England come into this Saturday’s clutch match against Sri Lanka knowing that a win will book their passage into the 2022 T20 World Cup semi-finals. It’s not been plain sailing for the Three Lions at the tournament so far, but their recent 20-run over New Zealand was just the sort of reminder fans and players needed that they are still a world-class side. Fail to win, however, and all that progress will have been in vain. Check out our latest T20 World Cup predictions for England vs Sri Lanka here at SinkorSwimSports!
Thanks to Australia’s labored win over Afghanistan, England come into this Saturday’s fixture against Sri Lanka knowing that a win by any means will be enough to see the Three Lions advance from Group 1. England’s superior net run rate puts in a good position, though it is still on Jos Buttler’s men to get the job down.
To be fair, England have won every match at the 2022 T20 World Cup that hasn’t been rain-affected, with the side’s must-win victory over New Zealand being a solid reminder of their quality.
Against one of the best sides at the tournament this year, England batted, bowled, and fielded superbly. Alex Hales and Jos Buttler got the side off to a flyer in the powerplay, with the England skipper making a Player of the Match innings of 73 (47). The bowlers all chipped away, however, special mention has to go to Sam Curran, who took 2-26, hit a six, and took a catch on the evening.
With England and Jos Buttler embracing the flexibility in the side, Curran is starting to look like one of the most dependable cogs in the machine.
As for their opponents, Sri Lanka shouldn’t be underestimated. Chris Silverwood’s time as England head coach had plenty of issues but, since taking over as Sri Lanka head coach in April 2022, has delivered a number of impressive results; a Test match win over Australia and victory in the 2022 Asia Cup being the two highlights so far.
What’s more, the used pitch at Sydney is sure to play into the hands of star man Wanindu Hasaranga, the highest wicket-taker in the T20 World Cup and, currently second in the T20 bowling rankings.
Sri Lanka vs England Predictions And T20 World Cup Odds
Sri Lanka are one of those sides that can always pose an upset, so the fact England don’t need to worry about net run rates and such for Saturday’s match is a huge bonus for the Three Lions.
In our latest cricket odds over at BETUS, England have been priced as favorites here at 23/100 (-435). You can get odds on a Sri Lanka win starting at 7/2 (+350). Jos Buttler and Alex Hales are currently leading the top batsman odds at 7/2 (+350) and 9/2 (+450) respectively.
England are starting to take shape under Jos Buttler, and that win against New Zealand really felt like a watershed moment for him as a captain, and for the side at this World Cup.
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