On July 6 in 2019, the Indian openers, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma helped India to register an easy win over Sri Lanka in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup clash in 2019 at Headingley, Leeds by scoring centuries. Recalling the day, the ICC posted a video of the game on Twitter and reminisced the all-around performance by the men in blue as they won the game by seven wickets while chasing 265.
Tweeting about the same, ICC wrote: “#OnThisDay last year, a complete performance from India saw them to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in #CWC19”.
— ICC (@ICC) July 6, 2020
After choosing to bat first, under the captaincy of Dimuth Karunaratne, the Sri Lankan team lost their first four wickets at a meager score of 55 runs. However, the veteran all-rounder, Angelo Mathew came for the rescue as he played a knock of just 113 runs. He also stitched a crucial partnership of 124 runs for the fifth wicket with Lahiru Thirimanne (53 runs) as they both to help Lanka post a decent total of 264 in their quota of 50 overs.
Jasprit Bumrah shined for India as he scalped three wickets and gave away just 37 runs. Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, and Ravindra Jadeja also managed to scalp one wicket each. In reply, openers Rahul and Rohit gave nothing away to the Islanders as they made a humongous partnership of 189 runs as India chase down the target with 6.3 overs to spare.
Rahul played a known of 111 in just 118 balls and registered his maiden century the ICC World Cup. His veteran opening partner, Rohit scored 103 off just 94 balls with the help of 14 boundaries and two sixes. Besides the duo, Kohli also played a useful contribution of 41-ball 34 runs. For Sri Lanka, Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana, and Kasun Rajitha claimed a wicket each.
Rohit was declared ‘Man of the Match’ for his blistering century. He also became the first batsman to score five centuries in a single edition of a World Cup. After winning the game, India reached the semi-final where they suffered a forgettable defeat of 18 runs against New Zealand. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, made a sixth-place finish in the group stage as they managed to win just three matches out of nine games in the tournament.