Indian openers Rohit Sharma (103) and KL Rahul (111) slammed centuries as India demolished Sri Lanka by seven wickets in their final league-stage match of the 2019 World Cup at Headingley, last evening.
With 15 points to their name and Australia having lost to South Africa in the last group-stage game of this tournament, India finished on top and will take on New Zealand in the semifinals in Manchester on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Australia will face their arch-rivals England on Thursday.
Angelo Mathews’ third One-Day International century – all against India – helped Sri Lanka to a total of 264 for 7. Mathews came in with Sri Lanka at 53 for 3, saw them slip to 55 for 4, and then revived them with a steady 113 off 128 balls.
He received good support from Lahiru Thirimanne, who made 53 in a 124-run stand for the fifth wicket. However, the early damage by Jasprit Bumrah who ended with 3 for 37 meant Sri Lanka had to settle for a moderate score.
In response, Rohit continued his amazing form and equaled Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most centuries in World Cups – six. He became the first batsman to score five centuries in a single World Cup.
Rohit and Rahul came all guns blazing and didn’t allow any Sri Lankan bowler to settle in. Both of them started the proceedings with a couple of solid shots through the off side and even went after Lasith Malinga. Sri Lankan bowlers weren’t consistent with their line and length and the two batsmen made the most of it. Dimuth Karunaratne tried out every option available but not one of them could keep Rohit and Rahul in check.