CWC 2019: Men in Blue Defeats Sri Lanka by 7 Wickets

In the ongoing CWC, Saturday’s match between India vs Sri Lanka was a crucial one for both the teams. Even though the fate of both the teams was already decided from beforehand from their past performance in the tournament matches; still 6th July’s match mattered a lot for India as it was supposed to determine their rank in the final four.

India performed well in their last league match and registered a comprehensive win against the Lankans.

Rohit Sharma was declared as the Man of the Match. On being awarded the Man of the Match trophy, he stated that he didn’t think of scoring five hundred. His only job is to take his team to the finishing line. For him, every day of cricket is new to him.

Chasing 265, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul dominated Lankan’s bowling attack and put on a score of 189. They helped India end their league campaign with an assertive seven -wicket victory over Sri Lanka. For the first time, India jumped to the top of the points table by bagging 15 points from 9 matches, which include 7 wins, 1 loss, and 1 match undecided.

Rohit Sharma became the 4th batsman and 2nd Indian to score 60 runs in a single edition of the CWC. He even broke Tendulkar’s record for most runs at the end of the league stage of any World Cup.
Virat Kohli also made some quick runs.

Indian batsmen totally took the game under their control. Sri Lanka’s bowling performance was poor and beyond imagination. Sharma bullied the Lankans with his wide range of shots.

During the 29th over Sharma made use of every opportunity and helped the team to make quick runs.

Rohit reached his fifth hundred in 92 balls with the help of 14 fours and 2 sixes. However, the 23rd over was a big thing for India as they scored 17 runs. Rahul hit a six and two fours off Dhananjaya during that over. It was a big thing for India.

Earlier, Sri Lanka after winning the toss opted to bat. Jasprit Bumrah brought early damage with 2 quick wickets. Karunaratne and Perera were sent back in the first 8 overs while Kusal Medis fell to Jadeja in his 1st over. And when Pandya dismissed the dangerous Fernando in the 12th over, Sri Lanka were reeling at 55 for 4.

However, Mathews and Thirimanne added 124 for the 5th wicket to push Sri Lanka to a healthy total. After Thirimanne dismissed for 53, Mathews went on to score his 3rd ODI hundred – all his 3 hundred have come against India.

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