In a riveting ICC ODI World Cup clash at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, Sri Lanka’s wicketkeeper-batter, Kusal Mendis, scripted a breathtaking century. However, his heroic innings took an unexpected turn as he was hospitalized due to cramps, adding a dramatic twist to the encounter.

Kusal Mendis, accompanied by Sadeera Samarawickrama’s brilliant 108 and 89-ball 108, orchestrated an impressive batting display. Their partnership propelled Sri Lanka to a formidable total of 344/9 after winning the toss and choosing to bat. Pathum Nissanka and Dhananjaya de Silva also contributed significantly to the scorecard.

Mendis’ Record-Breaking Century

Mendis made history by recording the fastest century for Sri Lanka in World Cup history, showcasing his remarkable talent with the bat. His innings electrified the cricketing world until cramps forced him off the field, leaving fans and teammates concerned about his well-being.

In the wake of their commanding batting performance, Sri Lanka’s bowlers faced the challenge of defending their total. Pakistan’s Hasan Ali emerged as the standout bowler, claiming four crucial wickets for 71 runs, while Haris Rauf chipped in with two wickets in the final over.

Sri Lanka’s Upcoming Fixture  

Sri Lanka, buoyed by Mendis and Samarawickrama’s heroics, set a daunting target for Pakistan in the World Cup encounter. Looking ahead, Sri Lanka is scheduled to face Australia on October 16 at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow, promising another exciting clash in this prestigious tournament.

Kusal Mendis’ scintillating century and subsequent hospitalization for cramps created an unforgettable moment in the ICC ODI World Cup. His remarkable innings and Sri Lanka’s formidable total add to the intrigue of this tournament, setting the stage for thrilling cricket battles in the days to come.

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