England v Sri Lanka, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong March 26, 2014

Can England disrupt Sri Lanka's mojo?

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Match facts

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Start time 1930 local (1330 GMT)

Big Picture

A tense win sealed by Lasith Malinga, one merciless defeat of a weaker side, and significant contributions from various places in the XI; Sri Lanka's World T20 campaign so far bears the hallmarks of so many recent sprints to the knockout phase of a world event. In each of those tournaments, the result against England has prefigured their eventual destination. When they have won the England match, as they did in two World Cups, and two World T20s since 2007, they have played the final. If they defeat them again on Thursday, they will take a significant step towards the semi-finals.

England face a far bleaker reality. They had lost five of six T20s this year, before the rain ruined them against New Zealand. The bowling appears short on penetration, and in the warm-up against India, the batting appeared frail against high-quality spin. Before England can consider a place in the knockouts, they must first overcome inertia.

The key for England may be to sound a charge early in their innings, to force an inexperienced Sri Lanka captain to alter his bowling plans. If they prevent Angelo Mathews from delivering cheap overs with the new ball, or avoid being shackled by Nuwan Kulasekara's swing, they may have Malinga in the attack sooner than Sri Lanka prefer, which in turn creates an opportunity at the death. Ajantha Mendis has not been at his best in the tournament, despite a good haul against clueless Netherlands batsmen, and his overs may be another chance for England to reclaim the kind of fearless cricket that won them the 2010 title.

Sri Lanka will merely seek to keep their T20 machinery well-oiled and efficient. Though a strong start to the tournament might spark fears of complacency among other teams, overconfidence is not Sri Lanka's style. An unbeaten run of 14 matches in Bangladesh this year has exposed few real weaknesses in the team, but there are vulnerabilities in their game, which England are capable of exploiting.

Form guide

(last five matches, most recent first)

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In the spotlight

Ajantha Mendis has lately been as much of a mystery for the selectors as he has been to opposition batsmen. His T20 record is excellent, and as the match against Netherlands proved, batsmen who have never faced him find him exceedingly difficult to decipher. But he is also prone to dramatic failure when there is little turn to be had, and against batsmen who have worked him out. Against South Africa, he travelled for 11 runs an over. Laudable returns against England will help shore up his place in the team, but with Rangana Herath in the dugout, an expensive outing may also seal his omission for the following matches.

As bright a prospect as his batting is attractive, Moeen Ali has not yet brought his best to international cricket, but the 36 against New Zealand revealed glimpses of his ability. Equally comfortable flicking languidly to leg as he is sending the ball to the straight fence, Moeen had recently excelled in spin-friendly conditions, on an England Lions tour to Sri Lanka. That experience may aid him against Sri Lanka's slow-bowling phalanx, but he will also do well to set the innings off apace against the seamers.

Teams news

Sri Lanka have no cause to change their combination. Kusal Perera suffered a painful blow to the thumb against Netherlands, but that is not expected to affect his availability.

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

Ian Bell was absent from training on Wednesday due to an upset stomach, but he was unlikely to play in any case. England may consider bolstering their batting with Chris Woakes, or their spin bowling with Stephen Parry, at Jade Dernbach's expense.

England (probable) 1 Alex Hales, 2 Michael Lumb, 3 Moeen Ali, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Jos Buttler, 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Chris Jordan, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 James Tredwell, 11 Jade Dernbach/ Chris Woakes/ Stephen Parry

Pitch and conditions

There has not been as much assistance for spinners as anticipated in Chittagong, and given the square has spent considerable time under covers in the 48 hours before the match, it appears that trend will continue. Further storms cannot be ruled out, so keep that D/L sheet handy.

Stats and trivia

  • England have lost three T20s against Sri Lanka and won one - the 2010 World T20 semi-final

  • Eoin Morgan needs six runs to score 1000 T20 runs - he would be the second England batsman to reach that milestone after Kevin Pietersen.

  • Nuwan Kulasekara is the only seamer ranked among the top ten T20 bowlers

Quotes

"Winning against Sri Lanka would be a big thing for us, a big confidence boost and that's how we're looking at it."
Ravi Bopara

"In the second game we showed what our standard was. We know if we win one of our last two games we can make it to the semi-finals but we are looking forward to winning both."
Dinesh Chandimal

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • rockhadda on March 27, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Playing mendis was a bad decision, Lakmal or herath would have been much better option, im glad that sri lanka lost the match, now they'lln make the changes 4 da nxt match

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    these you go Maiya and Dilly.. show these critics that SL is not depended on one or two batsmen to win matches.. you play as a team..good luck Lanka

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    There you go Maiya and Dilly..show these critics thst SL is not depended on one or two batsmen alone to crumble

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    guys mohommad ismail is an Indian in disguise. He can't be a Pakistani. He doesn't know even write Pak words clearly. He writes both 'inshallah' and 'inshaallah'.

  • on March 27, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    two consecutive blow to sri Lanka... dernbach dancing a hattrick

  • on March 27, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    Kushal perera gone!! SL's middle order isn't in form, let's see what they can put up on the board now as they depend heavily on their opening batsmen.. Dilshan has to fire..

  • SL_Fan_1985 on March 27, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    @mohammed-ismail >> Sorry bro...your predict would be a nightmare

  • mohammed-ismail on March 27, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Toss won by England, I'm predicting a 5 wicket win for England.

  • yohandf on March 27, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    @ mohammed-ismail - yes we defeated Pakistan in Pakistan way back in 1995 (even before we won the world cup ). again we did in 2000 . Pity on your ignorance on this history , get your fact right .

  • anjanasilva on March 27, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Qaaid Mowlana: Well said mate.

  • rockhadda on March 27, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Playing mendis was a bad decision, Lakmal or herath would have been much better option, im glad that sri lanka lost the match, now they'lln make the changes 4 da nxt match

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    these you go Maiya and Dilly.. show these critics that SL is not depended on one or two batsmen to win matches.. you play as a team..good luck Lanka

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    There you go Maiya and Dilly..show these critics thst SL is not depended on one or two batsmen alone to crumble

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    guys mohommad ismail is an Indian in disguise. He can't be a Pakistani. He doesn't know even write Pak words clearly. He writes both 'inshallah' and 'inshaallah'.

  • on March 27, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    two consecutive blow to sri Lanka... dernbach dancing a hattrick

  • on March 27, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    Kushal perera gone!! SL's middle order isn't in form, let's see what they can put up on the board now as they depend heavily on their opening batsmen.. Dilshan has to fire..

  • SL_Fan_1985 on March 27, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    @mohammed-ismail >> Sorry bro...your predict would be a nightmare

  • mohammed-ismail on March 27, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Toss won by England, I'm predicting a 5 wicket win for England.

  • yohandf on March 27, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    @ mohammed-ismail - yes we defeated Pakistan in Pakistan way back in 1995 (even before we won the world cup ). again we did in 2000 . Pity on your ignorance on this history , get your fact right .

  • anjanasilva on March 27, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Qaaid Mowlana: Well said mate.

  • 11MP on March 27, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    Is Liger is going to roar meow? Enjoy the game.

  • CodandChips on March 27, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    @JG2704 in my frustration at cricinfo not publishing my comments, I forgomy point re Parry. Paraprhasing slightly domestic T20has shown the effectiveness of spin even or green tops. However selecting a spinner with little experience against this batting line-up is tactical suicide unless there are a few seam options to balance the attack.

    Cricinfo again if you dont like any of this comment, delete the bad parts

  • CodandChips on March 27, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    @JG2704 Well I love it when you "pick holes" in my comments. Having a debate with somebody else who can always justify his opinions (rightly or wrongly) is always fun. Good to see you haven't let Harmony put you off posting.

    Re Bresnan I thought you used to be a fan of him. Bit harsh, but point taken re the football team. Problem is if he's a sub, he'd need to be a good fielder.

    ESPNCRICINFO please publish.

  • on March 27, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    mohammed-ismail - I guess you've turned your attention to the test matches as your predictions in the Netherlands turned out to be so wrong that you became a joke.

  • on March 27, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Senanayake and Kusal will be the game changers...

  • on March 27, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    @mohammed-ismail, i cannot understand why you are so against the SL team. You keep pulling out ancient stats that do not in any way affect this tournament. Not winning a TEST series outside SL since 2000 has absolutely nothing to do with their performance in a T20 tournament. You can't compare two utterly different formats of the game in this kind of way, it simply makes no sense. So quit spewing your nonsense here, it really is quite unnecesary. Inshallah SL will win this match, and the tournament as well...

  • on March 27, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    Senanayaka will be the match winner today

  • ksquared on March 27, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    @ITJOBSUCKS Apart from the first ODI that whole series was hard fought it's not me who's twisting the facts it's you SA played almost the same side in all 5 one dayers I don't know who the key players rested mentioned by you were and if I'm correct the decider as u put it was effected by rain and SL were in control before rain effectively stopped the match

  • real_gone_gadd on March 27, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    Good old England, going into a game on the sub-continent with 4 seamers

  • mohammed-ismail on March 27, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    SL has never won a test series outside Sri Lanka since 2000, what a lovely record. LOL

  • rockhadda on March 27, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    yeah i think Rangana Herath should replace with Mendis, his economy is too high..

  • kaluwa on March 27, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    Wake up sana! Thiri is brilliant, brilliant, brilliant for t20. Chandimal ???? If ICC allows to play 12 players please insert chandimal.

  • weditha on March 27, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    i do not know wt s wrong with this fans, i saw some Indian fans try to put SL down and some SL fans boost a lot.. and Pak fans support SL.. where as other fans try to keep a balance, i am a SL fan, support is one thing and boosting, and humiliating is some other thing, i think we all should be humble, cricket is an unpredictable game.. better side who perform in the match will win.. cheers...

  • ITJOBSUCKS on March 27, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    @ksquared Don't twist the facts!!! Do you really think that 3-2 loss to SA was hard fought series ?? Well, SL lost all the first 3 matches before winning the final 2 when SA rested some of their key players!!!! India lost 3-2 to SA in SA in 2011 & the series was decided in the final game unlike Srilanka which was decided in 3 rd game itself!!!

  • BlackHawk on March 27, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    I hope they play Herath instead of Mendis!

  • ksquared on March 27, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    @ITJOBSUCKS: you are referring to the one in 1999. The was another Asian test championship in 2001/2002

  • ksquared on March 27, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    @ITJOBSUCKS well for ur information SL beat ENG in ENG 5-0 in 2006 and lost narrowly 3-2 in 2011,beat AUS in AUS 2-1 in 2010 drew series 2-2 in AUS in 2012, drew 2-2 in NZ in 2006 and lost narrowly 3-2 against SA in SA in 2011 where SL chased down 300 plus scores in two games.

  • amila_buwa on March 27, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    It is just hours away. Let the game talk guyz.

  • ITJOBSUCKS on March 27, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    @Sinhabahu If my memory serves me right, it's Pakistan who won the ASIAN test championship not srilanka thanx to Wasim Akram!!!!

  • JG2704 on March 27, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    @CodandChips on (March 27, 2014, 6:44 GMT) I tried posting something to you last night with a humourous comparison with a friend's football team which gave me an idea of how Bres can be used. I've re submitted it. Hopefully the mods will publish it this time.

  • Sinhabahu on March 27, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    mohammed-ismail asks, "Have u ever won a test series in Pakistan?"

    A quick search on Statsguru reveals that SL has beaten Pakistan in Pakistan by a margin of 2-1 in 1995 and 2000. We also won the final of the Asian Test Championship against Pakistan in Lahore, played in March 2002; I still remember Sanga smashing Waqar and Shoaib Akhtar all over the park for 230 in that match. Hope that answers your question.

  • ITJOBSUCKS on March 27, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    @Sarathi Ratnayake It's true that srilanka has won more matches, but how many series have they won???? At the end of the day, it's about series victory/tournament victory that matters...AFAIK, India has won Natwest series(India defeated SL in all 3 matches) in ENG in 2001, VB series in AUS(SL was the 3rd team) in 2008, 3-1 series in NZ in 2009!!! India hasn't won a series in SA neither do srilanka!!! How many series/tournaments Srilanka has won in ENG/AUS/NZ/SA since 2000??? So, don't say that Srilanka is ahead India on bouncy tracks!!! Please check facts before you post anything!!!

  • JG2704 on March 27, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    @CodAndChips - Genuinely look forward to your teamsheets so I can see where I can pick holes. I'm certainly not against the extra batsman at the expense of Bres - or anyone at the expense of Bres. A friend of mine watches his local football side regularly and he told me a story of a year or so ago when the opposition side were a player short so they played with 10 men. What made the story funny was that although they still had 10 men playing they still had a non playing sub. Just wonder if that could be Bresnan's role? We play with 10 men only and have him as a sub - the ultimate humiliation. On a serious note - I know it says there's little spin assistance but would you rule out Parry? As I said I'm not against 6 batsmen + Bopara but the problem is that our 2 reserves have played no competitive cricket recently. Wonder if they've not missed a trick by not giving Bell a game. Now if he were to come in there's every chance he'll be rusty.

  • JG2704 on March 27, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    @Chanaka De Silva on (March 26, 2014, 17:39 GMT) What a refreshingly lovely post bud. Makes our inevitable defeat to your guys more bearable. A great example that showing support to your own side needn't mean slating the other team. Many could learn from your comms

    @IndianSRTfan on (March 26, 2014, 16:02 GMT) Thanks for your views although I think when you look at the quality of the 2 sides we (Eng) need the GL a whole lot more than SL

    @Hira - Not 100% sure we'll be eliminated when we lose tomorrow, Because SA beat NZ there is the possibility that if SL beat NZ and we beat SA that the 2nd place side may only need 2 wins - Not that it will be us mind

  • jmcilhinney on March 27, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    I'll be hoping for an England win and I think that they're capable but I think that it's safe to say that SL are favourites. England will be trying to stay positive and that will include telling themselves that, while the loss to NZ is on the board, they were still in the hunt in that game. Australia's loss to Pakistan is proof that a fast start certainly does not guarantee victory. If England do lose this game then it's hard to see how they could advance unless Netherlands springs an upset against NZ.

  • on March 27, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    @Lion_wallaby yes bro this cut throat nature of our fans needs to stop.Look at our players many of them are best of buddies and atleast have respect for each other even as rivals.But unfortunately that isnt the case among fans.Me and many innumerable other cricket fans from india love players like Sanga,Malinga,Jaysurya,Akram,Afridi and i m sure same is the case among Sl and Pak fans for all such great cricketers irrespective from which countey they are.Its just some people who ruin it all and also the people who respond to them in same ugly manner.

  • loveNpeace on March 27, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    at least sri lanka was consistent last few years in ICC events , loosing in finals is disappointing. but it is far better than getting out of first round of the tournament. please check which is the most consistent team in last 7 years ICC events. good luck sri lanka, what ever happens we are with you. win or lose we have always been with you. sri lankan fans never burnt players houses or thrown stones at them. end of the day we sri lankan fans understand that it is only a game and we love the way our boys play the game.

  • hasran on March 27, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Srilanka does'nt have the fire power as other sides in the tournament have.so please don't be overconfident lads.srilanka is a mighty good side in subcontinent.but being this much confident before the real test begins will be a cause for our own downfall.that day also South Africa came very close.these days srilanka is finishing the matches better more than other sides do in finishing stages.by the looks of things chasing is somewhat difficult no matter how strong foundation you hv laid at the start.i am a srilankan fan.we will watch patiently whether srilanka will be able to snatch the converted trophy this time around after all those sad nights we encountered in ICC finals with out having our dinner also

  • on March 27, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    looking at these comments......feel sl is the main threat for all other teams.....it means sl has already made the change they are known for....& proud to say ......i am a srilankan too...........

  • Sinhabahu on March 27, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1, yeah we know how great India is whenever Dhoni isn't there to guide them. And our "club" team has won our last 12 matches in a row. Granted, some of them were against minnows but could you please remind me of the Indian team's most recent results in SA and NZ? Do you really think you're in any position to criticize us? Get real, dude.

  • Saambaru on March 27, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    Guys today we will have a full session match not like ND/SL match where before pizza man arrived, match was over. Get ready to order big pizza & cakes with Champagne to enjoy. Good luck.

  • schathuranga on March 27, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    Without peterson,how they face to sri lanka.

  • on March 27, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    Follow up message to my previous comment. Many people, mostly Indians criticize SL cricket by saying SL is only capable of winning matches in friendlier conditions such as Sri Lanka, India, BD etc. here is a comparison of matches played by SRI LANKA and INDIA in AUS, ENG, NZ and SA against AUS, ENG, NZ and SA after 2000 to the date. (Source- espncricinfo, statguru application/database). INDIA Vs AUS, matches 16, W-5, L-10 Vs ENG matches 20, W-7, L-10 Vs NZ MATCHES 17, W-5,L-10 Vs SA MATCHES 16, W-3,L-12

    SRI LANKA Vs AUS, matches 30, W-12, L-17 Vs ENG matches 15, W-9, L-6 Vs NZ MATCHES 15, W-7,L-7 Vs SA MATCHES 16, W-5,L-10.

    This shows that SL is way ahead of IND in Australia, Eng, NZ and SA in pace and bounce conditions.True, there are a lot to achieve by Lankans. Some of them are test wins in Aus, IND.For that SL needs more matches.

  • SURYA.K.R on March 27, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    You cant judge a team based on their performance against the weaker links. Malinga is the trump card for Sri lamka and if he goes for runs then they dont have that formidable attack to boast of. If England dont play nonsense cricket in the death against malinga, half the battle is won. please keep a note on lightning!!!

  • mohammed-ismail on March 27, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    To all SL fans, can you remember the behavior of SL players on the 5th day of the 3rd test in UAE?? Even after that comedic behavior Pakistan thrashed Sri Lanka. Have u ever won a test series in Pakistan? See the overall record of Pak vs SL, we are way ahead of you. Inshaallah, England will thrash SL today.

  • Yousufahmed1 on March 27, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    @ Sinhabahu Team you are calling mediocre has won 11 out of last 16 matches against your club team. So think before you write anything.

  • ksquared on March 27, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: you should change your name to Cpt.Nostradamus. By the way can I borrow ur crystal ball probably win a lottery or something... ;)

  • brusselslion on March 27, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: "... and I am usually correct 9 out of 10 times." Any tips for the 3.30 at Haydock?

  • hasran on March 27, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    You cant predict a team prior to a t20 match before the match is played.so you people better stop this arguments because t2o is completely a game of uncertanity and also luck,which ever the team play well in those 40 overs will win

  • on March 27, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    i think SL is most attacking team in whole tournament, i don't think without Pak any other team can stop SL in this tournament

  • on March 27, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    @Arun Bose, I'm not only talk about Doni's batting, Dhoni is the only big momentum factor behind India team. His captaincy play major roll of it. He can get wise decision that Most of others haven't in current India team.

  • Sinhabahu on March 27, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    As usual, a bunch of jealous Indians have hijacked this thread and made it all about their mediocre team that can't win anything outside home. Looking forward to seeing them running back into their holes after SL thrash England tonight.

  • true-cric-lover on March 27, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    @ ITJOBSUCKS.. brother IND got test status in 1932 but SL got it on 1982 which mean by experiance SL cricket 50 year younger than IND cricket. no need to hate each other, IND is a great cricketing Nation having dominate all format of cricket and SL will proud to do so as still becoming runners up in more occations. SL need to improve their Test status and they will do it in future besause they are still young compare to other big nations.

