England vs Sri Lanka, Match 25 ICC World Cup
26 October 2023, 2:00pm IST, M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Here's our England vs Sri Lanka Dream11 prediction ahead of their clash in the ICC World Cup 2023 on October 26th.
The match no. 25 of the tournament will have England (ENG) and Sri Lanka (SL) going head to head at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday, 26th October. This day-night fixture is scheduled to kick off at 2:00 PM IST.
The defending champions England are in a do-or-die situation after having a shambolic start to their campaign. England have lost three of their first four games and haven't looked like a champion side at any point. They have lost to New Zealand, Afghanistan and South Africa, and one more loss will end the tournament for them.
Sri Lanka came into the tournament on the back of an impressive Asia Cup campaign but haven't managed to do much in this competition. After losing the first three games against South Africa, Pakistan and Australia, they defeated the Netherlands in the previous game.
This contest is extremely vital for both these sides as a loss here will effectively end their hopes of reaching the semifinals of the Cricket World Cup 2023.
Team Form, Last 5 Matches for England: L-W-L-L-NR
Team Form, Last 5 Matches for Sri Lanka: W-L-L-L-L
England vs Sri Lanka Match Preview
England occupy the ninth spot on the table with two points and a poor net run-rate of -1.248. Their net run rate took a huge beating after they lost to South Africa by 229 runs in Mumbai.
England started well at Wankhede stadium, but the wheels came off later as they were hammered by the Proteas for 399 in 50 overs. Chasing a huge total, England needed a blistering start but they lost lots of early wickets. They could not recover from it as they were eventually bowled out for 170.
England have suffered a further setback with their best pacer Reece Topley getting ruled out with a broken finger. They could go back to Sam Curran for this game.
Probable Best Performers
Probable Best Batter: Dawid Malan
Probable Best Bowler: Gus Atkinson
Possible Playing XI
Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (c/wk), Sam Curran, David Willey, Mark Wood, Gus Atkinson, Adil Rashid
Sri Lanka are placed eighth on the table with two points and a slightly better net run rate of -1.048 compared to England. Following straight losses in the first three games, Sri Lanka opened their account with a five-wicket win over the Netherlands.
Bowling first, Sri Lanka had reduced the Netherlands to 91/6 but couldn't close out the innings. Dilshan Madushanka and Kasun Rajitha ended up with four wickets each. Chasing 263, Pathum Nissanka scored 54 while Sadeera Samarawickrama made an unbeaten 91 as Sri Lanka won the game with 10 balls to spare.
Sri Lanka left out Dunith Wellalage in the previous game and opted to go in with Dushan Hemantha. Kasun Rajitha also took his place back from Lahiru Kumara. Sri Lanka are likely to be unchanged for this game.
Probable Best Performers
Probable Best Batter: Kusal Mendis
Probable Best Bowler: Dilshan Madushanka
Possible Playing XI
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (c/wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushan Hemantha, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka
Pitch Report and Expected Weather Conditions for England vs Sri Lanka
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Pitch Report: The pitches at M Chinnaswamy Stadium have historically been flat with little assistance for bowlers. Flat pitches and short boundaries make this venue a paradise for batters and a nightmare for bowlers. Our prediction is for lots of runs and not many wickets.
Only one game has been played here in this World Cup so far, where Australia smashed 367 and Pakistan scored 305 in response.
M Chinnaswamy Stadium ODI Records
Matches Won Batting First: 12
Matches Won Batting Second: 12
Average First Innings Score: 264
Average Second Innings Score: 230
Expected Weather Condition: The weather in Bengaluru is likely to be mostly sunny and pleasant on October 26th afternoon. It could be partly cloudy in the evening with 60% cloud cover but the rain shouldn't be an issue. The temperature should range between 22 to 30 degree Celsius during the match-time.
England vs Sri Lanka Dream11 Match Prediction
Wicket-keepers: Kusal Mendis, Jos Buttler
Batters: Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Sadeera Samarawickrama
All-rounders: Charith Asalanka
Bowlers: Gus Atkinson, Adil Rashid, Dilshan Madushanka
Recommended Captain: Dawid Malan
Recommended Vice-captain: Kusal Mendis
Taking into account how the pitches at M Chinnaswamy Stadium behave, it is wise to stack your Dream11 team with as many batters and all-rounders for this match. You can also pick more players from England as they are the stronger team.
Kusal Mendis has been in incredible form so he's one of our wicket-keepers. Jos Buttler has been underwhelming in this tournament but if he gets going with early runs, he could make you pay if you leave him out.
In the batting section, we have picked all of the top four from the English side for this match. From the Sri Lankan side, we have Sadeera Samarawickrama who has been in solid form and coming off an unbeaten 91.
You can also back Charith Asalanka from the all-rounders section. As for the bowlers, we have picked three bowlers in Gus Atkinson, Dilshan Madushanka and Adil Rashid.
Dawid Malan has scored a century earlier in the tournament and is a reliable option to captain in this game. Kusal Mendis has smashed 76 and 122 in the tournament's first two games. You can back him as the vice-captain for this game.
England vs Sri Lanka win prediction: Tip England to win
The recent form of both these teams hasn't been great but England still remain Dream11 favourites due to a superior team on paper. Their bowling attack is further weakened with Reece Topley's injury but they have enough firepower to bat out Sri Lanka at Bengaluru. While Sri Lanka can't be ruled out, they will have a tough task. We tip England to win this match.