Can England seal their semi-final berth when they take on Sri Lanka in their 2016 World T20 game on Saturday? Get the latest England v Sri Lanka betting tips for this World T20 encounter in this piece below.
By the time England take the field at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi for their final Group 1 match at the World T20 Tournament against Sri Lanka on Saturday, they will have a pretty good idea of what they need to do in order to qualify for the semi-finals.
Should the West Indies maintain their unbeaten start to the tournament and beat South Africa on Friday, then England will merely need to beat Sri Lanka to progress beyond the group. However, if the Proteas register a second victory of the competition, the top two could be decided by overall run rate.
Sri Lanka know that irrespective of anything that might happen elsewhere, they need to beat England in Delhi, if they are to have any hope of defending the title they won in Bangladesh two years ago.
England have been the most inconsistent side in the tournament so far. Unable to contain Chris Gayle in Mumbai, they then pulled off a record breaking victory at the same ground against South Africa, chasing 230 to win a remarkable clash. At 57-6 in their most recent outing against Afghanistan, they looked dead and buried, but thanks to Moeen Ali’s unbeaten 41 they were able to post 142-7, and escape with a 15-run win.
Sri Lanka have looked a shadow of the side that claimed the world title two years ago, struggling to beat Afghanistan, before losing by 7-wickets to a West Indies side riding high on confidence, despite being without Chris Gayle.
England v Sri Lanka head-to-head
England and Sri Lanka have played each other six times previously in T20I’s, with the World Champions having the upper hand, winning four of those contests. When they met at the 2014 World T20 in Chittagong, thanks to an Alex Hales century, England beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets.
England v Sri Lanka betting tips for the World T20 2016 match one:
Sri Lanka to win with bet365: 11/8
The match begins at 7.30 pm local time (2 pm GMT) on Saturday, March 26.