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  • 10:44 PM IST

    Rohit Sharma (2/2): What has happened has happened, every day is a new day in cricket. I come out thinking I have not played any ODIs or scored any hundreds. That is the challenge as a sportsperson. He has been a champion bowler for Sri Lanka and then for Mumbai Indians. 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. We have had a great victory today and we want to celebrate that.

  • 10:43 PM IST

    Rohit Sharma (1/2): Not really (thought about scoring five hundreds in World Cup 2019). Like I have been talking about, going out there and do my job. 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 I am in. I try and calculate how I want to go forward based on that. There has to be some discipline in your batting and I have learned that from my past.

  • 10:29 PM IST

    THAT’S IT! India cap off league stage with a win. Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul scored hundreds while Jasprit Bumrah scalped three wickets as India beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets.

  • 10:22 PM IST
    OUT! Sri Lanka opt for a review and Rishabh Pant is given out LBW. Isuru Udana strikes.
  • 10:15 PM IST

    WICKET! End of KL Rahul’s innings as Lasith Malinga strikes. Fine knock comes to an end. India two down but closer to sealing a win.

  • 10:04 PM IST

    Pretty much sums it up how KL Rahul has done after getting to open the batting:

  • 10:02 PM IST

    HUNDRED! KL Rahul brings up his century in 109 balls. His maiden World Cup ton.

  • 9:33 PM IST

    GONE! Rohit departs after a record fifth century, he’s still unhappy, Kasun Rajitha has the first wicket, India 189/1 in 30/4 overs

  • 9:21 PM IST
    HUNDRED! Fifth hundred in World Cup 2019 for Rohit Sharma. Most in a single edition, surpassing Kumar Sangakkara. What an unbelievable World Cup he is having!
  • 8:52 PM IST

    FOUR! Mid-off is up and Rahul goes for his shot. Connects well enough to fetch a four.

Match highlights, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match 44: Rohit, Rahul hundreds power India to thumping win over Sri Lanka

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Match 44 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between India and Sri Lanka at Headingley, Leeds on Saturday.

IND vs SL MATCH PREVIEW

With a place in the semi-final guaranteed, it is possible that India‘s contest against Sri Lanka be considered an inconsequential one. But that’s as far from real as one can get. This may be India’s final league match of the World Cup 2019 but with a new joining in the squad and the possibility of them leapfrogging Australia for the No. 1 spot lurking, Sunday’s clash is equally crucial.

Provided South Africa, defeat Australia and India end their league stage with a win, India go top of the points table. This means India play New Zealand in Manchester, and not England at Edgbaston. Given the recent rut New Zealand find themselves in, Old Trafford would be a preference any day. Hence, expect India to go full-throttle against Sri Lanka. In the past, India and Sri Lanka have played each other more than any other two teams and even though there is a lot less at stake here and there is a feeling of yet another bilateral game to it than a World Cup match, neither side will take it lightly.

That doesn’t mean beating SL would be a walk in the park. The last time India played them in England was in the Champions Trophy 2017, where Sri Lanka chased down 322. From that game in Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews are in this squad. Also, it was in Headingley that Sri Lanka stunned England and with a confident win against West Indies, they are pretty capable of surprising another top side and go out with a win.

For India, this is their final chance to tune up their batting. In the previous game, Kedar Jadhav, who has bowled just six overs and hasn’t bowled in the last four games, was swapped for Dinesh Karthik, and Rishabh Pant, with scores of 32 and 48 in the two games, seems to have provided a semblance of balance to the No. 4 spot.

Sri Lanka have had their moments this World Cup. The win against England was followed by Avishka Fernando’s inspiring century against West Indies, Angelo Mathews’ moment of glory with the ball and Lasith Malinga‘s top-crushing yorker reminding everyone of his days of yore. In what is going to be his final World Cup game, what better way to give Malinga a perfect World Cup send-off than a win against one of the semi-finalists?

Editorial team of CricketCountry.