  • on March 27, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    Sri Lanka is the mos powerful and well balanced team in the tournament. Sl T20 ranking tell the story. Sri Lanka will definitely whitewash England today!

  • on March 27, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    @ mohammed-ismail, dear you should not be a Pakistani fan. Most of the Pak fans are friendly with SL team. Your words suggests me that you should be a BAN fan. BAN fans are always arrogant(without any reason to be arrogant) and criticizing others. You are doing the same thing here. All the best for SL and ENG team for todays match from an SL fan.

  • on March 27, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    Every Team Got decent players real "GENTLEMEN", but the fan base is opposite or worse. Congratz SRI LANKA

  • on March 27, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    To Mr.susil priyadarshana firstly, congrats for the SL cricket success in all formats of game. secondly, it's not a great comment to generalize indian as SL haters and term them Arrogant.. As u admitted SL can just make into the wc finals, but india overall has better results than SL in WC tournaments as Winners. So kindly watch out what you criticize others. As a cricket lover we shall not pick on the negative Fans of the game. We all Indians Wish u all The Best for SL cricket and good luck. go india go

  • vivekashwin on March 27, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    Winning against Sri Lanka would be a big thing for us, a big confidence boost and that's how we're looking at it

  • on March 27, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    SL is a good team but only thing that trouble them in big matches in major ICC tournaments is their arrogance, Be confident but not arrogant cz no team is a perfect team..

  • on March 27, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    we will see, what happens but at the moment Sl looks far better side than Eng.

  • on March 27, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Really dont know why these majority of Indian fans hate Sri Lanka! You guys are so arrogant after the recent Success at ICC World events! Think where were you guys before 2009! Sri Lanka is a Force to reckon in Shorter formats! We have a great record in ICC world events since 2007! With 4 finals and 2 SF! True we didnt win any but this will be the Beginning! This is Lions time to Roar!

  • on March 27, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    SL is enter the wc final ..but sont won the wc ..look at the history 2007 2011. 2012 ..sl defeat in wc final ..

  • true-cric-lover on March 27, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    @ mohammed-ismail.. on previous match u siad that ND going to trash SL and today say like this. you ar suppling jokes for others my friend and u r not a PAK fan. just enjoy cricket without hate others.

  • on March 27, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Englaind Is the team with trouble i am amazed why they are fighting with there own heros Like KP etc?. but i can bet that SriLanka will will this game easily. Best wishes for SriLanka From there's Pakistani Fans.

  • mohammed-ismail on March 27, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    Today England is going to win and give these arrogant SL fans a reality check. At present SL is simply an overrated team. Inshallah, England will thrash Srilanka today & next NZ will also win against SL. If somehow by FLUKE SL enter semis, then Pakistan will thrash SL. This is going to happen Inshaallah.

  • on March 27, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    @SL_Legacy- Don't be arrogant, be humble.. SL is beating Bangladesh for past two months and we all know what kind of team is Bangladesh.. They are still minnows and there's no pride in beating minnows.. Yeah SL won asia cup but India and Pakistan has won asia cups too.. So don't underestimate India.. You know India can beat SL anyday, anytime..so be humble in ur approach..

  • on March 27, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    win or lose , we love cricket

  • ITJOBSUCKS on March 27, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    @Remoz, World cup was started from 1975 not from 1932.....LMAO!!! BTW, srilanka participated in 1979 WC when they beat India!!! So, India took 8 yrs to win the World cup whereas Srilanka took "21"yrs to achieve the same.....Please check stats before you post anything!!!!

  • on March 27, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    Glad to see the Sri Lanka team emerge so well after the player salary issue and the sub par showing against Pak in UAE. Good wishes .... from Pakistan..

  • anoop3301 on March 27, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    @Remoz: India started playing ODI cricket in 1974 only. So Ind took only 9 years to win its first world cup.Sri Lanka started playing ODI cricket in 1979 and took 17 years to win its first world cup. Based on your logic, Aus took 110 years to win their first world cup. Are they that bad ? I don't think so. There was simply no ODI cricket till 1970s. So compare apples to apples not with oranges.

  • on March 27, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    @Remoz- But India helped you guys develop by allowing ur players to play in "our" domestic tournaments like Ranji trophy and Duleep trophy.. India developed on It's own..We taught you guys the basics of this game..If nothing else atleast be grateful abt this.. And srilanka has won just one major ICC tournament..India has won many.. If it wasn't India then who knows where does srilanka would have been now on world stage..

  • CodandChips on March 27, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    @JG2704 I agree that slower bowlers must be brought on earlier. Off spinner to left-handed Perera is a must. I'd go with Ali, who has been underused as a bowler so far.

    @kankanamage very diplomatic of you seem to give Englandmore chance than most English fans. See my earlier comment for why England will get absolutely obliterated.

    Kieswetter come in for Bresnan/Dernbach as both are expensive and would add depth to batting. 4 bowlers plus Bopara and Ali is fine, particularly when Ravi has been so good with the ball.

    But the squad is limited, especially re bowlers. The only seam option left is Woakes, and although unless he has a mare at the start of the county season, I'd guarantee him a test place, his white ball bowling has often looked innocuous. But let's face it he can hardly do worse than Bresnan. Parry could come in as another spin option- I'd have no issues with 3spinners &Bopara on a spinning pitch.

  • India_boy on March 27, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    @nuwas...that's 2 plans....jokes apart SL is doing great at the moment but players other than Dilly, MJ and KS need to up their game now. Matty, mendis and Perera are doing great but more is expected from them. SL's current strength is their bowling which suits the BD conditions quite well, and on the basis of which they will definitely make the last 4, after that it's al about nerves. Good luck SL, do well! - Indian fan

  • anoop3301 on March 27, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    @ThilankaK: glad you think Ind will be the top team in the other group. But I don't think SL is sure to qualify if they lose to Eng today. They might also lose to NZ and fly over Bay of Bengal in no time.If you really want to win this World Cup, it is quite simple, win all the matches and take home the cup.Teams like India gradually build momentum into major tournaments and peak at later stages as you have bitterly discovered in the past.

  • AlSmug on March 27, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    Sri Lanka will win as they are tighter in the mind than the England team, England playerswere left with hefty counseling bills after their tour down under.

  • SL_legacy on March 27, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    @rohitpatelindia: With only one decent player, we have managed to do wonders during last three months. With 11 amazingly talented and gods like players, what have India achieved? For cricke's sake mind our own business...

  • Remoz on March 27, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    @Cricket_Our_Religion_1983_2007_2011

    India Won World Cup on 1983. Got test status on 25 June 1932. Sri Lanka won world cup on 1996. Got test status on 17 February 1982. You got 51 years to achieve what Sri Lanka achieved in 14 years

  • on March 27, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    England will win this game to ensure the progress through which all teams r going

  • ksquared on March 27, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    SL should win this. Even if it is a close one SL has the ability to win as so many of the matches in the recent past that have gone down to the wire were closed out by SL so they know how to win under pressure

  • ketaann on March 27, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    i think this will be the cracker, as 2 previous winners of edition will face to each other.

  • Lion_Wallaby on March 27, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    @Vaibhav Yadav: Appreciate your words bro!! I would love to see the unity our 3 teams had during 90's. but not its out of the hands I guess. When someone throws a stone all others go after each other...

  • reece_hill1980 on March 27, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    sri lankan fans are so funny. they love their average so much. will laugh when they lose to england today.

  • on March 27, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Chandi was good with his 1st class, we can't take him away just be course taking the runs. he is maintain good strike but bit low average. we know when maiiyaa was captain how he played. in same stage we should allow to take some chance to practice with the pressure to play. also we should consider about his place of playing. see thirimanne off show when he is playing middle order but he show up what he can effort for sri lanka. i think chnadi and thisara should come early on to the pitch. ""Cricket isn't emotional game it is an intellectual game and gentle too.""

  • NUNA_1980 on March 27, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    We so what happen in New Zealand and South Africa recent past mate.

  • mohammed-ismail on March 27, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    Today England is going to win and give these arrogant SL fans a reality check. At present SL is simply an overrated team. Inshallah, England will thrash Srilanka today & next NZ will also win against SL. If somehow by FLUKE SL enter semis, then Pakistan will thrash SL. This is going to happen Inshaallah.

  • on March 27, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Good Team Sri Lanka.. Kick Big 3 out of T20- from a Pakistani brother

  • on March 27, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    All the best SL.hopefully the asian trio will continue to rock..fan from India :)

  • on March 27, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    @Sanjeewa- But Dhoni didn't even bat in last two matches that India won.. It was mostly shikhar, rohit, virat and raina..Dhoni is still to come out all guns blazing.. Don't underestimate India.. All asian teams are strong contenders in this tourney.. Srilanka has weakness in their middle order..So some food for thought for SL..

  • Cricket_Our_Religion_1983_2007_2011 on March 27, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    India's major tournament (Minimum 7 Test nations) wins outside subcontinent

    1983_World_Cup_England 1985_World_Champions_Trophy_Australia 2007_T20_World_Cup_SouthAfrica 2013_ICC_Champions_Trophy_England

    Is there any one equivalent SL win outside subcontinent.Did they have atleast Win/Loss 1.0 in any format of cricket agains India.

  • on March 27, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    @vinod If you an indian support for india , it is not a matter but look for cricket. Sri lankan cricket always in decent criteria . no players here chasing on own game but all are on the way of team. this call gentle. also fan aren't burnt any players homes. sri lanka in a good mentality to win. Sri lanka had a good batting order not hitting order. 3 players are near about 3000 iT20s'. with mendis , he was an expansive player but if the pitch with spinners mendis will be the key player of the match. we should watch for batting not for hitting. let see this match will not allow to win easily for both team.

