Speedster Siraj tore apart the Lankan’s batting line-up with a desire spell to end the very first innings in 15.2 overs

India raised the Asia Mug after transmitting defending champs Sri Lanka by 10 arches in the last with Mohammed Siraj claiming a career-best 6-21, including four gates in one over, at the R Premadasa Arena on Sunday.

Electing to bat, Sri Lanka were packed out for a modest 50 in 15.2 overs with 5 batters getting ducks in their sorry-looking scorecard with Siraj the wrecker-in-chief.

Siraj’s intense display screen of speed bowling was best illustrated in his 2nd over when the right-arm fast dismissed Pathum Nissanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka as well as Dhananjaya de Silva.

Hardik Pandya landed 3 gates while Jasprit Bumrah declared one as Sri Lanka registered their second most affordable total in one-day internationals, lasting just 92 spheres.

India needed 6.1 overs to achieve the target for a timely boost prior to their house World Cup starting following month.

“It resembles a desire,” Siraj, that became just the 4th bowler to take four arches in an over in ODIs, stated after the Sri Lanka innings.

“I obtained four early wickets last time I played Sri Lanka (previously this year) yet unfortunately I can not sign up a five-wicket haul.

“I knew you get whatever remains in your fate. I just attempted to bowl my line and length, and gates maintained coming.
“The round did not swing a lot in the very early matches right here yet today it swung a lot. My effort was to draw the batters onward and make them play the ball.”

Bumrah eliminated Kusal Perera in the first over to activate a collapse as well as the Sri Lanka batters looked helpless as Siraj took a breath fire with the brand-new sphere.

Only Kusal Mendis (17) and also Dushan Hemanta, who made 13 not out, handled double digits for the residence side.

India captain Rohit Sharma held himself back and sent out Ishan Kishan to open up the innings with Shubman Gill, opting for a left-right opening stand.

The openers racked up openly to make sure there was no drama as well as Kishan, that made 23 not out, racked up the winning run of the summit clash, which lasted just 21.3 overs.

Gill, the competition’s leading scorer, remained unbeaten on 27.
Sri Lanka instructor Chris Silverwood complained his team’s “below-par” performance with the bat.

“The means we got disregarded is very unsatisfactory. I think there’s a great deal of representation to be done in the dressing area,” he stated.

“I thought Siraj was outstanding … the Indian bowlers made our life difficult however, at the same time, I assume we made our very own life difficult too.”

India host Australia in a three-match ODI series later this match and the groups will clash again on Oct. 8 in their World Mug opener in Chennai.

Last Updated:18 September 2023