England (ENG) will play Sri Lanka (SL) in the tournament’s 25th match on Thursday, October 26, at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. If they lose, they could be eliminated from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 early.
When England lost to South Africa in their most important ODI at the Wankhede Stadium, their chances of winning the World Cup were severely damaged. The Proteas amassed a massive 399 runs in their 50-over innings, showing no mercy as they tormented a weak England bowling team. Heinrich Klaasen further damaged England’s hopes with a commanding display of aggressive batting.
Like England, Sri Lanka comes into the game with the same record, having just defeated the Netherlands. Due to similar circumstances, both teams find themselves in the lowest half of the standings. Nevertheless, many injuries provide new difficulties for Sri Lanka, and Matheesha Pathirana’s availability for the remainder of the competition is a source of concern.
ICC World Cup 2023 25th ODI Match, England vs Sri Lanka
Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Date & Time: Thursday, 26 October, 2:00 PM IST
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Pitch Report: This venue’s pitch is a batter’s paradise, as demonstrated by Australia’s recent accomplishment of scoring 367 runs in the final One-Day International held here. The narrower ground dimensions provide spinners minimal tolerance for error, even though they may get some help from the pitch. With a high temperature of 31 degrees Celsius and generally sunny weather predicted, Bengaluru should see good ball arrival at bat.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI
England (ENG): Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (C, WK), Harry Brook, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Gus Atkinson, Mark Wood
Sri Lanka (SL): Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (C, WK), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dunith Wellalage, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka