England host Sri Lanka in the second game of the five-match One Day International (ODI) series at Edgbaston, Birmingham on 24 June (Friday).
Where to watch live
Match starts at 1.30pm BST/6pm IST. Live coverage of the game is available on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD in the UK. Click here for the live streaming link.
The first One Day International at Nottingham played on 20 June produced a superb advert for the limited overs format. It saw England tying a thriller off the last ball of the game. Set 287 to win, the Three Lions were at one point struggling at 82/6 only for Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes to take control and guide them to 286.
Woakes, who would have been dropped if Ben Stokes was fit, took the game by the scruff of the neck to score a crucial unbeaten 95-run knock. He was ably supported by probably their most important player, Jos Buttler. The keeper-batsman scored 93 runs off 99 balls in an innings characterised by maturity and restraint.
The hosts did not bowl badly but were not that good either; only spinner Adil Rashid showed some control, and though he went wicketless, gave only 36 runs in his ten overs. With no injury worries at present, skipper Eoin Morgan is expected to field the same playing XI on Friday.
Their opponents Sri Lanka's improved showing on the tour continued with Angelo Mathews's men almost clinching the game. At one point they had the hosts tottering at 82/6 only for them to run into Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes who ensured that England tied the game.
It was the skipper Mathews who starred with the bat for the visitors scoring 73 runs off 109 balls. Despite his low strike rate he ensured that the platform was laid for the big hitters in the end. Seekkuge Prasanna made sure that Sri Lanka would post a competitive total, smashing 59 runs off just 28 balls in an innings punctuated by four huge sixes.
The Islanders would be disappointed at not winning the game but going by their performances it is just a matter of time before they start winning consistently.
England to win
Betting odds (betway)
- England to win: 2/5
- Sri Lanka to win: 21/10
Possible XI: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Johnny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Liam Plunkett.
Possible XI: Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Angelo Mathews (c), Seekkuge Prasanna, Upul Tharanga, Dasun Shanaka, Farveez Maharoof, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep.