England vs Sri Lanka, 1st semi-final, St Lucia May 12, 2010

All-round England have the advantage

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan
Stats preview of the first semi-final between England and Sri Lanka to be played in St Lucia
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Sri Lanka's entry in the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 further underlines their consistency in major tournaments over the last few years. They've made the final of the last 50-over World Cup and the 20-over version, and a win on Thursday will give them the chance to do what they couldn't on both those occasions - win the trophy. England, though, have been so consistent in all aspects throughout this tournament that they'll fancy their chances, even in the slower conditions that should favour Sri Lanka.

England have the better numbers in the tournament so far. Their only loss was a rain-induced one, while Sri Lanka have lost two games, one of them convincingly. There's little to choose between the batting run rates of the two teams, but England score over Sri Lanka in terms of economy rate. Tim Bresnan and Michael Yardy have been extremely thrifty while Graeme Swann has been among the wickets consistently. Despite the Sri Lankan fast bowlers going for a few runs, the spinners have managed to restrict the scoring effectively.

Overall run rate and economy rate
Team Matches played Run-rate Economy rate Run-rate difference
England 5 7.93 6.88 1.05
Sri Lanka 5 7.85 7.19 0.66

England's opening pair of Craig Kieswetter and Michael Lumb have been aggressive in the beginning of the innings all through the tournament, which is reflected in the high scoring rate in the Powerplay overs. Sri Lanka have been boosted by the exceptional batting of Mahela Jayawardene, but he hasn't received much support at the top of the order.

Batting performance in the Powerplay overs
Team Runs scored Balls faced  Run rate Wickets lost Average
England 259 180 8.63 7 37.00
Sri lanka 228 180 7.60 8 28.50

Eoin Morgan and Luke Wright have provided the much-needed fireworks in the late overs for England. Morgan, in particular, has been outstanding with a strike rate of close to 150 in the death overs. Sri Lanka have scored at a fast clip in the final overs with contributions from Jayawardene and, more recently, Chamara Kapugedera, whose quickfire 37 enabled them to topple India in their final Super Eight game.

Batting performance in the last six overs
Team Runs scored Balls faced Run rate Wickets lost Average
England 266 172 9.27 14 19.00
Sri Lanka 244 158 9.26 13 18.76

Sri Lanka have their noses ahead when it comes to bowling performance in the Powerplay overs. While England have been very economical with Bresnan conceding only a little over five runs per over and Stuart Broad offering excellent support, Sri Lanka have also managed to pick up more wickets in the early overs. Angelo Matthews and Lasith Malinga, with their excellent change of pace, have proved extremely difficult to get away even with the fielding restrictions in place.

Bowling performance in the Powerplay overs
Team Runs conceded Balls bowled  Economy rate Wickets taken Average
England 191 177 6.47 6 31.83
Sri Lanka 195 183 6.39 9 21.66

One bad game against Australia messed up the bowling stats of Sri Lanka in the last few overs, which have otherwise been quite impressive. Malinga, in particular, has managed to curtail the scoring rate superbly with his yorkers and slower balls. England have bowled the final few overs extremely well too, with Ryan Sidebottom picking up six wickets at an economy rate of 6.60 per over in the final overs.

Bowling performance in the last six overs
Team Runs conceded Balls bowled Economy rate Wickets taken Average
England 133 109 7.32 12 11.08
Sri Lanka 228 149 9.18 12 19.00

The tables below list the performances of fast bowlers and spinners for England and Sri Lanka. The fast bowlers for England have been top class with Bresnan leading the way, and their performances are bettered only by the Australian pace attack. Sri Lanka's fast bowling department hasn't been as good. Matthews has been top-class, but Malinga has been more expensive than usual, going at over 7.5 runs per over.

Sri Lankan spinners, though, haves been much better than their fast bowlers and have picked up ten wickets while conceding less than seven runs per over. Ajantha Mendis has been slightly expensive in the last two games while Suraj Randiv impressed with a fine bowling performance against Australia. For England, Swann and Yardy have been consistent throughout with Swann picking up eight wickets and Yardy being among the most economical bowlers in the tournament.

Performance of pace and spin bowlers for England
Type of bowler Runs conceded Balls bowled  Economy rate Wickets taken Average
Pace 294 248 7.11 15 19.60
Spin 107 84 7.64 8 13.37

Performance of pace and spin bowlers for Sri Lanka
Type of bowler Runs conceded Balls bowled  Economy rate Wickets taken Average
Pace 362 281 7.72 14 25.85
Spin 262 228 6.89 10 26.20

The pitch in St Lucia hasn't offered the kind of pace and bounce that was seen Barbados, but fast bowlers have still done better than spinners here. The difference in economy rates isn't much, but the fast and medium-fast bowlers have taken more wickets than the spinners.

Pace vs Spin at St Lucia
Type of bowler Economy rate Wickets taken Average
Pace 7.48 61 20.42
Spin 7.95 34 32.08

The table below summarises the performances of the top batsmen of each team. Jayawardene has had an extraordinary tournament, but his scores have dropped in the last couple of games leading to the semi-final. Kumar Sangakkara, though, has started to find better form, which has reduced the onus on Jayawardene, and will boost a line-up which is fairly top heavy.

For England, Kevin Pietersen and Morgan have been the stars. Pietersen has scored half-centuries against Pakistan and South Africa in the Super Eights and Morgan has consistently proved to be a good finisher. Paul Collingwood is due some runs, though: in five innings he has only managed 39.

Top batsmen for both teams
Batsman Runs scored Balls faced Scoring rate Average
Mahela Jayawardene 292 180 9.73 73.00
Kumar Sangakkara 123 103 7.16 24.60
Eoin Morgan 166 127 7.84 33.20
Kevin Pietersen 159 123 7.75 53.00

In a knockout game the captain winning the toss might be tempted to bat, but the stats at this ground are pretty even. There have been eight games played at St Lucia and four games have been won by the team batting first and four by the team chasing. The average run rate is exactly the same, while there's only a marginal difference in the averages.

Batting first vs Chasing at St Lucia
Team Innings Runs scored Balls faced Run rate Wickets lost Average
1st innings 1229 954 7.72 54 22.75
2nd innings 1162 902 7.72 48 24.20

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  • sidsway14 on May 14, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    hope everybody who criticised england here are satisfied with sri lanka's performance...

  • Teut on May 13, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    Easy victory in the finish for England, thanks mostly to the bowling in the first ten overs of SL's innings

  • lucyferr on May 13, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    Well, whaddya know. England trashed Sri Lanka. Good on yer. Though they certainly won't win the final.

  • Micky_Panda on May 13, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    All this statistical analysis seems to ignore the uneven distribution of teams in the round of "super" 8s. Australia and Pakistan should have swapped to even up the groups, i.e. two top teams from the early rounds and two 2nd teams. Then what would England's Stats look like? Sri Lanka's Stats would have looked better without the match against Australia.

  • on May 13, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    Well, I have to agree that it is a pretty tight match! England's confidence will be boosted by the presence of K.P. and Eoin Morgan whereas Mahela stands tall for S.L.

  • layya on May 13, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    This has nothing to do with stats.everyone talks England deserves to win the trophy. I too think that. But if there is something like that then Sri Lanka should have won the last T20 cause they didn't loose a single game til finals and they deserved it more than anyone and Pakistan came to semi by NRR and beat SA at semi and beat SL at finals and took T20 trophy.It's all just the performer of the day.So despite above bully stats Sri Lanka has a major advantage over England.

  • helloswash on May 13, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    I wish you all the best for SL.

  • on May 13, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    Srilankans always have some trump cards up there sleeves (KAPU,MENDA,RANDIV) TO BE INTRODUSED IN CASE OF troubled , lankans win by23 runs and couple of wickets in hand.

  • not-fan-but-fanatic on May 13, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    wateva has happened is a different story. this is knocked out and both teams can beat eachother on their given day...i think SL stand a better stand....yea agreed england battin looks vry strong.....but i think sanka and jawardane are more solid than say lumb kiewsweeter....i wud be surprised SL dont make it to finals...

  • on May 13, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    I agree with Kumar Senaratne & Gayath Pandikorala those stats will not work in the semi final, both team are in under pressure both team have 50% chance whoever execute their plans in the field they are the winner. You can't under estimate with previous stats Suddenly all the Srilankans batters are back inform Mahela, Dilshan , Sanga , Chandimal, Mathews & Kapu, everybody know about the Srilankan bowling side all together Srilankans are back on form wait for an another thrilling match.

