World Cup, Ind vs SL LIVE: A dominant seven-wickets victory for India
India vs Sri Lanka in the World Cup 2019: The Virat Kohli-led side eye the top of the table in their last group stage encounter against Sri Lanka in Headingley. Stay tuned to our live blog—and more!
It’s been a brilliant brilliant performance from the Indian side in their final group stage match against Sri Lanka. Rohit Sharma scored three hundreds on the trot and a record fifth in a single World Cup; and just like that, he became the leading run scorer in the World Cup with 647 runs scored at a phenomenal average of 92.4 in eight matches. KL Rahul found his confidence back with a hundred to his name as well. Just so you know, this was the hundred number seven already from India’s opening pair, including the one from Shikhar Dhawan as well—goes on to show how heavily India depends on their top-order.
Bumrah started the proceedings with 16 dot balls. He picked up both the Sri Lankan openers and then Jadeja and Pandya picked the other two wickets off their very first over to put Sri Lanka in a bother. Angelo Mathews stuck in with Thirimanne for a good 100+ scoring partnership—the only saving grace for Sri Lanka.
India have made a statement with a huge dominating win at the Headingley. It’s all about the Australia vs South Africa game now, where the latter, so far, has an upper hand. That match will decide whether India play England or New Zealand in the semis. Who would you much rather want India to play?
India defeat SL by seven wickets
Pandya outside edges a loopy slower outswinger for a run to seal India's victory. Pandya doesn't mind; India won't, either. Both Pandya and Kohli fist-bump as they cross each other to finish the final run.
They climb to the top of the table, but there's another game going on between Australia and South Africa. The Aussies just lost their second wicket and Usman Khwaja is retired hurt while chasing 326 runs. A win for the Proteas would mean India play a low-on-confidence Kiwis in the semis.
Drama Drama! India lose Pant!
India required just 12 runs more to win this game. Rishabh Pant can't pick the slower ball and the ball hits him right in the lower abdomen as he looks to pull it with bent knee. Sri Lanka review it successfully. A late bonus for Sri Lanka!
Rahul gets back his confidence
Back-to-back boundaries from KL Rahul. Striking Sri Lanka's best bowler for two boundaries on the trot. The first one pounded on the up, over the covers! The second one is whacked over the leg side for another dismissive boundary. Innings like this changes a player's fortune. Rahul would take that!
Malinga has the last laugh, though. The short ball doesn't rise too much and Rahul get the faintest of edges to the wicketkeeper. A brilliant hundred is ended by a champion bowler in the final moments of his World Cup career!
Hundred for Rahul
That's KL Rahul's first World Cup hundred. He set this one beautifully, always looking for this hundred. It means so much to him, and how has he filled the void made by Shikhar Dhawan's injury. Following in the footsteps of his opening partner Rohit Sharma.
India are 230/1 after 38 overs. They're just 35 runs away from winning this game
Rahul cherry-picks the gap at square leg, another half-cocked bouncer dispatched to the boundary line. Just 12 runs short of his boundary. He has worked well today, KL. Has been poised and elegant throughout his innings, complemented Rohit well after the injury-hit exit for Shikhar Dhawan.
South Africa score 325/6 in 50
It's been an amazing day for India. This match sure seems to be under wraps. On the other end, South Africa have batted their way to 325/6 in the first innings. A win for them and Proteas would see India climb up to the top of the points table. India would like that very much as that would mean facing an out-of-form New Zealand in the semi-finals.
Keep 'em coming!
A soft dismissal yet again!
And just like that, he has gone yet again just after scoring another hundred. True to the way he's been going this World Cup. Full, close to stump and he chips the slower ball straight to mid-off. The crowd can't believe it. A soft dismissal once again for the hitman. But what a fine innings this has been! A record fifth World Cup hundred!
In walks Kohli. India require 76 runs more to win.
Another day, another hundred!
That's a world record! Rohit Sharma becomes the man ever to score five hundreds in a single World Cup. And he does it in style: with his favourite pull shot towards the square leg boundary.
