India triumphed Sri Lanka by seven wickets in their last match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup at Headingley, Leeds on Saturday. Rohit Sharma was declared Man of the Match for his knock of 103.
Winning the toss, Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne decided to bat first.
Sri Lanka lost their captain Karunaratne (10) when the team’s score was 17 and soon Kusal Perera (18) joined Karunaratne in the dugout. India ace pacer Jasprit Bumrah claimed the wickets of both the batsmen.
Before Sri Lanka could have some respite, Ravindra Jadeja — who was playing his first match of 2019 World Cup — sent Kusal Mendis (3) back to the hut to announce his arrival. The wicket of Avishka Fernando worsened the things for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka were four down at 55 and it seemed that India would soon wrap them up. But Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne erected the Sri Lankan spine with a 124-run stand.
In a bid to boost the run rate, Thirimanne departed off the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav after a well-made 53. But Mathews continued further to score the third century of his career to take Sri Lanka to a fighting total.
Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the bowler for his 3 for 37 in 10 overs.
India started the chase with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, and since then Sri Lanka were never in the game. The Opening duo fetched 189 runs before Rohit fell to Kasun Rajitha. Meanwhile, Rahul — who was failing consistently in converting his good starts into big ones — played much more sensibly to score second century of his ODI career. The 27-year-old kept India on top of the hunt before perishing to Lasith Malinga at his individual 111.
After this, skipper Virat Kohli stood his ground and took India home with a 34 not out with 39 balls to spare.
Brief scorecard: Sri Lanka 264 for 7 after 50 overs (Angelo Mathews 113, Lahiru Thirimanne 53, Jasprit Bumrah 3/37); India 265 for 3 in 43.3 overs (Lokesh Rahul 111, Rohit Sharma 103, Isuru Udana 1/50)