England drop Kieswetter

Craig Kieswetter has been dropped for England's must-win game against Sri Lanka

Craig Kieswetter has been dropped for England's must-win game against Sri Lanka

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England took a gamble in tonight's must-win ICC World Twenty20 Super Eight match against Sri Lanka at Pallekele by dropping wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter.

Jonny Bairstow took over Kieswetter's duties behind the stumps, with Ravi Bopara selected for his first match of the campaign but Luke Wright likely to take over at the top of the order.

England made two other changes to the team which beat New Zealand two days ago, Jade Dernbach replacing his fellow seamer Tim Bresnan and all-rounder Samit Patel in for spinner Danny Briggs.

Stuart Broad chose to bowl first after winning a toss conducted with Kumar Sangakkara rather than Mahela Jayawardene.

The home captain had lost three previous tosses in succession, so sent his deputy out for that preliminary duty - to no avail.

Sri Lanka made one change, bringing Akila Dhananjaya back in place of Rangana Herath - despite the fractured cheekbone the young spinner suffered against New Zealand last week.

In a match - like England's first in this group - delayed by a Super Over finish in the preceding contest, Broad's team needed to win to progress to the semi-finals.

If they lose, the champions will be eliminated before the knockout stage.

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