Date & Time: Friday, June 21, 15:00 IST
Venue: Headingley, Leeds, England
Will Sri Lanka put up an impressive show?
Eoin Morgan’s sensational innings against Afghanistan has lifted England’s morale, especially after a couple of injury scares before the game. Sri Lanka has been performing poorly so far in the tournament with only one win against the weak Afghanistan. Sri Lanka is desperate for points whereas England has dropped only 2 points so far and is sitting comfortably in the top 4 position.
Jason Roy has still not recovered from his hamstring injury, so England will go in with the same team. Sri Lanka might replace the underperforming Lahiru Thirimanne with young Avishka Fernando.
The average score of teams that have bat first in the last 3 games at Headingley, Leeds is 320. We can expect another high scoring encounter, especially if England bats first.
Jonny Bairstow is slowly, yet steadily coming into form in this ICC World Cup. It is much needed for England since Jason Roy is unavailable. He scored a brisk 99-ball 90 against Afghanistan in the previous game and he might just reach the triple figure mark, this time around. He has scored a sensational 113-ball 174 in a List A game here at this venue a couple of years ago in the Royal London One Day Cup.
Kusal Perera has been one of the very few positive prospects for Sri Lanka in the ICC World Cup 2019. He is the second leading run scorer for Sri Lanka in this tournament and has also scored runs at a very brisk pace. However, the real issue for Sri Lanka is the lack of partnerships in the middle order.
England’s leading run scorer in the tournament has an unbelievable average of 91.75 and has scored five 50+ scores in his last six ODI matches. His last two ODI scores at this venue are 100* and 84. Also, his head to head record against the Sri Lankan bowlers in recent ODIs is exceptional.
This is one of the happy hunting grounds for Chris Woakes in ODI cricket, as he has picked 9 wickets up in three matches at an average of 17, with a strike rate of 18.6. The last time he played ODI in this venue was against Pakistan in this World Cup, in which he picked up a match winning 5 wicket haul.