By CricketCountry Staff
Pallekele: Oct 1, 2012
High on confidence, hosts Sri Lanka take on England in a crucial Super Eights encounter at Pallekele on Monday.
Their semi-final chances hanging by the thread, defending champions England are faced with a must-win situation as they take on unbeaten hosts Sri Lanka in a crucial Super Eight match of the ICC World Twenty20 on Monday.
England, after a win and a loss, have to clinch it against Sri lanka to have any chance of making the last-four stage.
If Stuart Broad’s men lose tomorrow, it would be certain elimination as Sri Lanka and West Indies, if they beat New Zealand tomorrow, would go through at their expense.
England beat New Zealand in their previous match with Steven Finn and Luke Wright playing important roles. Finn achieved his as well as England’s best figures in the ICC World Twenty20 — three for 16 — before Wright hit a 43-ball 76.
But Sri Lanka is no New Zealand and Broad acknowledged that his team have a tough task at hand.
England: Alex Hales, Luke Wright, Jonathan Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Ravi Bopara, Samit Patel, Stuart Broad (c), Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach.
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (c & wk), Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Akila Dananjaya Perera, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis.