'Bazball Destroyed By Sri Lanka': England Almost Out Of World Cup 2023
England, led by Jos Buttler, were bowled out for a meagre total of 156 against Sri Lanka, which has raised concerns about their intent and skills in the ongoing World Cup.
In another Cricket World Cup 2023 match, England seemed completely out of sorts. lost to Sri Lanka by eight wickets and nearly crashed out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023!..
At the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru, their batsmen this time put on one of their worst batting displays, being dismissed for just 156 in just 33.2 overs.
Jos Buttler, the captain of England, won the toss and chose to bat first rather than make the same error he had made against South Africa of bowling first.
In Bengaluru, the Three Lions believed that it was best to bat first. That did not, however, prove to be the case.
This match was played on a different surface than the one used for the Australia vs. Pakistan match, which saw nearly 700 runs scored. England made another mistake in their assessment of the playing conditions.
Consequently, they adopted an offensive batting strategy while the Sri Lankan bowlers executed their plans and consistently claimed wickets.
The English squad faced the wrath of the crowd after being bowled out for just 156, while some made memes and jokes about their current predicament. Parodies of England's aggressive style across formats, called as the 'Bazball,' were posted on the social networking platform X (previously known as Twitter).
England can still win the match if they bowl out Lanka before they reach the mark of 156. Time will tell on that one. Even if England manages to win this match, they will still have a lot of issues to contend with.
England has only won one game in their four games played, and that was against Bangladesh. England was considered one of the favourites to win the event because they were the reigning winners.
However, their dismal performance has called into doubt both their mental and physical readiness for the ODI World Cup.
If England loses their encounter against Sri Lanka on Friday, they will have to contend with a tough test the following Sunday, October 29, at Ekana Stadium in Lucknow, against the hosts, India.
Similar to Bengaluru, Lucknow's surface is probably low and slow, thus if England tries to play attacking cricket with the bat, their "Bazball" strategy may fail there as well. To cause England some difficulties, India will field three spinners in their squad.