World Cup 2019: Rohit, Rahul's blitz help India beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first against India in their last group stage fixture of the 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup at Headingley Carnegie in Leeds on Saturday.
Rohit Sharma smashed a record fifth century of the 2019 ICC World Cup while KL Rahul brought up his maiden ton of the tournament as India beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in their last group stage clash of the marquee event at the Headingley Carnegie in Leeds on Saturday.
Here are the highlights:
# India beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets! India 265/3 (43.3 overs)
# Hardik Pandya is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! Just after hitting Udana for a boundary, Rishabh Pant (four) was caught leg before wicket on the last delivery of the 42nd over. India 253/3 (42 overs)
# Rishabh Pant is the new batsman in!
# WICKET!! KL Rahul (111) edged the last delivery of the over by Malinga straight to Kusal Perera behind the wicket. A brilliant innings came to an end by a great bowler in his final moments of the World Cup career. India 244/2 (41 overs)
# Four runs off the over by Udana. India now need 31 runs off 60 balls, with Virat Kohli (24) and KL Rahul (102) currently batting at the crease. India 234/1 (40 overs)
# CENTURY!! KL Rahul has brought up his maiden ton of the World Cup off 109 balls. He reached the mark with a single on the first delivery of the 39th over by Malinga. India 230/1 (38.1 overs)
# Seven runs off the over by de Silva. KL Rahul (98) is just two runs short of his maiden ICC World Cup century while Kohli is currently batting on 15. India 221/1 (37 overs)
# Just four runs off the over. The Virat Kohli-led side is slowly and steadily moving towards the victory as they now require 54 runs from 15 overs. India 211/1 (35 overs)
# Kl Rahul (90) is approaching his ODI century, while Kohli is currently batting on 9 as the Men in Blue need 58 runs from 16 overs. India 207/1 (34 overs)
# Seven runs off the over by Kasun Rajitha. Rahul smashed the fifth delivery of the over into the gap at square leg for a boundary. India 203/1 (33 overs)
# Five runs and a wicket off the over. India now need 71 runs from 19 overs. India 194/1 (31 overs)
# Virat Kohli is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! Soon after bringing up his 5th World Cup 2019 ton, Rohit Sharma (103) was caught by Angelo Mathews at mid-off on the first delivery of the over by Rajitha. India 189/1 (30 overs)
# CENTURY! Rohit Sharma (102) has brought up his fifth century of the 2019 World Cup off 92 balls. He reached the mark with a six off the last ball by Rajitha. Sharma has now become the first player to ever score five hundred in the single edition of the tournament. India 183/0 (29 overs)
# A quite expensive over from Lasith Malinga as he conceded 14 runs to the Men in Blue. Rahul (74) flicked the fourth delivery over wide mid-on for a four before Rohit (95) notched up a boundary off the fifth ball. India 174/0 (27 overs)
# Eight runs off the over. Rohit Sharma (89) beat point diving to his left to score a boundary before the Indian opener pulled back another four runs off the last ball from Isuru Udana. India 160/0 (26 overs)
# Malinga conceded another 11 runs to the Men in Blue. KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma continue to stand strong at their respective scores of 68 and 81. India 152/0 (25 overs)
# A very expensive over from Dhananjaya de Silva as he gave away 17 runs to India. Rahul slapped the third delivery between cover point and extra-cover to bring up another half-century with a four before he launched the very next delivery gracefully over long-off for another boundary. India 137/0 (23 overs)
# Rohit Sharma (74) continues to stand strong at the crease while KL Rahul (45) is approaching his half-century as India need 145 runs from 28 overs. India 120/0 (22 overs)
# Five runs off the over. Rohit (71) rocked back and swatted the fourth delivery away through square leg for a boundary. India 114/0 (21 overs)
# De Silva came to bowl the last over and he conceded just four runs to India. The Men in Blue have crossed the century mark and they now need 162 runs from the 31 overs. India 103/0 (19 overs)
# Just two runs off the over from Thisara Perera. The Men in Blue are approaching the 100-run mark, with Rahul and Rohit batting at their respective scores of 60 and 38. India 99/0 (18 overs)
# FIFTY!! Rohit Sharma (59) has brought up another ODI half-century off 48 balls. He reached the mark with a six to long-off on the first delivery of the over by Dhananjaya de Silva. India 97/0 (17 overs)
# A good over from Isuru Udana as he conceded just two runs to India. Rohit and Rahul continue to stand strong at the crease at their respective scores of 45 and 35. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are desperately looking for a wicket now. India 81/0 (15 overs)
# Two runs off the over by Thisara Perera. The Virat Kohli-led side needs 186 runs from 36 overs. India 79/0 (14 overs)
# Udana conceded another six runs to India, including a boundary from Rohit. The Indian opener (43) is approaching his half-century, while KL Rahul is comfortably batting on 33. India 77/0 (13 overs)
# Six runs off the over by Isuru Udana. Rohit (38) drilled the fifth delivery through covers to score a boundary. India need 200 runs off 39 overs. India 65/0 (11 overs)
# Rajitha delivered an arrow-straight short ball on the last delivery of the over and Rahul smashed it over the wicketkeeper's head. India 59/0 (10 overs)
# A maiden over from Lasith Malinga. KL Rahul (22) and Rohit (29) are standing strong at the crease as the Men in Blue now need 213 runs from 41 overs. India 52/0 (9 overs)
# KL Rahul (21) and Rohit Sharma (29) are looking good at the crease as India cross the 50-run mark in their chase of 265 against Sri Lanka. India 51/0 (7 overs)
# Nine runs off the over by Rajitha, including two boundaries by Rohit Sharma. The Indian openers are looking good at the middle as the Men in Blue approach the 50-run mark. India 48/0 (6 overs)
# Another expensive over from Malinga as he conceded 11 runs to the Indian opener. Rohit (20) smashed the fourth delivery through third man for a boundary before he clipped the very next ball sublimely through midwicket for another four runs. India 39/0 (5 overs)
# 13 runs off the over. Malinga was smashed by Rahul for two boundaries before Rohit hardly broke out of his stance to flick the last ball through midwicket for another boundary. India 27/0 (3 overs)
# Kasun Rajitha came to bowl the second over and he conceded 12 runs to the Men in Blue. Rohit (7) smashed the third delivery through point to notch up the first boundary for India before Rahul (6) perfectly pushed the fifth ball through the covers to add another four runs. India 14/0 (2 overs)
# Just two runs off the over. Rahul (1) got off the mark by tucking off the hip for a single, while Sharma too opened his account with one run by tapping the very next delivery into the leg side. India 2/0 (1 over)
# KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma to open the chase for India while Lasith Malinga to open the proceeding for Sri Lanka.
# Innings Break!
# Sri Lanka post 264/7 against India in their stipulated 50 overs. Sri Lanka 264/7 (50 overs)
# Thisara Perera is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! Angelo Mathews (113) smashed the second delivery of the 49th over from Jasprit Bumrah straight to extra-cover, only for Rohit Sharma to take a simple catch. Sri Lanka 253/6 (48.2 overs)
# Jasprit Bumrah came to bowl the last over and he gave away just four runs to the Sri Lankan batsmen. Sri Lanka 244/5 (47 overs)
# Six singles off the over. The Men in Blue is desperately looking for a wicket now as Angelo Mathews continues to pile runs for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka 233/5 (45 overs)
# WICKET!! Angelo Mathews (101) has brought up his third ODI century off 115 balls. He reached the mark by hitting the fifth delivery over backward point for four runs. Sri Lanka 227/5 (44 overs)
# Three runs off the over Jasprit Bumrah. Angelo Mathews (91) continues to stand strong at the crease and is approaching his third One-Day International (ODI) century. Sri Lanka 215/5 (43 overs)
# Five runs of the over by Bumrah. Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva are currently batting at their respective scores of 87 and eight as Sri Lanka crossed the 200-run mark. Sri Lanka 205/5 (41 overs)
# Mathews (85) brilliantly whipped the last delivery of the over towards backward point for a boundary. Sri Lanka have reached the 200-run mark. Sri Lanka 200/5 (40 overs)
# A quite expensive over from Ravindra Jadeja, conceding 11 runs. Mathews (80) cleared his front leg for the swipe over long-on for a maximum on the fourth delivery before he slashed the last ball to the right of short third man for four runs. Sri Lanka 193/5 (39 overs)
# Dhananjaya de Silva is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! After