It’s England’s time to take a stand as they take on might Sri Lanka team today on March 27 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong. The match starts at 19:30 local, 13:30 GMT, 7:00 p.m. India time.
In their last match against New Zealand, England lost the match under Duckworth Lewis, and this team they face the strongest side of the tournament so far.
England is not likely to make any changes to the team, but Stephen Parry and Chris Woakes might come in. The batting line is good enough, and they have Craig Kieswetter to try as he comes as a replacement to Luke Wright.
England won the toss and decided to field first.
The squads are:
Sri Lanka playing XI: Perera, Sangakkara, Chandimal, Mathews, Perera, Kulasekara, Dilshan, Jayawardene, SMSM Senanayake, BAW Mendis and SL Malinga.
England playing XI: RS Bopara, Lumb, Hales, MM Ali, TT Bresnan, CJ Jordan, Morgan, JC Buttler, SCJ Broad, JC Tredwell and JW Dernbach.
The main task for Stuart Broad will be to make a strong start, which can make them put up a good show.
Sri Lanka 189/4 (20 ov)
England 190/4 (19.2 ov).
England won by 6 wickets. Check the final live scores here.
Sri Lanka, under the capable coach Paul Farbrace, has won 12 matches of the T20 format in succession and is easily the most favoured team.
Although Sri Lanka had a close-win against South Africa, they went ahead and got their confidence against Netherlands in the second match.
If they win today, Sri Lanka will be leading the group. They will lean much on in-form Kusal Perera and bowlers, including Lasith Malinga for ensuring a smooth win here. The experienced and capable middle order of their team has always been their support.
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It’s expected to be a sunny day at Chittagong with maximum temperatures around 32 degrees. Fans in England and UK can catch the match live on Sky Sports and on SLBC in Sri Lanka.
Hosting nation will have the match live on BTV, while ESPN will telecast in USA and Star Sports in India. Australian fans can see the match live on Fox Sports.
Star Sports will also live stream the match live its website. Watch the match live online here .
Watch the highlights here after the match is over.