ENG VS SL ICC ODI World Cup 2023: It was Ben Stokes once again. How many times have we heard this line by this time? Whenever England is in trouble, the clutch god comes and saves the day.
Once again, he was on the verge of doing that. While wickets were falling down from one end, Stokes took his guard and was building his innings steadily. It was a well-made inning that was increasing in pace.
Stokes has returned to the white ball cricket after almost a year. It was Jos Buttler who went and urged the all-rounder himself to take back his retirement. And for a moment, that request was turning out to be the right one. But Lahiru Kumara had other ideas.
Heartbreak For Stokes
While everyone was getting out cheaply, Stokes was looking to get them out of trouble once again. He started slowly but was building his innings steadily and was looking good while batting.
Maybe, it was written in stars that Stokes would save England once again. But Lahiru Kumara was on a different mission. After an underwhelming start to the campaign, he was on a mission to prove himself.
And after dismissing the skipper Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone, he made Ben Stokes his last prey. A tempting short ball was pulled by Stokes towards the boundary line where he was caught on an individual score of 43.
ENG VS SL ICC ODI World Cup 2023: Lacklustre England
England registered their lowest-ever total against Sri Lanka in World Cup history. It is also a fact that England has not defeated Sri Lanka in the World Cup since 1992 and it looks like it will remain the same this time around as well.