England aim for spot at semi-final with their win against Sri Lanka in T20 World Cup 2016 © Getty Images
England aim for spot at semi-final with their win against Sri Lanka in T20 World Cup 2016 © Getty Images

England, after being crushed against West Indies – courtesy Chris Gayle – and bouncing back with two victories surely have proved their worth to stay in the T20 World Cup 2016. West Indies have already found their way to semi-final and England’s win against Sri Lanka will pave way for the second spot from Group A in semi-final. Sri Lanka have not been their best in tournament, barring Tillakaratne Dilshan with his 83* against Afghanistan, that lend them to their first win. Sri Lanka could be lucky if they win the match against England as this will keep their hopes to stay alive. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs Sri Lanka, T20 World Cup 2016, Match 29 at Delhi

England gave opportunities to James Vince and Liam Plunkett in the previous match against Afghanistan, in absence of Alex Hales due to injury and Reece Topley. Vince started off well with his innings and supporting the top order at time of need when Jason Roy and Joe Root failed to give the required movement. Skipper Eoin Morgan once again proved to be disappointment in the tournament while Ben Stokes is yet to show his skills. Moeen Ali proved he can be the crisis man and did so against the Afghans alongside David Willey. As England are playing a crucial match against Sri Lanka on Saturday, here are the likely XI:

Top-Order: England’s top-order has looked excellent in every match so far. With inclusion of James Vince in replacement of Alex Hales has been favourable for England. Hales has equally contributed his bit in every match so having him at No.2 or Vince at his place will be ideal. Jason Roy has proved his worth this tournament right since the warm-up. England are comfortable to have Joe Root at No.3 after experimentation of bringing Ben Stokes at the top that did not quite go as planned for England.  Root has been exceptional even in the middle order where he scored 44-balls 83. He is easily adaptable in any position. The top-order has indeed contributed immense for England’s success to come so far. READ: Sri Lanka vs England T20 World Cup 2016: Joe Root vs Rangana Herath and other key battles

Middle-Order: Skipper Eoin Morgan needs to buck up with his performance in this tournament after series of maintaining low profile. He has not been his best and that could affect middle order. Jos Buttler on the other hand has been helpful in providing the impetus at No.5 with 20-30 runs to keep the momentum going. Ben Stokes has not been helpful providing just 15 runs in every match so far. Moeen Ali at No.7 has shown what he is capable of with his stunning performance of 33-ball 41 and achieving Player of the Match. Over all the middle-order is balanced out with one supporting if the other falls. READ: Sri Lanka vs England, T20 World Cup 2016, Match 28: Likely XI for Lankan Lions

Lower-Order and Bowling: Chris Jordan and David Willey at No.7 and No.8 were fruitful giving support to Moeen Ali in the previous match against Afghanistan. Willey contributed 20 while Jordan put up a decent 15 runs on board to push the target to 142 at Delhi, a low scoring pitch. England’s lower-order includes batsmen who can cover it up in case the middle-order crumbles, providing a helpful hand.

When it comes to England’s bowling department, if they prefer to carry on with Liam Plunkett was unsuccessful with his first stint, while spinners like Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali have hit the right chord to get wickets after power play. Both Jordan and David Willey will hold their spots, but the 11th slot is somewhat dubious, thanks to Reece Topley’s ordinary form. England could give opportunity to uncapped Liam Dawson considering the match will happen at Delhi at low scoring pitch.

England Likely XI: Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Jason Roy, Alex Hales/ James Vince, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, David Willey, Liam Plunkett/Liam Dawson.

(Shruti Hariharan is Content Writer with CricketCountry. You can follow her on Twitter at @Shruti_2890)