IND VS SL: Shami’s Fifer helps India script its Biggest win in ODI World Cup history, Reaching Semi-finals

IND VS SL: A fiery all-round show by the Men in Blue helped India script its biggest win by the run margin (302 runs) in ODI World Cup history. The match not only witnessed some great and record-breaking batting by Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, and Shreyas Iyer, but it also saw excellent bowling prowess at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday. With this result, India became the first team to qualify for the semifinals and they won their seventh straight game.

India was asked to bat first, and three half-centuries from Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, and Shreyas Iyer guided the team to an impressive score of 357/8. Following Rohit Sharma’s cheap dismissal in the opening over by Dilshan Madushanka, who went on to claim five wickets, Kohli and Gill each scored half-centuries on their way to an incredible partnership of 189 runs. After Madushanka interrupted the wicket-taking stand and prevented both set batsmen from reaching their century, Sri Lanka recovered thanks to the wickets of KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav. Iyer, though, returned to brilliant form and hammered off a 56-ball 82 to guarantee that India reached 300 before two thunderous strokes from Ravindra Jadeja in the closing stages lifted the total above 350.

Then, with a strike on the first ball, Jasprit Bumrah gave India the ideal start. Then Mohammed Siraj broke the celebration, taking two wickets in an over to reduce Sri Lanka to 3-4. Siraj had picked 6/21 in the Asia Cup 2023 finals. The outstanding Mohammed Shami finished with five wickets as the Lankan innings was done in 19.4 overs.

IND VS SL: Mohammed Shami becomes joint-highest wicket-taker for India in ODI World Cups

Mohammed Shami became India’s joint-highest wicket-taker in ODI World Cup history during the India vs Sri Lanka match at the 2023 World Cup match in Mumbai.

Shami went level with Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath at the top with 44 wickets in ODI World Cups.

Shami also entered the top 10 of the highest wicket-takers in ODI World Cup history, which is topped by Glenn McGrath with 71.

Shami picked five wickets against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on November 2. Among active international cricketers, only Mitchell Starc and Trent Boult are above him in the list with 56 and 49 wickets respectively.

Also read: World Cup 2023: Virat Kohli shatters Sachin Tendulkar’s 16-year-old record of greatness vs SL

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