  • sidsway14 on May 14, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    hope everybody who criticised england here are satisfied with sri lanka's performance...

  • Teut on May 13, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    Easy victory in the finish for England, thanks mostly to the bowling in the first ten overs of SL's innings

  • lucyferr on May 13, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    Well, whaddya know. England trashed Sri Lanka. Good on yer. Though they certainly won't win the final.

  • Micky_Panda on May 13, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    All this statistical analysis seems to ignore the uneven distribution of teams in the round of "super" 8s. Australia and Pakistan should have swapped to even up the groups, i.e. two top teams from the early rounds and two 2nd teams. Then what would England's Stats look like? Sri Lanka's Stats would have looked better without the match against Australia.

  • on May 13, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    Well, I have to agree that it is a pretty tight match! England's confidence will be boosted by the presence of K.P. and Eoin Morgan whereas Mahela stands tall for S.L.

  • layya on May 13, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    This has nothing to do with stats.everyone talks England deserves to win the trophy. I too think that. But if there is something like that then Sri Lanka should have won the last T20 cause they didn't loose a single game til finals and they deserved it more than anyone and Pakistan came to semi by NRR and beat SA at semi and beat SL at finals and took T20 trophy.It's all just the performer of the day.So despite above bully stats Sri Lanka has a major advantage over England.

  • helloswash on May 13, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    I wish you all the best for SL.

  • on May 13, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    Srilankans always have some trump cards up there sleeves (KAPU,MENDA,RANDIV) TO BE INTRODUSED IN CASE OF troubled , lankans win by23 runs and couple of wickets in hand.

  • not-fan-but-fanatic on May 13, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    wateva has happened is a different story. this is knocked out and both teams can beat eachother on their given day...i think SL stand a better stand....yea agreed england battin looks vry strong.....but i think sanka and jawardane are more solid than say lumb kiewsweeter....i wud be surprised SL dont make it to finals...

  • on May 13, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    I agree with Kumar Senaratne & Gayath Pandikorala those stats will not work in the semi final, both team are in under pressure both team have 50% chance whoever execute their plans in the field they are the winner. You can't under estimate with previous stats Suddenly all the Srilankans batters are back inform Mahela, Dilshan , Sanga , Chandimal, Mathews & Kapu, everybody know about the Srilankan bowling side all together Srilankans are back on form wait for an another thrilling match.

  • shameerpvt on May 13, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    one thing is missing here... this article has not analyzed the players ability to face the bounce ball or the rising ball... i'm sure, by now, most of the teams who have good fast bowlers will look at sri lanka as a team with poor standards on a fast & bouncy pitch... nevertheless, they can try this at any kind of pitch... if this analysis was used, sri lanka will not be the favorites, but i wish our guys to adapt to the conditions & to face challengers to bring the missing cup home...

  • on May 13, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    It is going to be England Vs Australia in the Final.

  • tavitayya.mudda on May 13, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    Yes , I agree with Gayath. you guys forgot the IPL final this year. I have seen the same stats between MUMBAI and CHENNAI , the result is no where related to those stats . So only matter how they performed on that particular day

  • on May 13, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    sri lanka have the best chance of winning this match against england. sri lanka have that capability. if mahela fires with dilshan who know how much they get. in bowling manlinag and mendis will give a very torried time to england batsman., good fielding and luck on that day will be the deciding factor in this match. still i beleive 60% of sri lanka have winning this match. lets seed

  • mta316 on May 13, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    For England it is very important to for their openers to give them a good start. After that KP, Colly and Eoin can capitalize while bowling Srilanka seems to be batting well in patches so they can unsettle them by picking up one of two key wickets. For Srilanka apart from the performers in the tournament like Mehela , Sanga,Mathews and Guy who hit the last bowl for six they would like Sanath to go out there without worrying about anythign and express himself.

  • Mutukisna on May 13, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    SL should open with Mahela and Sanga if they bat first as the two class and experienced batsman should be able to handle better the expected short pitched new ball pace bowling by the opposition in the opening overs. If batting second Sanga should drop down to No 4 to allow him recover from his wicket keeping duties, with Dilshan replacing him as Mahela's opening partner. Malinga should be used in short bursts as and when a wicket is badly needed like Ponting used to bring in Lee when a partnership needs to be broken. Perera should be promoted if quick runs are required even to No 3 or 4. Thushara came back strongly in his last two overs and should be retained. Sanath J should announce his retirement in advance but remain in the squad to cover injuries and be replaced by Kulasekera or Mendis (placed in a safe fielding position where the ball does not follow him). Although England are the favourites on current form one can never underestimate the Sri Lankans in a limited over encounter.

