Collingwood show no mercy as England go low, lower, lowest in World Cup 2023

In a recent match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru against Sri Lanka, England’s cricket team faced a significant setback. They were dismissed for a mere 156 runs in just 33.2 overs, despite playing on a pitch known for its favorable conditions for batting. This performance has raised questions about England’s performance in the World Cup. They were previously defeated by New Zealand in the tournament opener, experienced a surprising loss to Afghanistan, managed to score only 170 against South Africa, and now they’ve reached their lowest World Cup total against Sri Lanka.

The Chinnaswamy Stadium, typically associated with high-scoring matches, did not offer the usual easy conditions this time. The pitch had uneven bounce, and the defending champions struggled immensely after choosing to bat. However, it was not just the pitch or the skillful Sri Lankan bowlers that troubled the English team; their own mental struggles played a significant role, with the exception of Ben Stokes, who fought to score a gritty 43 runs from 73 balls.

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Former England captain Paul Collingwood was left stunned by England’s lackluster performance, as they were once considered strong contenders for the tournament. He remarked on the lack of confidence among the English batsmen, who attempted an aggressive approach but failed. Ravi Shastri, former head coach of the Indian cricket team, also criticized England’s top-order, describing them as out of rhythm and lacking direction in their play. He observed that the team’s shots were often ill-timed and suggested that their struggles stemmed from a lack of confidence.

Dawid Malan managed to score 45 runs, but most of the subsequent batsmen displayed poor cricketing skills. The dismissals included Joe Root getting run out, Jos Buttler making an expansive drive, Jonny Bairstow mistiming a pull shot, Liam Livingstone playing the wrong line, and Moeen Ali going for a risky cut. These players, who were expected to lead England’s batting, failed to respond to the situation. Although Ben Stokes attempted to carry the team, his dismissal effectively ended England’s hopes of posting a competitive total.

Despite England’s inept batting display, credit must be given to the Sri Lankan bowlers. Lahiru Kumara, in particular, displayed excellent control and pace, causing trouble for the English batsmen. England will now look to their bowlers to make a comeback and stay in the race for the semifinals.

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