A coupla fours off Malinga
It's just not been Malinga's day. He has bowled mostly short to the Indian openers, and his yorkers, too, haven't come out well. The seven overs that he has bowled has gone for 54 runs--at 7.71rpo. Rohit Sharma, on the other end, is in a sensational form. He is just 4 runs short off scoring the record five centuries in a World Cup.
India are 174/0 after 27 overs.
India 152/0 after 25 overs
Funny thing is both KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma have played 75 deliveries each at the end of 25 overs. Rohit has scored 81 runs, and Rahul looks strong at 68 runs. With Shikhar Dhawan out of the World Cup, Rahul is playing a super second-fiddle. He might have taken Dhawan's place, but he's playing the role of Sharma--taking his time out early while his partner scores freely.
26th over: Rohit Sharma smashes a couple of boundaries to take his individual score to 89--just 11 runs short from scoring a record fifth century in a World Cup.
Fifty for KL
And that's a back-to-back fifty for KL Rahul. He slaps the ball between cover point and extra-cover to bring his fifty. The next ball is smoked--gracefully--over long off for a six, and then, the last ball goes for another boundary: an inside out over the extra-cover.
Rahul has batted well through this World Cup. He's just waiting for that big score. 17 runs come from that over. It's Dhananjaya de Silva who takes the beating once again. India are 137/0 after 23 overs.
Rohit Sharma is now averaging over 100 in this World Cup.
The hitman has gone past 600 runs mark, and is the highest scorer in the 2019 World Cup. Sachin Tendulkar has scored the maximum runs in the 2003 World Cup for India. His record is at stake here as Rohit has at east one more game to play. The way Rohit is batting, it wouldn't be a surprise if he bests that in this match itself.
Rohit brings up his fifty with a SIX!
An effortless six over extra cover first ball the spinner is introduced. He brings up his fifty with a high and mighty golf swing. And when one's not enough, you go again: Sharma smokes this over the bowler's head for yet another six. Dispatches 'em both with disdain!
An expensive first over from de Silva: goes for 14 runs. A welcome unshackling for Indian openers, who had just scored 18 runs from the last 5 overs.
India 83/0 after 16 overs
This is looking way too easy for India. They're 83/0 at the end of 16 overs, and it seems like Rohit Sharma is just getting started. He has scored run-a-ball 45 runs, and the funny thing is, he hasn't been dropped once this match. Perhaps he doesn't merely rely on good fortune! Rahul, on the other hand, has scored 36 runs from 46 deliveries.
Indian openers are ticking off easy right now--scored just 18 runs in the last 5 overs. But that's quite understandable: they don't have to score as many runs, and the required run-rate is just 5.35rpo.
Sri Lanka pull back things well
The eighth over just went for one run, and the ninth from Malinga was a maiden. That's brilliant bowling from Sri Lanka to the Indian openers who look in such a fine touch. They need to keep up the pressure.
The tenth over looked like another one going Sri Lanka's away until the last delivery: a short ball that Rahul ramped over the keeper's head for a cheeky four. India are 59/0 at the end of first Powerplay.
Fifty for India
India bring up their fifty in 6.5 overs. They've never scored the first fifty quicker than today in this World Cup. Rohit is in the form of his life, and Rahul, too, looks in a fine touch.
Another over, another flurry of boundaries
Rohit Sharma is in a tremendous form. Normally, he sits in easy and sees off the new ball. But in the last two games, he's gone strong right from the start. Some sumptuous shots played all throughout the ground already--brilliant drives and sweetly-timed clips. He's gone up to 28 runs from 18 balls, and India are 48/0 at the end of six overs, scoring at 8rpo.
Oh, this is terrific batting! A solid, sensational stuff from the Indian openers. And just like that, Rohit hits Malinga for consecutive fours--the first was potted through third man like a snooker cue; the second, a sublime clip through midwicket. Malinga went for three boundaries in the previous over, and this over he's gone for two more. Indian batsmen just like him a bit too much!
Three boundaries in an over
On to the second innings now. Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have started India's innings solidly. A back-to-back boundaries from the second over, and the first ball from the third goes for a four. India would be hoping for a positive start and look to chase down the target with utmost ease.
