Centuries from Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul helped India end their league stage campaign on a high as they defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets. Rohit Sharma scored 103 runs which were his fifth hundred of the tournament whereas KL Rahul was finally able to convert his start into a hundred as he scored 111. India chased down the target of 265 runs convincingly as they had 6.3 overs to spare.
It was a fine performance from the Indian team as they ticked the right boxes. India dominated from the get-go and Sri Lanka was not able to pose a challenge in front of Indian juggernauts.
India vs Sri Lanka – India’s innings:
India got off to a fine start as Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul were able to hit the ground running as they added a fine alliance of 189 runs. KL Rahul who had struggled to find his timing in the previous match was able to find his Midas Touch. Rahul timed the ball to perfection and he was at his best.
On the other hand, Rohit Sharma played a typical Rohit Sharma innings. The right-hander continued his sublime form going as he was at his best. The talisman opener completed his fifth hundred of the tournament and became the first player to score as many centuries in a single edition of the World Cup.
Virat Kohli completed the formalities as he scored 34 runs. Lasith Malinga who played his last World Cup match ended with an expensive figure as he returned with 1-82 from his 10 overs.
India vs Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka’s innings:
Sri Lanka could not get off to a good start as Jasprit Bumrah was right on the money. Bumrah took two early wickets to push the Lankans on the backfoot. Furthermore, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja took one wicket each to have Sri Lanka tottering at 55-4.
However, Sri Lanka was brought back into the contest after Angelo Matthews and Lahiru Thirimanne 124 runs for the fifth wicket partnership. Matthews scored his third ODI hundred whereas Thrimanne scored a good knock of 53 runs. However, the Sri Lankan innings could not find a finisher as they ended up at 264 runs.
On the other hand, Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he took three wickets whereas the rest of the Indian bowlers took one wicket each. Bumrah continued to impress as he was right on the money.