Mumbai: The whole Wankhede crowd started chanting ‘Kohli Ko Ball Do’ and appealed to the Indian captain Rohit Sharma to allow Virat bowl following Sri Lanka’s flop show in match 33 of the ongoing edition of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023, on November 2.
Team India batting first scored 357/8 with the help of fifties from Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, and Shreyas Iyer. However, their batting heroics were soon blurred by the Indian pace attack. Shami picked up another fifer in this mega tournament. India bowled out Sri Lanka on 55 runs and this was the lowest ever score for Sri Lanka in World Cups.
Virat Kohli mimics his bowling action & the crowd started chanting
— Virat Kohli(parody) (@harshraj5056) November 2, 2023
India’s pace bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj and Mohammad Shami struck in the first over of their spell against Sri Lanka with Bumrah and Siraj becoming the first opening pair to take wickets off their first deliveries.
While Bumrah claimed one wicket, Siraj and Shami bagged two wickets each in their first overs as Sri Lanka ended the powerplay with a paltry score of 14/6.
Bumrah started the carnage by taking a wicket off the first ball, trapping Pathum Nissanka lbw with one that moved back in to strike the back pad, handing the Sri Lankan opener a golden duck.
Siraj followed suit, striking with his first delivery as he trapped Dimuth Karunaratne lbw for a golden ball duck, the ball moving away with the angle and beating the edge to catch the batter below the knee on the crease. Just like Nissanka, Karunaratne also reviewed the decision but could not get the decision of the on-field umpire overturned.
Saraj got his second wicket of the over when Sadeera Samarawickrama chased a wide one and nicked it to Shreyas Iyer at third slip.
Sri Lanka were four down for three runs when skipper Kusal Mendis was castled by Siraj off the first delivery of his second over, as the ball straightened late to beat the edge and hit the top of the off-stump. Just like Siraj, Shami too claimed two wickets in his first over.