ODI World Cup 2023: England, Sri Lanka fight for survival as World Cup enters halfway mark
England and Sri Lanka have little left to fight over in the ODI World Cup 2023 after their disorganized start. Both are sitting at the 9th and 8th position of the points table respectively with the World Cup already reaching its halfway mark.
England and Sri Lanka have both had an unusual start to the ODI World Cup 2023. Both teams are known for their quality batting and have performed exceptionally well in the previous editions of the World Cup. England also went on to win the previous World Cup in their home.
However, nothing seems to be going in the order for them. The dressing room could be on the verge of discontent as the England cricket team is barely making any strides in this World Cup. The story is no different for Sri Lanka as well as they are also on the same points as England on the points table.
It is unlikely that either of the two teams will manage to make entry into the semi-final stages. England and Sri Lanka share two points each in 4 games which has left them at the 9th and 8th place respectively. England and Sri Lanka have nothing more but a fight for survival left in the ODI World Cup 2023.
The match could better be termed as 'The clash of underperformers'. However, those underperformers could go on to put up a show with the match being played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium which is known for its run fests.
Sri Lanka will be without Matheesha Pathirana as the fast bowler has been ruled out of the tournament due to an injury. Angelo Mathews is the one replacing Matheesha Pathirana in the squad. Even Reece Topley was ruled out of the tournament and Brydon Carse went on to replace him.
England: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (C, WK), Harry Brook, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Gus Atkinson, Mark Wood.
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (C, WK), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dunith Wellalage, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka.