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Jayawardene remained unbeaten on 84 to push Sri Lanka to a competitive total. -Photo by AFP
Jayawardene remained unbeaten on 84 to push Sri Lanka to a competitive total. -Photo by AFP

LONDON: Sri Lanka qualified for the Champions Trophy semi-finals with a 20-run victory over holders Australia in the last league match at the Oval in London on Monday.

Sri Lanka made 253-8 after being sent in to bat and then bowled out Australia for 233 to join hosts England in the semi-finals from group A with four points each.

However England topped the group due to a superior run-rate and will take on Group B runners-up South Africa in the first semi-final at the Oval on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka will meet Group B winners India in the second semi-final in Cardiff on Thursday, a repeat of the 2011 World Cup final in Mumbai which the Indians won.

The final is at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on Sunday.

Australia: George Bailey (capt), Shane Watson, Matthew Wade, Phillip Hughes, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.

Sri Lanka: Angelow Mathews (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Shaminda Eranga, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga.

Umpires: Marais Erasmus (RSA) and Tony Hill (NZL) TV umpire: Aleem Dar (PAK) Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)

Comments (7) Closed

danish Jun 17, 2013 08:30pm

good luck too all of them

Ahmer Jun 18, 2013 06:02am

It could have been Pakistan vs SL if our batsmen had played half as good as our bowlers did.

Sunny Jun 18, 2013 02:36pm

@Ahmer: hahahaha....

Raj.chivalry Jun 18, 2013 05:01pm

@Ahmer: may be its in dreams. but not in reality my mate! Accept the fact that Indians are outplaying every team in the tournament.

Harun Jun 18, 2013 06:18pm

@Ahmer: If our batsmen had done well; if their batsmen had flopped; if the weather was not so fickle; if there were more Pakistani supporters on the ground; if Kamran Akmal got out of the other side of the bed, yadada.

sunil Jun 18, 2013 07:11pm


Ahmer Jun 19, 2013 06:13am

Indian team's run so far has been a fluke. SL Team will win by at least eight wickets.