  • Naked_Cricket on March 27, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    @ rohitpatelindia ; We don't care who you backup .It docent matter here .

  • on March 27, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    Agree 100% with those who oppose Chandimal, unless its a political pull, do not know why he is still in the team, Sana do the proper thing, and bring in Thirimanne as the Captain for our T20 team, please !!

  • on March 27, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    @ rohitpatelindia, Isn't it obvious ?? most Indian supporters now backing up England. Sri Lanka has only one decent player ??? OK OK, but we can manage the win even without that decent player. But other hand India can't win single match without only one decent Dhoni.

  • kankanamge on March 27, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Don't forget Eng key players (Morgan, I Bell, Bopara, Bresnan, Buttler, Jordan, Lumb) Those players can change the match @ any point. I'm a SL fan but I still believe we will have a fabulous game of cricket today.

  • fadms on March 27, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    I foresee Dilshan being bowled out for a duck....again! But SL will still win the match

  • mohamed_gouz on March 27, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    well said, as a srilankan I like this word so much and we srilankans are like that " overconfidence is not Sri Lanka's style " I hope it will be very interesting match between srilanka and England.

  • on March 27, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    hello friends your talking about sri-lanka nd india record past 10 years dont pointout alwayz india beat sri-lanka past 10 years in big matches dont forget it even in world cup bangladesh beat india nd not allowed to even quarter final dont talk about history first you read past 10 years record what other country did sri-lanka never get out from quarter final alwayz semifinal nd final A YOU GOT IT.....

  • reece_hill1980 on March 27, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    I'm backing England to win. Sri-lanka only has one decent player in the team.

  • chamalqif on March 27, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    As SL Fan, i dont think SL is the best team at the moment. Lot of people talk about bowling attack. Malinga is OK at the moment. But Mendis is not a better choice as he is always expensive. Even Dutch attacked him compare to other bowlers. Sachitra is the reliable bowler. No one else. Mathews sneaks through 2 overs in early economically. When come to batting, Kusal and Mathews only there. Seniors like Dilshan and Mahela scored run a ball even against Dutch and if Dilshan's catch was caught, he was still a useless. In warm ups, we couldnt chase WIs account though won against Ind. But IND SL match is always Cat and Mouse match in big games.

  • CaseyWilliamOZ on March 27, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Lanka is very lucky to be in easy group. England is weak now and South Africa are not good in t20 as they always choke. India will win this cup for sure.

  • CaseyWilliamOZ on March 27, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    why it's bad if someone says the truth. where is freedom of expression. everyone knows, lanka has bad record against india as we always beat them. pls improve and don't day dream.

  • on March 27, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    I loved this line of the article " overconfidence is not Sri Lanka's style " Go Sri Lanka, good luck from Pakistan..

  • malind on March 27, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    SL is definitely holds better odds 6 - 4, but one or two brilliant performances by an English players can upset SL. Our big guns (batting wise) are miss-firing but managed to hold on to wins because of everyone working as unit. If all the BIG GUNS also start firing properly, this ship will sail straight to another final....

  • on March 27, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    @VinalChand yeah, because SL did so poorly against 'mighty India' in the Asia cup, they only won a little comfortably. Face it, with India's current bowling attack, they aren't the team they were in early 2013 and before that. The Indian team is one of my favourites, after SL and PAK, but if anyone bashes SL, then I'll just bash 'em back. Maintaining a 14 match winning streak, winning the Asia cup, well on their way to the semis in this tournament, all in just a couple of months... I think that equals a fairly in-form and decent team.

  • on March 27, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    cricinfo., thanks for making nice atmosphere among the fan page except very few bad fans like vinalChand. its better we talk according to the topic & and the personal idias of our own.pls try to filter who damege the relationship between our nations.i'm SL . we must sharp our knowlage shareing each other. atleast for young cricketers all over the world

  • ITJOBSUCKS on March 27, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    @Thilank & MH19, Are you sure that Srilanka would like to meet India in Semi's if both the team reaches last 4???? Looking @ the record(Champions trophy Semi-final in England 2013, VB Series in AUS-2012 in a must win game where Kohli murdered Malinga, WC-2011 Final in Mumbai, Final in WI in 2013), looks like srilanka have lost most of the big games to INDIA in the last 10yrs or so!!!! When was the last time Srilanka beat India in a big game??? However i do feel that Srilanka has got a good chance b'coz of the current form this time around..:)

  • nitins0936 on March 27, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Sometimes I wonder, how can a guy who got hit for six 6's in an over, become the captain of a major cricket playing nation like England. U guys don't feel that there is something not right about it.

  • on March 27, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    Drop Chandi & Replace hom with Priyanjan who can also bowl useful spin. Maththews should be Captain.

  • anver777 on March 27, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    SL must keep the momentum going in this crucial match against Eng....Go SL GO !!!

  • on March 27, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    Bopara is going to fail again for sure! But ENG might win this game

  • CaseyWilliamOZ on March 27, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    doesn't matter if sri-lanka beats england. they will still lose to india. like they always do. their record is very bad and as a team they are ordinary. it's a fact.

  • on March 27, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    Drop Chandi & Replace hom with Priyanjan who can also bowl useful spin. Maththews should be Captain.

  • true-cric-lover on March 27, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    @Francis Mel .. SL won all most all matches as tight matches and still u said they can't handle pressure. And they bat second in Asia cup against india and in the last match and many more T20 matches in recent. I can't understand ur basis mate other than not like SL performance. Hope SL will win the match but need some performance from seniors.

  • Rohit... on March 27, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    Bopara is the only hope for England against the SL's spin... But again he comes very late down the order & he won't fire straightaway if England has lost a couple of quick wickets... Moreover Sangakara is in the Form of his life... & England don't have the bowlers to restrict him in these conditions... It will be upset if SL looses the match.

  • NitsRCB11 on March 27, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    All the best to SL team, the best in the tournament. we love you...Best wishes from an Indian fan.. would love to see IND, PAK and SL in the semis..but, feel that SL has the edge in this T20..would be great if SL wins the cup this time around, we will have all the Asian teams with the T20 titles....go SL go...

  • on March 27, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    I think Mathews must be the captain for all three format & chandimal should work on his batting.hope Dilshan perform well. good luck both teams.....

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on March 27, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    Indian Here....All the best SL

    First of all let me tell the facts. In this tournament SL are favourites simple because of their BOWLING STRENGTH which even to an extent PAK don't possess.Even india also does not have that much bowling strengh in these conditions.

    If at all a weakness is there means its their batting where they don't have too much power-hitters.

    So Still i feel SL , PAK have good chance. India have been silently performing great and infact ind would join soon SL and PAK as favourites.

    But AUS still have a sneak. Other than these 4 i guess and none other than these can be winners.

    All the BEST SL!!!

  • Nuwas on March 27, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    SL has one simple plan, give due credit to the opponent, work against their weaknesses while playing to our strengths (basic SWOT). So I don't see SL team taking England serious, but anything less. Many says T20 is anyone's game, but in reality nor team wins based on mere pure luck, it takes a whole lot of skills to win a T20 game. Nevertheless its the day's performance which matters in a result. Wishing all the very best & luck to Lions today, may we win inojc.

  • checkOnCricket on March 27, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    Its going to be a One Sider again with srilanka thrashing england. The Only chance for england would be to Bowl first and remove Srilanks's Kusal,dilshan,sanga,jaya and matthews early and restrict them to a total of 100 odd and face malinga's fiery and still somehow chase the score for a victory.

    England Cannot chase anything more than 140 against srilanka provided england has got immense luck

  • ms2000 on March 27, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    Thank you Pakistani fans for all your wishes. Let us we, you and Indians shake hands and let the 3 nations be together always. One of us will take the T20 world cup once again and rule the world Cricket. Good luck to Pakistan and India for their future matches!

  • on March 27, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    Sri Lanka is in great form both in batting & bowling. Hope will easily win.

  • on March 27, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    the best way for England to win is Chasing! all the best England!

  • Ozcricketwriter on March 27, 2014, 2:24 GMT

    England went close to beating New Zealand. New Zealand went close to beating South Africa. South Africa went close to beating Sri Lanka. And now England face Sri Lanka. England clearly can beat Sri Lanka. They just have to improve perhaps 2 levels, or maybe 3. Or have Sri Lanka go down a peg or two. Or, ideally, both. The question is not whether they can do it but whether they will. The big problem for England is confidence. There is no KP to rely on when all else fails. Graeme Swann has gone. And the ever reliable Jonathan Trott isn't there to keep the innings together. 3 key dependable players gone. And their confidence is shot. To put it all together and win a game will take an effort. To do it against the top ranked side in the world seems preposterous. But as we all know in 20 over cricket anything can happen. It just seems so unlikely though but there have already been upsets in this tournament so who knows.

  • on March 27, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    malinga , mendis, Mathews and pareras can play well if england can restrict them surely england win

  • DwightR on March 27, 2014, 1:54 GMT

    Sri Lanka might be the best tournament team in the world...the knockout tournament format really bring the best performances out from the Lions...I see them going 4-0 in the group stages and marching into the semi-finals, Prediction- Kusal Perera wins MoM and will win Player of the Tournament

  • on March 27, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    Sl is a rock comparing with England,sl has better spin atack,england will have more chalange from Ajantha mendis

  • on March 27, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    @jb633- You can gang up all you want but still beating an asian side in asia is quite tough for your kind of cricket.. There would be no backlash dude cz asian sides over the years have performed in world tournaments or say ICC tournaments.. England, SA, NZ has never won a 50 over world cup but three asian sides have won, India won it twice.. There is nothing wrong with sticking together cz many fams fight over petty things in these ppsts maybe not in this one but it happens often in other posts.. And I don't need your permission to write what I want cz I am not stopping you from writing whatever you want..What's bugging you, I still don't understand.. Take a hike, get a life..

