CWC 2019 Recap: Rohit Sharma scripts record with 5th ton in World Cup 2019
A Cricket World series, CWC 2019 Recap looks at all the high-octane encounters from the last year's ODI World Cup: from Jofra Archer's bouncers to Rohit Sharma's hundreds and from Mitchell Starc's yorkers to Virat Kohli's antics.
Sri Lanka 264/7(50 Overs) - Angelo Mathews113 (128), Lahiru Thirimanne53 (68); Jasprit Bumrah3/37(10), Ravindra Jadeja1/40(10)
India 265/3(43.3 Overs) - Kl Rahul111 (118), Rohit Sharma103 (94); Isuru Udana1/50(9.3), Kasun Rajitha1/47(8)
Result - India won by 7 wickets
At 55-4 and with Sri Lanka's top four in Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando and Kusal Mendis back in the hut by the 12th over, India were right on top and should have never taken the foot off the opposition's throat. But the team relaxed a bit and allowed a 100+ partnership between Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews to prosper.
The result was that Mathews cracked a brilliant century and Thirimanne did his job with a well-compiled fifty. The two took Sri Lanka to 264 and the Lankan bowlers were given something to have a crack at the Indian batting.
However, a 189-run stand between Indian openers KL Rahul 111 (118) and Rohit Sharma 103 (94) did not allow Sri Lanka to sneak into the game at any point. Skipper Kohli then completed the formalities as he took the team to a 7-wicket victory.
The 189-run stand was the highest opening partnership for India in World Cups. It was also only the third incident of both openers scoring 100+ in a World Cup innings.
With a score of 103, Rohit Sharma became the first-ever cricketer to score five centuries in a single edition of a World Cup.
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