Rahul looks solid, tonight. Three boundaries from Malinga's over. India are 27/0 after three overs.
The story so far
An engrossing ODI innings, full of shifts in momentum. India were exceptional at the start with Bumrah picking up two early wickets. Jadeja and Pandya, too joined the party with a wicket each from their very first over. After that it was all Angelo Matthews. He weathered the storm early on and then picked up Bhuvi and Kuldeep and Jadeja in the later half of the match to bring up his hundred. Bhuvi had a poor day, but he finished off well conceding 21 runs in his last three. Sri Lanka have put up a decent total, but will that be enough? We'll know soon enough.
Pandya takes a STUNNER!
That's a stunning catch from Hardik Pandya. Perera didn't time the slower delivery from Bhuvi, which meant that the ball didn't go quite as far. Pandya runs in from the long-off boundary, gets up towards the 30-yard circle, and dives forward to take it with two hands.
Bhuvi gets a wicket. He gives only seven runs fro the last over, and Sri Lanka end their innings at 264/7. Good enough total?
Bumrah finally gets his man. nagelo Matthews departs after hitting a superb century. Mathews timed the fuller delivery quite well, but found the fielder straight at the extra-cover. He came in when Sri Lanka had lost four early wickets; he stuck in, knocked the overs around before taking on Kuldeep, Bhuvi and Jadeja.
Sri Lanka are 257/6 after 49 overs. Bhuvi with the last over.
Sri Lanka 252/5 after 48 overs. How many more can they add in the final two overs?
South Africa start well
In what would impress India real good, South Africa are off to a flying start. They've scored 48 runs from the six overs with Aiden Markram and Quinton de Cock scoring thicka and fast. A win for South Africa and India means they climb to the top spot and play New Zealand in the semis--the Men in Blue would love that.
Sri Lanka 239/5 after 46
Four overs remaining. How many can Sri Lanka score in the remaining four overs? Pandya went for a four third ball of the 46th over; he came back strong with two dot balls and a single. He finishes his quota of 10 overs yet again.
Meanwhile, if Sri Lanka can post a 280+ score here, it'll trouble the Indian batsmen especially since most of the pitches have been slowing down in the latter half. Two overs remaining from India's death over speacialists--Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Bhuvneshwar returns for his third spell
Can he close this innings out well and redeem a poor day with the ball--and field? He does well. Gives away just 6 runs--a single every ball.
Hundred for Mathews!
The best batsman in the Sri Lanka side steps up again to show his class. Brings up his hundred with by carving another slower short ball from Pandya over backward point for a four. This has been a terrific innings from Mathews, who's showing all his quality today, after coming in at a tricky time. He weathered the storm early on, and went about his calm and composed innings with occasional boundaries.
SL won't take any risks off Bumrah
Sri Lankan batsman, especially Angelo Mathews, batted superbly in the 31-40 overs scoring 73 runs. He took on Kuldeep, Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar--that sure seems like a plan. Three overs after that, they've taken only 15 with only eight runs coming from Jasprit Bumrah's over.
Meanwhile, Pandya bowls first ball short in the 44th over and Mathews pulls that for a four. He has moved on to 96 runs and deserves a century for his fine innings. Sri Lanka are 221/5 after 43.3 overs.
Mathews going strong!
Mathews has smoked a six just after a close call for stumping. Once again it went high and just cleared the long on, keeping the fielder's hopes high. And then, he sliced the last ball from Jadeja past the short third man for another boundary. He looks strong, Angelo Mathews--playing a gem of an innings. He's taken on Kuldeep and Bhuvi and Jadeja on, and is just 15 runs short off his well-deserved 100.
Sri Lanka bring up their 200 in the 40th over. Crucial thing is, how many can they score in the final 10 overs. Bumrah comes into the attack for his third spell.
A wicket at last!
It had to be Jadeja who grabs the catch! Thirimanne is gone. The dangerous looking partnership finally comes to an end. He goes down the track and tries to hit the ball over extra-cover, ends up slicing it up to Jadeja at backward point for a simple catch. A fine partnership comes to an end. Thirimane departs after scoring a fifty.