  • DreamCricketer on March 27, 2014, 1:31 GMT

    DreamCricketer: The SL team is doing well at the moment but unfortunately the senior guys are not performing and it's making it hard for Mathews, Kausal and the youngsters too much burden on them. Dilshan is not doing anything and Chandimal is a failure as usual Mahela poor performance and yes Sanga played well in the ASIA cup but he's not aT20 player. I hope Jayasooriya sees my comments and do some changes and have a good team for the WC. He has to drop some senior players very soon. If not WC will be just a dream for SL.

  • cjchanaka on March 27, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    I don't think any changes in our team,but we are still not a perfect t20 team.Specially our batting line up is not a steady one and it can be tested seriously if chasing 160+ score.Anyway winning chances SL-60%, ENG-40%.GO LIONS...................

  • RavFe on March 27, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    SL should concern more about dropping seniors and giving an opportunity to youngsters like Thirimanne and Chathuranga. I would agree with the post up and I believe that selectors should really give those two guys chance as chathurange can bat as well as good spinner.Good Luck SL....

  • SubContinentFan on March 27, 2014, 0:07 GMT

    At the moment there is no better T20 side than SL. This is expected to be one of the easier games for them. They may find it a little harder against AUS or PAK.

  • wazza85 on March 26, 2014, 23:59 GMT

    i totally agree with @surgeon101 SL is a good team but most of their players are out of form. IF you get Kushal early you can be rest a sure the batting will crumble. Dilshan is a baggage at the moment not scored at all. I think the wise thing to do to day is Mahela open with Kushal. He has proved it in the past. what are they waiting for.

  • JG2704 on March 26, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    Looking at the weather forecast , I wonder if (especially if we bat 1st) if it would be worth the gamble of getting rid of more of Tredwell/Bopara's overs earlier?

    My thinking is that if we come off between overs 5 and 10 (like NZ) then SL's score is likely to be less if these 2 have bowled some overs than if the overs are shared between our pacers - just a thought

  • RednWhiteArmy on March 26, 2014, 23:30 GMT

    The country that gave the world cricket will win.

  • on March 26, 2014, 23:16 GMT

    srilanka is the only team who has not had a bad day in the office in this group, I have a feeling the English just might topple them.

  • on March 26, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    Only 2 things can cause Sri Lanka to lose this match; complacency and Duckworth-Loise.

  • on March 26, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    Short answer to the question posed by the title of this article? "No".

  • on March 26, 2014, 23:06 GMT

    Why tirimana is not playing when he is in good form ideally he should come back by replacing chandimal

  • Haider-pak-awsome on March 26, 2014, 22:49 GMT

    Similar to Pak, the big plus for England is they always play international cricket unlike SL players who plays mainly plays the club matches like IPL, SLPL and BPL. So English player are much more profession and they can handle the pressure well. I expect repeat of Akmal inning by either Morgan or Buttler and a huge win for England by a margin of 40+ runs or 5+wickets. It would also help England to improve on their net run rate to quality for the semis.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on March 26, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    Once again, I don't know or particularly mind what team England decide to go for. They just need to get out there and rack up some sort of intimidating score (like they kinda did against New Zealand) if they bat first, or hold their nerves and time the chase much more sensibly than of late if batting second. Bowling/fielding wise, obviously gotta hold pretty much every chance that comes as there are several Sri Lankans that could really punish any mistakes/drops. Seamers (particularly Broad) need to bowl much tighter and crank up the pace; at least try to earn a few wickets instead of relying mostly on batsmen's mistakes. Bopara and Ali have been hopelessly underbowled IMO, and should be used more smartly with someone like Tredwell operating at the other end. That way the Sri Lankan batsmen are more likely to get bogged down, and hopefully get out to a rash stroke brought about by the frustration. Hope the weather holds up for a full game.

  • MH19 on March 26, 2014, 22:08 GMT

    Confident SL takes unsettled Eglish and SL will win this match with ease. However the biggest battle for SL will be the kiwis. I prefer SL meeting India in semis so we can pack the indians home soon

  • Herath-UK on March 26, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    Sri Lanka should be on their guard against England & should not take them lightly. The problem will be choice of spinners in a night game with dew factor & now with the threat of rain & lightning. England was very unfortunate to lose to NZ which was a definite win for England. I hope England will qualify as the second team from this group.To prevent further controversies will the captains agree to return to the pavilion at the first sight of a lightning? Best wishes to Sri Lanka.

  • on March 26, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    @SriLankanYoungBlood, Chaturanga de Silva was withdrawn from the squad after Herath was deemed fit...

  • on March 26, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    Yes Ajantha Mendis' T20 record is excellent. It's probably better than anyone, but he still doesn't command automatic selection in this Sri Lankan side. Despite having been been typecast for T20, his ODI record is also outstanding. He has the fourth best strike rate in the history of ODI's. Yet detractors suggest that he is only effective against those who haven't played against him but this is not so simple. Tendulkar, De Villiers, Kohli and others would testify about that. For a time they said that he's too prone to injury - then he strengthened himself and has been injury-free. Surely he has achieved enough to deserve being backed by selectors. Only surely will allow him to evolve.

  • Cricket_Only on March 26, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    @ Arun Bose: I am with you all the way. Just teach the same lesson to the High Elite of BCCI

  • bowlfordecoy on March 26, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    @ Malik Shahzad , u mean u wish SL to win the cup being a pakistani , have u give up on believing pak lost their chances to win this?

  • bowlfordecoy on March 26, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    chandimal seems overconfident. England is never an easy side , with attacking openers and a solid middle order , they cud just dominate SL if things go well for them. How they would tackle senanyake and mendis would be the key thing , not forgetting to mention malinga. Its either a close game won by SL or a game dominated by england tommorow . SL isnt gonna get an easy win anyhow.

  • on March 26, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    For the sake of NZ's qualifying chances, sort yourself out England!

  • on March 26, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Best of Luck SriLankan Tigers... with love from Pakistan :)

  • on March 26, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Don't rule out India at any cost guys. I know that our fast bowling is Pathetic but I would not completely agree to that. Bhuvi and co. Can really cause problems for opponents with disciplined effort.

  • ThilankaK on March 26, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    SL must lose this match, then they will 2nd in the list , then IND will meet on the semi finals , I think that will be easy for us to get finals rather than AUS or PAK !!!

  • on March 26, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    Kusal will fire against Eng bowlers.I think, so good take a fire assurance against our heros..........

    ALL the best Sri Lanka!!!!!!!!!(love sanga and Mahela)

    "LIONS NEVER GIVE UP"

  • on March 26, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    SL looks hot fav to win this cup. they are playing good and have to admire how they planned the preparations for this event. they have been playing in BD for 2 months now. winning everything against BD. then winning every thing in asia cup. and in this group i dont think there will be any match to them.

    almost all players are contributing in some way. dilshan and mahela may be a concern but rest firing well.

  • on March 26, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Lanka seem to work hard and put in their sincere efforts to take back home, the coveted ICC T20 trophy.Only England with their commitment & game plan can be an obstacle to them in leading their group and be a tough contender to the other group topper in the semifinals !

  • surgeon101 on March 26, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    This sri lanka team isn't perfect....dilshan, mahela, chandimal and even sanga are inconsistent in this format and a few good bowls and bad choices and we could be 50 for 5 with only thisara and nuwan to save the day....don't get complacent!

  • Prabhash1985 on March 26, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    I admired Moeen Ali's fantastic knock in last match against New Zealand. It was pure class. He didn't smash the ball all the time, instead he was timing the ball and picking up gaps. It was treat to watch. This guy is new. So, what is Sri Lanka's plans to handle him?

  • on March 26, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    as a pakistani ; we always pray for Sri Lankan's win against England. Many many well wishes for sri lanka's victory from their most favourite friendly nation (Pakistan). we hope Sri Linka will win the T20 World Cup-2014.

  • kickassPakistan on March 26, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Asian teams rule the roast.Praying for a Lankan win. Asia rules the world cricket

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on March 26, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    SL will win this. They could win wc if Dilshan replace with Thiri and Chathuranga De Silva for Mendis/Hearth My Best 11 1 Kusal 2 Mahela 3 Sanga 4 Thiri 5 Chandi 6 Mathews 7 Thisara 8 Chathuraga 9 Sachie 10 Kula 11 Malinga

  • itsqashi on March 26, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    SL in good touch and I wish to see them doing once again in BD.

  • on March 26, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    England were unlucky with Nz last match. they put a good total on the board batting first. this is t 20, but wish to win SL as unbeaten.

  • CodandChips on March 26, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Here we go. Sri Lanka will absolutely obliterate us for the following reasons: 1.They are number 1 team by miles have have been ever since the start of 2012 WT20 2.They have momentum 3.Our squad is poor 4.Our recent T20I record is terrible 5.Our recent history in the sub continent in limited overs matches vs asian teams is pathetic

    I predict another big score from Sri Lanka and all out 70 from us.

    But it's T20 so anything could happen. Drop Bresnan- he is less deserving of a place than even Jade Dernbach. Moeen Ali can be used more bowling-wise, and this would allow an extra batsman to come in to add more depth. Don't rate Kieswetter or Bell (in T20s- Bell is class in tests), but Kieswetter's recent domestic achievements may signify improvement. Bopara has also bowled well recently, so provides a reliable bowling option.

