A crucial World Cup match was played at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, India, where Sri Lanka beat England. Boasting an eight-wicket victory, they significantly disadvantaged England in the tournament. Sri Lanka was required to recover a modest target of 157 runs. This was effortlessly achieved as they amassed 160-2 with ample overs remaining. Pathum Nissanka and Sadeera Samarawickrama contributed significantly to the outcome of this triumph.
Sri Lanka beat England by 8 wickets | World Cup 2023
Nissanka continued his outstanding form in the tournament by amassing 77 runs unchallenged, including his fourth consecutive fifty. In addition, Samarawickrama contributed significantly with 65 not out, building on his performances of 108 against Pakistan and 91 against the Netherlands. Conversely, England encountered difficulties in their batting performance. They only managed to amass 156 runs in 33.2 overs, which is an inadequate total. With 43 runs scored, Ben Stokes was the sole standout performer. Following the collapse of England’s middle order, Stokes attempted to direct the attack towards Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, in the 31st over, he was ultimately caught by Dushan Hemantha off the bowling of Lahiru Kumara.
Bowlers from Sri Lanka were instrumental in restricting England’s scoring. Angelo Mathews claimed two wickets for fourteen runs, dismissing Dawid Malan and assisting in the demise of Joe Root. In the match, Lahiru Kumara also claimed three wickets. In his fourth World Cup appearance, Mathews, who was brought on as an injury substitute for Matheesha Pathirana, continued to make an impact. Moeen Ali was dismissed in his second over, and Chris Woakes was dismissed to Rajitha following Samarawickrama’s extraordinary low acrobatic catch.