World Cup 2023 : Shami-Siraj-Bumrah crushed Sri Lanka, India qualify for Semi-finals

India presented a ruthless show at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday. Indian side demolished Sri Lanka by 302 runs. After a excellent performance from the batters, Indian bowling side steal the show. Mohammad Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah just crushed the Sri Lankan batting order. With this outcome, Team India concurred their seventh consecutive win in ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 and qualify for the semi-finals as the first team in the tournament.

Today Indian Skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and choose to bat first. But it was not a good start for India. Rohit Sharma got out on the very first over just after scoring a boundary. Then Mr. Dependable Virat Kohli and young talent Shubman Gill took the responsibility. The made a 189 runs partnership in the second wicket. Though they put an excellent show, Shubman (92 runs off 92 balls) and Virat (88 runs of 94 balls) both missed their close opportunity to get the century. After their departure Shreyas Iyer played a steamy 82 off 56 balls with six sixes and three fours. Jadeja scored 35 off 24 balls. Though Madhushanka got 5 wickets, all Sri Lankan bowlers have been beaten mercilessly. At last India put on board a huge total of 357 runs in 50 overs.

After the batters, bowlers snatched the game from Sri Lanka. They just smashed the Lankan Batting line-up. Bumrah got Pathum Nissanka on the very first ball of the Sri Lankan innings. On the next over Siraj got Dimuth Karunaratne and Sadeera Samarawickrama. On his second over and India’s fourth over Siraj got Kusal Mendis. After fourth overs Sri Lanka was 3 for 4. When Sri Lanka was struggling to settle, Rohit gave the ball to Mohammad Shami. He got Charith Asalanka, Dushan Hemantha on his first over and continued to take wickets. Shami finished with 5 wickets in his 5 overs. Siraj got 3 wickets in 7 overs. Bumrah and Jadeja got one wicket each. Highest score of Lankan side is 14 off 17 balls by Kasun Rajitha. Sri Lanka collapsed for 55 runs in 19.4 overs. India won the match by 302 runs. Shami has been awarded as the Player of the Match.

Shami went on to pick another five-wicket-haul after New Zealand match. In just 3 ICC World Cup 2023 games he managed 14 wickets. Now he is the highest wickets taking Indian bowler in World Cup games ever surpassing Zaheer Khan (44 wickets) with 45 wickets in 14 games. Mohammed Shami has become just the second bowler in ODI history to bag three consecutive 4-plus wicket hauls more than once. Today’s 55 runs by Sri Lanka is the Lowest total in World Cups by a full-members team. India became the first side to qualify for the semi-finals.

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