England’s chances of advancing in the Cricket World Cup are in serious jeopardy after suffering their fifth defeat in six matches. The team, captained by Jos Buttler, was thoroughly beaten by India, collapsing to a paltry 129 all out in just 34.5 overs while chasing a target of 230. This dismal performance comes after a top-order collapse, losing five wickets for just 22 runs. India, on the other hand, remains undefeated in the tournament with six wins out of six matches, placing them at the top of the standings.
The defeat puts England in a precarious position, as they now require a miraculous turn of events to reach the knockout stage. Although mathematically still possible, their chances of defending their title are slim. England has consistently struggled with their batting throughout the competition, posting poor scores against South Africa and Sri Lanka in previous matches.
Notably, England’s collapse against India was largely due to their inability to handle India’s strong bowling attack, particularly Mohammed Shami who took four wickets for just 22 runs. Liam Livingstone was the top scorer for England with 27 runs. With this defeat, England finds themselves at the bottom of the standings, behind Bangladesh on net run-rate.
The primary goal for Buttler’s side now is to salvage some pride and finish in the top eight in the standings. If they place ninth or tenth, they will miss out on a spot in the 2025 Champions Trophy. India, meanwhile, solidified their status as tournament favorites with their exceptional performance in both bowling and batting. They will look to continue their winning streak when they face Sri Lanka in their next match.
Overall, England’s World Cup campaign has been highly disappointing. Their batting has been lackluster, and their chances of making it to the top four seem unlikely, especially considering their upcoming matches against Australia, Netherlands, and Pakistan. Their main objective now is to restore some dignity and secure a higher position in the standings.