New Delhi: India suffered an upset loss to Sri Lanka when the Men from the Emerald Isles won by 7 wickets at the Oval on Thursday. The loss means India will now play South Africa on Sunday in what is a virtual quarter-final. Virat Kohli and his boys must win against the No.1 ranked ODI team if they wish to progress to the semi-finals of the showpiece event. While India did manage to score 321 while batting, the bowlers failed to defend that and the Lankans chased down the total in the 49th over with skipper Angelo Mathews leading from the front.
Here is Cricketnext's report card as we analysis the performance of every player from Thursday's game.
Rohit Sharma: Rating 8: Verdict: Very Good
Rohit Sharma continued his fine form, with another blistering knock of 78 from just 79 balls. He upped his strike rate as well, scoring at 98.73 as compared to 76.47 against Pakistan. Rohit was also responsible for providing the platform with Shikhar Dhawan, as the duo recorded a 138-run opening partnership. While he was a bit slow to start off, he was in fine flow once he got into the groove. His form after the injury break augurs well for Indian cricket.
Shikhar Dhawan: Rating 10: Verdict: Excellent
Shikhar Dhawan's love affair with the Champions Trophy continued as he recorded his 10th ODI Hundred. Dhawan looked fluent in his knock of 125, and hardly gave the opposition any opportunity. He combined with Rohit, and then later with MS Dhoni to help India post a big total. His stroke making was perfect, and he wasn't overly bothered by the fast bowling, though he will face a much sterner test against South Africa. Most importantly, Dhawan looked in fine flow from the word go and there was no stutter to begin with. The openers will look to continue their fine form going ahead in the tournament.
Virat Kohli: Rating 0: Verdict: Very Poor
Virat Kohli had one of his worst days on the field, as everything he tried failed. Kohli was dismissed for a duck, on a ball bowled outside off stump which again exposed his earlier weakness on English pitches. After that, his captaincy too failed to inspire and Kohli seemed a bit overconfident as he declared during the toss that team will be looking to make changes in the next game, showing the focus might well have shifted before the game was over.
Yuvraj Singh: Rating 6: Verdict: Average
Yuvraj Singh was dismissed for just 7 runs, but he was a bit unlucky too as he chopped Gunaratne's ball onto his stumps. He didn't get to bowl, and that was his only contribution to the game.
MS Dhoni: Rating 8: Verdict: Very Good
MS Dhoni didn't get a chance to bat in the first match, with Hardik Pandya being promoted ahead of him. But Dhoni showed why he remains one of the greatest finishers in the game as he smashed 63 off just 52 balls to help India get past 300. He was also involved in one run out, whipping off the bails smartly to dismiss Gunathilika.
Hardik Pandya: Rating 4: Verdict: Poor
Hardik Pandya scored 9 off 5 balls, but that is not the reason for his poor rating. It was his shabby bowling, conceding 51 runs from 7 overs which was one of the main reasons for India's loss. Pandya is expected to fill the role of the fifth bowler, but for that he will have to improve his bowling. Kohli had to bowl himself and Jadhav to compensate for Pandya's poor bowling.
Kedar Jadhav: Rating 7: Verdict: Good
Jadhav perfectly executed what was expected from him, as he scored 25 runs from 13 balls and took over from where Dhoni had left. He smashed two fours and a six, taking 15 runs from the last over to help India reach 320. He also had to cover up for Jadeja's poor bowling, and bowled three overs, conceding 18 runs. The only reason he loses out a bit is his poor fielding, which he will have to work on if he has to maintain his spot in the team.
Ravindra Jadeja: Rating 4: Verdict: Poor
Jadeja didn't get to face any ball, but his bowling let the team down. Jadeja is known for bowling dot balls, and building pressure. He conceded 52 runs from 6 overs, at an economy of almost 9. He has been preferred as the spinner in the team ahead of Ashwin, and he should repay the captain's faith by bowling a lot better than this, otherwise his place in the team might come under scrutiny.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar: Rating 6: Verdict Average
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was the only wicket-taker in the Indian bowling line-up, but he would have been hoping for more returns, especially with the new ball. At the death, he bowled his yorkers, but again failed to get a wicket. He bowled 30 dot balls - the maximum by any Indian bowler.
Jasprit Bumrah: Rating 5: Verdict: Poor
Bumrah continued his wicket-less run in the Champions Trophy, conceding 52 runs in 10 overs. He will be feeling the heat, with Mohammad Shami warming the benches despite being in form. Bumrah's wicket-taking ability and death bowling makes him deadly, but he hasn't shown any of those killer instincts in the two games so far.
Umesh Yadav: Rating 4: Verdict: Poor
Umesh Yadav had an off day, and it showed in his figures. He conceded 67 runs in 9.4 overs. His line and length was off, and he was easily put away by Sri Lankans. In fact, Gunaratne sweeped him for a six which would have hurt his ego more than anything. Umesh will be hoping to bounce back in the next game against South Africa.
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