    1.Hales 2.Lumb 3.Ali 4.Morgan 5.Buttler 6.Kieswetter 7.Bopara 8.Broad 9.Jordan 10.Tredwell 11.Dernbach

  • Hira1 on March 26, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    no chance for England only rain can save them ..........else Eng will be the first side to get eliminated from the tournament

  • vkumar_086 on March 26, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    On paper it looks like SL is miles far away from England...but who knows, on that day anything can happen...if Eng clinches a win from SL....further matches will be interesting....im puzzled about one thing...group 2 is having 4 strong teams, but all their matches turned out to one sided (except Aus-Pak match), whereas group 1 having relatively weak teams....but matches are nerve ending (except SL-ND match)

  • on March 26, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Very balance two teams.. I hope SL will win... but dont get easy men.. Cheers

  • JG2704 on March 26, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    @Arun Bose on (March 26, 2014, 16:57 GMT) JB is spot on. SL are the likely winners as most of us have put and while the tone of your predictions is a little unbecoming JB has not brought up issue with it. The issue is why you have to come on a thread which doesn't even involve India and talk about the Asians sticking together as though it's the beginning of WW3 and not a thread about a T20 match. All genuine cricket fans would/should appreciate good cricket whoever it is played by.

  • on March 26, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Good luck to both England and to my mother country Sri Lanka. Hope we all can witness a great game of cricket. We Sri Lankans always have one big love to a single nation apart from Sri Lanka. That is of course to Pakistan. I really believe if either SL or Pak can win this title again. We Sri Lankans are not haters like most you see in these comment columns....Let the game of cricket be the ultimate winner. Go SL ....

  • jb633 on March 26, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    @ArunBose, no I am not worried as I don't really care about T2O cricket and am fully expecting SL to beat us with ease. I am not a particularly nationalistic fan and am happy to watch good cricket even if we lose. My gripe is with the fact you think Asians need to stick together somehow. I have no issue with your comments about giving us a hiding but am not sure why you see it as an us vs them scenario when it comes to Asia v the rest of the world. Imagine if I commented that we should gang up against Asian sides. Could you imagine the backlash.

  • on March 26, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Sri lanka.....Lions shown their talent in last game....... Insha Allah Lions will win

  • JG2704 on March 26, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    @ ramz30380 on (March 26, 2014, 15:51 GMT) To be fair I missed that comm - - though he does say the many comms .. I wonder if the gentleman would be playing Mr Diplomat on a SL/India thread when all manner of insults get thrust across or joining in?

    Not sure where you are from but nice comms - all the best

  • DiamondSoul on March 26, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Seeing these comments.................... All my mates in Sri lanka.this is nt who we a r actually. Now we have become more like another subcontinental nation overjoyed with our endless winning. bt never underestimate any other team. becz there may be times that even we'll have to pay.Let's see it balanced. even England have got a very good combination eventhough they are w/o KP .someone like eion Morgan or Bopara can be a specialist against SL and the new man Ali had struck 4 sixes in a T20 last over i guess. Dernbach Broad duo in accompany with tredwell can produce some masterclass as well.Their pace attack is much stronger though we have slinga special. Hope for a better game.I hope SL will win not only bcz it's my home country bt we deserve it even after 4 WC finals. wrote this becz this is nt wht we really are.......we were used to be much more balanced than what we see in these comments.

  • LoveLanka on March 26, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    @ ibbani : LOL ...... hi..hi... you humble expectation is heartning. just say that you prefer ENG or SA to meet IND in semis....... simple as that... let me end this saying BUT....!

  • on March 26, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    SL Pak and India will reach semis and end of the day the cup with stay with Asia

  • on March 26, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    @jb633- Are you worried that England gonna lose tomorrow by a huge margin? I wrote nothing derogatory abt any team or nation just predicted that England wud get crushed tomorrow by SL.. Why are ypu getting so angry? Can you deny this? You can't cz you know it.. and India has communities all over the world just not UK..

  • on March 26, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    do not what sri lanka did last world cup it will be same this t20.

  • Cricket_Only on March 26, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Lets do it Sri Lanka, Pakistanis are with you all the way. See you in the FIINAL

  • shakeena on March 26, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    Yah It's great to see the south Asian fans respect each other and having a great time together.. As a SL fan I would love to see a Sri lankan win and I think the team will not be changed.. We have faith in all and we all think the world of you..

    MAy All mIGHTY give the strength & courage to all Sri Lankan players and all the best for the England as well ! ! !

  • ibbani on March 26, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    I hope England can turn the tables tomorrow. Hope they take the semis spot with SA.

  • on March 26, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Chandimal has to sit out of the game. Thirimanne is better deserving of a place. hope he gets a game

  • LAKINGSFAN on March 26, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    On paper and current form indicate it's SL. But in those 70 minutes of play anything can happen. T20 is such a game. The only threat to England, if any, is SL's spin. England will play Kula and Malinga alright. For spin, Morgan and Bopara will step in. Either way it's going to be a good contest.

  • forward_diffence on March 26, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    The best team on the day can be the winner in T20 format. And the reality is Sri Lanka's middle order is not inform. We won the first match simply due to Kusal's brilliance and won the second one due to the bowling and Netherland's lesser ability.If one or two wickets will fall quickly then the middle order will be in immense pressure. As a Sri Lankan fan honestly I think match is in the balance.I hope Mahela and Chandimal will come into form. If it happens we can win the cup easily. All the best for Sri Lanka...GO LIONS

  • Htc-Android on March 26, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    Chandimal needs to develop more shots against spin. I always notice him getting out while trying to play the lofted shot over long on or long off. Its been the trend for his dismissals. Why cant he try to play shots like cut shots, sweep shots, late cut...etc?

  • tearshan on March 26, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    @The_Love : no need to take my word back brother. It is the truth. SL will win comfortably over England. Just watch the match and see. Cheers from Sri Lanka

  • on March 26, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    yes I am so happy.this is better than winning a world cup. south asian start respect and wish each other.what a beauty. keep going guys if we play each other support your team. but support your neighbours when they face others.no more hate comments please.

  • on March 26, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    No need any comments with fire power of Sri Lankan team

  • IndianSRTfan on March 26, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    I'm hoping for a great contest here. After all that has been said and speculated about England and their chances, they have only played ONE rain curtailed game where they batted well and had little chance to bowl!

    They need to put it out of their minds and focus on this game. Yes SL are in form but the match against SA did expose some of their vulnerabilities and England should look to exploit them. It seems to me that in World Tournaments, England somehow seem to be shackled by their own doubts rather than brilliant strategies by opposition.

    Though it looks difficult, for the sake of tournament, I hope England win. GL to both teams.

  • on March 26, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    All theese SL fans so one eyed , i fancy and upset here. England are due a win and they got players that can do this, Lumb . Hales. Butler, Morgan.... Any money grabbing IPL franchise would like these players

  • squareleg on March 26, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    3 lions are better than 1 !! come on England.

  • anoop3301 on March 26, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    All the best to both teams. May the better team on the day win.

  • amilag on March 26, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    I suppose this is easier affair than Netherlands! Go lions go!

  • Prabhash1985 on March 26, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    How beautiful it is to see "WWWWW"... No high hopes... Read the game properly, and execute smart plans for the situation, and you will win Sri Lanka... Keep working hard guys!

  • ramz30380 on March 26, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    @JG2704 well said mate... but I thnk Arun Bose's comment was in reply to the comment of Asanka Yahampath who mocked the Ind team.... no point in having a go at each other - I am with u tht good cricket no matter which part of the world it is played must be appreciated....

    On this match - SL def look good on paper - but in T20 anything can happen - u can never write-off a team in this format. If Eng dont win this match, they will find it extremely difficult to book a berth in the semis & if SL win this, they will be virtually in it. All the best both teams - may the best side of the day win, though my heart says Sri Lanka...

  • ullasjp on March 26, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    @DiamondSoul.. i completely agree with you mendis lost his confidence & mahela we all wat he did in last t20 world cup.. my XI kushal mahela sanga dilshan chandimal mathews perera kulasekara Senanayake Herath malinga.. i think this world cup will be repeat of 2011 world cup sl vs ind final

  • jb633 on March 26, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    @ArunBose, a ridiculous post and if an Aussie or English posted something similar well I can bet that the editors would jump in at it. I just don't see your point about all Asians should stick together. Cricket is a game played beyond such petty differences and we should appreciate those that entertain us and give us enjoyment. Which continent a player was born in seems irrelevant to me. I have visited SL a few times and would like to think I have friends there. I tend to support them a lot of the time and whilst there is nothing wrong with Asian sides wanting to beat ENG/ AUS or whoever I don't really see the point your trying to raise about ganging up together. Remember SL has communities in Aus and Pak/India have communities in the UK.

  • woody3 on March 26, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    While England have been struggling any team with a real gamechanger in ie Pieterson, cannot be ruled out.

  • on March 26, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    sri lanka are favourites to win tomorrow but i think England will upset the lankans tomorrow.

  • slackers11 on March 26, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    England deserve some luck in this match as they were on the receiving end D/L method in the last match against NZ.

  • JG2704 on March 26, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    @ Arun Bose on (March 26, 2014, 14:37 GMT) Every comment on this thread has been about this match. There has not been one anti Indian comment or one anti SL comment so far so I don't understand your points. And yes I understand the "What's the point of squabbling?" bit but why on this thread where there is no squabbling going on? Surely there's no need to rubbish other teams whether they are your neighbours or on the other side of the world. Shouldn't we all appreciate good cricket regardless of who plays?

  • JG2704 on March 26, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    @LoveLanka on (March 26, 2014, 11:19 GMT) Lovely to see such a balanced post

    @Dark Man X on (March 26, 2014, 11:27 GMT) Not sure re Eng scoring big vs Mendis. They seem to have a stigma/fear re playing any spin

    @George Hayes on (March 26, 2014, 13:07 GMT) Tredwell's figures in recent games have been excellent and he's the last bowler England should think about dropping. All for someone like Borthwick or Patel coming in but surely they should have changed the balance altogether and brought either in when Stokes was injured

  • on March 26, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Srilanka is the balance team now. They can perform in all departments. V difficult to beat them, but t20 is unpredictable. So deciding winners n losers now makes no sense.

