New Delhi: The tournament's favourite team England will take on Sri Lanka in the ongoing ICC Men's Cricket World Cup on Friday.
England have won four out of five matches they played so far and are currently at the second position with eight points. The hosts have only lost to Pakistan by 14 runs.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka are having their worst World Cup since 2011. The 2011 runner-ups and 2015 quarter-finalist are currently at the sixth position and their fight to make it to the semi-finals seems tough as only the top four qualify.
Sri Lanka could only manage to win against Afghanistan in the five matches they have played so far.
Here are the key players to look for in the match between England and Sri Lanka:
England's skipper Morgan, who played a 148-run knock against Afghanistan has been in great form. In the same match Morgan smashed record 17 sixes, the most by any batsmen in ODI's. He has a total of 249 runs under his name and came to bat in four innings in five matches.
Sri Lankan skipper Karunaratne played an unbeaten knock of 97 against Australia in the last match and contributed 52 runs in the first game against New Zealand. He had a total of 179 runs in the tournament. Under a lot of pressure and the ragtag attached to Sri Lanka, Karunaratne has to take his team back to its winning days.
England wicket-keeper batsman Buttler is in tremendous touch for his team. The right-hander provides late flourish to help England post challenging totals on the board. Buttler scored a quickfire knock of 103 runs off just 76 balls in a match against Pakistan, which almost took England over the line. Buttler's performance makes him a go-to player for the team. He then went on to hit 64 off just 44 balls against Bangladesh, which helped England post a mighty score of 386/6.
England's Archer, who did not find a spot in the preliminary squad, proved that his inclusion in the final 15-man team, was a wise decision as he took three wickets in the opening World Cup match and conceded just 27 runs in his seven overs against South Africa. The bowler has been seen rushing the batsmen in the tournament as he went onto bag three wickets each against Bangladesh, West Indies, and Afghanistan. He had a total of 12 wickets under his belt....