England's [ Images ] new-found consistency will be pitted against Sri Lanka's [ Images ] characteristic flair when the two teams clash in the first semi-final of the Twenty20 [ Images ] World Cup in Gros Islet, St Lucia on Thursday.
England's display in the tournament has been a revelation of sorts with Paul Collingwood [ Images ] and his men winning all three Super Eight stage matches with consummate ease.
With their maverick top order batsman Kevin Pietersen [ Images ] returning to the ranks after a brief break to be present at the birth of his first child, England's batting order will have a formidable look about it.
Pietersen has been in sensational form but even without him, England hardly broke a sweat as they upended New Zealand [ Images ] to prove that they don't rely on just one or two players to see them through.
In Craig Kieswetter and Michael Lumb, England have an opening pair which scores at a brisk rate and with Pietersen, set to return at Ravi Bopara's [ Images ] expense, and Collingwood to follow, their batting line-up is quite capable of laying the foundation for a big total.
Their bowling department also has the necessary variety.
In the slow bowling department, Michael Yardy has been parsimony personified while Graeme Swann [ Images ] has struck regularly.
England's might notwithstanding, it is not going to be a cakewalk against the Sri Lankans who are high on confidence after sneaking through to the last four stage.
Unlike England, consistency has not been Sri Lanka's strong point in the tournament and even after beating India [ Images ], they had to wait for an Australian triumph over the West Indies [ Images ] before a semi-final berth could be theirs.
The islanders, however, would take heart from their success against India, especially with Tillakaratne Dilshan [ Images ] returning to form and youngsters like Angelo Matthews and Chamara Kapugedera [ Images ] coming to the party.
Captain Kumar Sangakkara [ Images ] also looked in fine touch against India and he would hope Mahela Jayawardene [ Images ], who had a brilliant run in the tournament before it was punctuated by two poor outings, to hit form on Thursday.