen he is .. he too is out of form and Sangakara is only the lone warrior for SL.. kusal..what can u expect out of this guy ? Mathews is carrying many niggles I think specially one in his head.. I dont think he can become a good captain in future. Chandimal is a real find but Thirmanne.. gimme a break man.. if Thiramanne is your future.. SL crick is going for a Toss . Perera.. Pollard.. Dwayne bravo are not real all rouders ... Any team need all rounders like Kallis .. not just bowl their quota of overs.... If SL bats first.. forget abt SL winning (Although anything can happen in crick).. the overcast conditons will not allow spinners to grip the ball in the evening.. win the toss bowl first... and bat second even if D/L comes into play it will be a benfit for Sri Lanka team...

  • H_Z_O on June 13, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Last time Sri Lanka toured England Mahela opened in three of the four matches. His scores were 144, 79 and 9. All of his 3 ODI centuries in England have come in the top 3. As an England fan I'd be terrified of Mahela batting sensibly through the early overs, negating any movement (the change in weather might bring swing) and then accelerating in the middle overs. Move Chandimal up to 3 (to avoid the risk of losing both Mahela and Sanga early) and Sanga to four, and Thirimanne slots in at 5. If those guys can build a platform, Mathews and Thisara can hit the big shots.

    Jeevan Mendis did well on the last tour of England (although he got hit at the Oval). Senanayake has struggled outside of the subcontinent. If I were a Sri Lanka fan I'd want Kusal dropped (limited experience outside of Sri Lanka) for Jeevan Mendis. Kulasekera's record in England is poor (5 games, 1 for 197, economy over 5), I'd stick with Eranga. Thisara and Mathews need to bowl more if they're counted as all-rounders.

  • andrewb5walker on June 12, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    As I have said in another post this match is at the Oval on a new pitch. See the (relative) pace and tennis ball bounce seen in the WI v Pak match. I would be surprised if it turned much tomorrow. Will be interesting to see how SL cope with Broad and Finn (he should play if it is a typical 'day 1 Oval pitch). SL batsmen struggled a bit in 2011 (though they handled the fast stuff better than Indian top order did in the same summer) against England's fast bowlers.

    Second issue is this stuff about England's 'weakness' against spin. Yes Ajmal in UAE. Have folks seen Eng record in the spin dept. since then. It is pretty good. India tried the raging turner and were out batted and bowled in India. The strategy was odd when England have the (much) better spin bowlers. I digress..

  • warneshane on June 13, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    ENG 146/2 (31 overs) Enough for the day!!! Declare!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SherjilIslam on June 13, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    @Posted by Thyagu5432 on (June 13, 2013, 9:51 GMT): Well said man....you have summed it all.

  • QingdaoXI on June 13, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Sri lanka should go with this team today: 1.Mahela 2. Dilshan 3. Chandimal 4. Sangakara 5. Thirimanne 6. Mathews 7. Jeevan 8. Perera 9. Senanayake 10. Herath 11. Malinga. I am Indian fan, will support Sri Lanka today as our neigbours, Let Pomsies make fast pitch dont worry but play with what is your strenght. This is the reason i have added Sachitra and jeevan in the team. At the end of the day we all want to see the headline "Sri lanka spun England into web".

  • kevepere on June 13, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Whats is our weakness ? batting . what is our strength.. bowling . If batsman like chandimal , thirimanne cannot deliver better to add an all rounder who would atleast would score the same amount of runs and bowl well. 1. Kusal 2. Mahela (mahela can bat in english cond. opening) 3. Thirimanne/Chandimal (only one spot remaining to these 2) 4 . Sanga 5. Dilshan 6. Mathews 7. J Mendis/Sachithra 8. Thisara 9. Herath 10. NKule 11. Malinga. All in bowling attack . 4 fast and fast medium bowlers , 3 spinners ! Go for the KILL!!

  • deoshatwar on June 13, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Sri Lanka can still shoot up into the reckoning for title. They do have the resources if only Jayawardene and Sanga pull their weights. I would not be surprised to see them in the final at all.

  • madhurajay on June 13, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Will be a 50%-50% game if SL play to their potential. Otherwise concerning English form and conditions, it is 30%-70% for Sri Lanka. Anyway as a Sri Lankan, Cheers!!!! For English men... Roars!!!! for SL men. Hoping to bite remaining nails brought forward from the NZ game.

  • AJS007 on June 13, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    The Article talks about SWAN - FIT. What he is going to do in this match. If he is included in the playing XI, then whatever be on par total on this pitch, SL will add another 75 runs.

  • rock.rockyin on June 13, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    I am an Indian fan and I must say.. Sri Lanka has a good team but the morale is down completely. Dilshan is not at his usual best, Mahela..what a great batsmen he is .. he too is out of form and Sangakara is only the lone warrior for SL.. kusal..what can u expect out of this guy ? Mathews is carrying many niggles I think specially one in his head.. I dont think he can become a good captain in future. Chandimal is a real find but Thirmanne.. gimme a break man.. if Thiramanne is your future.. SL crick is going for a Toss . Perera.. Pollard.. Dwayne bravo are not real all rouders ... Any team need all rounders like Kallis .. not just bowl their quota of overs.... If SL bats first.. forget abt SL winning (Although anything can happen in crick).. the overcast conditons will not allow spinners to grip the ball in the evening.. win the toss bowl first... and bat second even if D/L comes into play it will be a benfit for Sri Lanka team...

  • H_Z_O on June 13, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Last time Sri Lanka toured England Mahela opened in three of the four matches. His scores were 144, 79 and 9. All of his 3 ODI centuries in England have come in the top 3. As an England fan I'd be terrified of Mahela batting sensibly through the early overs, negating any movement (the change in weather might bring swing) and then accelerating in the middle overs. Move Chandimal up to 3 (to avoid the risk of losing both Mahela and Sanga early) and Sanga to four, and Thirimanne slots in at 5. If those guys can build a platform, Mathews and Thisara can hit the big shots.

    Jeevan Mendis did well on the last tour of England (although he got hit at the Oval). Senanayake has struggled outside of the subcontinent. If I were a Sri Lanka fan I'd want Kusal dropped (limited experience outside of Sri Lanka) for Jeevan Mendis. Kulasekera's record in England is poor (5 games, 1 for 197, economy over 5), I'd stick with Eranga. Thisara and Mathews need to bowl more if they're counted as all-rounders.

  • StevieS on June 13, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Swings and roundabouts. Lets face it it isn't 2005 anymore, Sri Lanka are in a decline and need a rebuilding phrase just like Australia is going through and which New Zealand has just started to come out of.

  • on June 13, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    @Atthipatti... you have a wild imagination!!

  • Notredam on June 13, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Semis: Eng Vs SAF Ind Vs NZ

    Final Eng Vs Ind Jadeja picks 3-4 wickets. Dhoni scores Class 75, India wins CT.

  • Sultan2007 on June 13, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    England may well win the game but there is no denying that Sri Lanka are the more creative and adventurous side and while man for man they are relatively less experienced, the 50 over game suits them much better. My money is on Sri Lanka

  • sachinisawesome on June 13, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    @ Thyagu5432 Easily the best description of Sri Lankan team.

  • chamal_anjana on June 13, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    My opinion is sl should play with two spinners. During the last time they met England batsmen unable to handle herath and this time if sl include senanayake to the team that could be a bonus for them. And i don't see they would prefer Eranga against english batsmen because his line and length are not perfect as that of kulasekara. Kulasekara is a far more experienced campaigner and he would be ideal to use the pitch conditions in the first few overs.

    In fact their team might be

    01. dilshan 02. Kusal 03. sangakkara 04. Mahela 05.Chandimal 06. Mathews 07. Thisara 08. kulasekara 09. Senanayaka 10. Herath 11. malinga

  • sachinisawesome on June 13, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    If Mahela, dilshan, sanga, matthews, chandimal, parera, and thirrimanne play to their potentiol then Sri Lanka has a great chance of scoring more than 140 this time. LOL

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 13, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    This should be an easy win for Poms. Just Malinga cannot win a match. I do not think with only 60 balls, Malinga can crush 100 toes.

  • atthipatti on June 13, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Guys there can be 2 things possible.

    1) SL batting first: 120 - 140 all-out in say around 35 - 40 overs. Sanga will be the key man, somehow managing to limp across to a 40/45 runs from as many as 90/95 deliveries. MJ (as they stylishly call him) will be a goner inside a 10 (as usual outside the shores of Ceylon). Mathews will lose out partners and will start slogging with only 2 partners left, will make about 35* from 55 deliveries (supposed to be a great finisher according to lankans). Coming to SL bowling: Eng will comfortably reach the target in about 23-25 overs & no point discussing SL bowling.

    2)Eng batting first: 290 - 320 for loss of 4/5 wkts. "Slinga Malinga" the highest wkt taker with 2 for 70 when Eng start slogging him during overs 48 & 50. Few of their other "magicians" may settle for 1 wkt each. Coming to SL batting: Please refer my first point all over again.

    And then its time for the SL fans to switch to their Pakistani jerseys for coming Saturday.

  • sachinisawesome on June 13, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    @ srinideva True that. Lols

  • on June 13, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    I wouldnt mind resting Kaushal Perera today though he is talented! opening with Mahela and Dilshan will give more confident to him and to the team.

    1) Mahela 2) Dilshan 3) Thirimane/Chandimal/K perera 4) Sangakara 5) Thirimane/Chandimal/K perera 6) Mathews 7) T Perera 8) Kulasekara/Eranga 9) Senanayake 10) Herath 11) Malinga

    ** but its very important to change the batting order acordign to the progreess of the innings

    **if K Perera open the innings then Mahela has to bat at no 5 but i would like to see him batting at no 1 in must win matches.

    If Srilanka decided to play with Chandimal and Thirimane they should send them up the order before Sanga or Mahela or it is useless if they keep send them down the order. when 3 down for 40 after 10 overs!

    All the best Srilanka! bat first get 250 runs then let Malinga do the rest!

  • BozoSri on June 13, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    This is a very interesting game. If SL win it will throw the whole group wide open. England have a very strong and well balanced side. They have temprementally sound openers and a no.3 who call evade the first 15 overs and still get runs without losing wickets. Their middle order is slightly inexperienced expecially against spin and with the new odi fielding rules will be hard for them to rotate the strike and might have to take some risks. Their bowling is top class with the new ball but may suffer a little bit towards the later part, although if they manage to reverse swing it like they did against australia, they will do well. Sri Lanka have mercurial openers, very steady and experienced middle order and power hitting towards the end. They have a longer tail which exposed a bit early can let them down. Their bowling is opposite of engalnd they will look to control the middle overs with spin and strangle them towards the death overs with malinga. A good contest all in all.

  • on June 13, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    srilankans players are un predictable.if they played there potentially they can beat any teams....opening couple should show there performace and lso middle order who is out of form (mathews) he is talented cricketer..as a captain he should show his talent in todays game........

  • RednWhiteArmy on June 13, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Should be a good game. I rate SL & this could go either way.

  • Thyagu5432 on June 13, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    SL batting is weak. SL bowling is weak. SL fielding is weak. Sorry, let me cut a long story short. SL is weak!

    Dilshan, Mahela and Sanga appear to be spent forces. Kusal will score when he is destined to win a lottery. Who else? Oh the captain! Mathews mind is still worried about the IPL, is Sahara serious about the pull out?

    As far as the bowlers are concerned, if IPL was running through out the year, Malinga would have retired from all forms of the game. Kula or Perera will do what they will not be able to do when batting, which is scoring runs (atleast help the batsmen score runs). Herath is the lone war horse, who will be wondering what he is doing in this team.

    So England doesn't need to do much to get the 2 points, just reach the ground on time and you have 2 points in the bank.

    Cricinfo! Please publish.

  • on June 13, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Srilanka's game is much more exciting than england's, i hope SL makes it to semis and Eng dnt proceed to the play offs. England's ODI game is very boring especially with no KP in it!!!!

  • TrueLankan on June 13, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    1. Kushal 2. Dilshan 3. Sanga 4. Chandimal 5. Mahela 6. Matthews 7. Thisara 8.Senanayake 9. Kulasekera 10. Herath 11. Malinga. Play this team and we have a chance. Sad thing Mstthews can't be dropped for Thirrimanne.

  • Ramansilva on June 13, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Mathews, please drop yourself and let Chandi to captain the team. Your absence will pave the way for the better all rounder Kulasekera. You can't be captaining when you are not good at both bat and ball.

  • SpizenFire on June 13, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    IMO, SL have batters who can take the game away, IF, they bat as good as they can. Also SL, have bowlers who can take the game away, IF, they can bowl as good as they can. ENG, do not have batters who can take the game away and neither bowlers who can take the game away in this format of the game. Essentially, its SL's game to lose as long as ENG bank on the English conditions for their experience. This same contest played anywhere outside England, with the same 11s... might be a different story to tell.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 13, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Based on the current form England will win. A batsman can win a match single handedly, but a bowler can't. relaying heavily on Malinga will not give wins to SL. The interesting thing is if there is a SL win, things will be more worse in group A as anyone can reach semis.

  • on June 13, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    If Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan & Malinga do well, then SL can easily win this. Come on Lions.. show your true colors....!!!

  • --.-- on June 13, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    I don't understand why SL are not favourites to win the tournament. They have got most experienced players of all time. DIl-Sanga-Mahela.

    I would suggest Sl batsmen to learn from Indian batsmen how to play on fast and bouncy pitches.

  • Adshayankp on June 13, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    i think so bad,,,,,,,,,, for missing KP .... but morgan find some form and keep england busy to semi.... i really hope england wins this match...........

  • onebump on June 13, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Looking outside the window: it is gloomy and overcast. May rain a bit at the start of the match.... So given the conditions and the form of our batsmen (SL) England should win easily... if they dont bowl us out for 100 and romp home, it would be really embarrassing for England!

    SL has nothing to lose... maybe a rain shortened game would help us or take the extra point from a washout and go beat the Aussies on Monday. Start the rain dance folks!

  • dakshinap on June 13, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Srilankan always struggling in overseas. Even their quailty batsman has not been played well. Today's match is the end of the road for lankans in this series.

  • Yevghenny on June 13, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    yes yes, slow, placid, one dimensional, and yet England so far have the highest score at Edgbaston during this tournament. I don't remember this criticism of South Africa. At least England haven't produced an effort like Pakistan - England's "one dimension" is to score 280 runs - pakistan's seems to be "let's hope the bowlers get them out for 30"

  • on June 13, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Sri Lanka, try the KIS Keep It Simple. For today's game should go with Kusal, Dilly, Sanga, Mahela, Dinesh, Mathews, Herath, Senanayake, Kula, Eranga & Malinga. Remember what Murali did to Poms at the Oval in 1998 test and I was there in UK. The secret weapon this time would be Sachithra Senanayke. Also do not try to blast Poms attack because they are very good in the initial 10 to 15 overs. So secret is keep wickets and explode in last 10 overs.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on June 13, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Its at The Oval a ground which holds history of low scoring games. England should play 3 seamers, Fin, Anderson and Broad, with one spinner Swan and two part timers should win by a fair margin as SL has one best bowler Malinga who is better than all of England bowlers except Anderson.

  • on June 13, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    As a neutral fan i love to see Sri Lankans perform they have the greatest variety and aggression i reckon it's a dream team.. hope ENGLAND players would wear steel boots against toe crushers..

  • maddy20 on June 13, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    End of the line for SL. Thanks for playing! SL 200-210 . Eng win by 5 wickets with 10 overs to spare!

  • Narbavi on June 13, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Srilanka can help us go in to the finals, the first step is to win today and beat australia in the last game, in that case they can make it to the semis and play against us and like always we will beat them fair and square and can make it to the finals, so come on guys

  • Northandsouth on June 13, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    What an odd article. Defensively imply all the naysayers are constantly proved wrong and England inevitably come good when it counts, particularly at home.

    England lost a home series LAST WEEK. They didn't come good when Martin Guptill was stomping all over them. They also have a relatively consistently poor record at international 50 over tournaments. England's shortcomings are raised because they are there and they are often exposed and lead to defeat, not because everyone else suffers from a weird disease of not recognising that England actually don't have weaknesses and will fly to victory when it matters. Just a little odd.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 13, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Really hope England use Swann and Tredwell in tandem, with Broad or Bresnan missing out. England should win this one as long as they can silence Sangakkara and Jayawardene, and cope with Malinga's thunderbolts.

  • IndiaNumeroUno on June 13, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Sri Lanka will win today... go Lankans!!

  • JG2704 on June 13, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Not sure on the Eng side. I'd be tempted to bring Finn back for this one if the pitch suits pace above spin. Otherwise I have no real issues with the Eng side apart from the usual

  • cric_J on June 13, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Also the Oval pitch usually does offer enough bounce which would be to Finny's liking.Moreover I have a gut feeling that we should play Finny today (though it seems unlikely). I had it for Bopara in the Aus match and that one turned out nicely. Although leaving out Bres who is more than decent with the bat, would leave us with a geniune tailender in Finny and thus 20 runs short probably.

    IMO Bopara did a pretty decent job with the bat and will almost certainly hold on to his place for this match. I hope today he can do something with the ball as well.

    For Sri Lanka ,Dilshan , Mahela and Sanga would be the key with the bat and Malinga with the ball. Also it would be interesting to see Herath bowl at our batsmen after he caused them enough troubles in SL last year.

    If England bowl as well as they did against Aus , field a bit better and bat with a bit more urgency, they could pull this one off with some considerable ease.

  • hamza893 on June 13, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    As a Pakistani ,i support Srilanka secondly after Pakistan.I wish Srilanka win today and go through the semis.I want SL to win the champions trophy.We Pakistanis support you.Best of luck Srilankan team.

  • Electric_L0ser_Wacko on June 13, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    @ baseballsucks - lol pity the so called "best fast bowler" was clobbered to all parts of the ground by virat kohli and company not so long ago..selective memory eh.? Actually its very much likely that SL will be out today..but I'd be rooting for them...cos we want you guys playing against india IF you make it to the semis...we all know how its become a formality for us to feast on your best bowling attack!!!

  • cric_J on June 13, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    England have an excellent chance today to seal the semis spot and I see hardly any reasons for their not doing so.

    The batting pace of the England top 3 has come under some criticism in the past 15 days or so and to some extent , rightly so. It would be important to be a bit aggressive early on in this match probably more than in any other match , given that Malinga is ONE of the best death bowlers in ODIs , if not THE best. Bell MUST play freely and a touch aggressively and leave the base building to Cook and Trott. That should give a platform to Root,Morgs and Buttler to do the slamming and would take some pressure off them as well. IMO 275+ should be a par score if England bowl as well as they did against Aus.

    Also, since SL batsmen WOULD prefer spin to pace ,I'd bring back Swanny in place of Tredwell as he is England's best spinner and a cleverer bowler.If Bres is not available today (or even if he is) , we could well go with Finny as he would bring some pace to the attack.(cont)

  • devsvd on June 13, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    srilanka will loose today since there is no quality bowlers except malinga

  • Narbavi on June 13, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    @siri12345: yes way to go, like you said, you are just confused, you really don't know what to say, you have no clue regarding how your team is going to win, pray to the rain gods to save you today!!

