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India cruise into final at Sri Lanka's expense


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India's Virat Kohli (R) and Suresh Raina (C) embrace after securing victory in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy semi-final cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at the Cardiff Wales Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales on 20, June 2013. – Photo by AFP
India's Virat Kohli (R) and Suresh Raina (C) embrace after securing victory in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy semi-final cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at the Cardiff Wales Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales on 20, June 2013. – Photo by AFP

CARDIFF: World champions India thrashed Sri Lanka by eight wickets at Cardiff on Thursday to set up a Champions Trophy final against tournament hosts England at Edgbaston on Sunday.

India, chasing a modest target of 182, finished on 182 for two with 15 overs to spare to set up a final against England, who beat South Africa by seven wickets at The Oval on Wednesday.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan, dropped three times, made 68 as he extended his record as the tournament's leading scorer to 332 runs following innings of 114 against South Africa, 102 not out against the West Indies and 48 against Pakistan.

Virat Kohli was 58 not out, with India now having won seven of their last eight one-day internationals (ODIs) against their Asian rivals.

The course of Thursday's match, a repeat of the 2011 World Cup final India won by six wickets in Mumbai, was set in the first innings.

After India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss, his seamers exploited the helpful overcast conditions as Sri Lanka were restricted to 181 for eight.

Ishant Sharma took three wickets for 33 runs following impressive work by new-ball duo Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews top scored with 51 in an innings where no other batsman made more than the 38 of Mahela Jayawardene, who two years ago became the only man to score a hundred in a losing cause in a World Cup final.

Sri Lanka were six for one when Kusal Perera edged a drive off Kumar and was caught at second slip by Suresh Raina.

They suffered a further setback when Tillakaratne Dilshan, after playing an on-drive, pulled up with a right leg injury.

He received lengthy on-field treatment but, still struggling, retired hurt shortly afterwards on 12 in the fifth over.

Ishant Sharma, with the aid of two excellent second slip catches by Raina, reduced Sri Lanka to 41 for three by removing Lahiru Thirimanne and dangerman Kumar Sangakkara.

It was a deserved reward for Dhoni's decision to attack the batsmen with two slips and only two men outside the circle.

The 23rd over saw Dhoni pass on wicketkeeping duties to Dinesh Karthik, a specialist gloveman but mainly deployed as a batsman this tournament.

That allowed Dhoni to bowl himself in conditions suited to his medium-pacers.

In his 222 previous ODIs, Dhoni had bowled only two overs, yet his decision very nearly proved a master-stroke with just his second ball Thursday.

Jayawardene, on five, was given out leg before to Dhoni by Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar only for the batsman to overturn it on review.

But Jayawardene was bowled by left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja after an ugly swipe across the line.

If Sri Lanka were to have any realistic chance of winning this match, it looked as if Lasith Malinga would have to take early wickets.

But for all slingshot seamer Malinga's skill, his bowling average of 40.88 against India is his highest against any country.

And the tone for the innings was set when left-hander Dhawan uppercut Malinga for a stunning six off the last ball of the bowler's third over.

Worse followed for Sri Lanka when Dhawan was dropped by first slip Mathews off Nuwan Kulasekara and put down by wicketkeeper Sangakkara, standing up, off the same bowler.

Dhawan cashed in with a 73-ball fifty before he he was dropped by Sachitra Sennayake, substitute for Dilshan, at point again off Kulasekara.

He was eventually stumped off Jeevan Mendis but by then India were in sight of victory.

Comments (27) Closed

dj Jun 20, 2013 09:03pm

Yeah, India won!

Ravi Ingale from University of Pune Jun 20, 2013 10:56pm

Again, India Rock.

Bong Jun 20, 2013 11:16pm

Well the third best team of Asia beat the best team in the league stage (read Pakistan) and now the second best team in Asia (read Sri Lanka).....Where is Amr (??)

Indian Jun 20, 2013 11:20pm

Well Done India :)

Asit Ghosh, Mumbai Jun 20, 2013 11:33pm

Men versus boys. Too easy. Too boring.

kirther Jun 21, 2013 01:32am

The Pakistani cricket board should learn from Indian cricket board on how to develop a winning combination. Not to long ago Pakistan cricket team was more balanced side then the Indian cricket team, but for political and other vested interest The BCCP became Board of Control for Cricket in Punjab rather than Pakistan. Why is Sohaib Malik in the team instead of Afridi, and why is Misbah in the team and not Yunus Khan, Yunus Khan is a for better batsman and captain than Misbah, why is Imran Farhat in the team while other available young openers are available. If Misbah who is below par cricketer can be appointed as captain then any Tom, Dick and Harry can be selected why continue with same old losing combination. Wake up before cricket is lost like hockey and squash, when Noor Khan was in charge Pakistan was very well placed in all there games but now it appears that Punjabi mind-set is bent upon ruining the whole of Pakistan, stop quota system and provincial mind-set, merit should be the only criteria in every department.

ali Jun 21, 2013 02:12am

who cares, we are out anyway..

