England will take on Sri lanka in the 2nd ODI of the five-match series at Edgbaston. The first ODI ended in a draw after a thrilling finish.
England never looked like they would tie that match. In fact, they were headed for a defeat but Liam Plunkett's bat spoke at the end and saved Eoin Morgan & co. from facing a defeat in the hands of Sri Lanka.
"We are very lucky to get out of this game with a tie. That was as bad as we have performed with the bat over the past year," Morgan was quoted as saying by Cricinfo after the match.
Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler saved the day for England but Morgan was honest enough to admit that they will not be as lucky every time they go out on the field.
England's top order needs to fire. If they do not, then it exerts a lot of pressure on that middle-order, which may not pull them out of danger all the time. Morgan will definitely want a better performance from his top order.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka came into this five-match series after two comprehensive wins over Ireland. They were an improved side against England during the first ODI at Trent Bridge in Nottingham as well.
Skipper Angelo Mathews stole the show early on with the bat and then with the ball. But his hamstring injury curtailed his spell and that probably hurt Sri Lanka in the first ODI.
Sri Lanka are worried about that hamstring of their captain Mathews. He will undergo a fitness test ahead of the second ODI in Birmingham on Friday. It is unlikely that he will fail the fitness test but that injury might trouble him again during the second ODI against England, like it bothered him during ICC World T20 2016 in India.
The Lankans will also be proud of Seekkuge Prasanna, who scored a quick-fire half-century in the first ODI. It was a stand-out performance from the youngster. Mathews will want him to repeat the same in the second ODI against England as well.
England, on the other hand, are likely to play with the same team like it did in the first ODI against Sri Lanka. Liam Plunkett is almost sure to retain his place after his heroics with the bat in the first match. As a result, Steven Finn will continue to sit at the bench.
Expected playing XI:
England: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid.
Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Angelo Mathews (C), Upul Tharanga, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dasun Shanaka, Farveez Maharoof, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal.
Where to Watch Live
England vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI is scheduled for a 2 p.m. local time (6.30 p.m. IST, 9 a.m. ET) start. Below are the live streaming and TV options.
USA: TV: ESPN 3. Live Streaming: Watch ESPN.
Australia: TV: Fox Sports 5. Live Streaming: Foxtel.
New Zealand: TV: Sky Sport. Live Streaming: Sky Sport NZ.
South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa: TV: SuperSport 2. Live Streaming: SuperSport Live Video.