  • on June 13, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Sri lanka can do any wonders if they bat to their potentiality. In the last game they did not bat well and put enough total to give any chance for bowlers to do any thing. So, batting is the problem and if they sort this then surely they will make England day little tough. Jayawardena and Sangakarra are key and if they continue their bad form with bad then it would be very tough for them to beat the home side.

  • srinideva on June 13, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Go Lions Go...you can do this. Go to SL..Right now. take some rest...Chandimal have to think about the 2015 World cup and he needs to practice and also improve his communication skills, so don`t allow him in the future tours..

  • srinideva on June 13, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    @Narabavi , you can expect him to score that hundred against Zimbabwe or Bangladesh tour...Not here..Just like how sangakkara keeps his batting record in test recent time..#Waytogo

  • yohandf1984 on June 13, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    @ BDforever - Playing more ODI s will not be advantageous in rankings as points get divided by no of matches . So SL didnt get any boost in ranking due to that . Bangladesh are lucky that they ve got 26 ODI s but you could not even beat Zimbabwe in two attempts (in 2011 &2013) So asking more matches from SL is suicidal . How about Ireland & Netherland for a change .

  • Sector_Clear on June 13, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: LOL.. on the same "flat tracks" your team was bowled out for less than 140 :P :P

  • siri12345 on June 13, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    playing senanayke is a must in this game as his mystery balls will help in outfoxing england batsman.but wat i fear most about this game is again our batting.the only way we can loose this game is batting failure.if we bat first and can somehow or the other score 230+ then i think we can defend it under lights.but our batting has to click today anyhow if we hav to win.looking at the last game i am not sure whom should senanayke replace?ideally speaking he should have replaced thirimanne as with two allrounders in our side we r playing 1 batsman more but not sure if this move will work if we loose early wickets.

  • bravetigersmustwin on June 13, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    @BDforever You are right.. It is really unfair for not scheduling enough matches for BD, Zim and Kenya... BD are not in top eight only because they dont have enough matches played. BD can win any team, but to win the series they can start with SL, WI, NZ... and who knows they can be world champs if they get 2 genuine fast bowlers...

  • an_alcoholic on June 13, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    @ Sachinisawesome....no team can loose 4m that position mate...even SL can do it...but they need some special individual performances 4m sanga dilshan and MAHILA ....lolzzz.....

  • stormy16 on June 13, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Unless the pitch offers something for the spinners SL will get blown away. Eng are at home and in good form while SL looked lost against NZ on the batting front and only made a game of it through their bowlers. Unless Maliga or Sachithra (if he plays) has an impact I dont see Eng being beaten.

  • warneshane on June 13, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    I wish SL winning today's game but it is nearly impossible. SL have major problems with the performance of Sanga, Dilshan, Mahela & Angello. These were outstanding cricketers till some years ago but they are fighting against age, reflexes, self belief & confidence. Sanga, Dilshan, Mahela are playing for more than decade & with the age factor their restrictions of reflexes are natural. Angello put on lot of weight which have major impact on him plus his confidence was shattered in IPL because of his franchise's bad perform and decision to drop him out there. Only malinga is in good shape & rhythm. SL fans are comparing new guys with these seniors but they are not up to half level of those. The team is in transition period and may be end of these senior guys not later than soon. SL fans pl not to fight on this site and most importantly pl don't blame umpiring,DRS system, pitch conditions,etc etc. Take this sportingly, enjoy the game & good cricket from others. Give respect to others.

  • Otuwa on June 13, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    sachinisawesome-Yes true our batting hadn't clicked at that day.But NZ,ENG isn't strong than us.

  • BDforeverr on June 13, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    From last year Sri Lanka has played max number of Odis 42 compared to any country and yet they rank only 5th where as we bangladeshis played only 26 games yet we rank 9th. After the early exit of SL ... Both BCB & SL boards shud plan ay as much crick possible with each other to settle the score only then Bangladesh can be in top 8. When SL were very small minnow team in 90s they got many games against Pak & Ind and they become good team . Pls ICC expose our Bangladesh boys to complex level first from bottom SL followed by WI/NZ ... Aus ...Pak ... Ind ... Eng. we have already defeated Sri Lanka only last year in Asia cup . ..arrange us more games with SL before2015 WC. Cric info publish pls

  • Narabavi on June 13, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    Jayawardena hundred on the cards !

  • on June 13, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    lankans are better than england in all cases except the home grounds and home crowd.the only worry for lanka which showed in the last match against new zeland was the batting. they have three such batters which can play through the 50 overs, mahela, sangakara and the captain himself. so i think lanka should play two spinners, plus mahela should open batting with Tillakaratne Dilshan so that they can save from the england early assualt of a new ball. if lanka wins the toss, should bat first and should not lose wicket till 10 overs. runs are no matters in england, but the wickets especially if u bat first. lanka has already won the series against england in england. so pressure will be on england. best of luck to both the teams. javed karachi

  • Narbavi on June 13, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    @Baseball-sucks: Why should you use two spinners? Aren't you the one who bragged about how good you are outside the subcontinent with the great pace bowlers you have in your team, guess you have realised that your fast bowling department is pathetic that even kulasekara has to get dropped and a spinner needs to come in to compliment Herath,

  • Otuwa on June 13, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    @IndianCoolGuy-Cool down cool guy.You are looks like very hot.'England looking very strong'Ha ha but how did they lost to Newzealand in their own backyard at few days ago....Then you will tell to me NZ is stronger than ENG.But did you see last NZ match against us?

  • Sector_Clear on June 13, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: 2 spinners? Really? Aren't you expecting your team to show us what a great Pace Attack your team has (or you realised that the term "Club Level Cricketers" was actually invented to describe SL Team :D) Speak as much as you wish now, you'll go in hibernation once Poms thrash your team out of CT13 :D

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 13, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    SL's chance to crunch Eng to make SF chances strong. Eng, scraping toss/pitch induced win vs much superior -but rusty- Aus ,stand no chance vs potential S/F-ist SL .This is much likely most 1-sided 'contest' of this tourney and facile SL win on the cards. The slingr Malinga is going to unleash somthing special today .Eng most likely bat 1st and get rolled over for 60-odd ,SL dash home by 9/10 Wkt before scheduled mid-innings break effectively send Eng packing out of CT. Aus will win next vs SL easily seal their S/F spot.NZ has impressed and be tough fight out with them and SL for the other S/F spot from G'A'. I won't say 'luck' ,NZ did get away with 1 pt. due rain last night when Aus were looking good for a big win and 2 pts. NZ lack the flair of SL but do like this outfit that brings out the 'fight' and adds to ICC events and are worthy of S/F spot. Wish the best for SL and NZ in bid to join Aussies in semis in 2nd spot from G'A'. For now, Go SL ,crush Eng in style with flair!!

