SYDNEY (AP) — England lost the toss against Sri Lanka and will be fielding first in its must-win last group game at the Twenty20 World Cup on Saturday.
England needs a win at the Sydney Cricket Ground to edge host Australia on net run-rate. Sri Lanka does not have a chance to go through to the semifinal stage even if it beats England after Australia recorded a four-run win over Afghanistan, which finished the tournament without a victory in group games.
Sri Lanka made one change from the team which defeated Afghanistan by six wickets in the last game, bringing in fast bowler Chamika Karunaratne in place of Pramod Madushan.
“First game we played here against New Zealand there was some turn, so we hope it’ll be the same,” Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka said at the toss.
England kept faith in the same XI which has played in the last three group games and will be testing Sri Lanka with the pace trio of Mark Wood, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran.
England skipper Jos Buttler also wanted to bat first and said his side needed “to play our best cricket to try to get through the next round.”
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara
England: Jos Buttler (captain), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid