India once again produced a clinical effort to beat Sri Lanka convincingly by seven wickets at Headingley in Leeds to finish the league stage of the ICC World Cup 2019 on a positive way. With this, the Men in Blues became the joint second most successful team in the World Cup alongside New Zealand.
India equal New Zealand’s record
Dhananjaya de Silva struggled to hit the big shots in the death overs, resulting in only one boundary in his 36-ball 29* as India restricted Sri Lanka to 264 for seven. The Lankans made an outstanding recovery after Sri Lanka were striving at 55 for four at one stage. Banking on a 124-run partnership between Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne, Sri Lanka managed to post something challenging on the board. Mathews scored his third ODI century to lead the Sri Lankan innings.
During the chase, Rohit Sharma gave a blazing start, and KL Rahul played the second fiddle. India openers went about smashing anything that was slightly off making the most out of the loose deliveries. Rohit got to his fifth hundred this edition and in the process equalled Sachin Tendulkar’s World Cup record of six. But he soon threw it away as he has done with his last three tons, Rahul took over and got to his maiden World Cup ton. He also departed soon but Virat Kohli ensured they go home safely with their seventh win of the tournament.
With this, India secured their 53rd victory in the history of the World Cups. They are currently the joint-second alongside New Zealand in the list of most wins, wh have also reached the semifinals and will go against each other in the top-four. Five times champion Australia are the only team ahead of them with 69 wins.