India demolished Sri Lanka to warm-up for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semifinals. Asked to bowl, India got off a very good start with Jasprit Bumrah producing two back-to-back maiden overs. Sri Lanka were 55/4 inside 12th overs but a century from Angelo Mathews and 53 from Lahiru Thirimanne helped them to a fighting 264/7. The India openers, Rohit Sharma (103 off 94) and KL Rahul (111 off 118) made sure that their team ended the league stage with a win. With Australia losing to South Africa at Old Trafford, Manchester, Virat Kohli and his men finished top of the league table (IND - 15 points, AUS - 14) and will now face New Zealand in the first semifinal on Tuesday (July 9).
Here are the highlights and scorecard of India vs Sri Lanka:
And something to cheer about for the humble jhalmuri
22:32 IST: Isuru Udana on with his last over. Nothing much to do. Singles off the second and third ball, with Hardik Pandya hitting the winnings runs. India win by seven wickets with 39 balls to spare.
22:30 IST: Lasith Malinga on with his last over in World Cup. Hardik Pandya is the new man for India. Panya hits the last ball for a four to deep mid-wicket. 10 runs from the over. IND-263/3 after 43 overs. Malinga's figures:10-1-82-1. India need 2 from 42.
22:23 IST: Isuru Udana on with his ninth over. Rishabh Pant, left-handed batsman, is the new man for India. Virat Kohli hits the first ball for a four. Rishabh Pant hits the fourth ball for another four. Then, a review for LBW. And it's out. Pant made four off three. IND-253/3 after 42 overs. They need 12 runs from 48 balls.
22:17 IST: Lasith Malinga on with his ninth over. KL Rahul hits the first two balls for fours, then the wicket. Short ball surprises Rahul, caught behind. IND-244/2 after 41 overs. Rahul made 111 off 118 balls.
22:04 IST: First World Cup 100 for KL Rahul, in 109 balls with the help of nine balls and a single.
22:00 IST: Dhananjaya de Silva on with his sixth over. Seven runs from it. IND221/1 after 37 overs. They need 44 more runs.
21:56 IST: Thisara Perera on with his penultimate over. Three singles from the over. IND-214/1 after 36 overs. They need 51 runs from 84 balls.
21:52 IST: Dhananjaya de Silva returns for his fifth over. Four runs from it. IND-211/1 after 35 overs. They need 54 more runs.
21:49 IST: Thisara Perera on with his eighth over. Four singles from it. IND-207/1 after 34 overs. 24 runs from the last five overs. They need 58 more runs.
21:45 IST: Kasun Rajitha on with his eighth over. KL Rahul hits the fifth ball for a four to square leg boundary. Seven runs from the over. IND-203/1 after 33 overs. They need 62 more runs.
Meanwhile, South Africa have scored 325/6 against Australia.
21:40 IST: Thisara Perera returns for his seventh over. Very good over. Two singles from the over. IND-196/1 after 32 overs. They need 69 more runs.
21:31 IST: Kasun Rajitha on with his seventh over. And the big wicket. He has Rohit Sharma (103 off 94) caught at mid-off by Angelo Mathews. FoW- 189/1 (30.1). Virat Kohli is the new man. Drinks!
21:30 IST: Isuru Udana on with his seventh over. Six runs from it. IND-189/0 after 30 overs.
21:26 IST: Kasun Rajitha returns. Rohit Sharma (102 off 92)hits the last ball for a four for his record fifth World Cup hundred in this edition. Six runs from the over. IND-183/0 after 29 overs. They need 81 more runs.
21:20 IST: Isuru Udana on with his sixth over. Rohit Sharma plays the first ball for a single, to third man. Another single, then two dots to Rahul. Three runs from the over. IND-177/0 after 28 overs. They need 88 more runs.
21:16 IST: Lasith Malinga on with his seventh over. KL Rahul hits the third ball for a four, then Rohit Sharma hits the fifth for another. A single to end the over. Rohit one 95 off 84 balls. 14 runs from the over. IND-174/0 after 27 overs. They need 91 more runs.
21:10 IST: Isuru Udana on with his fifth over. Rohit Sharma hits the fourth and sixth balls for fours. Eight runs from the over. IND-160/0 after 26 overs.
21:05 IST: Lasith Malinga is back. KL Rahul hooks the first ball for a double. Another short delivery, a pull shot off the back foot for a four, helped by a misfield. An attempted yorker, but wide, down the leg. A full toss, and single off it. Another double, and 150 up for India. 11 runs from the over. IND-152/0 after 25 overs. They need 113 runs from 150 balls.
20:59 IST: Isuru Udana on with his fourth over. Four runs from it. IND-141/0 after 24 overs. They need 124 more runs.
