Liam Livingstone.
England Cricket Team. credits: ICC

The 29th match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is slated to be played between England and Sri Lanka. Both the teams have had contrasting fortunes thus far in the competition.

England brushed aside whoever came their way in the tournament. They have managed to win all three games so far and thus are sitting at the top of the Group 1 points table. England played against one of the toughest opponents in the group i.e., Australia on Saturday.

England
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Eoin Morgan and Co. showcased a clinical performance and showed why they are labelled as hot favourites to win the tournament. A combined bowling effort helped them restrict Australia to just 125 runs in the first innings. Australia batted first and made a horrendous start. Chris Woakes took the important wickets of Warner and Steve Smith in his first two overs. Chris Jorgan then sent Glenn Maxwell back to the hut to leave Australia in all sorts of trouble at 15 for 3 inside 4 overs.

Wickets kept falling at regular intervals as Australia never got the momentum in their innings. Aaron Finch, though, held firm at one end and fought hard to take the team to a reasonable score. Thanks to his 49-ball 44, Australia finished their innings at 125 runs in 20 overs.

For England, Chris Jordan starred with the ball as he picked 3 wickets for just 17 runs in 4 overs. Adil Rashid and Liam Livingstone gave 34 runs together in 8 overs for two wickets. Besides, Woakes and Mills picked two wickets each.

Jos Buttler
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Jos Buttler stole the show in the second innings as he put an exhibition of sixes. The England opener got going right from the onset, wreaking havoc with the bat at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

He scored 71 runs off just 32 deliveries, a knock which was laced with 5 fours and 5 sixes. He didn’t allow any bowler to settle and bring Australia back into the game. His top-class effort meant England chased down the score in just 11.4 overs.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are coming off two consecutive losses. They need to win their last two matches and also want some other results to go their way if they want to reach the semi-finals. Sri Lanka batted first in the last game against South Africa.

Opener Pathum Nissanka found no support at the other end as wickets kept falling at regular intervals. Nissanka, however, kept going at the other end and took the team to a competitive score. He scored 72 runs off just 58 deliveries, including 6 fours and 3 sixes. His innings powered Sri Lanka to a 142-run total in the first innings.

Prathum Nissanka
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South Africa too lost wickets in intervals, however, depth in the batting unit helped them cross the finish line in the end. South Africa lost both the openers early on, however, Temba Bavuma kept them in the game with a handy 46 off 46 balls. Wanindu Hasaranga later picked a hat-trick to chase the momentum completely. However, with 15 needed in the final over, David Miller hit two sixes to help South Africa chase down the score in 19.5 overs.

Ahead of the next game against England, the fans would want a better performance from them with both bat and ball.

ENG vs SL Prediction, Who Will Win the Match Between England and Sri Lanka? ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Match No 29

Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga. (Photo: Twitter)

Teams Head to Head Records: T20 Internationals 

Stats Matches ENG Win  SL Won N/R
Overall 12 8 4
At Sharjah Cricket Stadium
In the last 5 matches 5 5 0
In T20 World Cup 4 3 1

STATS – T20

Total matches 20
Matches won batting first 11
Matches won bowling first 9
Average 1st Inns scores 144
Average 2nd Inns scores 126
Highest total recorded 215/6 (20 Ov) by AFG vs ZIM
Lowest total recorded 44/10 (10 Ov) by NED vs SL
Highest score chased 172/5 (18.5 Ov) by SL vs BAN
Lowest score defended 142/7 (20 Ov) by WI vs BAN

Toss Prediction for the 29th match of ICC T20 World Cup 2021

The team winning the toss is likely to bowl bowl first.

Predicted Scores for the 29th match of ICC T20 World Cup 2021

Team 1st batting 2nd batting
England 160-180 140-160
Sri Lanka 140-160 130-140

(Players’ form)

England: 

  • Batting

Players Matches Runs Average
Jos Buttler 3 113 113
Jason Roy 3 94 31.33
Dawid Malan 3 36 36
Jonny Bairstow 3 33 33
Liam Livingstone 3 1 1
Eoin Morgan 3 7

Who will score the most runs for England in the match: Jos Buttler or Jason Roy 

Bowling: 

Players Matches Wickets Average
Tymal Mills 3 7 12.71
Adil Rashid 3 5 11.20
Chris Jordan 3 4 9.75
Moeen Ali 3 4 8.75
Chris Woakes 3 4 11.75
Liam Livingstone 3 4 10.00

Who will pick the most wickets for England in the match: Chris Jordan or Adil Rashid 

Sri Lanka: 

  • Batting

Players Matches Wickets Average
Pathum Nissanka 6 169 28.17
Charith Asalanka 4 142 47.33
Bhanuka Rajapaksa 6 129 43
Kusal Perera 6 87 17.4
Wanindu Hasaranga 6 85 21.25
Dasun Shanaka 6 45 22.5

Who will score the most runs for Sri Lanka in the match: Pathum Nissanka or Charith Asalanka 

  • Bowling

Players Matches Wickets Average
Wanindu Hasaranga 6 11 10.55
Lahiru Kumara 6 8 18.75
Maheesh Theekshana 5 8 12.88
Dushmantha Chameera 6 5 29.80
Chamika Karunaratne 6 4 26.50
Dasun Shanaka 6 1 27.00

Who will pick the most wickets for Sri Lanka in the match: Wanindu Hasaranga or Maheesh Theekshana