bringing up his ODI half-century, Thirimanne (53) was caught by Ravindra Jadeja at backward point on the fifth delivery of the 38th over by Kuldeep Yadav. Sri Lanka 179/5 (37.5 overs)
# FIFTY!! Soon after Mathews brought up his half-century, Thirimanne (52) too brought up an ODI fifty off 63 balls. He reached the mark by tossing up the first delivery on leg stump of the 36th over. Sri Lanka 169/4 (36 overs)
# 10 runs off the over. Mathews (57) lofted the second delivery over the mid-off fielder for four runs before Thirimanne (47) pulled the fifth delivery to the left of deep square leg. Sri Lanka have crossed the 150-run mark. Sri Lanka 159/4 (35 overs)
# FIFTY!! Angelo Mathews has brought up a half-century off 76 balls. He reached the mark with a single on the last delivery by Hardik Pandya. Sri Lanka 144/4 (33 overs)
# Thirimanne (37) used his feet with effortless poise to smash a drive through the covers on the second delivery of the over for a boundary. Sri Lanka 140/4 (32 overs)
# Seven runs off the over by Hardik Pandya. Mathews (47), who is is approaching his half-century, smashed the first delivery through midwicket to notch up four runs. Sri Lanka 134/4 (31 overs)
# A tight over from Pandya as he gave away just four singles to Sri Lanka. While Mathews and Thirimanne continue to pile runs on the scoreboard, India are desperately looking for a wicket in order to avoid Sri Lanka post a mammoth total. Sri Lanka 122/4 (29 overs)
# Two runs off the over. Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne are currently batting at their respective scores of 36 and 27. Sri Lanka 118/4 (28 overs)
# Pandya came to bowl the over and he conceded seven runs to Sri Lanka. The Men in Blue are desperately looking for a wicket now. Sri Lanka 116/4 (27 overs)
# Mathews (31) gently pushed the last delivery into the covers for four runs. Angelo Mathews (31) and Lahiru Thirimanne (24) continue to stand strong at the crease and have brought up a half-century stand for the sixth wicket. Sri Lanka 109/4 (26 overs)
# Just four runs off the over by Kuldeep Yadav. Thirimanne (21) and Mathews (25) have guided Sri Lanka past the 100-run mark. Sri Lanka 100/4 (24 overs)
# Angelo Mathews (24) and Lahiru Thirimanne (18) have settled at the middle after Sri Lanka lost their four wickets cheaply. The Dimuth Karunaratne-led side has now crossed the 100-run mark. Sri Lanka 96/4 (23 overs)
# Six runs off the over by Kuldeep Yadav. Thirimanne (16) thumped the fifth delivery of the over towards deep midwicket for a boundary. Sri Lanka 93/4 (22 overs)
# Mathews (19) spanked the fifth delivery of the 20th over by Kuldeep Yadav through point for a boundary. Sri Lanka 83/4 (20 overs)
# Ravindra Jadeja bowled a good tight over, conceding just three runs to Sri Lanka. Mathews (14) guided the fifth delivery towards the third man to pick up three runs. Sri Lanka 77/4 (19 overs)
# Six runs off the over. Mathews (11) and Thirimanne (9) are looking steady their side's innings after Sri Lanka lose four wickets cheaply. Sri Lanka 74/4 (18 overs)
# Three runs off the over by Kuldeep Yadav. Mathews (8) smashed the second delivery down to long-on for a single before Thirimanne (3) too collected one run by tapping the last ball airily out to point. Sri Lanka 65/4 (16 overs)
# A really good tight over from Ravindra Jadeja as he gave away just a single. Mathews (seven) move forward to push the fourth delivery to deep point for a quick single. Sri Lanka 62/4 (15 overs)
# Three runs off the over by Hardik Pandya. Angelo Mathews (6) and Lahiru Thirimanne (2) are currently batting at the crease and are looking to stitch a partnership. Sri Lanka 61/4 (14 overs)
# WICKET! Avishka Fernando (20) was caught by Mahendra Singh Dhoni behind the wicket on the fourth delivery of the over by Hardik Pandya. Sri Lanka 55/4 (12 overs)
# Angelo Mathews is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja was introduced into the attack and he delivered in his very first over by removing Kusal Mendis for three. The Sri Lankan batsman moved forward in order to hit the fourth delivery over mid-off, only to see MS Dhoni rattle the stumps. Sri Lanka 54/3 (11 overs)
# Hardik Pandya was introduced into the attack and he gave away just a single each to Fernando (19) and Mendis (three). Sri Lanka 51/2 (10 overs)
# A good tight over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar as he conceded just a single to Sri Lanka. Kusal Mendis (2) drove the fifth delivery to the left of mid-off for a quick single. Sri Lanka 50/2 (9 overs)
# A wicket and nine runs off the over by Jasprit Bumrah. Fernando (18) drove the fourth delivery away through point to notch up four runs before he pulled the very next ball from the Indian bowler to the backward square leg for another four. Sri Lanka 49/2 (8 overs)
# Kusal Mendis is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! Bumrah strikes again. Kusal Perera, who was looking settled at the crease, edged the first delivery of the eight over behind the wicket to MS Dhoni to depart for 18. Sri Lanka 40/2 (7.1 overs)
# Bumrah bowled a full delivery on off stump and Avishka Fernando (4) drove this firmly down the ground for four runs. Avishka and Perera (17) are looking to build a partnership after losing their skipper early. Sri Lanka 33/1 (7 overs)
# 11 runs off the last over. Perera (17) crashed the fourth delivery between backward point and cover point for a boundary before he nudged it off his legs nice and fine for five runs. Sri Lanka 28/1 (5 overs)
# Avishka Fernando is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! Bumrah gave the breakthrough to the Men in Blue by removing Karunaratne for 10. The Sri Lankan skipper played the fourth delivery with an angled bat but ended up edging it to MS Dhoni behind the wicket. Sri Lanka 17/1 (4 overs)
# A quite expensive over from Bhuvneshwar, conceding 12 runs to the Sri Lankan cricket team. Karunaratne (10) slapped the third delivery into the gap between backward point and extra-cover to notch up a boundary before the Sri Lanka batsman flicked the very next delivery off his hip through the vacant square leg area for another four runs. Sri Lanka 17/0 (3 overs)
# Jasprit Bumrah came to bowl and he bowled a maiden second over. Karunratne (1) and Perera (4) are currently batting at the crease. Sri Lanka 5/0 (2 overs)
# Five runs off the first over. Karunaratne got off the mark by flicking the third ball to the left of the third man for a single, while Perera opened his account with a boundary by punching the very next ball into the big gap to the left of cover. Sri Lanka 5/0 (1 over)
# Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera to open the batting for Sri Lanka. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to open the proceedings for the Men in Blue.
# The two sides have walked down the crease for their national anthems.
# Sri Lanka, meanwhile, have called up Thisara Perera in place of Jeffrey Vandersay.
Thisara comes in for Vandersay
# India have made two changes in their Playing XI. Yuzvendra Chahal is rested for Kuldeep Yadav while Ravindra Jadeja has been brought in for Mohammad Shami.
India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (capt), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
Sri Lanka Playing XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Kusal Perera (wk), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Kasun Rajitha, Thisara Perera.
# Sri Lanka win toss, opt to bat first against India!
# The toss is all set to take place in a few minutes.
India, who have already booked their place in the semi-finals of the 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup, will look to make a top-place finish in the group stage when they lock horns with Sri Lanka in a dead-rubber match of the tournament at Headingley Carnegie in Leeds on Saturday.
India are currently standing at the second spot in the World Cup 2019 points table after having won six out of the eight games they have played so far in the ongoing marquee event. Meanwhile, the Virat Kohli-led side's clash against Kane Williamson's New Zealand was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to incessant rain.
Going into the match against Sri Lanka, India will look to continue their winning momentum and end their group stage on a high.
The Dimuth Karunaratne-led side, on the other hand, are already out of the contention of making it to the knockout stage of the quadrennial event after winning just three out of the eight matches so far. Sri Lanka, who are placed at the sixth spot in the points table, will look to end their campaign on a positive note with a win over the Men in Blue.
India hold an advantage over Sri Lanka heading into the match, having won seven out of the last nine games between the two sides.
Here are the two squads:
England: Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Tom Curran, James Vince, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett
India: Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami, Rishabh Pant.