Sri Lanka vs England
World Cup 2011 Quarterfinal
Premadasa Stadium, Colombo- 26th March 2011, Saturday
England will look to eliminate favourites and co-hosts Sri Lanka from the World Cup when the two sides meet in Colombo for the fourth and final quarterfinal at the ICC 2011 World Cup. Bet on Sri Lanka vs England with PaddyPower after reading our betting preview at sportsbookie.com.
Sri Lanka qualified second in Group A, finishing ahead of champions Australia on Net run rate. The Lankans were beaten by group winners Pakistan and split points with Australia in a rain hit tie, but otherwise won all other group fixtures. The highlight of their campaign was their win over New Zealand in Mumbai, where the legendary Muttiah Muralitharan spun a web around the hapless Kiwi batsmen.
The track in Colombo is similarly expected to assist spin and a lot will hinge on how Strauss, Trott and co. handle Muralitharan to a large extent, and Ajantha Mendis to a lesser extent. Strauss and Trott are amongst the highest scorers at this World Cup and will be expected to shoulder a majority of the burden.
England are also expected to play two spinners in James Tredwell and Graeme Swann. Tredwell impressed on his World Cup debut against the West Indies as he picked up four wickets. Luke Wright also played well against the Windies and the duo may be retained against the Lankans. Swann has been outstanding throughout the tournament and his battle against Sri Lanka’s fragile middle and lower order will be something to watch out for.
Tim Bresnan is a doubt with his calf injury and if he is not fit, Jade Dernbach could make his debut for the English debut against the Lankans. Dernbach has been called into the squad as a late replacement for Ajmal Shahzad.
Verdict:- The Lankans have home advantage but England tend to produce their best when it is least expected of them. England to sneak into the semis in a narrow game.
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