  • on June 13, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    it's time for SL senior players to step down, Specially Mahela he is in awe full form. And find some young talent. See India how awesome their batting and fielding with youngsters in. Sl should follow Indian foot steps in this case....

  • deep6321 on June 13, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Surely Dilshan will fire today.And SL will win....Best of Luck to Dilshan.

  • SLSup on June 13, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    The most intense game of the Champion's Trophy so far was between NZ & SL. No other game was even close to the intensity of that game. Here we are at a point in the Champion's Trophy where EACH OF THE FOUR TEAMS in Group A are holding their breath to figure where their fortunes lay based on the game that will be played tomorrow and, Lo & Behold, SL is playing. As a Sri Lankan this is something that I feel good about.

    Super glad that the game starts at 5 AM in California. I will have the ball-by-ball commentaries by CRICINFO running while I do an honest man's work for the day. May have to take a late lunch depending on how the game progresses.

  • asohk on June 13, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    It may not be prudent to reserve the no. 01 slot for inexperienced Kusal. Instead either Mahela or Thirimanne (tactic used by Indians in Rohith proved a sucess) would worth trying in a do or die game. Unarguably,two spinners a must rather than half bowlers.No doubt. Lasith is a key figure and must be used wisely.

  • on June 13, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Oh Dear Lions Please pack your things ready, you are the second team to be out of CT, your mediocre Batsman's can't handle English quicks. @Baseball-Sucks: keep dreaming and keep on dreaming buddy......

  • Otuwa on June 13, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Divinetouch-Ha ha..Look at his records at England.He is the SL's best batsman in England.

  • Return-of-Sinhaya on June 13, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    i hope rain interrupts and we can split points, we need rain to help us like it helped Newzealand against us and like it helped india against westindies

  • deep6321 on June 13, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    include kulasekara if want to go to semis

  • ajithabey on June 13, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    3 genuine spinners - Herath, Senanayake & Mendis and 3 Pacies Malinga,Kula & Eranga or Thisara is my recommendation for a bowling combination with Mahela,Dilshan,Chandimal,Sanga,Mathews and Mendis counting as batsman for a winning combination taking into account match performances of teams that have played so far in this tournament on pitches which are on the slower side.

  • on June 13, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    No body cant predict the way of srilankans' come back, Senanayake, Herath and kula in Thirimanne and eranga could be out... England never attack the srilankan bowlers , if peterson plays only ,he canl handle the srilankan bowlers well , apart from that nobody cant do any thing.

  • IndianCoolGuy on June 13, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    Weather report says today there will not be any rain. So SL has a good chance to grab 2 points. But how is the big question. Only bowling will not work. Batsmen have to fire. I wish at least SL should come 2nd position in groupA. then India vs SL.. fun to watch. SL should pray for luck as well in the situation where they are now. Good luck SL.

  • RiznyF on June 13, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    Sri Lanka played 5 genuine batsmen (incl. wicketkeeper) in their last game, this is something that they have never done in the recent past. They have been relatively successful and consistent with their XI. But I don't understand why they want to change it now. They seem to be going in with a mindset that all pitches in England are seam friendly and trying to do things outside their comfort zone. However, some of these wickets seem to be helping spinners in a big way, which is one of our greatest strengths.

    The umpires might have made a few blunders in the previous game, but so did Sri Lanka. They started by batting first on a pitch that has seen 6 out 7 matches being won by the team batting 2nd.

    He bowled Dilshan in the last over, when Eranga had bowled relatively well. This was wrong on so many different levels. It was the batting power play and they were bowling to tail enders. Another thing that I can't fathom is that if Dilshan was expected to bowl so many overs, why wasn't an

  • IndianCoolGuy on June 13, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: I dont think SL can beat England. England looking very strong. SL might be tempted to go with Spinners, but now england is doing well against Spin. So it will be a tough day for SL. SL should pray for rain at least they get 1 point. Their net runrate is also very bad, It will be very tough for them to reach to semis. Their batting is a medicore batting lineup. All the best for SL.

  • rajcan on June 13, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    My team is,

    Kusal , Dilshan , Sanga , Chandi , Mahela , Mathews , Thisara , Kula , Malinga, Senanayake and Herath

  • rajcan on June 13, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    Srilanka could play both spinners Senanayake and Herath leaving Thirimanne out. Senanayake and Herath can contribute with bat too. Going with one specialist spinner and part timers would not work well with do or die game. You have to fire with all cylinders.

    Last game I guess SL lost due to bad bowling change. After Malinga removed Vetturi, Malinga wasn't given the ball again. He was taken out of attack and that led a partnership built up. SL should have gone for a kill knowing they cannot win the game by playing 50 overs, only way to win is to go for a kill.

  • on June 13, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    I think Sri Lanka should keep Herath but leave Thirimanne instead. Kulasekara or Eranga, Thisara Pereira, Angelo, Malinga could provide the required pace, Herath, Senanayake and Dilshan could provide the required spin. The batting looks very balanced and I want Sri Lanka to go on a more aggressive approach on this match to score freely if they are batting first since England batters are slow starters and therefore can not catch up the required run rate when chasing. Even if batting second, Sri Lanka should provide brisk start to keep the required run rate below six so that the middle orders will be able to rotate the strike well when Swann comes in to bowl and check the required run rate climbing above six an over.

    For England Anderson and Broad in addition to Swann are dangerous bowlers who could rip any batting on a given day. So Sri Lanka should not allow these three bowlers to settle down. Sri Lanka also should score heavily on part timers Bopara and Root.

    Will be interesting.

  • on June 13, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    Sri Lanka should go with two spinners. The pitch might be favoring pace but still they got Lasith Malinga & Nuwan Kulasekara. Plus they can get few overs by Angelo Mathews & Thisara Perera as well. Rangana Herath should be in for Dinesh Chandima according to the previous game performance.

  • gsamiru on June 13, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    Dear Mathews, please play both the spinners Herath and Senanayaka .......... that'll bring SL home ...... Wish you all the best Lions ........ !

  • Nuwas on June 13, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    its quite simple, win both games & SL in Semis. I hope the rain wont interrupt us today, coz for the last five years or so once the rain dropped, we lost it all. Wish we'll get "Dhoni's luck" with us through out this tournament. (even though SL is not into mystical stuff) :D Good luck Lions.........

  • Ali_86xz on June 13, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    Sri Lanka should open with Mahela and keep Kusal for big hitting at the end, or else Anderson will take him first ball caught by Cook or Swann at slips, obvious.

  • TheShawshankRedemption on June 13, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    Two potential teams who could go on and make it to Finals. Seeing the conditions in this summer this SL team needs Ranganna.

    Eng will struggle only if they lose early wickets to Malinga. If we would see closely it is not the bowling but the batting that has let all the teams down this tournament and for India it is their batting which did the trick.

    Hence, Sanga and Mahela will virtually seal the match if they play full 50 overs.

    I would like to predict 230 score by team batting first and defending them in this game.

  • Prem2248 on June 13, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    3 seniors has been exhibited over the last 5-6 years. As for the left-arm strike bowler, an all-rounder (as they call him, the J&Ps) in SLan Team couldn't do a thing, so far, what his young counterpart of India (can bat, bowl & field brilliantly) does. His bowling (ODI Ave 43, and 1st Class Ave 25) was preferred to Ajantha's (ODI Ave 21, and 1st Class Ave 21). It is with great regret I state here SLan fans are deserted and have been continuously suffering in the hands of J&Ps of last 25 years that have had marked disliking for batters maintaining consistency from very young age, and the top performing bowlers at Domestic Level. These deserving players were completely ignored in order to entertain these henchmen. It was mainly due to these gross errors the SLan Team's performances have always been inconsistent. (One may verify stats at any good website like CRICINFO).

  • Prem2248 on June 13, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    any form of consistency at this old Age? As a person that has been watching the Game very closely and earnestly from the year 1954, would like to ask them to get themselves dropped without doing more damage to the Future of Country's Cricket. How can we look into the Future without giving confidence to our promising youngsters? Even the skilful quick-footed Mathews, Chandimal & T'manne are wasted, as the 3 seniors always want to occupy the top 3places. The 40-50 runs that the seniors get at times offering 3-4 straight forward chances, on ad hoc basis have no effect on the Team's success. Due to this very reason the Team has found it difficult to win a series since 2007 from the day Atapatu left from the top-order. The top order is meant for batters that could execute neat, correct, controlled strokes at all times. There is no way, one can demoralize a good bowling attack on any surface with such a risky approach(edging, missing & lofting from the very 1 st ball ) that 2B CNTD

  • Prem2248 on June 13, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    As I have mentioned previously, SL has no hope for the Future as long as these 4 senior players (3 Bats & the Left-armer) are in the Team though the J&Ps think otherwise. At a time they should have been removed from the Side for their poor performances outside the Country, instead they were included in the Category (1) of the SLan Contracted players' list, for another 3 years, thus jeopardizing the future prospects of Youngsters that have maintained consistency from their very young age having being excelled exceptionally well at Junior&Domestic Tournaments with all the obstacles came in their way. One may find 3-4 henchmen in every SLan side of last 20years, that haven't done a thing noticeable at Domestic levels. Even the over-hyped seniors having failed in almost every event, especially out of the Continent are still want to continue till the next WC2015. At a time their (4Seniors') performances were erratic as youngsters, how it is possible for them to do well and maintain2B CNTD

  • on June 13, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    My predictions are becoming accurate and as I expected Pak is out of CT. Now its SL turn, Tomorrow England is going to win the match sending the SL team packing

  • IndianCoolGuy on June 13, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    England easily beats SL and enters into semis. SL has a very pathetic batting lineup. they cannot dream about lifting CT.

  • xylo on June 13, 2013, 0:27 GMT

    "England have a knack for getting it right on the night, particularly in ODIs at home". Let's not get carried away here. When England won the ODI series against India at home, they were getting the rub of the green on all occasions with the rain rescuing them.

  • ghtvnath on June 13, 2013, 0:26 GMT

    Both Mahela and Sangakkara have to perform well if Sri Lanka to have a chance in this match.England have proved to be a threatening team in the recent past and it will be a big challenge to survive the pace attack while scoring some decent runs.More than 260 would be competitive assuming Lasith Malinga will continue his form he gained after IPL final which was shown again in the previous match against New Zealand.Also Sri Lanka would have to think of playing Sachitha Senanayake, because what is something strange is that the foreign franchises make better use of him than Sri Lanka do.

  • Haider-pak-awsome on June 12, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    SL winning both the matches is out of question. They could give some fight to Aussies. However Eng are just too good for the club level lions (in zoo). So called Slinga would end up figures like 10-0-65-0 or 1 (if any accident by Eng)

  • gibbs.175 on June 12, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    England is a very strong side after India....but England could win if they bat first.....Sri lanka has problem when they go for chase.......220 or up be a good total to defend...let "s watch !

  • Haider-pak-awsome on June 12, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    t doesn't matter if SL bats first or second. With the mediocre batting strength, I don't see they reach anything more than 150. I can predict 9 or 10 wicket victory for England, if they are batting 2nd. I can't imagine the amount of runs Eng would score if they are batting first. However 350 plus would be an easy total when they are facing such an ordinary attack of SL. It would be fun to watch the assault of so called "SLINGA"… lol

  • MH19 on June 12, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    Very simple for Sri Lanka now need to beat England and Australia to reach Semi finals which is great as we should not depend on the out come of the others to survive in the tournament.Also we should never talk about the NZ game and that is history and NZ out classed us completely and winning it what matters not how we lost as we do not gain points for loosing.I hope we will fire and beat the poms and the aussies as Sri Lanka is a very dangerous side and will come all guns firing does not matter who the opposition is and the lions are hungry now.

  • yorkshirematt on June 12, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    @vimal03 I don't know what forecast you've seen but from what I've seen tomorrow looks set fair. It had better be as I'm taking a break from the yorks game at lords to go to the oval for the first time for this

  • Htc-Android on June 12, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    We want better batting performance tomorrow. Specially Mathews needs to perform atleast with the bat, if not with the ball. He hasnt contributed anything to the team after being promoted as a captain. Also Chandimal should bat between Sanga and Mahela. Good luck to Sri lanka!!!

  • on June 12, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    @landl47 India won test series against england in england in 2007..had it implied then that indians were good players of swing bowling

  • Divinetouch on June 12, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    For Sri Lanka to move forward they must bench Mahela Jayawardene. He is the jinx in the team and his overseas batting record especially outside the sub-continent is dismal.

  • Kiru27 on June 12, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Hope we will get some intresting match. But England has upper hand than SL. Because SL batsmans are in pathetic form. And Maling also having many bad days nowadays.Swann is an another advantage for england and yes ofcourse its their home ground. yesterday Pak went out of tournament, and tomorrow its going to be SL turn...

  • landl47 on June 12, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    Strange to see people still talking about England's alleged weakness against spin when they beat Pakistan 4-0 away in the ODI series last year and India in India in the test series, not to mention whitewashing India and handily beating Sri Lanka in England in 2011. Malinga is more likely to trouble England than the spinners are, although that's true of a lot of sides.

    The issue is going to be whether SL can make runs against this England attack. If they are all fit, which seems likely, then in English conditions England has an excellent bowling attack. Using Bopara and Root to make up 10 overs strengthens the batting and doesn't weaken the bowling. SL's top batsmen are getting to the veteran stage and the younger ones don't seem to be of the same quality. Going down to NZ for 138 wasn't impressive. They'll need to do better than that to beat England.

    Looking forward to a good game.

  • vimal03 on June 12, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    we might have a rain affected game tomorrow

  • LAKINGSFAN on June 12, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    I don't know how SL are going to win against England with the kinda batting they displayed the previous match. And, England are not that bad in playing spin. Cook, Bell, Trott and Morgan can handle spin well. I don't think spin is the trump card here. Mahela is not in good form. That's the main worry for SL. So their middle order is brittle with uncertain Dilshan opening. I honestly have no idea how Matthews is still pursued as captain. He may be a great player but not a great mind as a captain. He doesn't think on the filed. Many good captains possess that weapon. England all the way unless Lions led by wounded captain pulls some miracle. Nothing against Angelo but he's not a captain material. I'm sorry. Remember he was Pune captain in IPL and did nothing.

  • 2.14istherunrate on June 12, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    A match which would be a very good idea for England to win after SL's remarkable fight back v NZ. The best thing England could do is reach the 35th over without more than 1 or 2 wickets down. Their problem v Aus was not Bell and Trott but the succeeding batsmen.270 is a good score and if emulated could provide the right sort cushion. Two spinners might be a good idea v NZ but not against SL.

  • maddy20 on June 12, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    Should be cakewalk for England. England's battles vs spin seem to be exaggerated. Morgan had one hell of a time in the IPL playing against a lot of spinners. Bopara is pretty good against spin too. Cook, trott are usually slow and steady and its unlikely that they will be pressed into play a rash stroke. Their only real problem is to survive against Malinga and to some extent Kulasekara(if he plays).

  • CricketFundas on June 12, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    SL really needs to pick up their game if they want to survive in this tournament. While Malinga was truly awesome in the game against NZ, SL's batting from the last match really makes you wonder if SL will soon be on their way out after losing to a formidable English team. Hoping for a good game of cricket, and may the best team win.

  • yorkslanka on June 12, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Simple equation for us, win both games and wears through to the next round...in reality that is big task but if we play o our potential then it is possible. Good luck tomorrow Sri Lanka, I just hope the weather doesn't decide the result...for me, two spinners should be picked for us( herath & jeevan) thirrimanne should make way and Eranga should stay as I think England won't have seen much of him.my team ( batting order): 1.kushal 2. Dilshan 3. Sanga 4. Chandimal 5. Mahela 6. Mathews 7. Jeevan 8. Thisara 9. Rangana 10.eranga 11. Malinga. Good luck Sri Lanka

  • SL_Boy on June 12, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    this is a really hard selection ... actually all the bowlers did really well, but lets go with experience yes … no … not sure, really we have an issues with our batting they are the one to drop … we lost prev. match b'couse of batting … it is interesting to see ppl talking about dropping bowlers … keep in mind players are really good playing swing bowlers but when Vass was there they never scored against him.

    Good luck Srilanka …

  • _MiddleStump_ on June 12, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    Completely agree with "Baseball-sucks" playing 11. Well said.

  • samincolumbia on June 12, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    Come on England - All Indian fans will be rooting for the Poms tomorrow.

  • CricketingStargazer on June 12, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    This is an interesting match and a good test of England's form and confidence. This looks like a match that England can and should win, but Sri Lanka are always dangerous: the way that they got so close to saving an awful batting display against New Zealand was a great example of fight although bowling a dreadful legside wide at the #11 bat to lose the match was a horrible error, particularly from a slow bowler.

    There have been many criticisms of England's performance against Australia, but it was an extraordinarily efficient one. Only in the first match has a side beaten England's 269-6 and Australia were never at the races in the chase, leading to a win without ever playing at more than 80%.

    I would be very tempted to play James Tredwell ahead of Graeme Swann unless England go for two spinners and like the balance that they get by playing Ravi Bopara and having Joe Root able to bowl a few overs too, meaning that there are always options if one bowler is getting hit.

  • Tribal_Cricket on June 12, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    SL batting will fail again and they will lose the remaining matches. Long story short.

  • on June 12, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    I'm not gonna comment anything about the other team.coz I know the finale will be SL vs NZ.

  • Herath-UK on June 12, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Sri Lanka do well always with back against the wall as exemplified as recently as in Australia when they knocked out India out of the three way tie. However England are much a tougher opponent at home and Mathews & Chandimal should justify their places in the team. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • on June 12, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    Sri Lanka will win tomorrow! End of.

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 12, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    The last thing Mathews wanna do is , make a mess of the team selection. I hope he learned his lesson from the NZ match. In this case, We should exploit the Englishmen's weakness against spin. So 2 spinners (both Herath n Sachi ) is a must. It doesn't make any sense to go with 7 batsmen when we have capable allrounders. So the best thing is to drop Eranga (inexperience n can be expensive) and go with Kula who can bat well down the order. In addition, pick Sachi in place of Thirimanne. Poms will be facing Sachi's mystery spin first time ever n its gonna be fun to watch. :P

    And..Mathews, pls play your natural "aggressive" game. You are someone who can clear boundaries without breaking a sweat. Its painful to watch when you play a load of dot balls.

    So the best XI - 1) Kusal 2) Dilshan 3) Mahela 4) Sanga 5) Chandimal 6) Mathews 7) Thisara 8) Kula 9) Herath 10) Sachi 11) Slinga

    This is it people. Its do or die time. G'luck. LIONS LEAD THE WAY !!!!!

