England vs. Sri Lanka, World T20: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Freddie Wilde@@fwildecricketContributor IMarch 26, 2014

CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH - MARCH 24:  Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka celebrates after dismissing Mudassar Bukhari of the Netherlands during the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 Group 1 match between Sri Lanka and the Netherlands at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on March 24, 2014 in Chittagong, Bangladesh.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Venue: Chittagong

Date: Thursday, March 27

Start time: 1:30 p.m. GMT

Live on: Sky Sports (UK)Fox Sports (Australia), Super Sport (South Africa), BTV (Bangladesh), PTV Sports (Pakistan), Star India (India),SLBC (Sri Lanka), ESPN3 (USA)

Weather: Accuweather predicts that it will be a warm evening, 32 degrees Celsius with no threat of showers. 


The succinct nature of the group stage has ensured that, following England's Duckworth Lewis defeat to New Zealand, this is a must-win match for Stuart Broad's men. And there are perhaps no opponents more ominous than Sri Lanka to play in such a fixture.

Indeed, since Paul Farbrace took over as Sri Lankan head coach at the start of the year, his team have won 12 consecutive limited-overs matches and in familiar conditions and are many people's favourites for the World T20. 

They've started the tournament in the mould of potential champions. A tense win over a strong South African side, before battering the Netherlands in their second match, they are already on the brink of qualification for the semi-finals, and a win against England would go a long way to ensuring their progression as the top team in the group. 

Sri Lanka are a potent force not necessarily because of any conspicuous strengths but more because of broad solidity. All the way down, from the explosive Kusal Perera at the top of the order through the experienced middle order and down through the spinners and to Lasith Malinga, they have the key bases covered well. 

All-rounder Angelo Matthews has ruled out the addition of a third spinner to the Sri Lankan side, per Cricket365.com, with England's weakness against spin a factor dominating the pre-match talk.

Indeed, the overs bowled by the spinners in all the matches have proven to be pivotal, particularly in the middle overs of the innings. How England cope with such an attack will be integral to their success. Although Sri Lanka's openers may be faced with a short-ball barrage from Broad. 

England have reason to feel aggrieved following their defeat to New Zealand in which just 5.2 overs of New Zealand's chase were possible before rain and lightening interrupted proceedings. They will have to move on fast, however, with defeat here ending their hopes of qualification for the semi-finals.

ANTIGUA, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA - MARCH 05:  Stephen Parry of England bowls during the 3rd One Day International between the West Indies and England at Sir Viv Richards Cricket Ground on March 5, 2014 in Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda.  (Photo by Gareth Copley
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Chris Woakes and Stephen Parry are in contention for selection, and it is unlikely England will make any sweeping changes. Their batting, recording a strong total against New Zealand, will probably be left untouched, although Luke Wright's replacement in the squad, Craig Kieswetter, is waiting in the wings.

If England can replicate the strong start with the bat that they produced against New Zealand, they'll feel confident that they can upset the plans of Sri Lanka, which is led by an inexperienced captain in Dinesh Chandimal, and carrying a couple of more suspect pace bowlers, could be thrown off course. 




Stuart Broad (capt), Eoin Morgan (vice-captain), Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Craig Kieswetter, Michael Lumb, Stephen Parry, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes, Joe Root


Sri Lanka

Dinesh Chadimal (capt), Lasith Malinga (vice-capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardena, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath/Chaturanga De Silva, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Seekuge Prasanna