20:55 IST: Dhananjaya de Silva continues. KL Rahul hits the third ball for a four through cover, and fifty. In 67 balls, then a six over long-off. Then a four to long-off to end the over. 17 runs from the over. IND-137/0 after 23 overs. 38 runs in the last five overs. They need 128 more runs.
20:51 IST: Thisara Perera continues. A double off the first ball, a dot, then a single. Another dot, then KL Rahul plays a cut shot for double. A single to the over. Six runs from the over. IND-120/0 after 22 overs. They need 145 more runs.
20:46 IST: Dhananjaya de Silva on with his third over. Three dots, then Rohit Sharma pulls the fourth ball for a four to deep mid-wicket. A single to fine-leg. Five runs from the over. IND-114/0 after 21 overs. They need 151 more runs.
At Old Trafford, South Africa are 241/2 after 39 overs.
20:43 IST: Thisara Perera continues. Rohit Sharma lines up and plays a brilliant pull shot for a four off the fourth ball. Meanwhile, Rohit has overtaken Shakib Al Hasan as the leading scorer. Six runs from the over. IND-109/0 after 20 overs. They need 156 more runs.
20:39 IST: Dhananjaya continues. A single off the first ball and 100-run stand for India. A dot, then a double, to deep mid-wicket. Four runs from the over. IND-103/0 after 19 overs.
20:35 IST: Thisara Perera on with fourth over. Swing and miss from KL Rahul off the second ball. Two singles from the over. IND-99/0 after 18 overs.
20:28 IST: Bowling change. Dhananjaya de Silva, off-spinner, on, and Rohit Sharma hits the first ball for a six over mid-off. And fifty for Rohit. A dot, then a huge six, 93 metres, straight down the ground. A single to rotate the strike. 14 runs from the over. IND-97/0 after 17 overs. Drinks.
20:24 IST: Perera continues. Two singles from the over. IND-83/0 after 16 overs.
20:20 IST: Udana on with his third over. Two singles and three dots. IND-81/0 after 15 overs. They need 184 more runs.
20:16 IST: Perera continues. KL Rahul takes a single, then Rohit consumes three dots. Rohit plays the fifth ball to third man for a single. A bit of inside edge as Rahul plays a defensive shot. IND-79/0 after 14 overs. 27 runs in the last five overs.
Elsewhere, South Africa are 162/2 after 28 overs.
20:12 IST: Isuru Udana continues. Two dots, then a one-handed four straight down the ground. Then two singles. IND77/0 after 13 overs.
20:08 IST: Double bowling change. Thisara Perera, right-arm medium pacer, on. A dot then two singles as Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul rotate the strike. Another single to deep. Rohit plays the next ball for a single to third man. A double to the end over. Six runs from it. 71/0 after 12 overs.
20:04 IST: Bowling change for Sri Lanka. Isuru Udana, left-arm medium pacer, on. Rohit Sharma plays a sublime cover drive for a four, languid and graceful, off the fifth ball. A dot ball to end the over. Six from it. IND-65/0 after 11 overs.
20:00 IST: Kasun Rajitha on with his fifth over. On the leg and Rohit plays to mid-wicket for a single. Another single, then a dot to Rohit. He plays a pull shot for a single. Rahul plays the next ball straight but fielded by the bowler. A deft touch from Rahul, for a four, guiding over the wicketkeeper. Seven runs from the over. IND-59/0 after 10 overs. They need another 206 runs.
19:55 IST: Lasith Malinga on with his fifth over. Four dot balls to KL Rahul, then a bouncer. One for the over, as the umpire signals it. Then another dot. A maiden over.
19:52 IST: Kasun Rajitha continues. A single off the fifth ball. IND-52/0 after eight overs.
19:47 IST: Lasith Malinga continues. A dot to KL Rahul, followed by a single to mid-wicket. Then singles off the last two balls. IND-51/0 after seven overs. They need 214 runs.
19:43 IST: Kasun Rajitha on with his third over. A dot then a cover drive of supreme class from Rohit Sharma. Good fielding from Kusal Mendis at four, saving a certain four. A good delivery to hit Rohit on the back foot. Little high for an LBW shout. A fuller delivery and Rohit plays straight to mid-off fielder for a dot. Last ball drifts down the leg and once again, Rohit punishes with a four. Nine runs from the over. IND-48/0 after six overs. They need 217 runs.
19:39 IST: Lasith Malinga continues. A confident pull short from KL Rahul for a single. On the lefg stump and a single as Rahul guides it to fine leg. Rohit takes a single off the next ball, playing it to third man. And what a drive from Rohit, through covers, for a four. Then a flick for a four. A slower ball to end the over. 11 runs from it. IND-39/0 after five overs. They need 226 runs.
