In the ICC World Cup 2023 Match 25 between England and Sri Lanka, it was Sri Lanka that emerged victorious. England faced a challenging tournament, suffering three losses in their first four games. The match against Sri Lanka was crucial for both teams, but Sri Lanka, the 1996 champions, came out on top.
England won the toss and chose to bat first. While openers Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan started well, England's middle-order crumbled under pressure. Ben Stokes put up a valiant effort to salvage the innings, but England managed only a total of 156 runs in 33.2 overs. Sri Lanka comfortably chased down the target, losing only two wickets in 25.4 overs.
Sri Lanka won the match by 8 wickets, thereby knocking out the reigning champions, England, and keeping their own hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals alive. Angelo Mathews, who replaced Matheesha Pathirana, dismissed Dawid Malan (28), and from that point, Sri Lanka maintained control of the match. Lahiru Kumara played a pivotal role by taking 3 wickets for 35 runs. The Sri Lankan fielders displayed brilliance in the middle, with Joe Root (3) and Adil Rashid being run out. After bundling out England for their lowest-ever total at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Sri Lanka completed the chase with eight wickets and 146 balls to spare. Pathum Nissanka (77*) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (65*) formed a crucial 137-run partnership, securing Sri Lanka's second win in the tournament. This victory propelled Sri Lanka to the fifth spot in the World Cup 2023 points table.
Key Match Stats:
- England: 156 all-out in 33.2 overs (Ben Stokes 43, Jonny Bairstow 30; Lahiru Kumara 3/35).
- Sri Lanka: 160/2 in 25.4 overs (Pathum Nissanka 77, Sadeera Samarawickrama 65*; David Willey 2/30).
Result: Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets.
In this match, Lahiru Kumara of Sri Lanka took the most wickets, claiming 3 crucial wickets, including that of Ben Stokes.
Pathum Nissanka, an opener for Sri Lanka, scored the most runs in the match, remaining not out in the second innings with 77 runs off 83 balls.
Pathum Nissanka also hit the most sixes in the match, blasting 2 sixes and 7 fours in his innings of 77 runs.
The Player of the Match for the England vs. Sri Lanka match was Lahiru Kumara, the Sri Lankan bowler who dismantled the English middle order and took the crucial wicket of Ben Stokes. Kumara claimed 3 wickets in 7 overs and conceded 35 runs.