  • on May 13, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    well... well.. Dear authors, this is the knockout stage of the tournament... So, numbers game not valid here, except for complete washout of the match... Then numbers come in to play.. So, don't back england too much...

  • dev89 on May 13, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    nice examples !!! hey guys Do u no that, Sri Lankans play at the time don't follow some mathematical tables I think u could see dat in last match wich was with Ind.

    I say Sri Lanka will win this semi final; if it will not become true, I will not put comments anyone after this...................

  • AbhishekAhuja on May 13, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    Stats support England...But I think its Srilanka, who is gonna win this match...Most of the things today are in England;s favour but I have this little intution about Srilanka...

  • on May 13, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    Still England can't win a world cup. But think about sri lanka, They won many in past and last few years. For an example SL were in most of finals like 2007 WC, 2009 WT20 and now we are in final, then we will in final. These statics are joke. We only see the actual performance from players.

  • MYAS on May 13, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    great work but both teams are in the Semi final by their great efforts, England had very good days in T20 by beating good teams in the tournament but the way Sri Lanka played his last match, the team has obviously good sprit and confidence to have a nice match here St Lucia with England. Victory only proportional to the hard work and Strategy of the particular day match….who ever clams their nerves and play according will win the match….. but I backing Sri Lank coz if Pakistan wins his Semi final he has a psychological advantage on Sri Lanka…… well it doesn't matter if England will be in final with Pakistan……coz a team who beats Aussies in Semi final……will have already high moral and confidence…… so Good Luck Pakistan……GO PAKISTAN……Nation is with you, n prays also……Go and show the world if Aussies can defend the World Cup…y not the Pakistan can defend his title of T20 Champions…… LOVE YA……

  • solangaarachchi on May 13, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    For this match main two factors are the performace and luck of the day and the moral booster of the team. Both teams almost equal even though Eng have a slight advantage considering the vulnerability of SL batting. But this should be fascinating contest. I can say KP vs Mahela

  • ajaygodbole on May 13, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    England and Australia are the 2 teams which deserve a place in Final as they are playing consistently a good game. If Srilanka and Pakistan make to the Final, I would feel happy coz would love to see a Asian team winning the cup, but as a fan of cricket I wish a final between Australia and England and Aussies winning the final :)l

  • simon_w on May 13, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    These stats indicate and support, broadly, what we already know: England have been slightly better than Sri Lanka so far, across the tournament as a whole. Does this mean England are slight favorites going into the semi-final? Ask the bookmakers (they say 'yes'). Does this mean England are actually going to beat Sri Lanka? Of course not!

    In fact, given what the previous poster has said, one might wonder *why indeed* the bookies are making England favorites. Well, these interesting stats tell that story.

    Of course, Twenty20, as we all know, is a bit of a lottery, especially in the knock-out phases (ref. MS Dhoni's comments after qualifying to the IPL semis). Add to this that SL have a better record in the final stages of limited-overs tournaments, and we'll hopefully be in for a very interesting match. Can't wait!

  • lucyferr on May 13, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    This article brings to fruition the statement 'England are here to make up the numbers'.

  • Kaushalya_Gurudeniya on May 13, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    If they include Tim Bresnen I think that's the end of the story. Bye bye, better luck next time.

  • TiwariIndia on May 13, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Numbers can be misleading sometimes, don't forget the 'M' factor of SL. Malinga is almost impossible to hit out of the park but its going to be Mendis today who'l trouble the English batsmen. I think SL should come up with strategy against Morgan and KP. They two are they key batsmen and they also play spin bowling quite well. After India and Pak,I have a strong gutfeeling that it's going to be SL this time to lift WT20 2010 trophy. watch out -- CT

  • ajitsoori on May 13, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    even if you go thru the facts it dosen't support england have such advantage but consider dot match. Sri lanka have some edge over england for different reasons that dosent cater so much of facts. Sl team may weighted against their emense psychological advantage & their capability under press with varying mix of bowling departments together with batting tallents. some where in the match a one baller could have turn all advantage towards SL same may be true one particular batment in Sl. Game seem be tough one with strong Enld but for this game sri lanka is more FAVOURED AGAINST ENGLAND

  • nilansl on May 13, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    England was in easy groups until now.Now only they are facing the real battle.

