England vs Sri Lanka: World T20, Match 29, Super 10 Group 1 – Players to watch out for
Spinners Moeen Ali and Rangana Herath will play pivotal roles for their respective sides.
New Delhi: The crunch game in New Delhi will witness the defending champions Sri Lanka fighting a do-or-die battle against another former champions England.
Here are five players who are likely to shine in this Super 10 Group 1 match of 2016 ICC World Twenty20 at Feroz Shah Kotla ground in old Delhi.
Moeen Ali (Eng): English teams have always had at least a flambouyant player, but this team under Eoin Morgan is all about ordinary cricketers. That being said, we can't ignore someone like the bearded Moeen Ali. It's no surprise that the spinner all-rounder has emerged Three Lions' superstar despite a 'perceived' limited backing back home. He is the key to England's fortunes.
Joe Root (Eng): Along with captain Eoin Morgan, Joe is the root of England batting. The 30-year-old is one of the most gifted batsmen in the side, and he will need to play many more pivotal innings in their chase for glory, including this tournament. A good knock from him will give England upper-hand against spin-heavy Sri Lanka today.
Jos Buttler (Eng): Talking about flambouyance, the wicket-keeper batsman is close to being one. But the 25-year-old has so far managed to play fringe roles in England's not-so-good campaign. The right-handed batsman can hit, and if he gets in the mood, England will be the favourites.
Tilakratne Dilshan (SL): The seasoned opener will enter today's match as the most celebrated player. At the age of 39 years, Dilshan is still a force to reckon with. Sri Lanka, reeling under lack of match winners and in a transition period following the retirements of legends like Kumar Sangakarra and Mahela Jayawardene, will need him more than ever.
Rangana Herath (SL): The defending champions, in their bid to resurrect their campaign, will invoke spinners against England. With Lasith Malinga returned home, Lanka will rely on the experience of Herath. The fate of the match will decide how skipper Angelo Mathews uses the 38-year-old spinner.