Angelo Mathews is a doubt for this game against England © IANS
Angelo Mathews is a doubt for this game against England © IANS

England and Sri Lanka square off once again in the second One-Day International (ODI) at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Friday. The first match saw a nail-biting finish as Liam Plunkett smashed a 6 off the final ball to tie the game for England. Chasing 287 for a win, England found themselves in deep trouble at 82 for 6 in the 18th over. That’s when Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes came together and stitched a 138-run stand that gave England a fighting chance to win the match. Things looked a tad bleak after Buttler was dismissed for 93, but Woakes carried his bat through and ensured England did not lose this game. Full Cricket Scorecard: England vs Sri Lanka 2016, 2nd ODI at Edgbaston

Sri Lanka will be utterly disappointed as they did not go 1-0 up in the series. But they cannot afford to sulk about it for a long time as they need to focus on winning the second game. Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews bowled extremely well in the first match, but had to watch a chunk of the match from the sidelines due to a hamstring strain. This could keep him out of this game and it will be Dinesh Chandimal taking over as skipper. However Mathews picked up a couple of wickets and top-scored for Sri Lanka with the bat in the 1st ODI. Lahiru Thirimanne or Milinda Siriwardene may take Mathews place in the playing XI.READ: Angelo Mathews doubtful for 2nd ODI vs England due to Hamstring strain

As far as England are concerned, they will want more from their top-order. Having Jonathan Bairstow in the team did not do them any favours and James Vince could be considered in the middle-order in place of Bairstow. Knowing England’s past record of being patient with their players, Bairstow might just get another go, before the team management take a call. Sri Lanka will want to put in a similar performance and hope that their bowlers can finish of the job. England on the other hand will not want to leave to much for their lower-order, like they did in the first game. Sri Lanka did well against Ireland in the ODI series and have started the series well. They will want to convert the good performances into victories in the series as well.READ: Chris Woakes: I feel more established as an England cricketer

It is a match both teams cannot afford to lose as the five-match series has now turned into a four-match series courtesy of a draw in the first game. Both teams will want to have the lead going into the third ODI at Bristol.


England: , Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Steven Finn, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, James Vince

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Dasun Shanaka, Seekkuge Prasanna, Upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Farveez Maharoof, Suraj Randiv

Time: 14:00 local | 13:00 GMT | 18:30 IST

(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)