India hammered Sri Lanka by a mammoth 302 runs in the match number 33 of World Cup 2023 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday, November 2 to confirm their berth in the semi-finals of the competition. India thus became the first team to book their place in the final four.
Afghanistan registered their second consecutive win of World Cup 2023 and third of the edition, defeating Sri Lanka by seven wickets in match number 30 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Monday, October 30. Bowling first after winning the toss, Afghanistan restricted Sri Lanka to 241 as Fazalhaq Farooqi shone with 4/34. Rahmat Shah (62), Hashmatullah Shahidi (58 not out) and Azmatullah Omarzai (73 not out) then combined to lift Afghanistan to victory in 45.2 overs.
England’s World Cup defense went from bad to worse as they got hammered by Sri Lanka by eight wickets in match number 25 of the 2023 World Cup at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday, October 26. Batting first after winning the toss, England were bundled out for 156 in 33.2 overs. Sri Lanka chased down the target with ease in 25.4 overs.
Leg-spinner Adam Zampa registered figures of 4/47 from eight overs as Australia registered their first win of the 2023 World Cup by beating Sri Lanka by five wickets in match number 14 at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Monday, October 16. Bowling first after losing the toss, Australia bundled out Sri Lanka for 209 in 43.3 overs. The Aussies then chased down the target in 35.2 overs.
Mohammad Rizwan compiled a brilliant 131 not out off 121 balls as Pakistan created history, registering the highest successful run chase in men’s World Cup history. Set to chase 345 in match number eight of the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, Pakistan got home in 48.2 overs, with six wickets in hand. Apart from Rizwan, opener Abdullah Shafique, who came in for out-of-form Fakhar Zaman, also starred in the chase with 113 off 103 balls. Rizwan and Shafique added 176 runs for the third wicket to put Pakistan on course for creating history.
Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj registered excellent figures of 6/21 as the Men in Blue cleaned up Sri Lanka for 50 and lifted Asia Cup 2023 with a dominating 10-wicket win in the final at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday, September 17.
Dunith Wellalage claimed 5/40 with his left-arm spin and also scored a valiant 42 not out off 46 balls apart from claiming two catches. His heroics, however, could prevent India from ending Sri Lanka’s 13-match winning streak in ODIs and booking a place in the Asia Cup 2023 final.
Pacer Matheesha Pathirana starred with 4/32 as Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by five wickets in match number two of Asia Cup 2023 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Thursday, August 31. Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first in the game, but were bundled out for 164 in 42.4 overs. Sri Lanka chased down the target in 39 overs.
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram reckons that India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be dangerous in the Asia Cup since any team can win on their day. Akram recalled that many were predicting an India vs Pakistan final in the Asia Cup last time, but Sri Lanka came back from a horrendous start to clinch the title.