Vice-captain Rohit Sharma, with runs that include record-equalling four tons, has been the stand-out player and skipper Virat Kohli, with five half-centuries and plus aggregate, has also had a good World Cup but perhaps not exceptional by his standards. In this backdrop, there cannot be a better opposition than Sri Lanka for Dhoni to check his bat swing at the death overs when Lasith Malinga will be firing in at the block-hole or bowl his variation of slower deliveries. Sri Lankan off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva has been pretty economical, going at sub-5 rate in the matches that he has played. If Dhoni gets to play more balls during the middle overs against De Silva and score some runs, it will only boost his confidence.
He bangs one in short and Pant misses it completely. The result is that he is LBW for 4. The next ball he hits the ball past midwicket for a four. Another over comes to an end. A short one, and Rahul manages to glove it. Rahul goes for What a moment for the year-old!
Raises his arms, kisses the badge on his helmet and the relief on his face is so evident. All that he has been through this year, from the suspension to being in and out of the side, this is an indeed special century.
Gets the ton with a dab down to third man for a single. Soaks in the applause and back to grind now.
Just the third time both openers of a team have scored a century in the same innings. Oh, he is livid with himself. Ends up hitting it straight to mid-on where Mathews completes a simple chance. But what a knock this has been. The ground stands in applause as he walks off for a stupendous The crowd waiting in anticipation, 'Rohit, Rohit' chants engulf the stadium.
Starts the over with a single down to deep square leg. He is taking it slowly.
Well, why wouldn't he? Such chances on such a big stage don't come often. Three dot balls on the trot for him. And he gets it with a pull wide of deep midwicket. Goodness me! What a man, what a performer.
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Fifth century of the World Cup. No batsman in the history of this prestigious tournament has ever scored five tons in a single edition. He has brought his A game and boy is he firing on all cylinders.
And to think of it, he still has a possible two more games to go. What a phenomenal achievement will that be if he gets there. Short and wide from Udana, he stays leg side of the ball and crashes it past the diving backward point for a four. He then goes for an inside out drive, gets a thick outside edge but as they say fortune favours the brave.
The ball eludes the leaping 'keeper as Rohit moves to Can he get a wicket for the Lankans, remains to be seen.
He keeps the length short and Rahul pulls him for an easy four.
A great innings from Rahul, one that will give him immense confidence. He follows it up with a towering six. He doesn't stop there and gets another four. And he pulls Perera for another four. This is exceptional batting by the Hitman.
He ends the over with a single and moves to He brings it up in 48 balls. What an excellent knock this has been as he hits another straight six.
Semi Finals kiske saath lag raha hai? IndvSL pic.
Both openers hitting centuries, and victory in a canter after bowlers had kept Sri Lanka to modest score. They want to be till the end and rightly so. Just the four runs off the Udana over - 40th of the innings.
Need a further 31 runs for a win. Kohli gets one in his arc from Malinga and he thumps it straight over mid-on for a four.
Three more singles and India move ever so close to their target. Just 35 more needed in 66 balls. Rahul is desperate to get that elusive hundred and is taking it cautiously.
India don't need to worry about any net run rates and any such things. Ones and twos the way to go. India need a further 44 runs to win off 78 balls. He has been expensive today, let's see how he goes in his second spell.
Rahul has entered into the 90s and Kohli has started off well too. All going to plan and India need just 58 runs to win IST Rahul chugging along nicely as he gets closer to a century of his own. He has had enough starts in the tournament and will be good for him if he manages to convert this one into a three-figure score.
Rajitha drops it short and Rahul has all the time in the world to rock back and pummel it wide of deep square leg fo a four. The boundary also brings up India's up.