With England narrowly losing out to New Zealand in their opening T20 match on Saturday, the national squad are facing what many see, including England’s own Ravi Bopara, as a must-win game against Sri Lanka in order to progress to the Super 10.
“I think we will have to win our remaining three games so we have to get on with it. There is no option,”
“Winning against Sri Lanka would be a big thing for us, a big confidence boost, and that’s how we’re looking at it” explained Bopara.
Sri Lanka look as strong as ever thanks to fast bowler Lasith Malinga’s devastating unorthodox technique and ferociousness. After beating South Africa by five runs in their opening match, Sri Lanka demolished the Netherlands in the lowest score ever to grace a Twenty20 match, a tiny 39 off 10 overs.
The English team have prepared by simulating Malinga’s low throwing action, as well as playing with wet cricket balls to simulate the dew often found on pitch during matches.
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