In Mumbai, India, Mohammed Shami displayed his prowess by claiming his fifth wicket when he caught Kasun Rajitha at slip, cementing his position as India’s leading wicket-taker in World Cup history with 45 wickets. This accomplishment surpassed the records of Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan, both of whom had secured 44 wickets.

For his outstanding performance, Shami was rightfully named the player of the match.

Speaking about India’s bowling strength, Shami commented, “Our bowling unit is in excellent form, and everyone is enjoying their rhythm. We are working cohesively as a unit, and the results clearly reflect that.”

India’s batting innings had a rocky start as Dilshan Madushanka bowled out Sharma for just four runs on only the second ball of the innings. While India faced the possibility of further trouble as both Gill and Kohli were dropped during three consecutive deliveries, the pair managed to thwart the Sri Lankan bowlers. Kohli reached his fifty at a run-a-ball pace, while Gill achieved his fifty in 55 balls. Their partnership of 100 runs was realized in 98 balls.

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Kohli initially set the tempo but slowed down as he approached a century, while Gill accelerated and played well-timed boundaries, entertaining the mid-week crowd.

Gill’s innings came to an end when he attempted to steer a short delivery to the boundary but was caught behind in the 30th over. Madushanka provided the breakthrough, and two overs later, he also dismissed Kohli with a slower delivery that induced a false shot, leading to a catch at short cover.

Gill scored 11 fours and two sixes, while Kohli struck 11 fours. Subsequently, Iyer and Lokesh Rahul took to the crease, building a partnership of 60 runs off 47 balls for the fourth wicket.

During the middle overs, India faced some setbacks as Rahul was caught for 21 runs, and Suryakumar Yadav was dismissed for 12. Madushanka claimed his fifth wicket, finishing with figures of 5-80, marking the second most expensive five-wicket haul in ODIs.

Despite these challenges, Iyer played a crucial role by reaching 50 off 36 balls. He also contributed to a 57-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja, who scored 35 off 24 balls. In the end, Iyer’s efforts, featuring three fours and six sixes, helped India surpass the 350-run mark. However, he fell short of securing a World Cup hundred on his home ground.

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