KL Rahul has been superb as a wicket-keeper in the ongoing World Cup 2023. Whether it is through his catching, stumping, or helping Rohit Sharma with the DRS, KL Rahul has been making crucial contributions. Despite being a non-regular keeper, Rahul’s performance in the World Cup has been sensational with the gloves.
Against Sri Lanka, he saved a certain boundary off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah by putting across an excellent, athletic dive to his left side.
Sri Lanka’s chase of a huge target of 358 runs had started off in a dismal fashion as Jasprit Bumrah got Pathum Nissanka lbw out on the first ball of the innings with an outswinger. On the next ball, Bumrah produced his variation – the one that swung and moved into the right-hander.
However, he overdid it a bit and the ball went down the legside of right-hander Kusal Mendis. While Mendis tried to flick it, he completely missed the ball. But KL Rahul didn’t. The India wicket-keeper put in a superb dive, stretching his body to the full extent to collect the ball with only his left hand. Even as KL Rahul tumbled he didn’t let go of the ball. Rahul got appreciation from the India skipper Rohit Sharma for his excellent save of a boundary.
Watch: KL Rahul puts in a superman-like dive to save a boundary
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India pile up 357 vs Sri Lanka courtesy of fifties from Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer
Earlier, India had piled up 357 runs against Sri Lanka on the back of half-centuries from Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, and Shreyas Iyer. All three players looked set for their respective hundreds, but all three missed the landmark.
Gill got out for 92, Kohli on 88, and Iyer on 82. India dominated the proceedings with the bat at the Wankhede stadium to amass a big total. A win today for the hosts will seal their place in the semi-final.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis(w/c), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Angelo Mathews, Dushan Hemantha, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dushmantha Chameera, Dilshan Madushanka