Day 51: India vs. Sri Lanka at Leeds

Today is very important day as we are going to watch Indian team in action on Headingly cricket ground in Leeds. Our Goal for this journey from Singapore to London was to Support Team India. We are going to view the match on the ground and support our team. It is less important match as we have already qualified for the semi-final. But if we win this match and Australia lose today’s match to South Africa, we will be reaching the top of the Points table and would face New Zealand instead of England in Semi – final.

The Hotel in which we are staying appears to be full of Indians. We found the Restaurant room for Breakfast in the hotel full of Indians. When we were leaving for the match, we saw two big buses waiting for the passengers (all Indians) to take them to Cricket ground. Two groups had come and stayed in the hotel yesterday. It appears to be conducted tour by some tour operator.

We took taxi and went to the ground. We had to walk some distance to reach the stadium. On the way we purchased caps and Indian flags. We had two seats in one block and other two in different block. So, Anupam and Aviv went to XH block while we went to H Block. We heard the National Anthem of both, India and Sri Lanka, while we were moving towards our seats.

The match started at 10:30 am. We reached our seats just few minutes before the match started. Sri Lanka started batting. Indian bowlers and fielders gave very impressive performance. Sri Lanka could muster only 264/7 despite century by Angerlo Mathews.
The Indian reply was very strong. Rohit Sharma hit his fifth century in this World Cup. This is a record, as till now only Sangakkara from Sri Lanka had hit 4 Centuries in one World Cup. Rohit Sharma was very solid in his batting. KL Rahul did not lag and scored a century. Both the openers scored centuries and the Sri Lankan attack looked ordinary. Pant could not score much. Kohli and Pandya were at the crease when India reached 265 for 3 and won the match.

Australia and South Africa match sprung a surprise with South Africa winning the match. So, India reaches the top of the table and Australia is at No. 2, England at No. 3 and New Zealand at No. 4. So, on 9th July, it would be India vs, New Zealand. On 11th July, it would be England vs. Australia. 

We returned to hotel after the match and slept after early dinner.

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