Cardiff, June 20 (): Unbeaten in the 2013 Champions Trophy, India will clash with Sri Lanka in their semi-final match in Cardiff today. In 2002 India shared the Champions Trophy with Sri Lanka.
The Indian team is a completely different side in this tournament. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are in good form and are expected to give a solid start like earlier matches. The middle-order has been untested in this tournament so far.
Dinesh Karthik has played some useful knocks and hit two centuries in the warm up matches. With a strong batting line-up after the openers, like Virat Kohli, Karthik, Raina Dhoni and Jadeja are the strengths of India.
India`s batting domination has been expressively clear in this competition. However, in bowling, Jadeja the most effective bowler for India who will be supported by Ashwin in spin. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav will be expected to deliver a better performance.
Team India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Murali Vijay, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav.
Sri Lanka: After losing a low-scoring thriller against New Zealand, Sri Lanka bounced back against hosts England and Australia, and seems to be confident. Kumar Sangakkara’s unbeaten century against England and a half century in the first match are indicators that he is in good form and will play a crucial role in the match.
Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kushal Perera form an aggressive opening unit. Mahela is considered a key batsman in the Lankan side with a classy 84 against Australia. Lasith Malinga has been Sri Lanka’s top-wicket taker in the tourney and Nuwan Kulasekara has provided him good support. Rangana Herath, young Shaminda Eranga will be expected to continue the momentum.
Team Sri Lanka: Kushal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga.
Previous Meeting Statistics: In their last 10 ODI meetings, India have 7-2 advantage with one match tied. In 139 ODI meetings so far India have 75-52 win-loss record with one tie and 11 no-results.