Sums up the day for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. A horrible day! He runs in and gets both his hands to the ball, and then drops it. Jadeja would be wondering if he could ball and field by himself. Mathews and Thirimanne have taken 28 runs from the last three overs.
Two fours and a 100-run partnership
Not the greatest day this for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He has been taken for boundaries in his first spell with the new ball; and he's going for boundaries in his second. And just like that, boundaries are coming in for these two: Thirimanne and Angelo Matthews. They came in to bat when Sri Lanka was struggling with the loss of four early wickets. He's gone for 52 runs in his 7 overs at 7.42 rpo.
Kuldeep Yadav, who was brought in for a Chahal, too is going for runs. Both the India's pick of the bowlers are going for runs. 10 runs from the 36th over. And that's what they say: you stuck in there, and the runs keep coming on.
Fifty for Angelo Mathews
Bhuvi into the attack!
Indian captain Virat Kohli brings Bhuvneshwar Kumar into the attack for his second spell. It wasn't really a good start for Bhuvi with the new ball, going for a boundary or two almost every over. And again, as if keeping up with the trend, Thirimanne drive the second ball from Bhuvi through the covers for another boundary. He ends his sixth over with six runs. He has conceded 42 runs in his seven overs.
This is where India need Shami. He might leak runs in the death but he takes a lot of wickets. Pandya has been banging in short--that clearly seems to be the plan. Bumrah came in for his second spell, but Thirimanne and Matthews denied him any other damage. Both of them have weathered the early fall of wickets, and look set against this bowling attack.
Sri Lanka are 140/4 at the end of 32 overs.
A little fightback from Sri Lanka
100 up for Sri Lanka
Thirimanne and Matthews are batting well here for Sri Lanka. Their team needed a partnership after the quick loss of four wickets, and they've provided that. They've just scored their 50-run partnership from 14 overs. They weathered the pressure and are now looking to pick boundaries off Kuldeep--they've hit three boundaries from his last four overs.
It's no denying that this match is a contest between Kuldeep and Jadeja to secure their place for the next match. The latter is ahead so far, bowling tighter lengths and not giving much room. He's just given 21 runs in his eight overs; Kuldeep has conceded 32 in his six overs.
Pandya comes in from the other end.
Jadeja or Kuldeep?
The ball certainly stopping a bit on the pitch, especially the slower balls from quicker bowlers. Ravindra Jadeja is up and through his overs pretty quickly. Just like that, he has finished bowing five overs. He’s economical as well, giving away just 12 runs and picking a wicket.
Meanwhile, Kuldeep is into his second over; the first ball is nearly a run out. Pant half-stops the ball at mid-on; Mathews wanted nothing to do with it as Thirimanne charged down the pitch. Saved.
A tight call for India: should they pick Jadeja or Kuldeep in the next match?
Another one bites the dust!
And just like that, without looking in too much trouble today, Sri Lanka are four down for 55 after 12 overs. Pandya strikes in his first over as well. The short and slower bouncer angling in to the batsman, cramping him for room. Kusal Mendis looks to lean away and ramp it towards the third man, but the ball keeps coming in to him and when he did manage to play a shot, it just took the shoulder of the bat--Dhoni takes a dying catch, just inches off the ground.
JADEJA STRIKES FIRST OVER!
That's gone. Another one bites the dust. Ravindra Jadeja strikes in his very first over. The street-smart cricketer, the 'bits-and-pieces' player has done it. An impatient Kusal Medis jumps out of his crease and ooks to hit the ball over mid-off. He is beaten all ends up, and Dhoni does what he does best.
Bhuvi needs to do better!
Bhuvneshwar Kumar ha gone for a boundary each over in his four overs in this match. He makes a comeback in the fifth over, and goes for a only one run. He had a catch dropped as well off his bowling earlier this match. But he's got to take wickets. Bumrah, on the other end, has been sensational taking a couple wickets in his four-overs spell. Had Bumrah not been in his best, India would have been in a spot of bother. Let's not forget, he's playing in for Mohammad Shami, who has proved his worth by picking up wickets.
Sri Lanka are 52/2 at the end of 10 overs. Also, Ravindra Jadeja comes in for the first time in this World Cup.
