LEEDS – Openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul smashed fluent centuries to help India crush Sri Lanka by seven wickets in a their final Cricket World Cup group match at Headingley on Saturday.
Opting to bat first, Sri Lanka slumped to 55-4 before Angelo Mathews (113) and Lahiru Thirimanne (53) arrested the slide and helped them to a competitive 264-7.
Rohit made 103 to become the first player to score five centuries in a single World Cup, while Rahul made 111 to set up India's seventh victory from nine matches which came with 39 balls to spare.
India had already qualified for the semi-finals and will finish top of the standings if Australia lose to South Africa in their last group match. The Proteas have taken a slight upper hand in that game having scored an impressive 325/6 thanks to a brilliant Faf du Plessis knock. Australia are currently 51/2 after 12 overs.
Sri Lanka have been eliminated.Reuters