Defending champions England are all however mathematically out of the Cricket World Cup as Sri Lanka cruised to an emphatic eight-wicket victory in Bangalore.
Jonny Bairstow (30) and Dawid Malan (28) placed on a 45-run opening stand after England gained the toss and elected to bat, just for a flurry of wickets to see Jos Buttler’s facet dismissed for simply 156 inside 33.2 overs in Bangalore.
Ben Stokes top-scored with 43 in an innings the place six gamers failed to succeed in double figures, as Lahiru Kumara (3-35), the returning Angelo Mathews (2-14) and Kasun Rajitha (2-36) helped bowl out England for his or her lowest whole of an already disappointing event.
David Willey (2-30) took two early wickets to briefly increase England’s hopes, earlier than Pathum Nissanka (77 not out) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (65no) fired an unbroken 137-run partnership for the third wicket to information Sri Lanka to an emphatic victory within the twenty sixth over.
England have but to be formally eradicated from the competitors, regardless of registering simply two factors from 5 matches and being joint-bottom of the desk, though would want to win all 4 of their remaining matches and for a number of different outcomes to go of their favour if they’re to have any probability of reaching the semi-finals.
How Sri Lanka put England on the brink
England – making three adjustments from their record-breaking loss to South Africa – have been lucky to not lose a wicket from the opening supply when Sri Lanka determined towards reviewing a Madushanka yorker that hit Bairstow’s pad first, with replays displaying it could have gone on to clatter leg stump.
Bairstow and Dawid Malan negotiated a shifting new ball to placed on 45 for the opening wicket, together with 15 from one Rajitha over as they scored shortly on a quick outfield, just for Angelo Mathews to make the breakthrough in his first ODI bowling spell since March 2020.
Mathews wanted simply three balls to have Malan (28) caught behind after a profitable evaluation, with England struggling one other setback within the tenth over when an enormous mix-up noticed Joe Root (three) despatched again by Bairstow when chasing a dangerous single and being run out making an attempt to dive again into his crease.
Stokes virtually chipped one to additional cowl as he struggled for rhythm early in his innings, whereas Bairstow (30) hacked a size ball from Rajitha to depart a easy take at mid-on and captain Jos Buttler (eight) fell to an excellent Mendis catch off Kumara to depart England languishing at 77-4.
Livingstone (one) lasted simply six balls till he was trapped lbw by Kumara, along with his quick evaluation unsuccessful, whereas Moeen Ali (15) provided some temporary respite with a 37-run stand for the sixth wicket till a unfastened shot introduced a routine catch at backward level.
Samarawickrama produced a superb diving catch at level to dismiss Woakes off Rajitha with out scoring, with Stokes’ one-man cost and boundary burst ended when he picked out the sub fielder at deep mid-wicket.
Sharp work from Mendis noticed Rashid (two) run out on the non-striker’s finish, having seen the England batter backing up out of his crease, earlier than the Sri Lanka keeper wrapped up the innings with a stumping off Theekshana after Wooden (5) danced down the wicket.
Willey acquired England off to a powerful begin when a vanguard from Perera (4) looped as much as Stokes at mid-off, whereas Mendis virtually fell with the subsequent ball as his nick simply evaded Root at slip and raced for a boundary.
Mendis (11) top-edged Willey and left a ballooning catch for Buttler behind the stumps, leaving Sri Lanka 23-2, earlier than Nissanka and Samarawickrama confidently made chanceless half-centuries to push them in the direction of their victory goal.
Sri Lanka breezed previous the 100 mark within the seventeenth over and introduced up their century stand 4 overs later, earlier than Nissanka secured victory in fashion as he blasted Rashid for an enormous six with the fourth ball of the twenty sixth over.
Victory strikes Sri Lanka to 4 factors and fifth within the standings, with the highest 4 on the finish of the round-robin marketing campaign reaching the semi-finals, whereas England drop one place to ninth within the 10-team desk and see their web run price – which may decide qualification – worsen to -1.63.
Extra to comply with…
The Cricket World Cup continues Friday, as Pakistan face South Africa (9am on Sky Sports activities Cricket, 9.30am begin), earlier than a double-header on Saturday sees Australia tackle New Zealand (5.30am on Sky Sports activities Cricket, 6am begin) and the Netherlands play Bangladesh (9am on Sky Sports activities Combine, 9.30am begin).
England are subsequent in motion towards hosts India on Sunday (8am on Sky Sports activities Cricket, 8.30am begin), the place a defeat will formally finish their qualification hopes. Sri Lanka are subsequent in motion on Monday with a must-win sport towards Afghanistan (8am on Sky Sports activities Cricket, 8.30am begin). Stream the Cricket World Cup and more top sport with NOW.