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1.4 overs (0 Run) This is back of a length and on the sixth stump line, Shubman Gill gets his bat away from it and lets it go to the keeper.
1.3 overs (0 Run) Full again and around off too, Shubman Gill pushes it towards short covers. Three dots in a row now!
1.2 overs (0 Run) Goes a bit fuller and on off, Shubman Gill strides forward and knocks it towards wide mid off.
1.1 overs (0 Run) Dushmantha Chameera begins with a good-length delivery around off, Shubman Gill steers it toward point.
It will be pace from both ends as Dushmantha Chameera comes on from the other end.
0.6 over (4 Runs) FOUR! Virat Kohli gets off the mark with a boundary as well! Dilshan Madushanka serves this full again but down the leg side, Virat Kohli just has to get some bat on it and the ball races to the fine leg fence for four runs. An eventful first over comes to an end!
0.5 over (0 Run) Overpitched and around off this time, Virat Kohli drives it straight to mid off.
0.4 over (0 Run) Pulls his length back a bit, on middle, Virat Kohli gets behind the line of it and blocks it down the pitch.
0.3 over (0 Run) This is pitched up and on middle, shaping in, Virat Kohli clips it towards short fine leg.
Virat Kohli walks in at number 3 for India.
0.2 over (0 Run) OUT! BOWLED’EM! Dilshan Madushanka has silenced the Wankhede! What a brilliant comeback from him and this is a peach of a delivery. He lands this off-cutter on a good length and just around middle, shaping away slightly this time, Rohit Sharma plays for the shape in and tries to block but plays down the wrong line and the ball goes through to shatter the off pole out of the ground. India lose their skipper early!
0.1 over (4 Runs) FOUR! Easy pickings! India and Rohit Sharma are underway in style! Dilshan Madushanka starts with a fuller delivery but on the pads, Rohit Sharma just tickles it away past short fine leg for a boundary.
We are done with the national anthems and it is now time for the action to get underway. Some last words being spoken by Kusal Mendis in the Sri Lankan huddle before they spread out to take their respective field positions. A loud cheer from the Mumbai crowd as the local boy Rohit Sharma strides out to the centre with his opening partner, Shubman Gill. It will be Dilshan Madushanka to start the proceedings with the new ball for Sri Lanka. He is starting with two slips in place. Off we go…
We are moments away from the start of this clash, but before that, the match officials and the players, along with their mascots, will line up for the national anthems. They are joined by the UNICEF and ICC Ambassadors Sachin Tendulkar and Muthiah Muralidaran. It will be Sri Lanka’s national anthem first followed by the national anthem of India.
The skipper of India, Rohit Sharma says that they would have batted first anyway. Shares that it looks like a good pitch but feels that there will be some assistance at the start. Reckons that it will be nice for seamers to bowl under lights. Mentions that it is a great honour and a good moment for him to captain India where he has grown up. States that they thrive on getting better as a team and it is important for them to not get carried away. Adds that it is important to stay balanced and tick boxes again and again. Informs that they are going with the same team as the last game.
Sri Lanka’s captain, Kusal Mendis says that they will bowl first. Mentions that the wicket looks great and feels that it looks a good wicket to bat second. Feels that they have done really well in the last couple of matches. States that the remaining three games are important for them and hopes that everyone can give their best. Informs that Dushan Hemantha comes into the side in place of Dhananjaya de Silva.
India (Unchanged Playing XI) – Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj.
Sri Lanka (Playing XI) – Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (C/WK), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Angelo Mathews, Dushan Hemantha (In place of Dhananjaya de Silva), Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dushmantha Chameera, Dilshan Madushanka.
TOSS – Rohit Sharma flips the coin and Kusal Mendis calls it right. Sri Lanka have elected to BOWL first.
PITCH REPORT – Michael Atherton says that it is hot but it is not unbearable like it was during the England-South Africa clash. Adds that the square boundaries are 64m and 69m respectively while the straight boundaries are 76m. Ricky Ponting joins him and says that there is a bit of shine and that means it will not slow down as the game progresses. Tells that that the challenge for the bowlers will be to hit the hard length which will be difficult to put away. Reckons that the pitch is full of runs and the captain winning the toss should look to bat first.
ICYMI, as part of the joint initiative by the ICC and UNICEF, this game between India and Sri Lanka will be celebrated as a ‘One Day 4 Children’ fixture. Through ‘One Day 4 Children’ and the #BeAChampion campaign, both organisations aim to communicate the message of creating equal opportunities for girls and boys.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, suffered a disappointing loss to the Afghans where they were completely outplayed. Their batting has been a bit of a concern with only Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama contributing most of the runs but they will need a lot of support from others. Their opening partnership is not a settled one but getting Angelo Mathews in the team has provided them a good balance in the side. Dilshan Madushanka has been their best bowler with his ability to swing the new ball both ways while Maheesh Theekshana can be dangerous to the Indian batters. They will surely remember that humiliation in the Asia Cup and will turn up with more firepower to avenge that defeat. Will they hand the hosts their first loss? Or will the Men in Blue continue on their merry way? We will find out soon. Toss and team news in a bit.
India have been the team to beat in this tournament and are still undefeated. Their batting has been amazing with either Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma or KL Rahul all stepping up whenever the team needed them. They will be a bit concerned with the form of Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer but that hasn’t affected them that much till now. Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav have been absolutely fantastic with the ball getting crucial breakthroughs at different phases of the game while Mohammed Shami who wasn’t getting a game has picked up nine wickets in just two games and will look to add to his tally. Mohammed Siraj has been a bit inconsistent but he will remember his magnificent spell against the Lankans in the Asia Cup and will hope to get back in form. They are a well-rounded unit once again be the favourites to win this game.
Hello and a warm welcome folks! The Wankhede Stadium is ready to host Sri Lanka in what is going to be a repeat of the 2011 ODI World Cup final. The Men in Blue will want to recreate that historic moment to confirm their spot in the semi-finals while the Lankans will hope that they become the first side to defeat India and keep their campaign alive.
… MATCH DAY …
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