19:34 IST: Kasun Rajitha continues. A single off the third ball. IND-28/0 after four overs. India need 237 more runs.
19:31 IST: Lasith Malinga continues. KL Rahul hits the first and third balls for fours. Rohit Sharma hits the last ball for a four, through mid-wicket. 13 runs from the over. IND-27/0 after three overs. They need 238 runs.
19:24 IST: Kasun Rajitha, right-arm medium pacer, on with the second over of the innings. Rohit Sharma takes a double of the first ball, then a four off the third ball. An effective pull shot. A single off the next ball, then KL Rahul produces a brilliant cover drive for a four. 12 runs from the over. IND-14/0 after two overs.
19:20 IST: Lasith Malinga resumes the proceedings. SIngles off the first two balls as KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma rotate the strike. Then four dots to Rahul. IND-2/0.
18:49 IST: Meanwhile, in Old Trafford, South Africa has got off to a good start, having scored 78/0 (11 overs).
18:42 IST: Sri Lanka innings come to an end, with the Island nation having set a target of 265. SL: 264/7 (50 overs).
18:39: Bhuvneshwar scalps the wicket of Perera. SL: 260/7 (49.2 overs).
18:37: It was an amazing performance with the ball by Bumrah, who finished his work with figures of 3 for 37, with two maidens. SL: 260/6 (49.1 overs).
18:33 IST: Jasprit Bumrah takes his third wicket, and this time it is the big one of Angelo Mathews, who goes out for 113. SL: 253/6 (48.2 overs).
18:25 IST: Excellent over by Bumrah! Concedes only four singles! SL: 244/5 (47 overs).
18:21 IST: A good over by Pandya, although de Silva hit him for a four in the third delivery. SL: 240/5 (46 overs).
18:10 IST: Mathews smashes Pandya for a four, and reaches his third ODI century! He took 107 balls to reach his ton. SL: 226/5 (43.5 overs).
18:01 IST: Mathews look to consolidate his position in the match, having reached 89 runs off 107 balls until now! SL: 212/5 (42 overs).
17:56 IST: Good over by Bumrah, conceding just five runs only. SL: 205/5 (41 overs).
17:44 IST: Kuldeep scalps Thirimanne's wicket! Excellent delivery, with Jadeja getting a simple catch! Earlier Mathews was dropped by Kumar for 59. SL: 180/5 (38 overs).
17:21 IST: Angelo Mathews reaches his half-century off 76 balls, hitting Pandya for a four! Can Lanka put in a good target? SL: 144/4 (33 overs).
17:16 IST: A good over by Kumar, although Thirimanne hit him for a boundary once. SL: 140/4 (32 overs).
17:12 IST: Seven runs in Hardik Pandya's over, with Mathews also hitting him for a four in the first ball itself. SL: 134/4 (31 overs).
17:06 IST: Lankans hope to gain momentum, and not lose wickets in quick succession. Another good over by Bumrah, he concedes only five runs. SL: 127/4 (30 overs).
17:02 IST: India keep the pressure on Sri Lankan batsmen duo, Mathews and Thirimanne, although the former could reach his 50 soon! SL: 122/4 (29 overs).
16:57 IST: Excellent over by Bumrah!! Testing Mathews with his magic! SL: 118/4 (28 overs).
16:52 IST: Hardik Pandya bowls a good over, conceding six runs. Up comes Bumrah next! SL: 116/4 (27 overs).
16:47 IST: Angelo Mathews smashes Yadav for four. What a well-placed shot! SL: 109/4 (26 overs).
16:44 IST: Good over by Jadeja, with Thirimanne and Mathews hitting him for a run each. SL: 102/4 (25 overs).
16:41 IST: Another good over for India, as the pressure builds on Sri Lanka. Kuldeep gets hit for three runs only in six deliveries. SL: 100/4 (24 overs).
16:40 IST: Good over by Jadeja, who concedes three only. Can Lanka gain momentum? SL: 96/4 (23 overs).
16:31 IST: A decent over by Kuldeep, as he concedes only six runs. SL: 83/4 (20 overs).
16:25 IST: Kuldeep Yadav on with his second over. A mix-up between Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews after the former plays the first ball to mid-wicket. Six runs from the over, four singles and a double. SL-74/4 after 18 overs.
16:21 IST: Ravindra Jadeja on with his fourth over. Three singles from it. SL-68/4 after 17 over.
16:18 IST: Bowling change. Kuldeep Yadav, left-arm chinaman bowler, on. Two singles and a wide from the over. SL-65/4 after 16 overs.
16:12 IST: Ravindra Jadeja on with his third over. Just single, off the fourth ball. SL-62/4 after 15 overs. Drinks.
