England’s batting woes continued as they were bundled out for just 156 in 33.1 overs against Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 league round encounter at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. This was England’s lowest-ever ODI total at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium, as well as their lowest total against Sri Lanka in a World Cup game.
Sri Lankan bowlers were right on target against the top-class England batting line-up, which succumbed once again in the mega event in India. Fans were stunned to witness a below-average performance from the defending champions. England’s middle-order had an awful day, and no one could go on to add a partnership and try to stabilize their innings.
All-rounder Ben Stokes was the top-scorer for the defending champions with 43 runs. A total of six English batters contributed only 19 runs. Lahiru Kumara picked up 3/35 in 7 overs, Angelo Mathews got 2/14 in his 5 overs and Kasun Rajitha got 2/36 in his 7 overs. Maheesh Theekshana also picked up a wicket to wind up the proceedings in the first innings.
England’s overly aggressive approach proved fatal for them at a crucial stage of a big tournament like the World Cup. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, bounced back nicely in the World Cup with a spirited performance. They will be looking to build on this momentum and continue their winning run.
England’s batting collapse is a major concern for the team. They have been unable to consistently put up big scores, which has cost them in the tournament. The team’s management will need to find a way to solve this issue if they want to challenge for the title.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will be pleased with their performance. They have shown that they are a team to be reckoned with in the World Cup. They will be looking to continue their winning run and qualify for the semi-finals. England’s defeat to Sri Lanka is a major setback for their hopes of retaining the World Cup. They will need to improve their batting significantly if they want to avoid elimination. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are in a good position to qualify for the semi-finals.
This is turning out to be one of the worst World Cup campaigns in English cricket history .. btw .. & we have had some stinkers .. #CWC2023 !!!
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 26, 2023
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) October 26, 2023
That England batting performance was a disgrace #ICCCricketWorldCup
— simon hughes (@theanalyst) October 26, 2023
Just got off a plane. Oh dear!#CWC2023
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— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) October 26, 2023
Watching another England men’s top order collapse pic.twitter.com/7UYjeg8oXH
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— N Murali Krishna (@YoYoNmk) October 26, 2023
England 🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/ReOddPLUow
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