Liam Plunkett's timely six off the last ball of the first ODI has earned his side a psychological edge over the visitors © Getty Images
Liam Plunkett’s timely six off the last ball of the first ODI has earned his side a psychological edge over the visitors © Getty Images

England lock horns against Sri Lanka in the second match of the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series in Edgbaston, Birmingham. With the first match of the ODI series ending in a nail-biting tie; both the teams will like to get their first win of the limited-overs series. Having posted a healthy total of 286 for 8 in 50 overs, Sri Lankan bowlers were let down by some erratic fielding in the middle and some lusty blows by the England batsmen in the last few overs. It was more of a morale boosting win for the hosts as they came from behind to draw the match. Here is a look at the probable XI that Eoin Morgan can field in the second ODI by Aditya Sahay: FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI match

Top-order: The England openers, Alex Hales and Jason Roy, could not get going in the first ODI and would like to be among runs in Edgbaston.  The England team would not like to tinker with their opening pair as both of them have done well for the team in the recent past. Roy was a performer in the ICC World T20 in India in March-April whereas Hales was among runs in Tests against the Lankans. At No.3, England’s dependable, Joe Root, will be itching to be among runs as his willow has been silent for long in Sri Lanka’s tour of England. Nonetheless, being a quality player, he will be entrusted to take the responsibility of the batting order once again. ALSO READ:Chris Woakes: I feel more established as an England cricketer

Middle-order: ODI and Twenty20 International (T20I) skipper, Eoin Morgan, would come at No.4 as he looked good in his innings of 43 off 49 balls in the series opener. At 5, Jonny Bairstow would want to replicate his Test series success as he has been called back into the ODI squad after a while. He scored only 3 runs in the first match and would be eager to make a mark this time. Jos Buttler would continue to bat at No.6 as he is England’s finisher and scored a magnificent 93 at Trent Bridge.

Lower-order: England have a dangerous batting line-up as all their batsmen can bat or hit the ball out of the park. At No.7, Moeen Ali would come followed by last match’s star, Chris Woakes. Rest of the batting will be according to the match situation as they have Liam Plunkett, whose last ball six earned them a draw, Adil Rashid and David Willey in their arsenal.

Bowlers:  David Wiley and Chris Woakes will spearhead the English attack. The third seamer for them will be Liam Plunkett. He should get one more game, ahead of Steve Finn, as he is a handy batsman too. Adil Rashid was economical and most impressive of the lot in the previous encounter and will like to continue in the same manner and will be supported by Moeen Ali as the second spinner.

England have a well balanced side and will be reluctant to change their Playing XI from the first match as it was more of a psychological victory for them after being 82 for 6 in the first match and yet managing a tie in the end. Having said that, their batsmen will have to deliver as only 4 of them crossed the double digits and rest all came and perished. ALSO READ:Angelo Mathews doubtful for 2nd ODI vs England due to Hamstring strain

England’s likely XI against Sri Lanka for the second ODI: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid,Liam Plunkett, David Willy