MUMBAI, India (AP) — Mohammed Shami achieved a significant milestone as he claimed his fifth wicket by taking a slip catch to dismiss Kasun Rajitha. This achievement catapulted him to the position of India’s leading bowler in World Cup history, with a total of 45 wickets. In this remarkable feat, he surpassed the previous record holders, Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan, both of whom had 44 wickets to their credit.

Mohammed Shami’s outstanding performance earned him the title of Player of the Match.

“Our bowling unit is in excellent form, and everyone is enjoying their role with this kind of rhythm,” Shami remarked. “We are bowling as a cohesive unit, and the results speak for themselves.”

On the batting front, India faced early challenges as Dilshan Madushanka sent shockwaves through Wankhede Stadium by dismissing Rohit Sharma for a mere four runs off the second ball of the Indian innings.

India’s innings could have taken a more precarious turn as both Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli survived dropped catches within the span of three deliveries. However, the pair did not give the Sri Lankan bowlers any more chances. Kohli reached his half-century at a run-a-ball pace, while Gill secured his fifty in 55 deliveries. Together, they formed a partnership of 100 runs in 98 balls.

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Kohli set the pace initially but slowed down as he neared a potential century. In contrast, Gill increased his tempo, treating the crowd to well-placed boundaries.

The young opener’s innings came to a halt when he attempted to guide a short delivery to the boundary but was caught behind in the 30th over. Madushanka, who had already claimed five wickets, secured this crucial breakthrough. Two overs later, he also dismissed Kohli with a slower delivery that enticed the batsman into an ill-fated shot, resulting in a catch at short cover.

Gill’s performance featured 11 fours and two sixes, while Kohli’s innings included 11 boundaries. Following their dismissals, Shreyas Iyer and Lokesh Rahul took the crease, forming a partnership that added 60 runs in 47 balls for the fourth wicket.

In the middle overs, India experienced a slight stumble as Rahul was caught after scoring 21 runs, and Suryakumar Yadav was dismissed for 12 runs. Madushanka’s remarkable performance led to his fifth wicket, concluding with figures of 5-80, marking one of the most expensive five-wicket hauls in ODIs.

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Nevertheless, Shreyas Iyer held one end firmly, achieving a half-century off 36 balls. He then contributed to a 57-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja, who contributed 35 runs from 24 balls.

Ultimately, Shreyas Iyer’s impressive performance included three fours and six sixes, helping India surpass the 350-run mark. However, he narrowly missed the opportunity to secure a World Cup century at his home ground.