England will play against Sri Lanka in the 8th match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 on Thursday at Kennington Oval, London. The match will be telecast live on Star Sports and Star Cricket channels. In addition click HEREto watch live streaming. Also you can watch it here:
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Thursday’s match is crucial for both England and Sri Lanka. Host England needs a win to remain in the semi-final while Sri Lanka will be out of the competition if they loose.
England, which defeated Australia with a 48-run win is serious to join the semi-finalists’ league as the host country. It’s ‘do or die’ match for Sri Lanka after losing the opening game to New Zealand by one wicket. They need to win the Thursday’s game to stay in the competition. So, they need to pull out all the stops on Thursday or pack their bags.
England have 26-24 win-loss record against Sri Lanka in their 50 ODI encounters. They have met twice in the Champions Trophy and England won on both occasions.
Teams’ Past Performance:
England: Ian Bell (91), Jonathan Trott (43) and Ravi Bopara (46) were the top scorers in the previous match against Australia, with skipper Alastair Cook giving a reasonable start with 30. It also depends on the performance of batsmen Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan.
James Anderson took three wickets and Tim Bresnan took two so far and they bowled out Australia for 221, which is a record. Bowlers Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Joe Root and Bopara will matter more in this match.
Sri Lanka: They posted just 138 runs on the board with wickets falling rapidly in the previous game. Kumar Sangakkara, with 68, was the only performer. They have batsmen Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kushal Janith Perera, Mahela Jayawardene and Dinesh Chandimal but their bowling line needs a closer look. Lasith Malinga did well in the previous game, Shaminda Eranga took two wickets, Rangana Herath and Dilshan took a wicket each.
Prediction: England may win as they have been displaying a good performance at home, unless Sri Lankan batsmen decide to sweat it out their way unlike their previous performance.
Otherwise, a win for Sri Lanka could throw Group A wide open.
A dismal net run rate makes things fairly clear for Sri Lanka that if they lose to England, the team may as well pack its bags. Given that England has won 16 and lost just six of 25 home
One-Day Internationals since Alastair Cook took over the captaincy after the 2011 World Cup, the task in front of Angelo Mathews at The Oval on Thursday (June 13) is even more challenging.
But the past record of matches between Sri Lanka and England since 1990 show that Sri Lanka has won more than it has lost (9-8) against England in England. It led a five-match series two years ago, and lost only in a close finish at Old Trafford. The spinners have generally troubled English batsmen hesitant to leave the crease, while Lasith Malinga, who nearly pulled off a heist against New Zealand, has an outstanding record in the United Kingdom – 23 wickets at 21 from 11 games.
On an Oval surface where every team has struggled so far, it’ll be Sri Lanka’s batting that comes under scrutiny. New Zealand didn’t have to bowl especially well in Cardiff last weekend to topple Sri Lanka for 138. Some of the shot selections were awful, strokes played with no heed paid to the match situation.
The batsmen can do much better. Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal and Kumar Sangakkara all played innings of note on that 2011 tour, and Tillakaratne Dilshan can transform a game if he gets off to a flying start. What Sri Lanka will need is significant contributions from the likes of Kusal Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne, especially if the conditions continue to be gloomy and bowler-friendly.
The bowlers did superbly against New Zealand and the only choice Mathews faces is whether to stick with the extra pace of Shaminda Eranga, or bring in the more experienced Nuwan Kulasekara. Malinga and Rangana Herath will be the main threats, though England will be wary of Dilshan after his spell against New Zealand.
After the emphatic win against Australia, England’s preparation for this game was overshadowed by the David Warner-Joe Root story. England’s bowling was exceptional in that game and though James Anderson and company may not find reverse swing so early at The Oval, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma showed that there’s enough in the pitch for those that bowl the right lengths.
With Graeme Swann fit again, James Tredwell will miss out. Swann will have enough left-handers to aim at, and it should be a keen contest against batsmen unlikely to allow him to settle.
England’s batting tends far more to the steady than the spectacular, though it’ll be fascinating to see how Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan deal with Malinga. Dishant Yagnik of Rajasthan Royals rattled him by taking guard way back in his crease, and if England has watched those tapes, you could well see something similar from Buttler, whose inventiveness has been a breath of fresh air in a team well stocked with those that play by the book.
England starts favourite, but with Malinga in the form that he is, all Sri Lanka need is for the top order to find some runs. That could really throw this group (A) wide open.
England (likely): Alastair Cook (captain), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler (wk), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.
Sri Lanka (likely): Angelo Mathews (captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Lasith Malinga.