Cricket World Cup : Rohit Sharma hits fifth century as India beat Sri Lanka

Agency, 7 July : India finished top of the World Cup group table with a seven-wicket win against Sri Lanka. With Australia losing to South Africa by 10 runs, India stayed above them and will play New Zealand in the semi-final at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Rohit Sharma became the first man to score five centuries in a single World Cup as India chased down 265 with 6.3 overs to spare at Headingley. Angelo Mathews made 113 as Sri Lanka recovered from 55-4 to post 264-7.

Australia needed 326 to beat South Africa at Old Trafford and by falling short they will play England in the second semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday.

England had been expecting to face another meeting with India at Edgbaston in the last four, but may be happy to avoid Rohit for as long as possible in such spectacularly prolific form.

Playing his 16th World Cup match, Rohit 32, reached three figures in 92 balls and equalled the record of six World Cup centuries overall, held by legendary compatriot Sachin Tendulkar, who played 44 innings in the event.

He now has 647 runs in this year’s tournament and needs only 27 more to eclipse another of Tendulkar’s World Cup landmarks, the 673 he scored in the 2003 competition.

With KL Rahul, who made 111, they put on 189 for the highest opening stand in this year’s competition, eclipsing their own 180 against Bangladesh on Tuesday.

The right-handed pair hit nine boundaries in the opening six overs as India took control of the chase from the start. The only surprise was Rohit driving straight to mid-off in the 31st over, having completed his 27th ODI hundred in his 214th match.

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