16:09 IST: Hardik Pandya continues. Three singles from his third over. SL-61/4 after 14 overs. 11 runs and two wickets in last five overs.
16:05 IST: Another quick over from Ravindra Jadeja. Just three singles. SL-58/4 after 13 overs.
16:00 IST: Hardik Pandya continues. Produces a well-directed bouncer to dismiss Avishka Fernando (20 off 21). Caught behind. FoW-55/4 (11.4 overs). Lahiru Thirimanne, left-handed batsman, is the new man. One run from the over. SL-55/4 after 12 overs.
15:55 IST: Double bowling change. Ravindra Jadeja, left-arm spinner, on. Kusal Mendis (3 off 13) stumped off the fourth ball. FoW-53/3 (10.4 overs). Angelo Mathews, right-handed batsman, is the new man. Two runs from the over. SL-54/3 after 11 overs.
15:50 IST: Bowling change. Hardik Pandya, right-arm medium pacer, on. Singles off the second and fourth deliveries. SL-52/2 after 10 overs. This is the most India have conceded in the first ten overs in this tournament.
15:45 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar on with his fifth over. A single off the fifth ball. Brilliant over. SL-50/2 after nine overs. 33 runs and a wicket in the last five overs.
15:42 IST: Jasprit Bumrah continues. Kusal Perera (18 off 14), caught behind. He walks. FoW-40/2 (7.1). Kusal Mendis, right-handed batsman, is the new man. Avishka Fernando hits the fourth and fifth balls for fours. Nine runs from the over. SL-49/2 after eight overs.
15:34 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar continues. Seven runs from the over. Avishka Fernando hits the fourth ball for a four, through cover. SL-40/1 after seven overs.
15:30 IST: Jasprit Bumrah continues. Dots to Avishka Fernando and review off the third ball for an LBW. Original decision out. Missing the wickets after pitching on off and middle. Ball going over the leg stump after grazing the flap of thigh pad. And a four off the fifth ball, straight down the ground. First runs conceded by Bumrah, in 17 balls. A wide, then solid block to end the over. Five runs from the over. SL-33/a after six overs.
15:20 IST: Life for the dangerous Kusal Pereira on nine. He miscues a drive of Bhuvneshwar but a ridiculous mix-up between Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav at cover. SL: 17/1 (5th over).
15: 16 IST: Bumrah strikes. Gets skipper Karunaratne, who edges a wide delivery to Dhoni. SL: 17/1 (3.4ov).
15:12 IST: Sri Lanka get their innings going, with Karunaratne smashing Kumar for two fours. Bhuvi concedes 12 runs in his second over of the match. Sri Lanka: 17/0 (3ov).
15:09 IST: STAT ATTACK: Jasprit Bumrah needs one more wicket for his 100th ODI career scalp. His first 99 wickets have come at an average of 22, the best rate of anyone to take more than 20 wickets for India.
15:08 IST: Excellent over by India's pace king Jasprit Bumrah. The bowler registers a maiden over. Sri Lanka: 5/0 (2ov).
15:04 IST: Sri Lanka: 5/0 (1ov).
15:04 IST: Also Pereira smashed a Bhuvi delivery for a four, which was a lovely shot indeed.
15:04 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar concedes five runs in India's first over, with Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Pereira opening Lanka's innings.
14:55 IST: The teams have lined up for their respective national anthems.
14:47 IST: Here are the starting XIs -
India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni(w), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Perera(w), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha, Lasith Malinga.
14:46 IST: Sri Lanka have bought in Thisara Perera coming in for Jeffrey Vandersay.
14:43 IST: India have made two changes, bringing in Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav in place of Mohammed Shami and Yuzvendra Chahal. This is also Jadeja's first start in the tournament.
14:41 IST: Sri Lanka have won the toss, and elected to bat first against India.
Finishing top of the group stage is the prize up for grabs when India wrap up their efforts against Sri Lanka in Leeds on Saturday. India have rested few players, though, with their place in the last four already assured. This could have been the ideal opportunity to leave out MS Dhoni, who has been out of sorts. But he keeps his place.
Dhoni's place in Indian cricket history is assured but his return of 223 runs is below par. It would be very like the 37-year-old to be saving his best displays for the knockout rounds, however.
For Sri Lanka there is a chance to salvage some pride after a disappointing campaign that has had highs and lows. There is also likely to be a World Cup farewell for veteran quick Lasith Malinga, who inspired their defeat of England.
Avishka Fernando could lead the next generation for the Lions, with the 21-year-old having hit a superb 104 in their win over West Indies last time out, improving his batting average to 61 for the tournament. Kusal Perera and captain Dimuth Karunaratne are his only team-mates to have averaged over 30.