  • Sanki88 on May 13, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    England's in top form, but I fancy Sri Lanka's chances here. They have more fire power on a slow pitch.

  • on May 13, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    I would agree with most of the things. But in the last game with Inidia we saw how well the young Thisara Perera bowled. Those are good signs.

    Also Mahela failed in couple of matches, actually it went our favor. Some of the other who didn't come to the party has been in runs Dilshan, Sanga, Chamara and Angelo.

    As long as we dont make any stupid move and if Sanga believes in the youngsters and If they give their 100% we will win.

    Please dont under estimate about the OLD Boy Sanath, he will fire for sure. I feel he was used wrong. Hope he comes to the party as well :) I like the enthusiasm he showed at the end last match.

    Are the English team in their best of forms? YES They are. It's always good to beat someone when they are in their full form :)

  • landl47 on May 13, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    The figures given for the England spin bowlers are wrong. Swann has 8 wickets for 107, Yardy 4 wickets for 81, making a total of 12 wickets for 188. That compares favorably with Sri Lanka's spinners. On the basis of the numbers up to now, England has done better in every department. They have also beaten Pakistan, the defending champions, and South Africa, one of the pre-tournament favorites, both comfortably. Sri Lanka scraped home with a last ball 6 against India and were hammered by Australia. If both sides play the way they have up to now, England will win- but this is T20 cricket where anyone can beat anyone else.

  • wkdinidu on May 13, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    Figures nothing when its coming to matters then Sri Lanka able to deliver all the time Sri Lanka is the favourite for this match . we can see how mendis will handle Englishmen today last time he played against them that was green surface pitch that mean fast bowling track but this is diffrent its sub continent pitch so England will strugle for sure . BEST OF LUCK SRI LANKA . Hope they will win atleast this time WORLD T20...........

  • itsankush on May 13, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    @ Gayath Pandikorala. People would want to read this article for the very same reason you read it. It is true that any team can win on any day. Statistics are given to show the recent form of the teams and not to make any judgement that a particular team will win. The title reads "Advantge England" and not "Won England" and yes how dominatly England beat SA, PAK & NZ whereas SL lost badly to AUS and barely won against India, England certainly has the advantage with their current form.

  • Indus11 on May 13, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    Of- course I want England to win - but every one knows they will "Bottle" !!!

  • on May 13, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    Yes, if we could simply extrapolate from known stats we wouldn't have to play the game - and T20 in particular is rife with uncertainty. That having been said I think it's very uncharitable to deride the efforts of those who go to the trouble of analysing and summarising stats. For those of us too lazy to do it ourselves this is an interesting diversion that sheds some light on past trends and gives some indication what the teams may be planning. Noone is suggesting Sri Lanka are doomed, of course they aren't, they're a strong team with a good chance of winning this event. Then again, so are England.

  • veeru1087 on May 13, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    ya,definetly england doing well this year and the only difference i can see is EOIN MORGAN...he is been fantastic since his inclusion to the team..though it is not too easy to face the spin and pace attack of srilanka,confident english are favourites..lets see sentiment of subcontinent teams works!!!(first T20wc-INDIA,second T20wc-pakistan,now-srilanka)

  • Chrishan on May 13, 2010, 3:10 GMT

    These statistics are rubbish! Simply because England did not bowl against the West Indies nor Ireland for a complete innings. How did the statistician calculate England's bowling performance in the last six overs when England did not reach over 14 for both these games?

  • on May 13, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    Well try Authors, but when real match is began it is all about the performance of the day. Sri Lanka is the only country have been effectively rising in very short time period after the test status. After almost two and half decades of time sri lanka has overcome the England in so many times, specially under pressure like today. Any way it s true that England are strong in this time, but we have to look at their opponents in the Super 8 as well, Sri Lanka had beat two table toppers while England is only one. And when it comes to the confident of the players, in the last game Sri Lanka had a last ball trilling match as they know what they can do even in the last over. Also Mendis and other Spin factors, how well England face the Spinners and condition of the pitch are more worthwhile to consider for getting the clear picture.

