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England face uphill World Twenty20 task against super Sri Lanka

| 27.03.2014

England face tournament second-favourites Sri Lanka (3/1) next in their second World Twenty20 match after the harsh nine run defeat – on the Duckworth-Lewis method – to New Zealand (10/1).

Rain stopped play in the fifth over of the Kiwi’s innings after England posted an impressive 172-6 off their 20 overs. Moeen Ali top scored for Ashley Giles’ men with 36 from 23 balls and can be backed at 9/2 to be best batsman on the day again for them.

Sri Lanka have looked impressive in their first two matches, after beating South Africa by five wickets – thanks to opener Kusal Perera’s 61 (20/1 to top scorer again) – and destroying the Netherlands.

The Dutch were demolished as they were skittled all out for just 39 in 10.3 overs, with spinner Ajantha Mendis getting the best figures of 3-12 from his 2.3 overs, who is 3/1 to be top Sri Lanka bowler again. They are odds-on favourites to beat England, to make it three wins out of three, at 8/15.

All-rounder Tim Bresnan, who smashed 17 off eight balls against New Zealand, is in high spirits, however. “We’re still confident. Things haven’t gone our way over the last few months but we still believe we’re playing good cricket, turning out good performances,” the Yorkshireman said.

“But stringing together everything at the same time is a problem for us. If we can find that spark and everything clicks, we can beat anyone in the world.”

England start the match with odds of 6/4 to beat Sri Lanka and get off the mark in Group 1. Their price of winning the World Twenty20, however, has drifted from 14/1 (pre-tournament) to 25/1.

The top two teams from each group qualify for the semi-finals, and England are fourth-favourites to achieve that at 14/1, while Sri Lanka are odds-on at 1/3.

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Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.