The defending champions, England are on the verge of getting knocked out of the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup 2023. They suffered an embarrassing defeat by eight wickets against Sri Lanka on Thursday, October 26 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. This is their third consecutive loss in the tournament.
England batters failed to turn up for the game, getting all out for just 156 runs. Ben Stokes was the top scorer in the innings with 43 runs. The batting attack struggled to get going in the match. Lahiru Kumara picked up a three-wicket haul, while Angelo Matthews and Kasun Rajitha took two wickets each. In response, Sri Lanka chased the score down with ease in about 26 overs. Pathum Nissanka stayed unbeaten on 77, while Sadeera Samarawickrama scored an unbeaten 65.
Sri Lanka have upended a strong England lineup to keep their #CWC23 semi-finals qualification hopes alive 👌
— ICC Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) October 26, 2023
This is England’s fifth consecutive loss against Sri Lanka in the last five ICC ODI World Cups. They haven’t won a World Cup match against them since 1999. In the ongoing tournament, England is reeling at number nine with just two points from five matches. Their only loss came against Bangladesh earlier in the tournament. The fans are disappointed with England’s performance in the World Cup.
Let’s take a look at how Twitterati reacted to England’s loss against Sri Lanka in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023:
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) October 26, 2023
2015 or 2023 – Wonder which one hurts England more now… This campaign has been an absolute shocker! And it’s the famed batting that’s let them down .. #ENGvSL
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) October 26, 2023
England have been woeful. It’s probably Babar Azam’s fault..#ENGvSL
— Hemant (@hemantbuch) October 26, 2023
England absolutely embarrassing. Just concede and get on the first flight home. The 50 over game in this country is dead
— Alan Bates (@silvercheetah52) October 26, 2023
SRI LANKA HAMMERED ENGLAND AT THE CHINNASWAMY STADIUM.
A VICTORY WITH 146 BALLS LEFT….!!! pic.twitter.com/PSGXCNablR
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 26, 2023
England making a Srilankan bowling attack which as been poor in this tournament look half decent . Highlighting how average this England WC defence has been . Lucknow against India could be embarrassing #ENGvsSL #ICCMensCricketWorldCup2023
— John Wright (@johnwright15) October 26, 2023
Srilanka Defeated England by 8 Wicket.
What a Poor Performance from Defending Champion.
— Cricketclub436 (@cricloversarvsh) October 26, 2023
Waiting for English media to begin blaming Indian venues and the IPL for England's poor performance in the world cup https://t.co/VQOL5gVxst
— Vivek Raju (@vivekraju93) October 26, 2023
It’s incredibly tough: Jos Buttler opens up on England’s dismal performance
England skipper Jos Buttler is disappointed with the team’s performance so far in the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup 2023. He expressed that it’s tough for the team to have lost four out of their five matches. He added that they haven’t played at their best which is frustrating for the team. Speaking at the post-match presentation, following the loss against Sri Lanka, Jos Buttler said,
“It’s incredibly tough. As a captain, you feel that a lot – disappointed with myself and the boys that we’ve not shown our best. We’re playing a long way short of our best. There’s a lot of really experienced cricketers in the room. You don’t become a bad team overnight. That’s the frustration. We’ve been so far short of our best, and there’s no particular reason. Can’t put my finger on it.”