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CWC 2023: Miyan Magic and Shami’s Lethal Spell Leads India to Semi-Finals with 302-Run Victory Over Sri Lanka

Mumbai, Nov 2.  In a reminiscent of the Asia Cup final, Mohammed Siraj’s outstanding performance was overshadowed by Mohammed Shami, who took charge and propelled India to the World Cup semi-finals with a resounding 302-run victory at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday.

Since Shami’s inclusion in the Indian playing XI, the pace trio has been unstoppable, and once again, the Sri Lankan batsmen struggled against their skill.

Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Pathum Nissanka for a golden duck on the first ball with a delivery that swung away sharply, finding an edge and hitting the pads in front of the stumps. Nissanka unsuccessfully reviewed the decision, and his night came to an end.

On the next over, Miyan Magic made a significant impact by dismissing Dimuth Karunaratne for a golden duck. Karunaratne attempted to flick the ball but missed, getting trapped in front of the stumps. Sadeera Samarawickrama was the next to fall in the same over, as he tried to punch the ball but only managed to find a thick outside edge, resulting in a catch for Shreyas Iyer.

Miyan Magic struck again in his second over, dismissing captain Kusal Mendis for just 1 run. As soon as the umpire raised his finger, Miyan Magic celebrated with Cristiano Ronaldo’s iconic Siu celebration.

Charith Asalanka and Angelo Mathews started to rebuild the Sri Lankan innings, but Shami’s introduction into the attack dismantled the middle order.

In his first over, Shami took two consecutive wickets, sending Asalanka and Dushan Hemantha back to the pavilion on back-to-back balls.

Shami continued to hunt for more wickets, and a brilliant call by wicketkeeper KL Rahul brought India closer to the semi-final spot.

Dushmantha Chameera attempted a flick, and Rahul completed the catch. Rahul was the only one to ask for a review, and Rohit Sharma trusted his instincts.

The Decision Review System (DRS) showed a spike as the ball passed the gloves, leaving umpire Chris Brown puzzled.

Shami claimed his fourth victim by breaching Mathews’ defense and clipping the bails of the stumps, ending his innings on 12 runs. It was clear that another wicket was just around the corner with the way Shami was bowling.

Four overs later, Shami finally got his fifth wicket as Kasun Rajitha departed for 14 runs, completing his second five-for in the ongoing World Cup.

Ravindra Jadeja took the final wicket to seal the game with a remarkable 302-run victory.

Earlier in the innings, Virat Kohli (88), Shreyas Iyer (82), and Shubman Gill (92) played outstanding innings to power India to a total of 357/8. Dilshan Madhushanka took a five-wicket haul for Sri Lanka, but it wasn’t enough to restrict India from posting a massive total.

Brief Score: India 357/8 (Shubman Gill 92, Virat Kohli 88; Dilshan Madushanka 5-80) vs Sri Lanka 55 (Kasun Rajitha 14; Mohammed Shami 5-18, Mohammed Siraj 3-16).

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