England vs Sri Lanka: how to watch T20 World Cup cricket match on TV - date, UK start time, weather and squads

Everything you need to know ahead of England vs Sri Lanka at T20 World Cup

This weekend England will take on Sri Lanka for their fifth and final group stage fixture following a triumphant win over current group leaders New Zealand this week. England had just one win to their name until Tuesday 1 November, beating Afghanistan but losing to Ireland last week.

England set up a score of 179 for New Zealand to chase down, thanks to the efforts of Alex Hales towards the end of the powerplay and Jos Buttler further into the innings. Hales hit 52 off 40 before Buttler came into action and scored 73 off 47. England were reduced to 179/6 by the end of the innings with Trent Boult the only bowler not to take a wicket.

However, two wickets for Chris Woakes and Sam Curran as well as a wicket apiece for Mark Wood and Ben Stokes reduced New Zealand’s total rapidly and, despite a solid effort from Glenn Philips who hit 62 off just 36 balls, Kane Williamson’s side could only reach 159/6 by the end of their 20 overs.

England’s win has now put them back up to second in the group table and they must beat Sri Lanka if they are to progress to the next stage of the competition.

Here is all you need to know ahead of England vs Sri Lanka...

England celebrate catching Jimmy Neesham during match against New ZealandEngland celebrate catching Jimmy Neesham during match against New Zealand
England celebrate catching Jimmy Neesham during match against New Zealand

When is England vs Sri Lanka?

The two sides will meet on Saturday 5 November 2022 with a UK start time of 8am GMT scheduled for the match. England and Sri Lanka will play each other at Sydney Cricket Ground. First built in 1878, the SCG now has a capacity for 48,000 and will have hosted six Super12 fixtures, one double-header and the opening semi-final by the end of the T20 World Cup tournament.

How to watch England vs Sri Lanka

Sky Sports will have all of the coverage from the T20 World Cup and will show England’s upcoming fixture against Sri Lanka. The match will be available on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket. Subscription for Sky Sports start at £46/month while NowTV offer daily passes for Sky Sports at £11.98/day. The match can also be live streamed through the SkyGo app for those with Sky memberships.

England vs Sri Lanka head-to-head

The two sides have played in 13 T20 matches with England winning on nine occasions and Sri Lanka taking victory four times. They first played each other in a T20I in June 2006. England have won the last three matches against Sri Lanka, winning all games since March 2006.

Sri Lanka came through the group qualifying stage to reach the Super12 and have beaten Ireland and Afghanistan. Their losses to Australia and New Zealand have put them fourth in the group due to the net run rate.

Weather forecast

The weather looks to remain dry all day with the sunniest spells expected in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is currently at 10% with temperatures likely to reach 22C.


The playing XI will not be announced until closer to the time, but here are the World Cup squads for both teams:

England: Jos Buttler (C), Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Tymal Mills, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Alex Hales Reserves: Liam Dawson, Richard Gleeson, Luke Wood.

Sri Lanka: Dasu Shanaka (C), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Chamika Karunaratne, Kasun Rajitha, Ashen Bandara, Lahiru Kumara, Binura Fernanod, Pramod Madushan. Reserves: Praveen Jayawickrema, Dinesh Chandimal, Nuwanidu Fernando.