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Will Lanka meet England's T20 challenge?

Published: Saturday, June 25, 2011, 11:06 [IST]
 
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Will Lanka meet England's T20 challenge?

Bristol, June 25: England might have asserted their dominance over Sri Lanka in the recently-concluded Test series, but now both sides have regrouped and are all set to switch gears for the lone Twenty20 match of Lanka's tour of Ole Blighty. England will be going all out to prove that they are still worthy of their World Champions' title while Sri Lanka will be looking to show that they are capable of an upset.

The hosts will have to make do with a few changes to their world champions outfit. The man who led them to grabbing the coveted trophy in 2010, Paul Collingwood, has been hung out to dry, while their pivotal seamer Ryan Sidebottom has hung up his international boots to play for native Yorkshire. All eyes will be on debutant captain Stuart Broad to see how well he takes on the mantle of captaincy, especially against an intimidating line-up of Lankan dashers.

Broad also finds himself leading a seamers' attack which is short on experience at the international level. Chis Woakes impressed all from the meagre opportunities meted out to him in Australia earlier this, while Jade Dernbach has evidently shown he possesses enough potential to have warranted a place in England's World Cup 2010 side. England will also have the services of new-comer allrounder Samit Patil to look foward to. The Nottinghamshire man has been on the sidelines for season after season for not heeding the pleas of the powers-that-be to shed some weight. But he apparently has made the cut now.

Sri Lanka will have some familiar old faces to fall back on in this T20 challenge. Former captains Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and comeback man Sanath Jayasuriya will fight shoulder-to-shoulder as the hard-hitters throw down the gauntlet to the English. But present captain Thillakaratne Dilshan, is still out of contention due to a broken thumb thanks to a fierce ball from Chris Tremlett in the Test series. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's feeble attack will get a shot in the arm as paceman Lasith Malinga returns to the fold. His uncanny ability to come up with unplayable yorkers will no doubt serve as a unique asset for his side.

England (probable) 1 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 2 Michael Lumb, 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Luke Wright, 7 Samit Patel, 8 Graeme Swann, 9 Stuart Broad (capt), 10 Chris Woakes, 11 Jade Dernbach.

Sri Lanka (probable) 1 Sanath Jayasuriya, 2 Mahela Jayawardene, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Thilina Kandamby (capt), 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Jeevan Mendis, 8 Nuwan Kulasekera, 9 Suranga Lakmal, 10 Suraj Randiv, 11 Lasith Malinga,

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