Cricket News: IND vs SL Twitter Reactions – Siraj, Shami, Bumrah bowl Sri Lanka out for 55 | Reactions to India’s massive 302-run win over Sri Lanka at Mumbai
India have once again made a mockery of Sri Lanka, bowling them out for under 100 for the third time in the past four meetings. Mohammed Siraj, just as he did in the recent Asia Cup Final, destroyed the Sri Lankan top order to have figures of 3/0 off 1.5 overs at one stage, after Jasprit Bumrah dismissed the in-form Pathum Nissanka LBW first ball off a delivery that is almost impossible to play.
But, the beauty of the Indian attack is that there is no breathing room. After the early Siraj and Bumrah onslaught, in came Mohammed Shami. The man of the match went on a rampage, dismissing Charith Asalanka and Dushan Hemantha in his first over to reduce Sri Lanka to a scarcely believable 14/6 after ten overs. From there, he dismissed Dushmantha Chameera, Angelo Mathews and Kasun Rajitha to finish with 5/18 and become India’s all-time highest wicket-taker in ODI World Cups.
It was truly an exhibition from India’s pace-bowling brigade. On a surface offering movement and a touch of inconsistent pace, the fast bowlers did not let up, with the Sri Lankans simply having no answers as a wicket looked likely each and every delivery. At one stage, the lowest ever ODI score of 35 was under threat as the Lions fell to the depths of 29/8, but the efforts of Kasun Rajitha (14) and Maheesh Theekshana (12*) gave Sri Lanka their only consolation on a wretched day.
Key stats from the rout:
- Mohammed Shami became India’s leading wicket-taker in World Cups with 45. He has achieved the feat in just 14 innings.
- Sri Lanka’s top five contributed just two runs. This is the lowest of any team in ODI history.
- The 302-run win is India’s second-biggest ever in ODIs. The biggest ever is 317, also by India against Sri Lanka earlier this year.
- India have bowled Sri Lanka out for 73, 50 and 55 in three of their past four ODIs. The Lions scored 172 on the other occasion.
IND vs SL Reactions: India destroy Sri Lanka by 302 runs at Wankhede
We must also not forget India’s solid batting performance, where they struck an imposing 357/8 on a surface that was somewhat tricky for batting. Shubman Gill (92), Virat Kohli (88) and Shreyas Iyer (82) all struck half-centuries. Here are some reactions India’s massive victory; their seventh-straight in a perfect World Cup campaign so far.
“Don’t worry about tomorrow. Cherish the Team India that you have today. You may never see such domination again,” tweeted Sportskeeda’s Anuj Nitin Prabhu.
“For decades if batters in India were the headline act fast bowlers were the accompaniment tracks more often than not. What Bumrah, Shami and Siraj have done is turned fast bowling into the special attraction band, one that seems to churn out platinum albums for fun,” tweeted Cricbuzz’s Bharat Sundaresan.