BUMRAH STRIKES TWO!
Kusal Perera walks. Bumrah's been getting the ball to straighten against his angle all through this spell, and he does it again! The skiddiness of Bumrah does the trick! An edge to the wicketkeeper MS Dhoni. That, actually, was the first ball Kusal Perera faced against Bumrah.
Fernanado does a Sehwag, here. Stands tall and drives the ball away through point for a boundary. No footwork involved. Bumrah bangs th enext ball short, and the same result: pulled to the backward square leg boundary for another four. Impressive stuff!
HUGE APPEAL! And given by the umpire. The angle doing the trick here. Hits the back pad as Fernando tries to drive the ball without taking a stride forward. He reviews and the ball tracking shows the ball going over the top of leg stump.
He goes for his signature straight drive the next ball, and gets a boundary. Sri Lanka are 33/1 after 6 overs.
Oh my, what miscommunication! India could have had another wicket here. Perera went for a glory shot down the ground, ends up scooping it high in the air. Both Kuldeep and Pandya go for that catch between mid-on and mid-off. kuldeep reaches for it, and drops it--almost nearly colliding with Pandya coming in from the other side.
And then, Perera takes Bhuvi for two boundaries again in that over. He has conceded 28 runs from three overs. Bumrah, on the other end, hasn't goven any in 15 balls so far. Oh, my contrast!
Toe-end of the bat and the ball goes straight to keeper MS Dhoni. Pressure, pressure, pressure--that's what did the trick. He had bowled a maiden last over and three dot balls on the trot to Karunaratne next over. Also, you can always expect an extra bit of pace and bounce from Bumrah. Wasn't short enough to cut, and he plays it with an angled bat rather than a horizontal bat, and only manages a top edge. An easy one for Dhoni.
Fernando comes in to bat and Bumrah squares him up twice in two balls. That's back-to-back maidens from Bumrah.
He hasn't been his best, Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Short and wide with no swing and Karunaratne slaps that ball over a big gap between backward point and extra-cover for a four. The next ball, he strays onto the leg side, and thathas been hit for another four. 12 runs come from that over.
Bumrah starts with a maiden
Can't spread a hat-trick across two matches, Jasprit Bumrh. He had taken two wickets in two balls to dismiss the last two Bangladesh batsmen, but Karunaratne punches the first ball to the point region. A maiden first over, Bumrah will take that.
First over from Bhuvi
Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts the proceedings, the first ball right on the money--a bit of swing early on. He likes to take the ball away from the left-handers, quite the reason why he would be playing ahead of Mohammad Shami--not to mention how economical he could be in the death overs.
Meanwhile, Kusal Perera has started the first ball with a boundary, driven on the up through the covers. He goes round the wicket and is able to contain him the next two balls. Sri Lanka are 5/0 after the end of first over.
One for Slinga Malinga
The wily old pacer Lasith Malinga, one of the most colourful cricketers of his generation, will be running up possibly for the last time into the World Cup. A true legend of the game, the two-time World Cup finalist, the World T20 winner, the man who won Mumbai Indians a close final against the CSK. He has taken 12 wickets already in the tournament and would be eyeing a lot more with his slower ones and deadly yorkers.
"There has never been a bowler like him, and there never will be."— ICC (@ICC) July 6, 2019
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Jadeja, Kuldeep in for Chahal and Shami
Two changes for India: Chahal and Shami are out of the game, with the former being a forced change. Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja come in.
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 win the toss, bat first
Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne win the toss and elect to bat first. Thisara Perera comes in for Vandersay.
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Perera(w), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha, Lasith Malinga
Just moments away from the toss
Karthik--clear and conscious
FYI: It's Dhoni's birthday tomorrow
India or Australia: A l'll permutations involved
If India win today's game against Sri Lanka and Australia lose their match against South Africa, India rise to the top of the table. In case either of the results don't go India's way, it's Australia who'll end up at the top at the table.
India vs Sri Lanka: Head to head
Sri Lanka: 56
No result: 11
World Cup: 8
Sri Lanka: 4
No Result: 1