Sri Lanka will have to secure some wins to keep their chances of making it to the semifinal floating after a few early loss in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. Dimuth Karunaratne & Co will have to start the turnaround when they face host England on June 21 (Friday) at Headingley in Leeds.
Sri Lanka will face an uphill battle but have enough games left to try and make something out of this campaign. Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne has excelled with the bat so far and will have to inspire his teammates to produce the best effort against the top-ranked ODI side. Moreover, the senior cricketers are yet to stand up, and the management will hope them to deliver at this juncture.
It will take a monumental effort from the players to overcome the England challenge, and Sri Lanka will have to come out as a unit and try and win the game.
Here is the predicted plying XI of Sri Lanka for match 27 of the ICC World Cup 2019 against England at Headingley in Leeds:
Dimuth Karunaratne has been in excellent form right from the start of the World Cup. The Sri Lanka skipper will have to keep up the superior form to make a turnaround against England.
Kusal Perera has not been among the runs in recent times and will have to hit the strides soon. The southpaw has a fair bit of experience and will want to make his presence felt at the most significant event.
Lahiru Thirimanne has not been among the runs in recent time, and Sri Lanka will badly want their experienced campaigners to provide good starts and lead their batting from the front.
Kusal Mendis has got starts scoring the 25-30s, but the big score is yet to come in recent times. Mendis will have to understand his role in the team and take responsibility and play big knocks to help Sri Lanka post massive totals.
Angelo Matthews is one of the experienced cricketers in this line-up. Matthews has blown hot and cold in recent times, and the management will want him to score some runs and lead Sri Lanka to few wins in this World Cup.
The 33-year-old will Milinda Siriwardana have to live upto the expectations shown by the team management. He can contribute in all the departments, and Sri Lanka will wish him to play a crucial role against England.
Thisara Perera has not been among the best of form in the ongoing ICC World Cup. Being a senior cricketer, Perera needs to contribute with both bat and ball as Sri Lanka aim for a top-four finish.
Dhananjaya de Silva
Dhananjaya de Silva is not in the best of form which sums of Sri Lanka’s performance in recent times. He will have to do the scoring and contribute to the team’s success to leave a mark at the biggest cricketing extravaganza.
Isuru Udana, who has only played a handful of ODIs, will have a task at hand to stop the in-form England batters. The left-arm can rake up some good pace and will want to chip in with early wickets to help Sri Lanka clinch a massive victory.
Lasith Malinga has done a fair job so far in this World Cup. The veteran pacer will have to be at his personal best if Sri Lanka want to beat the hosts who are high with confidence with back-to-back wins.
Suranga Lakmal has had a start-stop career marred with injuries. The right-arm fast bowler will hope to make the most of the opportunity and pick wickets with the new ball.