The Latest: Sri Lanka wins toss, bats 1st against England

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Day 23 of the Cricket World Cup (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss and elected to bat first against top-ranked England in the Cricket World Cup group game at Headingley.

Sri Lanka made two changes to the lineup that lost to Australia, with Avishka Fernando and Jeevan Mendis coming in to bolster the batting.

England retained the same XI that beat Afghanistan earlier this week in Manchester, where it posted 397-6 — the highest total of the tournament so far — and captain Eoin Morgan hit a record 17 sixes in his 148.

Morgan said the Headingley wicket was likely to assist the spinners, giving veteran allrounder Moeen Ali the chance to play his 100th one-day international for England

England can regain the lead in the standings with a victory, on run-rate over Australia. Sri Lanka has one win, two losses and two washed out games so far.


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

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


9:30 a.m.

Top-ranked England has a chance to retake top position in the Cricket World Cup standings by beating Sri Lanka at Headingley on Friday.

The home team is coming off a massive win over Afghanistan at Old Trafford, where skipper Eoin Morgan belted a record 17 sixes and Mooen Ali completed a record 25 for the England innings when he cleared the boundary on the penultimate ball.

England's total of 397-6 was also the biggest so far at this tournament, and the sixth-highest ever at a World Cup.

Moeen is set to play against Sri Lanka for his milestone 100th ODI.

The Sri Lankans, World Cup champions in 1996 and runners-up in 2007 and 2011, have posted a solitary win — over Afghanistan — and lost to both of the 2015 finalists — defending champion Australia and New Zealand.

But Sri Lanka is still in contention for a playoff spot because of the two points it has picked up from two washed-out games.

England leads 6-4 in World Cup meetings between the countries, but Sri Lanka has won the last three.

The weather forecast is for a mostly cloudy but fine day with a top of 18 Celsius (64).


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