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first_img(REOPENS DEL 12) (REOPENS DEL 12) But if England bowl first, they do have off-spinner Ali and leg-spinner Adil Rasheed to trouble the opposition. It was the Pakistan origin leg-break bowler, who troubled the Afghans with his variations in pace and length the other evening but against the defending champions, it will be a different test. Veteran opener Tillekaratne Dilshan, who is back in form, will like to use all his experience of playing on these tracks but he would certainly need to support at the other end. Sri Lanka, who are going through the transition phase have found it very hard to be consistent. To be fair, even with all his cricketing attributes, skipper Angelo Mathews has looked out of depth at times in the shortest format, which is not the case when he plays Tests and ODIs. More so, because a few players like Dinesh Chandimal and Chamara Kapugedara, who have been playing long enough for the Sri Lankan side, have not transformed from being potential to sure shot match winners. With no Malinga in the line-up, there is way too much pressure on 37-year-old Herath to lead the attack. Nuwan Kulasekara is an honest trier but his presence is not as intimidating as Malingas and nor can he bowl those effective yorkers like the slinger. His new ball partner Dushmantha Chameera is talented but needs to more experience to become a top quality bowler. There would be a lot riding on Thisara Perera, whose all round skills with big hitting prowess at the back end, can prove to be handy. Squads: Sri Lanka (from): Angelo Mathews (captain), Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Rangana Herath, Shehan Jayasuriya, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Dasun Shanaka, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne. England: England: Jason Roy, James Vince, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan (capt), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Sam Billings, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Reece Topley, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Liam Dawson. Match starts 7:30pm (IST). PTI KHS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more