Match Preview

Sri Lanka will face England in the Match 29 of ICC T20 World Cup 2021 on 1 November at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.  England has lived up to expectations, thrashing their opponents, including arch-rivals Australia on Saturday night (October 30). To stop England’s juggernaut in Sharjah, Sri Lanka will have to come up with something extraordinary. Sri Lanka has performed admirably given their inexperience, and the last over against South Africa could have gone either way. Unfortunately for them, it was their second defeat in three games, and they need to beat England to stay in the competition.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the bowling side and chasing would be easier.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 32 – 33° C


Total matches                                       49

Matches won batting first                    22

Matches won bowling first                  27

Average 1st Inns scores                    138

Average 2nd Inns scores                   128

Highest total recorded                        225/7 (20 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Lowest total recorded                         87/10 (18.3 Ov) by HK vs OMAN

Highest score chased                         166/6 (19.4 Ov) by HK vs AFG

Lowest score defended                      129/6 (20 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Kusal Perera – Perera is a left-handed batter and is a daring, bold, and hyper-aggressive player in the Sri Lankan batting lineup. With his short-arm jabs, pick-up hits, and square cutters, he has a tendency for big runs.

Matches – 120

Runs – 2668

Average – 24.03

2) Jos Buttler – Buttler, a hard-hitting batsman and wicketkeeper, is seen as a player with all the tools to excel in the shorter formats of the game. At a young age, he was introduced to competitive cricket.

Matches – 295

Runs – 7179

Average – 32.04

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Avishka Fernando – This right-handed batter opens for his team. From the start, he was heralded as a young prodigy who was destined for greatness. In the World Cup and subsequent fifty-over matches, he continued his upward trend with equally notable contributions for Sri Lanka’s under-19s.

Matches – 69

Runs – 1538

Average – 24.80

2) Bhanuka Rajapaksa – Bhanuka, a hard-hitting left-handed middle-order batsman, made waves in 2010 when he was named the top run-getter in the under-19 World Cup. Bhanuka’s style of play ensures consistency, particularly in the longer and limited-overs format.

Matches – 93

Runs – 1707

Average – 24.04                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3) Jason Roy – The right-handed batsman’s ability in the shorter formats have led his team to many victories. His power down the ground and penchant for switch-hitting is what makes him an asset in the next match.

Matches – 260

Runs – 6813

Average – 28.26

4) Dawid Malan – In the international circuit, Dawid Malan is a late bloomer. The left-handed batter, who was born in Roehampton, has been a regular performer for Middlesex for over a decade, and the national honours were a fitting reward for his consistency.

Matches – 250

Runs – 6695

Average – 32.34

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Maheesh Theekshana – The right arm off break bowler was consistent with his wickets in the last few matches. He is on a consistent wicket streak and would definitely continue this in the upcoming match too.

Matches – 31

Wickets – 30

Economy – 5.74

2) Lahiru Kumara – Kumara is a strong-built right-arm quick bowler who can swing the ball both ways and clock good speeds. He is a product of the under-19 system.

Matches – 29

Wickets – 33

Economy – 8.00

3) Adil Rashid – Rashid was a key element in England’s World Cup-winning campaign, and while he didn’t take many wickets, he did guarantee that England had a dominant presence, particularly throughout the vital middle-overs phase of the game. With so many boundary riders in place, Rashid is more secure in flying the ball and finding his radar sooner than later.

Matches – 205

Wickets – 237

Economy – 7.42

4) Chris Woakes – He’s a useful player because of his ability to strike with the new ball and also bowl well at the death. It is also commonly recognised that, given his basic technique and power hitting abilities, he can be a very effective batsman.

Matches – 122

Wickets – 134

Economy – 8.19

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) Wanidu Hasaranga – Hasaranga is a hard-hitting middle-order batsman who can make a lot of runs with his leggies. His all-around abilities could be vital in Sri Lanka’s efforts to turn things around following a streak of poor results.

Matches – 71

Runs – 856

Average – 17.83

Wickets – 94

Economy – 6.38

2) Liam Livingstone – Not only does the Lancashire batsman have the power game, but he can also bat in an unconventional and intelligent manner. Livingstone’s maturity shines through in his game. He can knock massive sixes and has played franchise cricket for the past few years.

Matches – 157

Runs – 3993

Average – 20.61

Wickets – 60

Economy – 7.81

Predicted Playing 11


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

Sri Lanka

Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera (wk), Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dusmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara


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