Rohit Sharma’s fifth ton guides India to top of Points Table

Rohit Sharma's fifth

Rohit Sharma’s fifth

Indian openers strike centuries with Rohit Sharma striking his fifth of the tournament

On the final day of the round-robin league matches of the World Cup, Rohit Sharma’s fifth century of the mega event helped India defeat Sri Lanka by seven wickets. KL Rahul also managed to score his first century in three years as the openers provided India a stand of 189 runs. Rahul was the top scorer with 111 while Rohit Sharma managed 103 runs to guide their team to the top of the points table.

Angelo Mathews’ ton no match for Rohit Sharma’s fifth

For Sri Lanka, former Captain Angelo Mathews scored a responsible innings of 113 while Thirimanne’s 53 guided them to 264/7. It was a great comeback from Angelo Mathews but it wasn’t enough asTeam India scored the required runs in the 44th over.

Records tumble as Rohit Sharma’s fifth set the bar higher

What made Rohit Sharma’s fifth century of the tournament more important was the fact that he becomes the first batsman to do so, in one mega event. He was also part of four opening stands of over 100 for his team in the tournament.

Proteas end tournament with consolation win against Australia

In another encounter, South Africa gave a reality check to defending champions Australia by defeating them in their last match. Thanks to Skipper Faf du Plessis’s century, and van der Dussen’s 95, the Proteas managed to score 325/6 in 50 overs. The Australian bowling seemed tired ahead of the semi-finals and lost the important match that would have sent them to the top of the points table.

Defending Champions faltered despite David Warner’s third century

At one stage it seemed that Australia would win the match easily; that was the time when David Warner was batting effortlessly. Combined with some excellent fielding and accurate bowling. Proteas staged a comeback to bowl the Aussies for 315.

India tops the Points Table, New Zealand is at number 4

At the end of the Round Robin league, India stands on top of the Points Table with 15 points while Australia has been pushed to the second spot with 14. England with 12 points stands at the third position while New Zealand is placed at fourth with 11 points. India will now face New Zealand in the first semi-final on 9th July at Manchester, while arch-rivals England and Australia will take on each other two days later at Birmingham in the second semi-final.

World Cup Points Table

TEAM                 M            W            L              T              N/R        PT           NRR

India                   9              7              1              0              1              15           0.809

Australia              9              7              2              0              0              14           0.87

England                9              6              3              0              0              12           1.152

New Zealand     9              5              3              0              1              11           0.175

Pakistan               9              5              3              0              1              11           -0.43

Sri Lanka              9              3              4              0              2              8              -0.919

South Africa       9              3              5              0              1              7              -0.032

Bangladesh         9              3              5              0              1              7              -0.41

West Indies        9              2              6              0              1              5              -0.225

Afghanistan        9              0              9              0              0              0              -1.322

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