Pathum Nissanka produced a sublime half-century to guide Sri Lanka to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over England in the Cricket World Cup 2023 match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday. Nissanka’s knock was the cornerstone of Sri Lanka’s chase, and it helped them to keep their hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive.
Nissanka’s classy half-century under pressure
Sri Lanka were in a bit of trouble at 23/2 in the seventh over after losing the early wickets of Kusal Mendis and Avishka Fernando. However, Nissanka came together with Sadeera Samarawickrama and put on a 137-run partnership to break the back of the England bowling attack.
Furthermore, Nissanka played a classy innings, and he showed great composure and skill under pressure. Then, He timed the ball beautifully and found the gaps in the field with ease. He also hit some powerful shots, including a few sixes.
Moreover, Nissanka reached his half-century with a flick to the boundary off Liam Livingstone. David Willey finally fired him, but by then, he had already caused enough harm. His half-century, which turned out to be the game-winning stroke, was a masterclass in batting under duress.
Nissanka’s all-round performance caps off a memorable day
Nissanka also impressed with the ball, picking up the wicket of Moeen Ali. Also, He bowled with great accuracy and control, and he was able to create pressure on the England batsmen.
Nissanka’s all-round performance was the highlight of the match, and it played a key role in Sri Lanka’s victory. He was rightly adjudged the Man of the Match for his outstanding performance.
Samarawickrama provides valuable support.
Nissanka received good support from Samarawickrama at the other end. Samarawickrama scored a brilliant half-century (65 off 62 balls), and he put on a crucial 137-run partnership with Nissanka for the third wicket.
Samarawickrama played a more cautious innings than Nissanka, but he too was very effective. He struck eight boundaries and one six in his knock. Samarawickrama’s unbeaten knock helped Sri Lanka to comfortably chase down the target of 157 runs with ease.
Nissanka Receives Valuable Support from Samarawickrama
Nissanka received good support from Sadeera Samarawickrama at the other end. Samarawickrama scored a brilliant half-century (65 off 62 balls), and he put on a crucial 137-run partnership with Nissanka for the third wicket.
Samarawickrama played a more aggressive innings than Nissanka, but he too was very effective. He struck nine boundaries and one six in his knock. Samarawickrama’s aggressive batting helped to keep the run-rate up, and it also put pressure on the England bowlers.
Nissanka and Samarawickrama Guide Sri Lanka to Victory
Nissanka and Samarawickrama continued to bat together after reaching their milestones, and they eventually guided Sri Lanka to victory with ease. The pair reached the target of 157 runs with 24.6 overs to spare.
Nissanka’s half-century was the key to Sri Lanka’s victory over England. He played a classy knock under pressure and helped his team to keep their hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive.
This victory was a much needed one for Sri Lanka, as they had lost their previous two matches. It also showed that they are a team to be reckoned with in this World Cup.