From 2006 to 2021, head to head a total of twelve twenty/20I’s has been played between England and Sri Lanka team. Eight of them were won by England and the remaining four were won by Sri Lanka. P Nissanka from the Sri Lanka team is the leading runs scorer of the tournament so far with 169 runs in six innings. KIC Asalanka scored 142, PBB Rajapaksa 129. PWH de Silva took 11 wickets, M Theekshana and CBRLS Kumara both took eight wickets each. From the England recent performance, JC Buttler scored 113, JJ Roy 94. TS Mills took seven wickets, AU Rashid 5, MM Ali 4 so far.
Eng vs SL Highlights Today, Monday 1-11-2021. 29th Match (N), Group 1, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup England vs Sri Lanka, from Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
England have lost the toss and will bat first.
Shanaka says: Dasun Shanaka confirms that SL are sticking with the same XI, and they know Sharjah pretty well, having played here three times. “We’ve got an advantage because our batsmen and bowlers know the conditions.”
Eoin Morgan would have bowled, too (natch), but is happy enough with the challenge of setting things up with the bat. “If you’re looking to have success in this tournament you’re going to have to do both and do both extremely well.”
England team: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jos Buttler (wk), 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Jonny Bairstow, 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Liam Livingstone, 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Chris Jordan, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Tymal Mills.
Sri Lanka team: 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Kusal Perera (wk), 3 Charith Asalanka, 4 Dhananjaya de Silva, 5 Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt), 7 Chamika Karunaratne, 8 Wanindu Hasaranga, 9 Dushmantha Chameera, 10 Maheesh Theekshana, 11 Lahiru Kumara.
(last five completed matches, most recent first)
Sri Lanka: LLWWW
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 18:00 Local
Umpires – Adrian Holdstock, Rod Tucker
TV Umpire – Joel Wilson
Match Referee – David Boon
Reserve Umpire – Nitin Menon
Match number – T20I no. 1382 – ICC T20 World Cup 2021 29th Match
Right after the play.
“We showed a lot of character. Obviously, conditions changed quite a bit, and Tymal picked up an injury as well. The Guys stepped up really well. I thought we showed great character as I said. Liam Livingstone was asked to bowl two tough overs there and picked up the key wicket of Hasaranga. I think it was a completely different wicket [compared to the Australia game]. I found it tough early on, the spinners were especially tricky with the low bounce and they were hard to get away.
So I’m really pleased to keep a calm head and work through it, back myself to come good at the end, and start to target certain bowlers and at certain ends with a shorter side on one side. I felt like I used a lot of experience. I remember saying a while ago, if I can put both parts of my game together then I think I’ll be getting in a really good place with my T20 batting. I’ve had a lot of experience batting in the middle and to put that together with the top, I can back myself to catch up at certain times and the death-hitting of my game which is a strength.
Experience helps a lot to remain calm in those situations and it was great to have Morgs at the other end, someone I enjoy batting with a lot and we worked through it together there. He never shows too much emotion and never looks like he’s down about things. He certainly enjoyed getting a few out of the middle. He’ll feel great for that. It was an incredibly great knock. Being three down when it’s tough to come in and start, and when you’ve had a run of low scores it’s probably not the place you want to come and bat.
I thought he showed a lot of character and remained calm, which is one of his greatest assets and I thought it was a brilliant partnership we put together. The dew was bad. That was one reason we bowled Adil out early to give him the best chance to bowl with the ball as dry as we could. We don’t know if the dew is coming or not. What’s pleasing for us today is that we didn’t have the best of conditions, which we did have in the three games before, and we still managed to show the character to get a win.
[On the decision to use Woakes to finish Mills’ over after leaving injured] We just felt with the short side there, we felt it was going to be a big three balls in the game if those two targeted Moeen in that situation. To be fair, we got the wickets which helped in his over. But with the long side, he was confident to bowl with a good fieldset. We put an immense amount of trust in the guys to ask Livingston to bowl two overs there, great character, and for Moeen to bowl the 19th.
Our fielding has been great throughout the tournament so far and that shows the character of the group. It’s an attitude and a selfless thing you do for the team. [On scoring 100s for England in all 3 formats] It’s a nice thing, a nice stat. I don’t really play the game for the stats, just excited about where I feel I am with my batting and for the rest of the tournament.”
Post Match Presentation.
England captain Eoin Morgan:
“I’m incredibly proud of everything we’ve done tonight. I felt the guys had to fight unbelievably hard, particularly with the ball and in the first 10 overs with the bat. Conditions continued to change and then Tymal going down asked another question of ourselves but I thought Liam Livingstone and Moeen Ali stepped up unbelievably well to support the other guys with the ball. But I can’t fault our guys tonight.
We thought it was challenging for the top of the order. I thought Jos Buttler played one of his best-ever innings in an England shirt. It was incredible to be at the other end and watch just the ebb and flow, and then just the sheer domination at the end. He really is one of the best in the game, a privilege to play with, and great to have in our team. I thought our all-round fielding performance was pretty good, given conditions and how wet things got.
We’re just delighted with the win. Sri Lanka have pushed us further than we’ve been pushed so far in this tournament. They’ve boxed above their weight so far in the World Cup so they should be incredibly proud so far of what they’ve achieved but we’re delighted with four wins. [Why Jos Buttler is special] A combination of unbelievable skill level and the calm nature in which he goes about it. He combines them along with reading the game, knowing where and when to score. If he gets on top, he punishes you.”
Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka:
“The whole tournament, the bowlers have been outstanding in the first 10 overs. It’s been a concern for us the back-end every game. For most of the guys, it’s their first World Cup and the experience is very low. When they gain more experience, they will do good for the team.
In the second half, we knew the dew factor will be a big factor but losing wickets at regular intervals really cost the match for us. But credit to Jos and Morgan, the way they played, showed the experience behind them in international cricket. Six months back, we were not the same team. But these boys have come a long way in this tournament and am really happy about the way the boys have been fighting.”
Jos Buttler’s post-match award acceptance speech:
“I think staying patient and keeping my head. I found it really tough early on. I managed to get a really good partnership going with Morgs and we tried to attack the back end. We were just trying to get something going, were finding the spin bowlers a bit tricky, and thought 120 might be a good score. We each tried to take the small side and target that and I really enjoyed batting with Morgs. I just use the same [bat] all the time. Even in the nets, if I find one I like, I keep it.
[The runout] was probably the favorite bit of my day. We were under pressure there for a long part of that chase knowing that [Moeen] had to bowl that [missing over after Mills left injured] so to take that wicket there was crucial and I was delighted with that. [About the final ball six to bring up 100] I was trying to guess where he was going to bowl, to be honest. I was pretty calm. But I think at that stage I’d batted for a long time, just staying patient and hoping he’ll miss.”