In the 44th match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, India defeated Sri Lanka by 7 wickets as openers Rohit Sharma (103 off 94 balls) and KL Rahul (111 off 118 balls) hit brilliant centuries at the Headingley in Leeds.
Earlier, Angelo Mathews once again turned out to be a thorn in India’s flesh with a gutsy hundred after a top-order collapse, guiding Sri Lanka to a respectable 264 for 7 in 50 overs.
The former Sri Lanka captain (113 off 128 balls) played a near-perfect knock with his back to the wall, to give his team a chance to fight which looked bleak after the first hour. Jasprit Bumrah (3/37) was once again fast, accurate and mostly unplayable but his partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/73) had a forgettable day.
Sri Lanka finished with only 3 wins from 9 games and will go back home disappointed. India will move on to the semi-finals which will be played on July 9 and July 11 respectively.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Unbelievable consistency from Rohit Sharma, World Cup 100’s running in him like haemoglobin in our bloods. A good 100 from KL Rahul as well and a well deserved win for Team India. Semi Finals kiske saath lag raha hai ? #IndvSL pic.twitter.com/ehp5VZXWWF
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 6, 2019
Congratulations @klrahul11 superb 💯 right time to get the momentum before the semis.. wish you luck for semis and finals . Go India 🇮🇳 🏏🏆
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 6, 2019
Rohit Sharma is playing at another level, fatherhood has helped him immensely. Also, nice to see KL Rahul convert this into a 100. #IndvSL
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 6, 2019
Rohit Sharma is the Virat Kohli of #CWC19
Shadow Kohli is an achievement itself.
5 hundred in a World Cup is just out of this World show.
In SF and Final (if reached) Rohit will trump card along Kohli.
— Abdul Ghaffar (@GhaffarDawnNews) July 6, 2019
They have the temperament, they have what it takes to power up & carry the day on their shoulders. Fiercely focused & consistent with the bat, @ImRo45 @klrahul11 are proving to be quite the opening pair. Fantastic innings the by two, all geared up for semis! #INDvSL #CWC19
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) July 6, 2019
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) July 6, 2019
— VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) July 6, 2019
It has been a class display from Rohit Sharma this World Cup, to score 5 centuries in a single edition in just 8 innings is truly special. Feel delighted for KL Rahul as well, has been a pleasure to see him score a 100 today. Brilliant for Indian Cricket #IndvSL pic.twitter.com/6EYdgD4OHi
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 6, 2019
Different pitches, different oppositions, plus the world cup stage…5 hundreds!… with a possible 2 games to go is just ridiculously brilliant!#RohitSharma
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 6, 2019
Avoiding India in the Semi might be just the tonic … If that happens I declare it G & T O’clock … #CWC19
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 6, 2019
Well deserved hundred by @klrahul11 Congratulations bro. Wish u many more in future 👏👍 Great stuff once again by the bowlers led by @Jaspritbumrah93 as usual. Killing it guys. Keep it Goin till we hold that beautiful trophy 🏆 @StarSportsIndia @icc
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) July 6, 2019
— Mandeep Singh (@mandeeps12) July 6, 2019
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) July 6, 2019
Wow what a dominant performance from #TeamIndia 👏👏 Today was the R & R show 💪 Congrats @ImRo45 & @klrahul11 for their massive tons. Getting closer to the #WorldCup 🤩🇮🇳🏏 #Ting #ICCCWC2019 pic.twitter.com/7TMRHatiB3
— Preity G Zinta (@realpreityzinta) July 6, 2019
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) July 6, 2019
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) July 6, 2019
Klass L Rahul… top 100 by this lad. Should give him immense confidence going forward in his career #KLRahul
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) July 6, 2019
Perhaps even more than for Rohit, it is pleasing for K L Rahul to get his 2nd ODI century. India needed him entering the semis with confidence and something like his best form. I hope he is more consistent from here on👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻.
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) July 6, 2019
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) July 6, 2019