England vs Sri Lanka, T20 World Cup 2021
England vs Sri Lanka, T20 World Cup 2021

Time: November 1, 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Pitch Report

The team batting first has come up victorious only twice in seven games so far at Sharjah. Not that the pitches do not favour the bowlers, but there’s no margin for error here for the batters. They have to be painfully aware of their stroke play.


Probable XI for England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Tymal Mills

Probable XI for Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera (wk), Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara/Akila Dananjaya, Maheesh Theekshana

Fantasy Tips

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England vs Sri Lanka, T20 World Cup 2021 Fantasy Team
England vs Sri Lanka, T20 World Cup 2021 Fantasy Team

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Power Players

Jos Buttler’s timing against Australia was impeccable. Clearing the front foot and sending the ball into orbit was some sight. The result was breathtaking innings of 71* off 32 including 5 sixes and as many fours. Against Sri Lanka in the format, he has blasted 256 runs at an outstanding average of 64 – the most by an Englishman.

Charith Asalanka is yet to fail in the league stage. His last three scores are 80*, 35, and 21. Sri Lanka’s batting, especially in terms of run rate, revolves around him. Not once has he shown signs of uncertainty in his shot selection. He is riding high on confidence.

Tymal Mills has been the best of the bowlers for England. His figures read 2 for 17, 3 for 27, and 2 for 45. He has been a hot pick in the world of fantasy cricket.

Smart Picks

In the qualifiers, Wanindu Hasaranga made headlines with a breathtaking knock of 71 off 47 comprising 10 fours and a six. He has failed with the bat in the league stage but has been consistently among wickets. Overall in the tournament, he has taken two three-wicket and as many two-wicket hauls.

Before the game against Australia, Chris Jordan was struggling for form at both international and domestic levels. The most priced scalp was that of Steven Smith in the powerplay. Jordan then added two more wickets to his tally in the death overs to register his 8th three-wicket haul. In addition, he will draw confidence from the fact that he has already managed 15 wickets at a strike rate of 12.8 against Sri Lanka in a mere 8 T20Is.

Pathum Nissanka has been firing every alternate innings. His every good knock is followed by a single-digit score. He scored 72 against South Africa and will look to break the jinx. It’s a must-win game for Sri Lanka anyway.

Liam Livingstone may not have had enough opportunities with the bat, but he has been already making amends with his leg-spin. He took 2 for 15 against Bangladesh and 1 for 15 against Australia.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa has failed twice in the tournament. In the other three innings, he has managed scores of 42, 53, and 33*. He goes all guns blazing once he gets his eye in.

Match Prediction

England smashed Sri Lanka to a pulp in the three-T20I series at home. In the T20 World Cup, they have 3 of 4 games, and overall in the format, 8 off 12 games. Given these numbers and recent form, England have a clear edge. However, that bad day is yet to come and Sri Lanka have improved dramatically in the last two months.

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