  • on March 26, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    Go lion go this is our world cup dont miss this all the best my lions sanath pls drop dilshan mahela kusa open the innigs thri on no 4

  • DiamondSoul on March 26, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    Coming up to this match SL are favourites due too their form. But they are jst winning on their raw talent in which jst about 40-60% is used.The most vital problem will be with the 3 seniors not getting in to form.I guess Sanga should return back to no.3.It's where he belongs to. and as up to this point Dilshan isnt middling the ball well i guess Kusal's opening partner must be Mahela.Dilly may find his role at the middle order or will expose the chance for Thirimanne who was in good touch.I guess Herath should have a go.Becz though mendis is good against minnows he hasnt been up to the mark against major oppositions. We cant rely on possibility and we must bring the best option we hv against as Sachithra makes good off-spin and Herath will be ideal as a partner for him.I wished i could include Seeku as he has got better talent while batting against paceman as well. In England point of view, they are up to the mark as well though they lost unfortunately against kiwis in the 1st game

  • on March 26, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    SL as always, will put up a mediocre performance and hope ENG throws it all away. SL have shown they cannot handle pressure. If ENG win then they should bat first as SL have a preference for batting first and this will put a spanner in the works.

  • on March 26, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Any team is beatable in this format there is no exception for Sri Lankans or Indians. without doubt condition favours SL, PAK & IND. Tomorrow's game is very important to Sri Lanka to secured a place in the semi finals I think SL has enough batting depth to bat trough out the 20 overs hope bowlers bowl well all the Sri Lanka finish the game in style

  • CricketFever11 on March 26, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    Haters going to hate. Lions have a mission.

  • on March 26, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    i love the england team but i just dont see them winning this match or even qualifying to the semis, SL got more fire power and so much of confidence..

  • St.John on March 26, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    I'm not right 9 times out of 10...If I was I would be a billionaire through casino and lottery wins. However, I always enjoy England/Sri Lanka games and give the edge to SL because of their all-round ability. England without KP were bound to struggle and if somebody (Bopara?) doesn't put their hand up SL will run away with this match.

  • on March 26, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    @Asanka Yahampath Can you tell me how many major tournaments SL has won outside subcontinent?? Atleast India has one ODI World CUp(1983),one t20 World Cup(2007) and one ICC champions trophy

  • on March 26, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    I have read many comments of srilankan and Indian fans arguing and fighting with each other regarding whose team is the best.. In cricket, the best team is that which plays hard and wins game on a given day so there's no point arguing like kids do.. Don't criticise your fellow asian brothers as asia united is a danger sign for these other teams like Eng, NZ, SA, AUS, WI... They watch as we fight and they laugh at us saying asians just love squabbling with other.. INDIA is world champion so is SRI LANKA(Although not a world t20 champion but anyways)..What's the point really in fighting? I guess sl is playing well at the moment and england is on the downside.. They lost many matches on the traught and their morale is down too.. SL will crush them with their world class spinners and the gun slinger known as malinga.. England don't stand a chance tomorrow.. Now both sl and indians stop fighting.. Let's support each other..but not when we are playing against each other..That's obvious.. :)

  • on March 26, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Technically Sri Lanka have been winning the last few games with non of their seniors firing. If all the 3 seniors come to the party too, Sri Lanka is going to be a very tough side to beat.

  • on March 26, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    srilanka will finish match in there best way

  • on March 26, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Mendis should be replaced by Lakmal.Mendis is out of form and last time england played him well.Chittagong pitch suites pacers and lakmal can bowl yokers perfectly and swing the ball early and i wont be suprised thiri replacing dilly

  • The-love on March 26, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    @chandimasl -> Because both are world class teams.In second group only SL is asian so I wish they move to semis.From this group being an Indian,India of course should be there and Pakistan will most probably will reach.I hope Bangla perform better and defeat at least aussies which will give them hell lot of a confidence back and make their fans and rest of the world believe in them.All the best to all 4 Asian giants and wish for India's win.

  • ramkan64 on March 26, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    there,s no doubt about our lions what ever it is we can do it

  • on March 26, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    England can make their team more exciting to watch, if they can implement the following suggestion. Get KB to field in slips! (KB is not my old hero Ken Barrington; but Kelly Brooks). Please.

  • on March 26, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    y r they getting burdenided by chandimal.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 26, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Something tells me England will win this and I am usually correct 9 out of 10 times. That would be good for the tournament as well. We need drama in T20 and I am sure that's what England will be also hoping for. We have seen many times in the past how vulnerable SL are when their top order fails to score runs. We saw that in the practice match against WI where SL looked ordinary in every department. They are beatable and England have the players to do it. It will be an interesting game for sure.

  • chandimasl on March 26, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    First of all i should thank for all the indian fans who are wishing for our sl team. I mentioned it specially because i hate to see both sl and indian fans are arguing for nothing.If the players can play friendly, as fans we also should do it as well.

    If i come to the match I think mendis should be dropped from the tomorrow's match.because herath is a better spinner against england. before the previous match against sa i mentioned the fact that mendis' vulnerability against them. as i mentioned he was expensive.

    I like to mention the fact that england can be weak against leg spinners. therefore bringing prasanna will be much useful.but the question is who should be replaced by him.

    Another biggst issue is dilshan's and chandimal's poor form. It can not afford to keep both of them within the team when it comes to important matches. but all the biggest issue is the selectors do not understand this issue.

  • on March 26, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    @Rinku Kumar What about india mate? They are WORLD CHAMPIONS,only if they plays in india.

  • on March 26, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Sri Lankan team is the most balance team but Captain Dinesh Chandimal looks joker on the field,, he is not suitable for this position, as Mahela ,Kumar, and the Mathiwes the best there are very cool and gentlemen's,

    Good luck for tomorrow game,

  • BlackHawk on March 26, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    The law of averages means that England is due a victory after playing SL so many times! I'm sure they can do it with SL batting not being up to par with Dilshan and Chandimal in the playing 11.

  • Hatter_Mad on March 26, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    Why all the hate for England? Anybody who knows T20 knows that the result can easily go either way. Good luck to BOTH teams.

  • on March 26, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    england should call up scott borthwick to T20 squad, stephen parry and James Tredwell(although they are good bowlers in terms of economy) lack the ability to bowl a batsman through the gate or pitch one on leg and hit the top of off, england need to ditch parry or tredwell for scott. if scott becomes expensive moeen ali can bowl if need be. but if mahela and kumar are ripping us to pieces after 8 overs then the best man to bowl would be borthwick, we probably couldnt contain them, but we could get them out. Also Stuart meaker is englands next best thing, one of our 2 only true yorker bowlers(him and Liam Plunkett.)

    my best possible english team (although it is unlikely KP will ever play for us again)

    Pietersen (realisticly swapped for hales) Lumb moeen ali morgan Buttler bopara Borthwick(could swap batting position with jordan if 1 over left.) Jordan Broad meaker Parry

  • YakaMark on March 26, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    @ priceless1- bring in mubarak.. OMG don't even think about it mate. @vallavarayar- if thirimanna bring in to the playing 11 he should bat 3rd. if he open the inning with KJ its more pressure on KJ cuz thiri take time to settle in. Chandimal brings luck to the team he will fire when we need him badly.. GooD LucK Our srilankan team. Show ur power

  • CricketingStargazer on March 26, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Let's just see before making snap judgments. If England win the toss, things might just pan out differently to expectations.

  • on March 26, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    SL is very strong in home continent

  • on March 26, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Srilanka is the most balance team . They can defend 160+ according to their statistics . I can suggest srilankans can experiment with thirimani instead of dilshan bez therimani is the most recent form batsman Mendis should play against england and newzeland,and lankans can experiments with pirasanna against asian teams instead of mendis.

  • priceless1 on March 26, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    Cant help feeling that SL is missing a trick here by not bringing inform Jehan Mubarak to the T20 squad (or to the paying 11 ) he is a powerful hitter and is in scintillating form lately

  • safwan_tauseef on March 26, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    My wish is that the Big 3 all out from the game no sami final and at least No final for Big Three go Lankan,s go and out the Eng a member of big 3 from the sami final good wishes to the Green Pakistan A fan of Cricket from Pakistan

  • yohandf on March 26, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    SL have done well to beat SA and root Holland but this is a must win game too for them . the reason is that winning 3 games is a must to qualify ( unless in a rare scenario ) if SL loose to poms , they ll have to play do or die game with kiwi s which will be tougher . So better to win here and shut negative scenarios . SL will find lesser seen players from England but should stick to basics .Good luck lions .

  • on March 26, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    The Sri Lankan team I guess will go in with Rangana Herath and Mendis, and I guess Thirimane will replace Mahela. England it will a day to tomorrow to test the best in the world. The english team presently seems all over and I think Sri Lanka wins the toss they would speak in English and bowl sinhalese

  • vallavarayar on March 26, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Lahiru Thirimanne is probably the best batsman Sri Lanka possesses, apart from Sanga and MJ. Its a mystery of MH370 proportions why he isn't playing and Chandimal is.

  • part_time_cricketer on March 26, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    compare to India & Pakistan, the Sri Lanka team is far more balanced and good team. The earlier 2s only make lot of hypes.... this is from the mouth of a pakistani fan.

  • tanstell87 on March 26, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    all the best to Sri Lankan lions....from an Indian fan

  • Batmanian on March 26, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    That has to be the cruelest headline in a while. Can England disrupt Sri Lanka's mojo? No.

  • The-love on March 26, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    @tearshan -> Come on dude,don't say the words which you might have to take back.Both teams have equal chance of winning with bat but SL has advantage of mystery spinner(mendis). I will be supporting SL being an Asian.All the best to both teams.

