The Indian cricket team crushed Sri Lanka by 302 runs in the World Cup semi-final, putting on an imposing 357-8 after Shubman Gill made 92, Virat Kohli added 88, and Shreyas Iyer smacked 82. India’s bowling attack was also outstanding, with Mohammed Shami claiming 5-18 to wrap up the victory.
For Sri Lanka, seamer Dilshan Madushanka’s 5-80 was their only positive, taking him to the top of the World Cup wicket-taking charts on 18. However, it was not enough to prevent India from securing a comfortable victory and a spot in the final.
India’s victory was set up by a brilliant batting performance. Gill and Kohli put on 189 for the second wicket, and Iyer added 82 late on to help India post a mammoth total. Sri Lanka’s bowlers wilted in the heat, and their fielding was also sloppy, with Gill and Kohli dropping early on.
India’s bowlers then made light work of Sri Lanka’s batting lineup. Shami was the pick of the bowlers, but all of India’s bowlers were effective. Sri Lanka were dismissed for just 55 in 19.4 overs, the lowest total in World Cup history.
India’s victory was a crushing one, and it showed the gulf in class between the two teams. India are now the favorites to win the World Cup, while Sri Lanka’s qualification hopes are hanging by a thread.
Sri Lanka’s qualification hopes
Sri Lanka’s qualification hopes are not mathematically over, but they need to win their remaining two games and rely on other results going their way. India’s victory over Sri Lanka means that India are now guaranteed a spot in the semi-finals, along with South Africa.
Sri Lanka’s next game is against Bangladesh, and they must win that game to keep their qualification hopes alive. They then play South Africa in their final game, and they will need to win that game as well. However, even if Sri Lanka win both of their remaining games, they will still need other results to go their way.
If India and South Africa win their remaining games, then Sri Lanka will be eliminated. However, if either India or South Africa lose a game, then Sri Lanka will still have a chance of qualifying
India’s chances of winning the World Cup
India is now the favorite to win the World Cup. They have an outstanding batting line-up, led by Gill, Kohli, and Iyer. Their bowling attack is also very good, with Shami leading the way.India’s next game is against South Africa in the semi-finals. South Africa are a good team, but India will be confident of beating them. If India wins that game, then they will be in the final, and they will be the favorites to win the tournament.
What happens next?
India’s victory over Sri Lanka was a crushing one, and it showed the gulf in class between the two teams. India are now the favorites to win the World Cup, while Sri Lanka’s qualification hopes are hanging by a thread.