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Morgan led from the front with a sparkling 71-ball 148 against Afghanistan

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Rashid strikes twice in an over

Kusal Mendis falls to a terrific diving catch by Eoin Morgan at mid-wicket. Another batsman who couldn't get to a half-century. And next ball, it's Jeevan Mendis departing for a duck. Caught and bowled!

The promising Fernando falls...

Disappointing way to get out. Fernando was playing with a very still head and getting into the line of the ball nicely. However, on 49, he ramped Wood straight to third man. He could have played that shot with conviction. Hopefully, he will learn. He reminds you of a very young Inzamam. Well-built and plays with a still head and balance.

Good short ball from Wood though, as he cramped the batsman for room. He seems to be in some mini competition with Jofra.

Fernando in top form

This is turning into an interesting battle between Fernando and Archer and the former is winning it at the moment. He cracked a glorious pull off Archer and the ball was lost. Archer, though, bowled a crackerjack toe-crusher to beat Fernando, the next delivery. Some consolation.

Star in the making

Fernando, the U19 star, is putting on a great show here. He took on Archer with a jaw-dropping on the up drive off the back foot and then pulled him for a six. He also stroked Woakes down the ground for another sublime boundary. Lovely balance and batting with a still head. A star-in-the-making.

Sri Lanka in early trouble

Oh, Sri Lanka!! They have already lost two wickets, including that of the dangerous Kusal. Both Woakes and Jofra generated a hint of swing and extracted a tad bit of seam. Jofra reaped the reward by dismissing Dimuth with the one that nipped away and Kusal followed him by tonking a short and wide ball straight to the fielder positioned at third man. It was there is Kusal's zone. He mainly thrives on shots square on both sides of the wicket but not his day. Not Sri Lanka's day so far either.

Meanwhile, Jofra again looks in top form. Bounce, good pace, control and a hint of movement - in his zone.

Toss and captains speak

Sri Lanka have opted to bat and that is a crucial toss to win. For a team like Sri Lanka, it is perhaps better to set a target and then hope to restrict England based on scoreboard pressure. England have gone in with the same side.

Karunaratne: We'll bat first, looks a batting surface and want to put runs on the board. Hoping to put some scoreboard pressure. We have two changes - Jeevan and Avishka in for Lahiru and Milinda. We have had time to regroup and discuss. Need to do something special against England.

Morgan: We would have batted as well, looks a really good wicket. Best time to bat on. We're playing the same team. The wicket here has assisted turn a bit in recent games, so we have both Adil and Moeen. (On managing fast bowlers' workload) First priority is to get to the semifinals and when/if we do that, we'll decide whom to rest. (On Moeen's 100th ODI) We had a small presentation upstairs. Steven Gerrard sent him (Moeen) a message, so he's buzzing today which is great. He's been a huge part of English cricket for a while now and thoroughly deserves 100 caps.

England (Playing XI): James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Perera(w), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep

Dimension analysis and pitch report: "Straight boundaries are larger while the squarer ones are quite small. Definitely better-shaped than Trent Bridge. Looks a good batting pitch which is a bit dry as well. Has been a high scoring surface and whoever wins the toss should bat first." opine Nasser Hussain and Wasim Akram in their inspection.

Prelude:

On February 17, 1982, when Keith Fletcher and Warnapura went out for the toss in Colombo, the oldest nation in Test history, England, and the then newest Sri Lanka locked horns against each other.

It turned out to be a rather keenly-fought game before Emburey and Underwood engineered a collapse to ensure the visitors posted a comfortable victory. Since then, there have been many thrilling contests, sprinkled with controversies between the two sides.

Fast-forward to the 2019 World Cup, where the two sides go head-to-head in Leeds, with the hosts having the clear upper hand. Led by Eoin Morgan, the home side has a powerful batting unit and some serious pace with both Jofra and Wood playing. Morgan himself led from the front with a scintillating 71-ball 48 against Afghanistan.

Can the Dimuth Karunaratne-led Sri Lanka spring a few surprises and catch them off guard? Sri Lanka certainly have to pull their socks as they have only four points from five matches so far.

Here's our preview for the eagerly-awaited contest

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