The T20 Cricket World Cup’s Super 12 Group 1 all comes down to the final day. England are second in Group 1 after four matches with five points. Meanwhile, their final Group 1 opponent, Sri Lanka, are fourth with four points after four matches.
Anything can happen on the final day of the group. New Zealand are currently top of Group 1 with seven points. However, the Kiwis wrapped up their Group 1 matches on Friday with a 35-run win over Ireland.
Four teams are in contention to progress to the semifinals, as New Zealand, Australia, England, and Sri Lanka can all qualify for the knockout stages.
Sri Lanka will need to win and help from the other teams in the group. However, if Australia defeat Afghanistan on Friday evening, Sri Lanka’s hopes of going through to the final four will be over.
England came good against New Zealand in their fourth match of the group. The English pulled off a win by 20 runs, as Jos Buttler scored 73 runs off 47 balls. The win was essential to keep England’s tournament hopes alive.
Sri Lanka could spring an upset over the English. They are at a nice price to do it. Can Sri Lanka head coach Chris Silverwood defeat his former employers?
Sri Lanka vs England T20 Cricket World Cup Betting Odds
After defeating New Zealand to keep tournament hopes alive, England are the bookmakers’ heavy favourite to win on Saturday. England are 1/5 to defeat Sri Lanka and potentially move onto the semifinals.
Sri Lanka go into the game at 7/2, according to leading sportsbooks. The Sri Lankans have played well at the T20 Cricket World Cup, posting wins against Ireland and Afghanistan. Sri Lanka qualified for the Super 12 by playing in the first round of the tournament. England got a bye straight to the Super 12.
If England and Australia win their final matches of the group, progression to the semifinals will come down to net run rate. England’s NRR is well behind New Zealand’s 2.133. Therefore, the English will need to have a big day with the bat versus Sri Lanka to cut into the Kiwis’ NRR.
England and Sri Lanka will play after New Zealand and Australia wrap up their Group 1 games. England will know exactly what they need to do to overtake either team in the group to advance. By the time Saturday’s game begins, Sri Lanka could be eliminated depending on Australia’s result against Afghanistan on Friday.
Sri Lanka vs England T20 Cricket World Cup When is the match?
Sri Lanka and England will meet in the T20 Cricket World Cup Super 12 on Saturday, November 5. The long-time rivals will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney. The match will begin at 19:00 (7:00 PM) local time.
The match will begin at 8:00 AM UK time on Saturday morning. Cricket fans can wake up to some great T20 cricket from down under.
What is Sri Lanka’s T20 Cricket World Cup fixture list?
Ireland 128/8 vs. 133/1 Sri Lanka – October 23 at Bellerive Oval
Australia 158/3 vs. 157/6 Sri Lanka – October 25 at Perth Stadium
New Zealand 167/7 vs. 102 Sri Lanka – October 29 at Sydney Cricket Ground
Afghanistan 144/8 vs. 148/4 Sri Lanka –November 1 at The Gabba
England vs. Sri Lanka – November 5 at Sydney Cricket Ground
What is England’s T20 Cricket World Cup fixture list?
Afghanistan 112 vs. England 113/5 – October 22 at Perth Stadium
Ireland 157 vs. 105/5 England – October 26 at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Match Abandoned: Australia vs. England – October 28 at Melbourne Cricket Ground
New Zealand 159/6 vs. 179/6 England –November 1 at The Gabba
Sri Lanka vs. England – November 5 at Sydney Cricket Ground
Sri Lanka vs England H2H
Sri Lanka and England will meet for the 13th time in T20 cricket this weekend. England lead the head-to-head with nine wins to Sri Lanka’s four.
Unsurprisingly, these teams have dominated the series of matches on their home turf. England have a record of four wins and one loss at home, while Sri Lanka are 3-1 at home versus the English.
England have dominated matches on neutral ground. They have four wins from four fixtures at neutral venues. History is on England’s side to win the match on Saturday. However, the English will have pressure to win and match the NRR of either New Zealand or Australia to qualify for the semifinals.
If England do not qualify, they will only have themselves to blame. A poor start to the tournament could cost them in the end.
Jos Buttler finally got the bat going against New Zealand. He scored 73 runs off 47 balls, as England surprised many onlookers with a strong performance with the bat. England need a similar performance with the bat on Saturday to get through to the next round.
Buttler has the hot hand for England. He is 13/5 to be England’s top batter. Meanwhile, Sam Curran picked up two wickets against New Zealand while throwing four overs. He is 3/1 to finish as England’s top bowler
Sri Lanka bowler Wanindu Hasaranga will be crucial against England. The wrist-spinner could end England’s hopes of making it to the semifinals. He has taken 13 wickets at the T20 World Cup from six games, the most of any player. He is 21/10 to be Sri Lanka’s top bowler on Saturday.
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (WK), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (C), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha
England: Jos Buttler (C & WK), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Sri Lanka vs England T20 Betting Tips
England were up against a rock and a hard place on matchday 4 against New Zealand, and they somehow came out with a massive win. The pressure is still on England and they must win to have any chance of moving onto the knockout stage. England also need to score plenty of runs.
Sri Lanka have had a good tournament, but their journey is likely to end at the hands of England. The English have won all four games against Sri Lanka on neutral ground. Saturday’s game should end in an England win.