India's qualification hopes alive as Kohli dismantles Sri Lanka
Virat Kohli slammmed a brilliant unbeaten 133 as India kept the doors of an unthinkable qualification open courtesy a bonus point in their last league match.
Virat Kohli slammmed a brilliant unbeaten 133 as India kept the doors of an unthinkable qualification open, courtesy a bonus point in their last league match.
India needed to beat Sri Lanka by a bonus point to have any chances of qualification. Reaching the 320-run score by Sri Lanka in less than 40 overs seemed beyond imagination but in a match where every batsmen showed intent, India got their easily in the end.
The foundation of the win was laid by the partnership between Gambhir and Kohli. The two put up 115 runs at a brisk pace.
Gambhir was run out after his fifty but his replacement Suresh Raina proved even deadlier for the Lankans as he smashed 3 fours and a six on his way to a 24-ball 40.
Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag had provided India with a decent start but the former was dismissed by Lasith Malinga's deceptive low full toss.
Sachin's departure was then seen as his last appearance in Australia as the the run chase seemed highly unlikely.
Sehwag, who started in aggressive fashion, paid the price of going after every delivery. He was dismissed by Maharoof.
Twin tons have been ominous and although Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan took Sri Lanka to a total they enjoyed to be at, it wasn't enough to get them past the finish line.
Dilshan played a 160-run knock which equalled his highest score. The previous innings had also come against India. Coincidently, Sri Lanka ended up on the losing side in that match as well.
India were desperate in the field with Sri Lanka scoring at ease. The thought of a bonus point evaded the imagination as the innings progressed.
To be fair to Sri Lanka, their innings was well-paced; solid at the beginning and increasingly aggressive at the end.