England face an uphill task against Sri Lanka in their WT20 match at Chittagong. Their campaign opener against New Zealand was spoilt by rain and the 2010 champions face a difficult task of beating table-toppers Sri Lanka to keep their semifinal hopes alive.
England lost by nine runs to New Zealand in a rain-affected match via Duckworth-Lewis method last Saturday. England will have to put the disappointment of the previous match behind and focus on a strategy to outwit Sri Lanka, who have been unbeaten in the tournament so far.
Dinesh Chandimal’s men notched up convincing victories against the Netherlands and South Africa in their last two matches to sit at the top of the table with four points and they would look to continue their streak against England. (Full Coverage ICC World T20)
For England, the lead up to the tournament has been marked by an embarrassing loss to Australia in the Ashes and Broad’s men will have to play out of their skin to salvage any hope of a turnaround in their fortune in the tournament.England, however, have reasons to feel confident as most of their top and middle-order batsmen clicked in the last match with Moeen Ali and Michael Lumb sharing a 72-run stand for the second wicket and Jos Buttler and Ravi Bopara too chipping in with cameos to power the team to 172 for six. However, their bowling has not been tested as they could bowl only five overs against New Zealand.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have no such concerns. Medium pacer Angelo Methews and spinner Ajanta Mendis have taken four wickets each, while Lasith Malinga has three scalps to his name in the tournament so far.
SA face Netherlands
South Africa will look to boost their net-run-rate with a big win against struggling qualifier Netherlands in their Group 1 encounter. After scraping to a narrow two-run win over New Zealand,riding on the last over heroics of Dale Steyn, South Africa now have a chance to improve on the negative net run-rate (-0.075) as they are unlikely to be challenged by the minnows.
South Africa have a formidable batting line up and a decent bowling attack, which makes them one of the most balanced teams in this tournament.The form of Morne Morkel, though, would be a worry for the team. The paceman conceded 50 runs in his three overs against New Zealand.
Batting seems to be a slight worry for the Proteas as the top-order needs to be more aggressive. Hashim Amla is not a big hitter but his presence in the prevailing slow conditions should be assuring.JP Duminy is in great touch and so are other batsmen. However, they need to convert the good starts into big ones.
For Netherlands, it remains to be seen how they regroup and recover from the heavy defeat against Sri Lanka after being all out for 39, the lowest total in T20 history.