England Vs Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka out of World Cup after defeating England by 8 wickets

England Vs Sri Lanka: The condition of the defending champion England cricket team is very bad. It is now almost impossible for them to reach the semi-finals of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. The Jos Buttler-led team was defeated by former champions Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in a one-sided match in Bengaluru on Thursday. This was England’s 4th defeat in 5 matches, while Sri Lanka recorded their 2nd win in 5 matches.

England’s fairy tale limited to 156 runs

In this match played at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, England captain Jos Buttler won the toss and decided to bat first. It was a decision that weighed heavily on him. The team had a bit of a restrained start, but once the wickets fell, it became difficult to play even 35 overs. In reply, the team was reduced to 156 runs in 33.2 overs. Sri Lanka scored 160 runs for 2 wickets in 25.4 overs.

Nissanka batted fiercely

While chasing the target of 157 runs, Sri Lanka suffered a setback in the second over. Kusal Perera (4) was caught out by David Willey on the ball of Ben Stokes. Captain Kusal Mendis (11) was also sent to the pavilion by Willey. He was caught out by Jos Buttler. Mendis scored 11 runs in 12 balls with the help of 2 fours. Opener Pathum Nissanka remained at one end. He scored 77 runs. Nissanka hit 7 fours and 2 sixes in 83 balls. Sameera Vikram (65 not out) also scored a half-century. Nissanka and Sameera made an unbeaten century partnership of 137 runs for the third wicket. Lahiru Thirimane was named player of the match.

Ben Stokes is back

David Malan made a partnership of 45 runs with Jonny Bairstow. Then wickets started falling in such a way that the entire team was all out in 33.2 overs. Ben Stokes scored the highest score of 43 runs. For Sri Lanka, Lahiru Kumara took 3 wickets while Angelo Mathews and Kasun Rajitha took 2 wickets each.