India vs Sri Lanka | As it Happened: Easy 7-Wicket Win For India
Live updates from the ICC World Cup match between India and Sri Lanka at Headingley.
Match 44: India vs Sri Lanka
It’s the last group stage match of this 2019 ICC World Cup for both Sri Lanka and India at Headingley today.
While the Lankans are already out of the tournament, India have a lot riding on the result of this match as it will decide where they finish in the points table. Currently second behind Australia, if India win this game, they could finish at 15 points.
However, there is the matter of the game between Australia and South Africa. If Australia win, they take the outright lead in the standings and finish with 16 points. If they lose and India win, then it’s Virat Kohli’s team that finish on top.
Why does it matter who finishes on top?
Because the semi-final line-up is the first placed team against the fourth and the second-placed team against the third. So the top team plays New Zealand on Tuesday and the second-placed team plays England on Thursday.
India vs Sri Lanka | Post Match Press Conference
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A Look at the Records:
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma became the first opening pair to post partnerships of 150 runs or more in consecutive World Cup matches. They followed up their 180-run stand against Bangladesh with a 189-run partnership against Sri Lanka.
Rahul and Rohit's partnership against Sri Lanka on Saturday would become India's highest opening stand in World Cup matches.
Another Player of the Match Award for Rohit Sharma
“Not thinking about all these kind of milestones. I know if I play well all these things will happen along the way. My job is to keep my head straight and get my team to the finishing line. The shot selection becomes important once you are in. I have to keep telling myself on what sort of shots I can play on that pitch and what sort of bowlers are bowling to me. I try and calculate how I want to go forward based on that. It has paid dividends so far. There has to be some discipline as well in your batting and I have learned that from my past,” said Rohit Sharma after the match.
Malinga is Definitely a Match-Winner: Rohit
“ Malinga has been a champion bowler for Sri Lanka and then for Mumbai Indians. I have had a great time playing with him. He is definitely a match-winner. He has shown it over the years how the teams rely on him. I have seen him in close quarters and the cricket world will miss him. As a team we are not thinking about that (Aus-SA game). We have had a great victory today and we want to celebrate that rather than thinking about what is going on there. Whatever opposition comes our way we will put up a show.”
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