Cricket WC 2023 India crush Sri Lanka to reach semi-finals
Sri Lanka was dismissed for just 55 runs by India, securing a semi-final spot at the World Cup with a sensational bowling performance.
After being set a World Cup record of 358 to win in Mumbai, Sri Lanka plummeted to 14-6 within 10 overs.
Despite avoiding the lowest one-day international total of 35, Mohammed Shami claimed 5-18 to secure a crushing 302-run victory.
As a result, India posted an imposing 357-8 after Shubman Gill scored 92, Virat Kohli added 88 and Shreyas Iyer made 82.
There was no doubt that India’s excellent bowling contributed greatly to Sri Lanka’s batting woes, but they were also left to rue sloppy fielding that saw Gill dropped on eight and Kohli dropped on ten.
Gill and Kohli put on 189 as the Sri Lankan bowling attack wilted in the heat, making Kusal Mendis’ curious decision to bowl first even more controversial.
Shreyas added to the punishment late on, entertaining the raucous crowd with a brutal 56-ball knock that included six sixes, including the tournament’s longest at 106 meters.
With each Sri Lankan wicket that fell, the noise increased, Shami becoming India’s top World Cup wicket-taker with 45 scalps in 14 games.
The only positive for Sri Lanka was seamer Dilshan Madushanka’s 5-80, which put him on top of the World Cup wicket-taking charts with 18.
On Sunday, India will face South Africa in an intriguing semi-final, where they have remained unbeaten since the quarter-finals.
There is still a chance for Sri Lanka to qualify, but they will need to win their remaining two games and hope for other results to go their way.