England collapse completes dismal abdication of World Cup crown. Sri Lanka gobbled England’s opportunities at Bengaluru’s Church Street since England’s performance was inconsistent, like a freshly made paratha. This was a complete surrender, not just a World Cup lapse for England. England’s happy moments were brief after Jos Buttler won the toss and batted in a must-win game.
England collapse completes dismal abdication of World Cup crown
Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan shared 45 runs after Sri Lanka did not dispute a close lbw call on the first ball. The rest of England’s performance echoed the 1999 and 2015 collapses. They lost eight wickets after being bowled out for 156 runs in 33.2 overs due to blunders. Day’s two run-outs were a major issue. Joe Root and Bairstow, who have shared many singles for Yorkshire and England, failed to communicate, leaving Root short of his crease.
Adil Rashid’s batting has been poor recently, and England were already in trouble at 147 for eight. Rashid’s mistake of thinking a wide was a dead ball was exploited by Kusal Mendis’ excellent throw. England’s batting order is to fault in this match and the World Cup. They are now a shadow of their past 50-over cricket dominance. Despite his outstanding white-ball skills, Jos Buttler has struggled on this trip.