England, the reigning 2019 World Cup champions, found themselves in a spot of bother during their 25th match of the ongoing Cricket World Cup 2023. In a face-off against Sri Lanka, they suffered yet another batting collapse, raising concerns among their supporters.
The English team was bowled out for a meager total of 156 runs in 33.2 overs. This dismal performance was orchestrated by Kusal Mendis, who showcased exceptional captaincy skills to dismantle the England batting lineup. The trouble began early in the innings when opener Dawid Malan departed within the first ten overs, leaving his team at a vulnerable 45 for 1 in 6.3 overs.
Following Malan’s dismissal, England struggled to regain their footing. Wickets continued to tumble, with one of the most shocking moments being Joe Root’s unfortunate run-out. The team’s batting woes were compounded by the controversial decision regarding Chris Woakes.
Umpires declared Sadeera Samarawickrama’s catch as legal, but fans raised questions about the camera angle’s inadequacy in confirming the legitimacy of the catch.
Fans took to social media to express their discontent with the decision. One fan criticized the situation, stating, “This one is robbery…. With blurry views.. They gave out…. I’m not England supporter but really shocked with this decision… Literally umpire didn’t have a single clear view but still gave it out.”
The match’s events have left England supporters and cricket enthusiasts in general both surprised and dismayed. The 2019 World Cup champions will need to address their batting woes if they hope to regain their winning form in this year’s tournament.