India vs Sri Lanka ICC CWC 2023 Match 33 Report: Sri Lanka were all gassed out already from the heavy punches from the Indian batters. When the home wicket wizards stepped in, it was all a matter of finishing the fight, and Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Jusprit Bumrah took them down and choked them out clean in a packed Wankhede Stadium here in Mumbai.
With the win, the hosts became the first team to march to the semi-final, making it 7 in 7, and will wait and watch from the top as the other teams fight it out to join them. The Lankans are sunk even deeper, as they could bag only 4 points from the possible 14 and are 7th on the table with the same points as the 8th-placed Netherlands. Their semi-final hope is almost done.
The Pitchcrafters Crafted it Well
With the injury of vice-captain Hardik Pandya, maybe something good has happened. And the name of that goodness is Mohammed Shami. His five-wicket haul for the second time in this World Cup concreted the Lankan demise before getting ashore. Along with him, Mohammed Siraj took 3 and Jusprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja shared the rest of the wickets equally. Collectively, they folded up Sri Lanka for 55 in 19.4 overs to win by a gigantic 303 runs.
0, 0, 1, 0, 1: The Lankan Failure to Break the Binary Code
When Lanka began their chase, their top-order batsmen quickly tumbled, and the first five batters scored only binary numbers, falling in the score of 0, 0, 1, 0, and 1 respectively. With Shami sending the 7th and 8th wickets for duck, Lanka was looming the lowest-ever defeat in ODI history. But the tail end managed to find some boundaries, which took them past 50 before falling at 55.
It is the second time Sri Lanka got defeated by more than 300 runs in 2023, and both smacks were from India’s palms. Also, it is the third time Sri Lanka’s batters have been finished under 100 by India this year. The last one was in the Asia Cup 2023 Final when Sri Lanka tapped out for an even lower score of 50.
Earlier, India was sent to bat first, similar to the last match. Although they started with a hiccup, losing skipper Rohit Sharma (4) early, the strong batting lineup aged well in the match. Virat Kohli, who joined Gill to build an 189-run partnership, got out at 88, 12 runs before the record that everyone was looking for—the most century in ODI’s. Gill was even closer to the 100 but had to go out at 92. Shreyas Iyer did well, scoring 82, and India was all set. Jadeja at the tail bagged 35 from 24, and India gave Sri Lanka a 357-run mountain to climb on before knocking them down even before reaching the quarter of the expedition.
India vs Sri Lanka ICC CWC 2023 Match 33 Report: Score Summary
357 for 8 (Gill 92, Kohli 88, Shreyas 82, Madushanka 5-80)
55 (Shami 5-18, Siraj 3-16)
India by 302 runs