  • on March 26, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    bresnan vs kusal janith... rain of sixes.. haha...

  • bowlfordecoy on March 26, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    " Nuwan Kulasekara is the only seamer ranked among the top ten T20 bowlers " is a nice observation. Shows how much spinners control t20'. Spinners wud be effective for this tourney too given the conditions. This makes teams like WI , Pak , India , SL clear favorites for the tourney

  • on March 26, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    SL XI: 1. KJP 2. Dilshan 3. Chandimal (he plays against the new ball better than playing the old ball, as was indicated in the 3rd BD ODI) 4. Sanga 5. Mahela 6. Mathews 7. Kula 8. Sena 9. Slinga 10. Lakmal 11. Mendis

  • on March 26, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    At the moment England look out of sorts... So SL should win the match...

  • on March 26, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    I hope Chandimal can at least rack up a 30+ score at 120+ SR, his fielding and captaincy skills are simply not enough any more. He needs some way to justify his inclusion in this side. Hope for a tense match tomorrow. Good luck to England, but Inshallah SL will win...

  • kiya-tutu on March 26, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    dilshan is in poor form. He should replaced by someone. Selectors are doing nothing.

  • VinothSam on March 26, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    England is on 8th place in the ICC T20 ranking whereas Sri Lanka is on first place. That tells us the result. Good luck Sri Lanka. Proud of our lions.

  • on March 26, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    all the best for both teams. paly well.. what ever world told. we know how awesome u r. dats y u r our T20 captain. we beleave in u cahndi. wishing u massive success..

  • Oracle_Magus on March 26, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    This being an evening match, England will fancy their chances chasing. If dew comes into play, Lankan bowling surely will not be as lethal as they have been. English have been low on confidence after a series of losses. There had been individual performances all along, but they have not been able to win as a team. This is a great opportunity for them to beat the top team in the group and earn some respect. It will be a tough contest. Hope England can sneak a win here. Cheers!

  • on March 26, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    sl will win.

  • landl47 on March 26, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    Sri Lanka look to be the best side in the tournament at this point and England seem to be the worst of the top 8. I'm pinning my hopes on the fact that this is T20 and being best or worst doesn't guarantee anything.

  • on March 26, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    you look at it in any angle and say this and that .... but in reality theirs only 1 result .srilanka winning it easily.Rain is the best chance that England has.im a srilankan supporter so believe me when i say they are in a roll ...in ths days everything they touch turns gold

  • Stark62 on March 26, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    SL to win this one and qualify for the semi's!

    Also, SA seem to be the favourites to seal the second qualifying spot because it was between NZ and SA for that second qualifier, with SA winning against NZ.

    Only NZ and SA can pose a challenge to SL but very unlikely to win, hence NZ (like SA) against SL will get close but simply not strong enough to win.

  • tearshan on March 26, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    English friends i am sorry to say this. SL will win the match comprehensively because of their impact players. This will be the sanga's day. Barmy army might have to find places to hide.

  • 3ddy on March 26, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    why is bresnan still playing ? wasnt he part of english debacle not to mention his terrible stats in all formats , he keeps playing for english for some reason. really? where are new talents in england? why keep playing bresnan?

  • on March 26, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    England batters will score freely against Mendis. Hd is good against minnows. no match for the English batters. If SL selecters are smart, they will drop mendis and bring in Herath. England never play well against quality spinners... Mendis is good only on helping conditions where as Herath can bowl well in any condition!

  • kiya-tutu on March 26, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    herath should be in for mendis. And mahela should open the innings with kusal. Good luck for both teams

  • ms2000 on March 26, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Right now the way Sri Lanka team is playing England wil have no chance. The Sri Lankan spinners together with malinga and Kula can go through any good batsmen in Bngala pitches. I must say the same for India and Pakistan. These 02 teams and equally good. I have a strong feeling that India pakistan and Sri Lanka will 3 places in the semis. For the last place, there is a battle but not the 3 teams above. Im a sri lanka Fan. Good luck Sri Lanka!

  • on March 26, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    England next match. Lumb kieswetter Moeen Morgan bopara buttler Woakes Jordan broad tredwell parry

    kieswetter best keeper in England atm for me therefore should play, Woakes deserves a game, always in and out and bresnan goes for a lot of runs and doesn't take wickets. a third spinner is very vital if one of those is part timer so jade gets dropped for parry

  • JG2704 on March 26, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    With whatever side they choose to field I hope they have noticed that while SL have very few weaknesses - one weakness is their outfielding. If they have done their homework they'll have noticed this.

    For me - a less risky tactic than trying to belt everything for boundaries would be to use placement combined with aggressive running. Try and pretty much eliminate the dots and turn more one's into 2s. SL and India have looked the best sides in the tournament so far but both have shown weaknesses in their outfielding. Also I'm not sure I rate Jordan's batting above Bres or Broad

  • LoveLanka on March 26, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Any team can take a T20 match on a given day.. that is what most people say. but, in lead up to a T20 match, the form of the batters & bowlers and how the team is settled as a unit will really have a say about the out come. ENG did bat well against NZ but they couldn't try their bowlers ability to defend a total. this means that they will need to deliver with bat & ball straight away to win this game. of course they have enough power to do that but the question is the conditions which might give them a hard time while batting to put up a good score and while bowling to bowl right lengths to a plan.... should be another cracker of a game... all the best to both teams.

  • MAN_AT_WORK on March 26, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Come on Barmy army, Love to see in the semi final

  • JG2704 on March 26, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    For once I dont see why Dernbach needs to be dropped. Bres and Broad have been worse than Dernbach and Bres with the ball in recent games so if any bowler should be dropped it should be one of those 2. Woakes for Bres is almost a like for like although Woakes is a better batsman and while I feel Bres is a better SF bowler he is trash at the moment. I still think Patel would have been our best option as it lengthens our batting line up and could realistically give us 4 overs which would likely be less expensive than most of our pacers. However I think - if they do make a change they'll bring in Parry for Derbach. I'm not a huge Dernbach fan but right now he looks more likely to bowl better lengths more often than Broad/Bres although that doesnt say much

  • jerryman on March 26, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    I would like to see Herath in for Tissara P . Tissara is an expensive bowler and if he is only playing for batting, Herath will be a better fit as his 4 overs will go for about 30 -35 . Mahela should open with Kusal and in bowling either Sena or Dilshan should open with Kula. Good luck lions

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  • jerryman on March 26, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    I would like to see Herath in for Tissara P . Tissara is an expensive bowler and if he is only playing for batting, Herath will be a better fit as his 4 overs will go for about 30 -35 . Mahela should open with Kusal and in bowling either Sena or Dilshan should open with Kula. Good luck lions

  • JG2704 on March 26, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    For once I dont see why Dernbach needs to be dropped. Bres and Broad have been worse than Dernbach and Bres with the ball in recent games so if any bowler should be dropped it should be one of those 2. Woakes for Bres is almost a like for like although Woakes is a better batsman and while I feel Bres is a better SF bowler he is trash at the moment. I still think Patel would have been our best option as it lengthens our batting line up and could realistically give us 4 overs which would likely be less expensive than most of our pacers. However I think - if they do make a change they'll bring in Parry for Derbach. I'm not a huge Dernbach fan but right now he looks more likely to bowl better lengths more often than Broad/Bres although that doesnt say much

  • MAN_AT_WORK on March 26, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Come on Barmy army, Love to see in the semi final

  • LoveLanka on March 26, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Any team can take a T20 match on a given day.. that is what most people say. but, in lead up to a T20 match, the form of the batters & bowlers and how the team is settled as a unit will really have a say about the out come. ENG did bat well against NZ but they couldn't try their bowlers ability to defend a total. this means that they will need to deliver with bat & ball straight away to win this game. of course they have enough power to do that but the question is the conditions which might give them a hard time while batting to put up a good score and while bowling to bowl right lengths to a plan.... should be another cracker of a game... all the best to both teams.

  • JG2704 on March 26, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    With whatever side they choose to field I hope they have noticed that while SL have very few weaknesses - one weakness is their outfielding. If they have done their homework they'll have noticed this.

    For me - a less risky tactic than trying to belt everything for boundaries would be to use placement combined with aggressive running. Try and pretty much eliminate the dots and turn more one's into 2s. SL and India have looked the best sides in the tournament so far but both have shown weaknesses in their outfielding. Also I'm not sure I rate Jordan's batting above Bres or Broad

  • on March 26, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    England next match. Lumb kieswetter Moeen Morgan bopara buttler Woakes Jordan broad tredwell parry

    kieswetter best keeper in England atm for me therefore should play, Woakes deserves a game, always in and out and bresnan goes for a lot of runs and doesn't take wickets. a third spinner is very vital if one of those is part timer so jade gets dropped for parry

  • ms2000 on March 26, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Right now the way Sri Lanka team is playing England wil have no chance. The Sri Lankan spinners together with malinga and Kula can go through any good batsmen in Bngala pitches. I must say the same for India and Pakistan. These 02 teams and equally good. I have a strong feeling that India pakistan and Sri Lanka will 3 places in the semis. For the last place, there is a battle but not the 3 teams above. Im a sri lanka Fan. Good luck Sri Lanka!

  • kiya-tutu on March 26, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    herath should be in for mendis. And mahela should open the innings with kusal. Good luck for both teams

  • on March 26, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    England batters will score freely against Mendis. Hd is good against minnows. no match for the English batters. If SL selecters are smart, they will drop mendis and bring in Herath. England never play well against quality spinners... Mendis is good only on helping conditions where as Herath can bowl well in any condition!

  • 3ddy on March 26, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    why is bresnan still playing ? wasnt he part of english debacle not to mention his terrible stats in all formats , he keeps playing for english for some reason. really? where are new talents in england? why keep playing bresnan?