LITESPORT London Lite Thursday, 24 September 2009 43 THING SINCE WARNE CHAMPIONS TROPHY NEW WANDERERS STADIUM, JOBURG, TOMORROW. LIVE ON SKY SPORTS 1 FROM 1PM SRI LANKA v ENGLAND LATEST BETTING MATCH ODDS Sri lanka 4-9, England 7-4 TO WIN TROPHY Sri lanka 10-3, England 20-1 LAST MEETING 13 OCT 2007 SRILANKAWINBY107RUNS ITS the improbable truth, but England really did win an ODI series in Sri Lanka two years ago. Having lost the opener, they raced into a 3-1 lead before this dead rubber which the hosts won by an enormous margin. Chasing only 211, after Stuart Broads 3-36, England were skittled for 104 in just 29.1 overs with only four batsmen making it past double figures. KEY MEN LASITHMALINGASRILANKA ASabatsmanyouknowthe flamboyantly-haired pacemanisgoingtochuck downa90mphyorkerat leastonceanover, preventingleathersmacking intobootortimberis an entirelydifferentprospect, however.Italmostseems unfairthat asidewithso manymatch-winnerswith thebatnowpossessa bowlingattackthateasily containedSouthAfricaon Tuesday. GRAHAMONIONSENGLAND ITSaskingfartoomuchofa tourvirgin,especiallyone withvirtuallynoODI experience,tocomeinand rescueEnglandslightweight attack.Butthatsthetask Onionsislikelytobe chargedwithwhenhefaces possiblythemost destructivebattingline-up inlimitedoverscricket. Goodluckoldbean,youre going to need it. GROUP A P W L RR PTS PAKISTAN 1 1 0 +1.7 2 WEST INDIES 1 0 1 -1.7 0 AUSTRALIA 0 0 0 0 0 INDIA 0 0 0 0 0 GROUP A P W L RR PTS SRI LANKA 1 1 0 +1.4 2 SOUTH AFRICA 1 0 1 -1.4 0 NEW ZEALAND 0 0 0 0 0 ENGLAND 0 0 0 0 0 Top two teams into semis on 2/3 October. Final to be played on 5 October CHAMPIONS TROPHY FIXTURES 22 Sep: South Africa vs Sri Lanka Sri Lanka won by 55 runs (D/L) Yesterday: Pakistan vs West Indies Pakistan won by 5 wickets Today: South Africa vs New Zealand SuperSport Park, Centurion Tomorrow: Sri Lanka vs England New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg Saturday: West Indies vs Australia New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg India vs Pakistan SuperSport Park, Centurion Sunday: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa vs England SuperSport Park, Centurion 28 Sep: Australia vs India SuperSport Park, Centurion 29 Sep: England vs New Zealand New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 30 Sep: Australia vs Pakistan SuperSport Park, Centurion India vs West Indies New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg All games live on Sky Sports thing since sliced bread and no amount of one-day cricket could have taken the gloss off the Ashes for me. If someone, at the start of the sum- mer, had offered me an Ashes win and losing the one-day series 7-0, I would have taken it. Right now though, Swann might take a pair of underpants. His always-enter- taining twitter-com entry on arrival at Johannesburg? Hmmm, forgot to pack enough undies, can I make two pairs lasttwoweeks?WillbecrustybyFriday, must be brave! This was followed by: Problem solved, I have fashioned some briefs fromaflowerylampshadeandtwomars bar wrappers. Very D&G. POSSIBLE TEAMS SRI LANKA Dilshan, Jayasuria, Sangakkara (c), Jaywardene, Samaraweera, Mathews, Kandamby, Kulasekara, Muralitharan, Malinga, Mendis. ENGLAND Strauss (c), Denly, Bopara, Shah, Collingwood, Morgan, Prior, Bresnan, Swann, A nderson, Onions. Let him off the leash: Adil Rashid trains with captain Andrew Strauss yesterday. Graham Swann reckons hell be as good as Shane Warne, inset, one day Indies make Pakistan sweat JACOB ORAM and Ian Butler have been ruled out of New Zealands opening Champions Trophy match against hosts South Africa at Centurion today. All-rounder Oram injured a hamstring in training and will have a scan to assess whether he can play later in the tournament. Were hopeful its just a minor tear but we will have more information in 48 hours so he is out of the game, coach Andy Moles said. Fast bowler Butler has a stomach bug and has been unable to train with the team. Hes just not fit enough or strong enough to bowl and guarantee that well get 10 overs from him Hell be back for the next game Im sure, Moles added. Oram and Butler to miss New Zealands opener S AFRICA V N ZEALAND GROUP B, SKY SPORTS 1 FROM 8AM stand-in captain Shahid Afridi (17 not out) and Umar Akmal (41 not out) led them home with close to 20 overs to spare. Earlier it was Mohammad Aamer (3- 24) and Umar Gul (3-28) that ripped through the oppositions top order. But Alam felt that his side, who were at 76 for five at one stage, did well in tricky circumstances. It was a difficult wicket, the bounce was uneven and it just wasnt easy to get the ball away, he said. We found the pitch difficult to bat on. But the batsmen also created problems for themselves. The West Indies bowlers played really well. They bowled a good line and offered some pace too. And the Pakistani coach believes that his side will learn a lot from the tough nature of the victory. He added: So you had to really wait for the ball here and it was not easy at all. But it was a good lesson for us, especially early on in the tournament. 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