  • on June 12, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    IF You look at the majority of the teams succeeding in this Tournament .. It is Because of a Good Opening Partnership the Openers have laid for their respective teams ... SL Have a Good Opening pair & was unfortunate that Kusal Didnt bother the scorers .. Im sure he is going to Bounce back strongly tomorrows & hope the middle order performs too! My XI for tomorrow - Kusal , Dilshan , Sanga , Chandi , Mahela , Mathews , Thisara , Kula , Senanayake , Malinga , Eranga

    Good Luck SL <3

  • kc69 on June 12, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Well more than England, tomorrow seems like a do or die situation for Sri Lanka as all other teams in the group got points(Thanks to the rain today). Moreover for Sri Lanka its also crucial to have next games with results rather than abandoned due to rain. Hope to see some quality cricket from both sides, especially Sanga getting some support from rest of his team. Waiting to find out which team from group A will play against my team(India).

  • vimal03 on June 12, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    For Srilanka: The best way to approach this match to bring Senanayaka and Hearth to exposé the spin weakness of England. 25 overs of spin with the help of Dilsan will make them work hard to get runs. Malinga should open with Eranga in the bowling department and Matews should use Maliga well. Candimal should be dropped in order to bring Senanayaka

    For England: Should play with two spinners although Srilanka is better team facing spin attack. Try to get three big guns out (Mehala/Dilsan/Sanga) and don't underestimate Kusal perera. Bell or Cook should play an responsible innings while trot should make some runs. if the fast bowlers do well easy win for England otherwise we will see a clear domination from Srilanka

  • on June 12, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Bad selection of Sri Lanka. They bowled well on previous match. I cant understand what they doing..very sad

  • Electric_L0ser_Wacko on June 12, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    SL has to win rest of the games (against ENG and OZ) to have any chance of going through the SF - as simple as that.. although it would be a miracle if they could beat both the teams.. NZ could somehow get a backdoor entry even if they lose the next game(against ENG) and Oz win against SL...I see ENG & NZ in the SF's, Unless SL pick their game up - HIGHLY UNLIKELY given their recent form.

  • yohandf1984 on June 12, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    With points shared in Aus vs NZ match , Sri Lanka s requirement is clear . Just win 2 matches and scrap semi final opportunity . If loose one , go out . no nonsense in between such as NRR . as an ardent SL fan , i hope they d do it . lets wait and see .

  • on June 12, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Tmrw is the day 4 senanayake. malinga will not perform tmrw.

  • Nmiduna on June 12, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    you don't drop your best limited overs seam bowler, when there's swing, when he can swing. i was looking forward to his bowling before the nz match, and after the game i thought he could've got the same number of wickets as eranga for far less runs thus making SL victory more likely, eranga was not that bad, he picked up wickets, he can develop into a good bowler, but KULASEKARA MUST PLAY, mustn't he??

  • Nmiduna on June 12, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    you don't drop your best limited overs seam bowler, when there's swing, when he can swing. i was looking forward to his bowling before the nz match, and after the game i thought he could've got the same number of wickets as eranga for far less runs thus making SL victory more likely, eranga was not that bad, he picked up wickets, he can develop into a good bowler, but KULASEKARA MUST PLAY, mustn't he??

  • on June 12, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Tmrw is the day 4 senanayake. malinga will not perform tmrw.

  • yohandf1984 on June 12, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    With points shared in Aus vs NZ match , Sri Lanka s requirement is clear . Just win 2 matches and scrap semi final opportunity . If loose one , go out . no nonsense in between such as NRR . as an ardent SL fan , i hope they d do it . lets wait and see .

  • Electric_L0ser_Wacko on June 12, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    SL has to win rest of the games (against ENG and OZ) to have any chance of going through the SF - as simple as that.. although it would be a miracle if they could beat both the teams.. NZ could somehow get a backdoor entry even if they lose the next game(against ENG) and Oz win against SL...I see ENG & NZ in the SF's, Unless SL pick their game up - HIGHLY UNLIKELY given their recent form.

  • on June 12, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Bad selection of Sri Lanka. They bowled well on previous match. I cant understand what they doing..very sad

  • vimal03 on June 12, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    For Srilanka: The best way to approach this match to bring Senanayaka and Hearth to exposé the spin weakness of England. 25 overs of spin with the help of Dilsan will make them work hard to get runs. Malinga should open with Eranga in the bowling department and Matews should use Maliga well. Candimal should be dropped in order to bring Senanayaka

    For England: Should play with two spinners although Srilanka is better team facing spin attack. Try to get three big guns out (Mehala/Dilsan/Sanga) and don't underestimate Kusal perera. Bell or Cook should play an responsible innings while trot should make some runs. if the fast bowlers do well easy win for England otherwise we will see a clear domination from Srilanka

  • kc69 on June 12, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Well more than England, tomorrow seems like a do or die situation for Sri Lanka as all other teams in the group got points(Thanks to the rain today). Moreover for Sri Lanka its also crucial to have next games with results rather than abandoned due to rain. Hope to see some quality cricket from both sides, especially Sanga getting some support from rest of his team. Waiting to find out which team from group A will play against my team(India).

  • on June 12, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    IF You look at the majority of the teams succeeding in this Tournament .. It is Because of a Good Opening Partnership the Openers have laid for their respective teams ... SL Have a Good Opening pair & was unfortunate that Kusal Didnt bother the scorers .. Im sure he is going to Bounce back strongly tomorrows & hope the middle order performs too! My XI for tomorrow - Kusal , Dilshan , Sanga , Chandi , Mahela , Mathews , Thisara , Kula , Senanayake , Malinga , Eranga

    Good Luck SL <3

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 12, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    The last thing Mathews wanna do is , make a mess of the team selection. I hope he learned his lesson from the NZ match. In this case, We should exploit the Englishmen's weakness against spin. So 2 spinners (both Herath n Sachi ) is a must. It doesn't make any sense to go with 7 batsmen when we have capable allrounders. So the best thing is to drop Eranga (inexperience n can be expensive) and go with Kula who can bat well down the order. In addition, pick Sachi in place of Thirimanne. Poms will be facing Sachi's mystery spin first time ever n its gonna be fun to watch. :P

    And..Mathews, pls play your natural "aggressive" game. You are someone who can clear boundaries without breaking a sweat. Its painful to watch when you play a load of dot balls.

    So the best XI - 1) Kusal 2) Dilshan 3) Mahela 4) Sanga 5) Chandimal 6) Mathews 7) Thisara 8) Kula 9) Herath 10) Sachi 11) Slinga

    This is it people. Its do or die time. G'luck. LIONS LEAD THE WAY !!!!!

  • on June 12, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    Sri Lanka will win tomorrow! End of.