  • on May 13, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    i dont get why people would even bother to read this. yes there are some interesting facts, but saying england have the advantage based on this is a bit much. T20 can change very quickly, it is going to be the side that executes their plans on the day that will come out on top. So these stats really have no meaning at all in my eyes

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  • on May 13, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    i dont get why people would even bother to read this. yes there are some interesting facts, but saying england have the advantage based on this is a bit much. T20 can change very quickly, it is going to be the side that executes their plans on the day that will come out on top. So these stats really have no meaning at all in my eyes

  • on May 13, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    Well try Authors, but when real match is began it is all about the performance of the day. Sri Lanka is the only country have been effectively rising in very short time period after the test status. After almost two and half decades of time sri lanka has overcome the England in so many times, specially under pressure like today. Any way it s true that England are strong in this time, but we have to look at their opponents in the Super 8 as well, Sri Lanka had beat two table toppers while England is only one. And when it comes to the confident of the players, in the last game Sri Lanka had a last ball trilling match as they know what they can do even in the last over. Also Mendis and other Spin factors, how well England face the Spinners and condition of the pitch are more worthwhile to consider for getting the clear picture.

  • Chrishan on May 13, 2010, 3:10 GMT

    These statistics are rubbish! Simply because England did not bowl against the West Indies nor Ireland for a complete innings. How did the statistician calculate England's bowling performance in the last six overs when England did not reach over 14 for both these games?

  • veeru1087 on May 13, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    ya,definetly england doing well this year and the only difference i can see is EOIN MORGAN...he is been fantastic since his inclusion to the team..though it is not too easy to face the spin and pace attack of srilanka,confident english are favourites..lets see sentiment of subcontinent teams works!!!(first T20wc-INDIA,second T20wc-pakistan,now-srilanka)

  • on May 13, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    Yes, if we could simply extrapolate from known stats we wouldn't have to play the game - and T20 in particular is rife with uncertainty. That having been said I think it's very uncharitable to deride the efforts of those who go to the trouble of analysing and summarising stats. For those of us too lazy to do it ourselves this is an interesting diversion that sheds some light on past trends and gives some indication what the teams may be planning. Noone is suggesting Sri Lanka are doomed, of course they aren't, they're a strong team with a good chance of winning this event. Then again, so are England.

  • Indus11 on May 13, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    Of- course I want England to win - but every one knows they will "Bottle" !!!

  • itsankush on May 13, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    @ Gayath Pandikorala. People would want to read this article for the very same reason you read it. It is true that any team can win on any day. Statistics are given to show the recent form of the teams and not to make any judgement that a particular team will win. The title reads "Advantge England" and not "Won England" and yes how dominatly England beat SA, PAK & NZ whereas SL lost badly to AUS and barely won against India, England certainly has the advantage with their current form.

  • wkdinidu on May 13, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    Figures nothing when its coming to matters then Sri Lanka able to deliver all the time Sri Lanka is the favourite for this match . we can see how mendis will handle Englishmen today last time he played against them that was green surface pitch that mean fast bowling track but this is diffrent its sub continent pitch so England will strugle for sure . BEST OF LUCK SRI LANKA . Hope they will win atleast this time WORLD T20...........

  • landl47 on May 13, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    The figures given for the England spin bowlers are wrong. Swann has 8 wickets for 107, Yardy 4 wickets for 81, making a total of 12 wickets for 188. That compares favorably with Sri Lanka's spinners. On the basis of the numbers up to now, England has done better in every department. They have also beaten Pakistan, the defending champions, and South Africa, one of the pre-tournament favorites, both comfortably. Sri Lanka scraped home with a last ball 6 against India and were hammered by Australia. If both sides play the way they have up to now, England will win- but this is T20 cricket where anyone can beat anyone else.

  • on May 13, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    I would agree with most of the things. But in the last game with Inidia we saw how well the young Thisara Perera bowled. Those are good signs.

    Also Mahela failed in couple of matches, actually it went our favor. Some of the other who didn't come to the party has been in runs Dilshan, Sanga, Chamara and Angelo.

    As long as we dont make any stupid move and if Sanga believes in the youngsters and If they give their 100% we will win.

    Please dont under estimate about the OLD Boy Sanath, he will fire for sure. I feel he was used wrong. Hope he comes to the party as well :) I like the enthusiasm he showed at the end last match.

    Are the English team in their best of forms? YES They are. It's always good to beat someone when they are in their full form :)