ICC Champions Trophy 2013:

Sri Lanka will be keen to perform well with ball under overcast conditions © Getty Images

London: Jun 13, 2013

Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews won the toss and chose to bowl against England in their Group A match at The Oval.

Under overcast conditions it was not much of a surprise that both teams were looking to bowl first.

Sri Lanka have made one change with Nuwan Kulasekara coming in for Thisara Perera while for England have brought back Graeme Swann in place of James Tredwell.

England would eye the semi-final slot but it would be a battle of survival for Sri Lanka, after a narrow opening loss, when the two sides clash in their second Group A match.

Going purely by how the two teams performed in their respective openers, England will be favourites at The Oval.

Given the fine form that English bowlers are in, the Lankans would have to strategise hard to ensure a strong batting display.

The English pace trio of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan struck the perfect note against the Aussies, not just picking up wickets but also keeping a tight leash on the rate of runs conceded.

The Sri Lankan bowlers also came up with a decent performance but just did not have enough runs to defend against New Zealand.

Lasith Malinga was particularly impressive with a four-wicket haul but it remains to be seen how he copes against a stronger batting line-up, much more at ease with the conditions.


England: Alastair Cook (c), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler (wk), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.

Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kushal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews(c), Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Lasith Malinga.

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