Mohammed Shami took an incredible five-wicket haul against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede on Thursday. This helped him overcome Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath to become India’s top wicket-taker with 45 wickets in the World Cup.
This was Shami’s second World Cup goal; his first came in Dharamsala against New Zealand.
He finished the job by dismissing Charith Asalanka, Dushan Hemantha, Angelo Mathews, Dushmantha Chameera, and Kasun Rajitha. Sri Lanka was all out for 55 as India amassed a whopping 302-run victory.
When opener Pathum Nissanka was dismissed off the first delivery of the Lankan innings by Jasprit Bumrah, the collapse had begun. Mohammed Siraj then went on to sign Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, and Dimuth Karunaratne.
Before the match against South Africa at Eden Gardens, which will be played on a spicier track, Shreyas Iyer (82 off 56 balls) helped the team recover from a mini-slump. He feasted against a weak bowling attack on a calm track.
Virat Kohli missed out on a record-tying 49th ODI century earlier, but Indian batsmen revelled on a level surface as they amassed a massive 357 for 8 against Sri Lanka.
After missing out on matching Sachin Tendulkar’s 49th ODI century in Dharamsala against New Zealand, Kohli (88 off 94 balls) enjoyed a 189-run second wicket stand with his apparent heir Shubman Gill, who looked like a million bucks throughout his run-a-ball 92.
After losing both Gill and Kohli in rapid succession, Iyer’s effort was crucial in helping India surpass 350. He got off to a fast start with a barrage of sixes. Three fours and six sixes were hit throughout his inning.
In addition to bowling a beauty of a delivery to put captain Rohit Sharma (4) first up, Dilshan Madushanka (5/80 in 10 overs) also denied all three Indian hitters what would have been worthy hundreds. Throughout his second and third periods, he made effective use of the slower cutters and bouncers.