England’s World Cup Campaign Teeters on the Brink: Shocking Batting Collapse and Adil Rashid’s Run-Out Blunder

Read about England’s World Cup woes as their batting performance crumbles against Sri Lanka. Witness the unbelievable dismissal that mirrors a famous cricketing blunder.

Adil Rashid's run-out blunder
Adil Rashid’s run-out blunder against Sri Lanka in ICC World Cup 2023.

England’s World Cup campaign has taken a severe hit following a dismal batting performance against Sri Lanka at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The pitch conditions were far from ideal, and England managed to score only 156 runs, leaving them with 100 balls to spare.

The epitome of England’s struggles was Adil Rashid’s bizarre dismissal, reminiscent of Jonny Bairstow’s infamous run-out during the Ashes earlier in the summer.

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The critical moment occurred on the final delivery of the 32nd over when Mahesh Theekshana bowled a carrom ball down the leg side. Rashid failed to make contact, resulting in a wide being signaled by the umpire. However, in a lapse of judgment, Rashid left the crease. Kusal Mendis, the wicketkeeper and stand-in captain for the injured Dasun Shanaka, displayed remarkable awareness by collecting the ball and spotting Rashid out of the crease at the non-striker’s end. Mendis took his time, removed his glove, and then ran out Rashid, echoing the memorable Bairstow dismissal.

In the subsequent over, England lost their final wicket when Mark Wood was stumped by Theekshana. England was bowled out for a paltry 156 runs, marking their lowest total in World Cups in this century. This performance was even worse than their previous lows of 123 against New Zealand in 2015 and 154 against South Africa in Bridgetown in 2007.

Furthermore, this total was the lowest ever in an ODI at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, surpassing India’s 168 against Pakistan in 1999, and it also represented England’s lowest first-innings score against Sri Lanka in two decades.

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