India vs Sri Lanka Highlights: India defeats SL by 302 runs to secure their place in the semifinals in World Cup 2023

India’s seventh consecutive victory ensured they would advance to the semifinals.

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Cricket World Cup 2023: India vs Sri Lanka 33rd Match, At the Wankhede stadium on Thursday, November 2, India’s pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Mohammed Shami delivered a magnificent show with the new ball to completely destroy Sri Lanka. The way Sri Lanka batted reminded me of their performance in the Asia Cup final in September of this year, when they were bowled out for only fifty runs. This time, they were only able to roll over a couple more to lose by disappointing 302 runs. India’s seventh consecutive victory ensured they would advance to the semifinals.

Chasing the powerful 358, Sri Lanka was immediately put on the back foot. Pathum Nissanka, their best batsman, was caught by Bumrah leg-before-wicket in the opening delivery for a golden duck, while Dimuth Karunaratne suffered a similar fate in Siraj’s second over. The next player out was Sadeera Samarawickrama, who beat Siraj to the slip cordon. Siraj, who had destroyed the Sri Lankans with a six-fer in the Asia Cup final, left them dumbfounded as 2/3 turned into 3/4.

There was no chance for Sri Lanka to make a comeback because three of the top four players registered ducks. After 20 balls, Charith Asalanka managed to get off to a start and eventually smashed Shami squarely to Ravindra Jadeja in an attempt to break loose. Then, in order to take advantage from Sri Lanka’s situation, Shami replaced Siraj and Bumrah. Wickets continued falling, and when Sri Lanka was reeling at 29/8, there was a serious chance they would record the lowest total in ODI history.

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They were fortunate to have boundaries from Maheesh Theekshana and Kasun Rajitha, as they were able to avoid breaking the record. Shami, who at one point had stats of 4/1, added a fifth as well to win man of the match and establish himself as India’s all-time highest wicket-taker in World Cup history.

When Sri Lanka witnessed India score 357 runs earlier in the day, they most likely wouldn’t have predicted this. In order to secure a five-fer, Dilshan Madushanka made excellent use of the surface, which was undoubtedly gripping a little. But, as is usually the case, there was plenty of room for runs to be scored at the Wankhede. When Madushanka produced a slower delivery to get past the Indian captain’s defense in the opening over, India did lose Rohit Sharma. However, Virat Kohli looked fantastic in the powerplay, routinely hitting boundaries.

Before joining the game, Shubman Gill took a cautious opening before helping India reach 60 in the powerplay. The two batsmen pulled up their respective fifties and kept taking advantage of the Sri Lankan attack. They gradually increased the pace as the half-century mark came near, with Gill surpassing Kohli after a couple of sixes.

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Both hitters were on route for century at one point when Madushanka stopped them and halted the 189-run affection. While recovering from dengue, Gill has had an average tournament thus far. He lost eight runs on a slower short ball that the left-arm pacer pitched to him. The slower delivery from the same bowler also tricked Kohli, who was going for a record-tying 49th century in the format, when he went for 88.

Despite the two dismissals, Shreyas Iyer appeared to be in excellent form from the beginning. Shreyas, who was under some stress, blasted off, hitting three sixes in three overs and reaching 26 off only 16 deliveries. KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav did not contribute much, but Shreyas persevered at the other end and forged an important alliance with Jadeja to enable India to surpass 300.

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Shreyas looked set to get his century, much like Gill and Kohli, as he hit Madushanka for two straight sixes to go to 82 with 16 balls remaining in the innings. But Shreyas was forced to reach for the ball and miss its timing when Madushanka delivered one sluggish and wide, giving him his sixth wicket. Although Madushanka emerged as the tournament’s top wicket-taker, Jadeja led India above the 350-run threshold. Ultimately, none of those were significant considering what happened after the innings break.

Highlights

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Highlights: India 357/8 in 50 overs (Shubman Gill 92, Virat Kohli 88, Shreyas Iyer 82; Dilshan Madushanka 5/80) defeated Sri Lanka 55 in 19.4 overs (Mohammed Shami 5/18, Mohammed Siraj 3/16) by 302 runs.

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