India into semi finals , Shami took a 5 wicket haul.

India into semi finals after crushing Sri lanka with a win of 302 runs on thursday in wankhede stadium , mumbai

India into semi finals , Shami took a 5 wicket haul.
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India’s fast bowling trio, including Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Mohammed Shami, delivered an outstanding performance with the new ball against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday (November 2). Sri Lanka’s batting display was reminiscent of their poor performance in the Asia Cup final back in September, where they were dismissed for a mere 50 runs. This time, they managed only a few more runs, crumbling for 55 and suffering a humiliating 302-run defeat. India’s seventh consecutive victory secured their spot in the semifinals.

Chasing a challenging target of 358, Sri Lanka faced an uphill battle right from the start. Bumrah swiftly dismissed their in-form batsman Pathum Nissanka for a golden duck, while Siraj claimed the wicket of Dimuth Karunaratne in the following over. Sadeera Samarawickrama was the next to depart, caught at slip off Siraj’s bowling. With three of their top four batsmen registering ducks, Sri Lanka found themselves in a dire situation. Charith Asalanka struggled to get going and eventually fell to Shami.

The Sri Lankan wickets continued to tumble, and at one point, they were on the verge of setting a new record for the lowest total in ODI history at 29/8. However, some late boundaries from Maheesh Theekshana and Kasun Rajitha helped them avoid that fate. Shami’s exceptional bowling performance, which included a five-wicket haul, earned him the man of the match award and made him India’s leading wicket-taker in World Cup history.

Sri Lanka couldn’t have anticipated this outcome after watching India post 357 runs earlier in the day. While the pitch offered some assistance to the bowlers, Dilshan Madushanka took full advantage, taking five wickets. Despite this, the Wankhede Stadium typically allows for high-scoring matches. India lost Rohit Sharma early, but Virat Kohli played superbly in the powerplay, consistently finding boundaries. Shubman Gill also settled in after a cautious start, contributing to India’s strong start in the powerplay.

As the innings progressed, both Kohli and Gill continued to score steadily. Gill eventually surpassed Kohli’s score, hitting a couple of sixes along the way. The two were on track to reach their centuries before Madushanka intervened, breaking their 189-run partnership. Gill missed out on a century by eight runs, while Kohli was deceived by a slower delivery, departing for 88.

However, Shreyas Iyer didn’t let these dismissals affect his performance. He played aggressively, hitting three sixes in quick succession and reaching 26 runs off just 16 deliveries. Despite the quick dismissals of KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas maintained his composure and formed a crucial partnership with Jadeja, helping India surpass the 300-run mark.

Just like Kohli and Gill, Shreyas was also poised to reach his century before Madushanka’s delivery forced him to mistime a shot, resulting in his dismissal for 82. Although Madushanka ended up as the leading wicket-taker in the tournament, Jadeja’s contributions guided India past the 350-run mark. Nonetheless, all these individual achievements paled in comparison to what happened after the innings break.

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