Afif Naeem Jun 21, 2013 03:07am

Congrats team India. They are playing real good these days. I have a feeling they will crush England in the final.

Subhra Jun 21, 2013 03:37am

Congratulations to Team India for reaching the final....for displaying excellent performance in each of the matches....for playing like true World Champion..

D Unltd Jun 21, 2013 03:56am so biased when it comes to writing something about India... Sri Lanka not given a free ticket for India to go to the finals. Its a hard fought game between Ind & SL. India at first place bowled well to making use of the conditions to limit SL to a modest total... so the chasing can be the credit goes to the Indian bowlers... it's all round effort by India... Its always burns in others stomach when they are not doing well than their neighbors... its a sport... so keep your stupid jealousy away and try to appreciate other with full heart...

mukhtar Jun 21, 2013 07:37am

Well done India, we Pakistanis love yoo.

Insomniac Jun 21, 2013 10:52am

good one india.. keep going.. you are playing like world champions.

Virat - India Jun 21, 2013 11:32am

India will win the Champions trophy 2013. No doubt in it. Currently india is top odi ranking with 122 points. Next year also india will get awad for odi no 1 ranking from ICC. No team can beat india. India is favaorite for 2015 world cup. We are the youngest team in the word all the players below 28 years, Except our cool, great, captain dhoni only 31. Youngest team age is India in the world, Oldest team is pakistan, most of the guys above 31.

Umar Baloch Jun 21, 2013 11:35am

Congratulations India...Well Done

Virat - India Jun 21, 2013 11:36am

New records set India, Record No1: India is the first team win 13 matches ICC Champions trophy. Record No2: Shikar dhawan cross 300 runs in 4 innings, no one cross 300 runs in the chamapions trophy. India is best, no one can beat our great team india. Batting (7 Sachin Tendulkar) , Bowling (3 Dale steyn, 2 Anil kumble) , Fielding (11 jhonty rhodes) This is the best team in the world, Dhoni preparing 2015 world cup with young stars not old guns.

sunil Jun 21, 2013 11:38am

Why so silent in pakistan as so far no comment.............

Indian Jun 21, 2013 11:51am

India will be winner of Champions Trophy 2013. Mark my word.

Raihan Jun 21, 2013 12:02pm

Congratulations to Team India.Undoubtedly Indiam team has been excellent in all 3 departments of game.Pakistan need to learn from them especially in batting and fielding , we can't just rely on our bowling. All the best to Indian Team.

Kartik Jun 21, 2013 01:35pm

Indian dominance has never been so complete before. Most lower order batsmen have not had the chance to face a single ball in the tournament. Dhawan , Rohit Sharma and Kohli finish it off

youth Jun 21, 2013 04:46pm

The way Indian team is batting shows their determination to win the title. As for team Pakistan " live with shame"

vishwajeet Jun 21, 2013 05:46pm

One sided matches are really very boring!!

Kalyan Ghosh Jun 21, 2013 10:08pm

@Afif Naeem:

I am not really sure. Yesterday, India was lucky that Dhawan was dropped 3 times by Sri Lanka. English players , will not give so many chances. Also, Indian middle order has not been tested till now and that is the biggest worry.But still my best wishes to India.

HNY13 Jun 21, 2013 10:36pm

Lagaan-2 in making!

Subhra Jun 22, 2013 05:40am

Both Misbah and Angelo after losing to India made excuses like toss, pitch and weather condition etc etc...instead of giving due credit to the Indian team...Both the teams lost to India by huge margin and these lame excuses do not quite hold...they could not quite accept the fact that they lost to a far superior team...A little bit of appreciation and sportsman spirit is expected from cricket captains of our neighboring countries...

mohit Jun 22, 2013 12:07pm

They Key behind the regular success of Indian team is the Dhoni and BCCI, they way dhoni and selectors are backing juniors, arranging the tournaments, regular matches againts the top three teams of the world is all correct. vice a versa is the case of pakistan. dirty politics in selection commitee, favourism, regionalism, ego and attitude. this was not the case with pakistan in 80's and 90's. is this the end of golden era of pakistan ??? just like west indies and australia.

Devil Jun 22, 2013 05:35pm


You forgot to mentioned Bandladesh... if I were to believe your rating then Bangladesh would be best followed by Pakistan, SL and then India !!

wow you have got brains !! ;-)

Indian Fan Jun 23, 2013 12:03pm

I feel sad for the Pakistani fans. Never in the history have i seen the Pakistani team so weak. First time in my life i was indifferent to an India Pakistan match for i was confident it will be one sided. Pakistan has produced so many good cricketers in history but seems they are struggling to find new talent now. Pakistan is simply lacking the star players since common Indian fans don't even know the names of all in the Team which is so unlike the old times. As a cricket fan i honestly don't like this. We want a Pakistan of 90s that was aggressive and deadly and that used to snatch the victory from oppositions hands. What is the fun in India-Pakistan encounter when there were to be so one sided and lame. A honest request from an Indian fan to PCB to do something please.