Defending champions England Cricket Team has returned to the top of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League standings after beating Sri Lanka in the first of the third match ODI series. England secured a five-wicket win in the first ODI, courtesy of a match-winning 79-run knock from Joe Root. Owing to the win, England has risen to the top of the table, having claimed the same number of points as Bangladesh. However, with a better net run rate, England is sitting at the top.
On other hand, Sri Lanka’s graph continues to slip down. They are languishing at the bottom of the table with only eight points in 7 games. Things aren’t looking too bright for Sri Lanka at the moment. If they continue like this, they might not earn a direct qualification for the 2023 World Cup.
Meanwhile, India is currently at eighth position in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League standings with 3 wins and as many losses in 6 games. The other two spots of the top 3 positions are reigned by Bangladesh at No. 2 and Pakistan at No. 3.
Speaking of the first ODI between Sri Lanka and England, the former batted first and put on a low total of 185 runs in the first innings. Despite Kusal Perera and Hasaranga scoring half-centuries, Sri Lanka only managed to score 185 runs in the first innings. Chris Woakes starred with the ball, picking four for 18 in 10 overs.
Riding on a Bairstow’s 21-ball 43, England raced off to a blistering start. However, four quick wickets brought Sri Lanka back into the game. But Joe Root’s 79-run knock helped the team chase down the total in 42.3 overs, thereby winning the game by 5 wickets.
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