World Cup 2019, India vs Sri Lanka: Rohit Sharma scored a record fifth ton of the tournament as India defeated Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in the last match of the group stage.
MATCH 44: INDIA VS SRI LANKA SCORECARD
India: 265-3 in 43.3 overs | Won by 7 wickets
KL Rahul: 111(118) | Rohit Sharma: 103(94) | Kasun Rajitha: 1-47
Sri Lanka: 264-7 in 50 overs
Angelo Mathews: 113(128) | Jasprit Bumrah: 3-37 | Ravindra Jadeja: 1-40
Player of the Match: Rohit Sharma
World Cup 2019, India vs Sri Lanka: A complete dominance by Team India as they defeat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets to enter the semi-finals full of confidence.
Batting first, Sri Lanka were rocked by the Indian bowlers as they reduced to 55-4 at the end of 11.4 overs. However, the middle-order, which has mostly given mediocre performances till now finally lived up to the expectations.
Angelo Mathews, who loves batting on this ground added a superb 124 runs partnership with Lahiru Thirimanne for the fifth wicket. Lahiru scored a valuable 53(68), while Angelo Mathews rocked his way to a sensational century as they lifted Sri Lanka to a competitive 264-7 at the end of 50 overs.
For India, Jasprit Bumrah bowled his heart out for possibly the umpteenth time now. It was his spell of 3-37 that didn’t allow Sri Lanka to cut loose in the death overs, else Sri Lanka were easily targetting 300.
Ever since Shikhar Dhawan got injured, KL Rahul hasn’t given any opportunity to complain as he piled runs in almost all the matches; though not at a good pace.
This time too KL played well as he played second fiddle to Rohit Sharma, who played the role of the aggressor.
The duo added a fabulous 189 for the first wicket with Rohit scoring 103 of those runs.
Rohit Sharma, meanwhile, scored his fifth century of the tournament; the most by any batsman in a World Cup. However, just after completing his century, Rohit Sharma threw his wicket for yet another time.
Just like his partner, Kl Rahul too completed his century, but threw his wicket in search of quick runs.
In the end, instead of 10 wickets, India had to settle for a 7 wicket win as they chased 265 in just 43.3 overs.
Nevertheless, it has been a complete dominance by Team India, who didn’t look complacent right throughout the game, and gave a fabulous performance.
With this victory, Team India top the group stage, but do they retain that place would depend on whether Australia chase the target of 326 against South Africa.