The Group A rivals meet at The Oval with the hosts, armed with a victory over Australia, seeking a place in the semi-finals while Sri Lanka know that defeat will send them home.
How England — and in particular scoop-shot specialists Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan — play the formidable Malinga may be pivotal in the outcome. “Let them try to play the scoop shot against Malinga and we’ll see if it’s possible,” Jayawardene said.
“It’s a big chance if you want to go for it. It’s a calculated risk and a few guys have tried it against him. Some have come off and some haven’t. Some have got hurt. “I remember a few tried and got hit on the toe and hit on the wrist, so you’ve got to be very careful.”