IND vs SL-India Becomes First Team to Qualify for World Cup 2023 Semi-Finals with Unbeaten Record

IND vs SL Match: IND beat SL by 302 runs, qualify for semis

In a dominating display of cricket, India defeated Sri Lanka by a massive margin of 302 runs in the Cricket World Cup 2023, securing their spot in the semi-finals with a perfect 7/7 record.

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The match at Mumbai’s iconic Wankhede Stadium witnessed a remarkable performance by the Indian team, particularly their bowlers. The trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Mohammed Shami set the stage for India’s victory by dismantling the Sri Lankan batting lineup. Bumrah made an immediate impact, striking in the first ball of the innings.

Siraj followed suit, taking two quick wickets in the next over, including the crucial wicket of Kusal Mendis, evoking memories of the Asia Cup 2023 final. Sri Lanka found themselves in dire straits at 22/7, and eventually, they were bowled out for a mere 50 runs, with Siraj claiming an impressive 6/21 in his 7 overs. Mohammed Shami joined the party by picking up two more wickets.

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Earlier in the day, India’s batting lineup put up a formidable total of 357/8 on the board. Despite losing Rohit Sharma early to Dilshan Madushanka, who went on to take a five-wicket haul, India’s innings saw significant contributions from their top-order batsmen. Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill formed a substantial partnership of 189 runs. Madushanka managed to break this partnership, dismissing both Kohli and Gill before they could reach their centuries. However, Shreyas Iyer’s blazing 56-ball 82 and some late fireworks from Ravindra Jadeja propelled India’s score past the 350-run mark.

Sri Lanka’s captain, Kusal Mendis, had won the toss and chose to field, but their efforts on the field couldn’t contain India’s strong batting performance. Sri Lanka made one change in their lineup, with Dushan Hemantha coming in for Dhananjaya de Silva.

With this victory, India became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2023 World Cup, maintaining an unbeaten record with 12 points from 7 matches. The Indian team has been in stellar form throughout the tournament, with their batsmen consistently performing, and their bowlers, including the absence of Hardik Pandya due to injury, delivering impressive results. Mohammed Shami’s nine wickets from two matches and Suryakumar Yadav’s crucial 49 have further bolstered India’s campaign.

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Sri Lanka, on the other hand, faced a challenging situation in their quest for a semi-final spot, given their position in the points table. Although they managed to defeat England thanks to Angelo Mathews’ heroic return, their inconsistency has been a concern. Bowlers Dilshan Madushanka and Kasun Rajitha have been their standout performers, with Sadeera Samarawickrama making notable contributions with the bat.

Hardik Pandya’s continued absence raised some concerns, but India maintained their winning combination for the match against Sri Lanka. The Wankhede Stadium pitch historically favored both batsmen and fast bowlers, which led India to stick with their current team, featuring Shami and Suryakumar Yadav. Shreyas Iyer, who prepared against the short ball in practice, retained his place at No. 4.

The match between India and Sri Lanka holds historical significance, as it harks back to the iconic 2011 World Cup final played in Mumbai. In the Asia Cup final, India had decimated Sri Lanka by bowling them out for 50, showcasing the intensity of their rivalry. This clash promised to be yet another thrilling encounter.

Key Points From IND vs SL Match:

  • India secured their spot in the semi-finals with a victory, while Sri Lanka’s chances of progressing further became bleak.
  • Sri Lanka captain Kusal Mendis won the toss and chose to field.
  • Rohit Sharma started India’s innings with a boundary but was bowled out on the next delivery by Dilshan Madushanka.
  • Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill built a rapid fifty-plus partnership.
  • Gill and Kohli later formed a massive 189-run partnership for the second wicket.
  • Gill was dismissed for 92, and Kohli fell for 88, with Madushanka taking both wickets.
  • KL Rahul contributed 21 runs before getting out.
  • Shreyas Iyer played a brilliant innings, scoring 82 off 56 balls, helping India reach a total of 357/8.
  • Bumrah and Siraj made early breakthroughs, reducing Sri Lanka to 3/4.
  • Mohammed Shami continued to trouble the Sri Lankan batsmen, and they were left struggling at 29/8.

Also Check: ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: India Squad and Fixtures

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