ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: Headingley, Leeds
Date & Time: 06 July 2019
RR: 6.09 | India beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets
So that is it from this game! India, as expected, come out on top! They will now have a close eye on the Australia game against South Africa as the result of that match would decide who tops the table. You can follow that game by switching tabs. Goodbye and take care!
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, says they wanted to play good cricket but never thought they would perform the way they did throughout. Further adds this is what hard work gets you and he is very proud of his team and he enjoys playing with his side. On being asked whether they know what their XI is, he says, everything is set, they don't want to be one dimensional and they will pick the team according to the wicket. States it is just about turning up for the semis and putting in another good performance. Tells the opposition does not matter to them, if they don't play well, anyone can beat them, if they play well they can beat anyone. Also says they just want to play a good game and hope the result goes their way. Praises Hardik Pandya and says he has been good because he thinks like a batter and hence, he has been bowling well.
Sri Lankan skipper, Dimuth Karunaratne, says they recovered well after being 55/4 through Mathews and Thirimanne and 264 was a good score. Admits they kept losing wickets and they did not get a good start with the bat but did well to get where they were. States it was a good wicket to bat and Rohit and Rahul did very well. Mentions they will go back and discuss what needs to be done. States that they will be looking out for some new talents and be competitive in the next World Cup. Ends by saying Sri Lanka cricket will miss Malinga as he has done a lot for them. Further adds everyone goes and they need to find their replacement.
MAN OF THE MATCH, Rohit Sharma, says he is just trying to go out there and do his job. Mentions he is not thinking about the milestones. States he wants to keep his head clear and get the team over the finishing line. Reckons the shot selection is very important once you are in, he needs to assess the pitch and then see what shot can be played on the wicket. Further adds it has worked for him and he has learnt to be disciplined. Mentions he was not thinking about a ton in this game, he forgets about what has happened and looks to start every day as a fresh day. Appreciates Malinga and says he has been a champion bowler and a match-winner. Adds that he has shown it over the years what he is capable of and has delivered time and again. Ends by saying he is not thinking about who he is facing in the semis as they want to celebrate today's victory and whoever they face, they want to play well against them.
Earlier in the day, India blew away the top order of Sri Lanka. However, Angelo Mathews' ton took them to what seemed a good score but Sharma and Rahul's hundreds saw India cruise to victory.
The Sri Lanka bowling was not disciplined. They were too wide or too straight. Only Perera bowled with some control but defending such totals you need to be very accurate and right on the money from the word go.
How easy was that! India have chased this total down without breaking a sweat. They have made a strong statement heading into the semis. Chasing what was first thought to be a tricky score, India got off to a flier. Their openers came out all guns blazing and sealed the deal with a 189-run stand. Both the openers scored tons. They though fell soon after getting to their hundred. Pant did not contribute a lot, Pandya and Kohli though ensured there weren't any more wickets to fall and took India over the line.
Hardik Pandya is the new man in.
Review time! An appeal for an LBW has been turned down. Sri Lanka review. Looks high.
Rishabh Pant is the new man in.
Powerplay 3 has been signaled! Now a maximum of 5 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the end of the game. Don't think it will last till then though.
Lasith Malinga is back on!
Dhananjaya de Silva is back!
Thisara Perera is back on!
Virat Kohli is the new man in.
Kasun Rajitha is back!
Lasith Malinga is back!
Isuru Udana is back on!
Dhananjaya de Silva is on!
Thisara Perera is on now!
Isuru Udana is on!
Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over.
Kasun Rajitha to bowl with the second new ball!
We are back for the chase! The Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, make their way out to the middle.