Cricket World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka win toss and opt to bat first vs England

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss and elected to bat first against England in Match 27 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Headingley, Leeds on Friday.

Sri Lanka have made two changes to the their line-up with middle-order batsman Avishka Fernando comes in for Lahiru Thirimanne and allrounder Jeevan Mendis gets a game. England are unchanged.



England (Playing XI): James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Perera(w), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep

Morgan: We would have batted as well, looks a really good wicket. Best time to bat on. We’re playing the same team. The wicket here has assisted turn a bit in recent games, so we have both Adil and Moeen. (On managing fast bowlers’ workload) First priority is to get to the semifinals and when/if we do that, we’ll decide whom to rest. (On Moeen’s 100th ODI) We had a small presentation upstairs. Steven Gerrard sent him (Moeen) a message, so he’s buzzing today which is great. He’s been a huge part of English cricket for a while now and thoroughly deserves 100 caps.

Karunaratne: We’ll bat first, looks a batting surface and want to put runs on the board. Hoping to put some scoreboard pressure. We have two changes. We have had time to regroup and discuss. Need to do something special against England.

Pitch report: Straight boundaries are larger while the squarer ones are quite small. Definitely better-shaped than Trent Bridge. Looks a good batting pitch which is a bit dry as well. Has been a high scoring surface and whoever wins the toss should bat first.