This is a rare meeting between two teams that have only played one Twenty-20 match against each other. That was back in 2006 when Sri Lanka squeaked to victory by 2 runs. Six Sri Lankans have survived for the Islanders since that day almost four years ago, while just three of the English party are still around. Rightfully, it's their captain, Paul Collingwood most economical bowler in this tournament, Tim Bresnan, and batsman with the highest average in the competition, Kevin Pietersen who are still around. England will be pleased to be able to welcome their batting stalwart, Pietersen, back after the birth of his child. The new father showed hurried aggression in the match against South Africa, before dashing off across the Atlantic and now that he has no such urgent business on his mind, he can be expected to be even more destructive.Pietersen and his team-mates have more than enough incentive to play out of their socks – England have not reached a final in an ICC tournament in six years. They look in their best position to do so after lifting their limited overs game significantly in recent times. They beat South Africa in a one-day series last summer and have been building since then. Finally, it looks as though the English have the right combination to seriously challenge for a trophy.
In Image: Sri Lanka's Chamara Kapugedara runs to celebrate their win in the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match against India in Gros Islet, St. Lucia, Tuesday, May 11, 2010.