ICC Cricket World Cup: Rohit Sharma hits the fifth century as India beat Sri Lanka

India completed the top of the ICC World Cup 2019 table with a seven-wicket win against Sri Lanka. 

Rohit Sharma 

With Australia losing to South Africa by 10 runs, India remained above them and will play New Zealand in the semi-last at Old Trafford on Tuesday. 

Rohit Sharma turned into the principal man to score five centuries in a solitary ICC World Cup 2019 as India pursued down 265 with 6.3 overs to save at Headingley. 

Angelo Mathews made 113 as Sri Lanka recuperated from 55-4 to post 264-7. 

Playing his sixteenth ICC World Cup 2019 match, Rohit 32, achieved three figures in 92 balls and equaled the record of six ICC World Cup hundreds of years, by and large, held by amazing countryman Sachin Tendulkar, who played 44 innings in the occasion. 

He currently has 647 keeps running in the current year's competition and needs just 27 more to obscure another of Tendulkar's ICC World Cup milestones, the 673 he scored in the 2003 challenge. 

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With KL Rahul, who made 111, they put on 189 for the most astounding opening stand in the current year's opposition, overshadowing their own 180 against Bangladesh on Tuesday. 

The right-hand pair hit nine fours in the opening six overs as India assumed responsibility for the pursuit from the begin. The main astonishment was Rohit driving directly to mid-off in the 31st over, having finished his 27th ODI hundred in his 214th match. 

In his World Cup finale, Sri Lanka pace initiates Lasith Malinga, who played in both the 2007 and 2011 finals, guaranteed the wicket of Rahul in the 41st over with a trademark shock bouncer. 

It took the 35-year-old above Wasim Akram into third spot in ICC World Cup wicket-taking history with 56, behind just Muttiah Muralitharan and Glenn McGrath. 

The conflicting Sri Lankans, who were bowled out for 136 by New Zealand however proceeded to beat top choices England, played a lot of assaulting strokes yet the loss of their fourth wicket in just the twelfth over implied a modifying task was basic and Mathews smoothly recorded a century remain in 141 balls with Lahiru Thirimanne (53). 

Pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah inspired again after Sri Lanka picked to bat, taking 2-5 in his opening 19 deliveries and the ever-guaranteed previous India captain MS Dhoni was engaged with the initial four rejections with some slick glovework. 

Mathews was reprieved on 61 as Bhuvneshwar Kumar, having got two hands to the opportunity rolling in from long-on, couldn't hang on with the score on 169-4. 

It was the subsequent catch put somewhere around India, with Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya - who proceeded to take a sublime discover jumping forward to end the innings - nearly crashing in the quest for a hurled drive from Kusal Perera. 

The effectively fabricated Mathews promoted and the second fifty of his 115-ball century took just 41 deliveries. 

It was his third ODI century for Mathews, all of which have been against India,

Virat Kohli: "We wanted to play good cricket but we didn't expect to do this well heading into the semis. That's what hard work gets you. I am really proud of this team as a captain, they are amazing people.
"More or less everything is set for the semis but we don't want to be one-dimensional. We need balance in the side. We are very happy."
Rohit Sharma: "I have learned from my mistakes in the past. I don't go into a match thinking of hundreds. Every day is a new day."

Dimuth Karunaratne: "After this World Cup we have to go have a think about what we have to do and what we got wrong.
"We will talk to the selectors and find some new talent. Four years is a long period.
"We will find guys who can play a good role in Sri Lanka. We will search for some talents."

ICC Cricket World Cup: Rohit Sharma hits the fifth century as India beat Sri Lanka ICC Cricket World Cup: Rohit Sharma hits the fifth century as India beat Sri Lanka Reviewed by Cricket Info Tak on July 06, 2019 Rating: 5

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