England vs Sri Lanka 24 ICC world Cup 2023 match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. The match is played by England vs Sri Lanka at 2 pm on 24 October Wednesday.
England 144 for 6 beat Sri Lanka 141 for 8 by four wickets
England has secured their spot in the T20 World Cup semi-finals, eliminating Australia with a hard-fought four-wicket victory over Sri Lanka. The chase of 142 turned nerve-wracking despite a strong start, with openers Jos Buttler and Alex Hales forming a solid foundation of 75 for the first wicket within eight overs.
However, a sequence of unforced errors resulted in the loss of six wickets in just 65 deliveries, adding a mere 54 runs. Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Lahiru Kumara shared the spoils of those dismissals, momentarily raising the prospect of an upset.
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In a crucial moment, Ben Stokes showcased his resilience with a vital 42 from 36 balls, containing two fours. His composed innings constantly kept the scoreboard ticking, and a decisive cut for four by Chris Woakes sealed the victory with two balls remaining. Stokes, coming in at No. 3 due to Dawid Malan’s groin injury, demonstrated typical poise under intense pressure.
Despite the nail-biting finish, England had earlier fought back strongly to restrict Sri Lanka to a modest total. Pathum Nissanka’s explosive start (67 off 45) was a standout performance for Sri Lanka. England’s collective bowling attack, featuring cutters and well-executed slower deliveries on a worn surface at the SCG, limited Sri Lanka to 141 for 8 the lowest total posted first at the venue in the competition.
For Australia, the defending champions, the loss marked the end of their T20 World Cup journey. They will likely ponder missed opportunities, having failed to surpass England’s net run rate with their modest win over Afghanistan.
Stokes, often a centerpiece of crucial moments, once again proved his worth. His bowling figures of 1 for 24 and a pivotal batting contribution underscored his multifaceted talent. While questions lingered about his optimal batting position, his innings in Sydney emphasized his irreplaceable value to the England team. With Dawid Malan’s potential injury, a batting replacement might be in order, but there’s no doubt that England’s best XI includes Stokes, regardless of his position in the batting order.
Rashid, a class act in his own right, has had a peculiar T20 World Cup campaign with four games played, 16 overs bowled, and only now securing his first wicket. Despite the statistical drought, his role as a dampener rather than a disruptor holds immense value in this format.
There’s speculation that a shoulder injury might be robbing him of his usual zip off the pitch, but it’s equally plausible that batsmen, aware of his threat, opt for a cautious approach against him, seeking to capitalize at the other end.
In the recent match against Sri Lanka, Rashid played a dual role, showcasing his mastery by halting Sri Lanka in their tracks remarkably not conceding a boundary in his four overs, and dismissing the explosive Nissanka.
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The pivotal success in both facets underscored Rashid’s importance to the English team. With this performance, he now boasts 90 T20I wickets, equalling the record for the most wickets by an Englishman, shared with Chris Jordan.
The dynamics of the game also highlighted a shift in pace, deviating from the trend of speedsters dominating headlines in the tournament. In this fixture, the value of slowing down became evident. While spinners were expected to thrive on the used pitch, even the pacers successfully implemented variations.
England’s bowlers recognized this midway through the game, with pace-off deliveries conceding only 4.87 runs per over, compared to 8.46 for pace-on deliveries by the halfway stage.
A notable instance occurred in the 18th over of the second innings, where Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Kumara, known for his pace, opted for a reserved, pitch-into-the-deck approach. The result was a mere two runs and the wicket of Sam Curran, leaving England needing over a run a ball for the last two overs.