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ICC Champions Trophy: India enters final thrashing Sri Lanka

Cardiff, June 21 ():  India advanced to the finals crushing Sri Lanka by eight wickets with as many as 15 overs to spare in the second ICC ODI Champions Trophy semi-final in Cardiff on Thursday.

ICC Champions Trophy 2013, India vs Sri Lanka, second semi-finals

Score board:

Toss: India won the toss and elected to field

Sri Lanka: 181 for 8 in 50 overs

India: 182 for 2 in 35 overs

Man of the match: Ishant Sharma

Match Highlights:

After winning the toss, the Indian bowlers put up a disciplined bowling show and restricted Sri Lanka to 181 for eight in fifty overs. In the start of the innings, India took advantage of conditions that were ideal for seam and swing bowling and restricted to 41 for 3 in 18 overs.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar moved the ball around, Ishant and Umesh Yadav used their build to torment the Lankan top order. Clutching his right calf, Tillakaratne Dilshan retired after scoring 12 off 14 balls.

The fourth-wicket partnership between Mahela Jayawardene and skipper Mathews produced 78 runs off 113 balls. Angelo Mathews scored 51 runs from 89 balls, top scored the innings, and Jayawardene scored 38. Ishant Sharma (3/33) and Ravichandran Ashwin (3/48) were the bowling heroes for India, supported by Jadeja 1 for 33 in ten overs. Indian skipper Dhoni bowled 4 overs for 17 runs.

Chasing a moderate total of 181, openers Dhawan and Rohit Sharma shared 77 runs for the first wicket in 17 overs.  Dhawan struck 68 to take his tournament runs to 332 in four matches. Rohit Sharma made 33 in 50 balls. Virat Kohli (58*) played a chanceless innings guided India to reach the target with 90 balls to spare. India will clash with England for the title on Sunday at Edgbaston.

Score board:

Sri Lanka: 181 for 8 in 50 overs

Batsman Status Runs Balls 4s 6s
Kushal Perera c Suresh Raina b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4 8 1 0
Tillakaratne Dilshan not out 18 21 2 0
Kumar Sangakkara (W) c Suresh Raina b Ishant Sharma 17 44 1 0
Lahiru Thirimanne c Suresh Raina b Ishant Sharma 7 31 1 0
Mahela Jayawardena b Ravindra Jadeja 38 63 3 0
Angelo Mathews (C) c Bhuvneshwar Kumar b Ravichandran Ashwin 51 89 1 1
Jeevan Mendis st MS Dhoni b Ravichandran Ashwin 25 35 1 0
Thisara Perera c Shikhar Dhawan b Ishant Sharma 0 4 0 0
Nuwan Kulasekara b Ravichandran Ashwin 1 3 0 0
Lasith Malinga not out 7 2 1 0
Rangana Herath

 Fall of Wickets: 1-6 (K Perera, 2.4 ov), 2-36 (L Thirimanne, 15.2 ov), 3-41 (K Sangakkara, 18 ov), 4-119 (M Jayawardena, 36.1 ov), 5-158 (A Mathews, 45.5 ov), 6-160 (T Perera, 46.5 ov), 7-164 (N Kulasekara, 47.5 ov), 8-171 (J Mendis, 49.1 ov)

 

India Bowling:

Bowlers O M R WKT ECON
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9 2 18 1 2
Umesh Yadav 8 2 30 0 3.75
Ishant Sharma 9 1 33 3 3.67
Ravindra Jadeja 10 1 33 1 3.3
MS Dhoni 4 0 17 0 4.25
Ravichandran Ashwin 10 1 48 3 4.8

 

India: 182 for 2 in 35 overs

Batsman Status Runs Balls 4s 6s
Rohit Sharma b Angelo Mathews 33 50 4 0
Shikhar Dhawan st Kumar Sangakkara b Jeevan Mendis 68 92 6 1
Virat Kohli not out 58 64 4 1
Suresh Raina not out 7 4 1 0
Dinesh Karthik
MS Dhoni (C) (W)
Ravindra Jadeja
Ravichandran Ashwin
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Umesh Yadav
Ishant Sharma

 

Fall of Wickets: 1-77 (R Sharma, 17 ov), 2-142 (S Dhawan, 31.5 ov)

 

Sri Lanka Bowling:

Bowlers O M R WKT ECON
Nuwan Kulasekara 10 0 45 0 4.5
Lasith Malinga 8 0 54 0 6.75
Thisara Perera 6 0 25 0 4.17
Angelo Mathews 4 0 10 1 2.5
Rangana Herath 4 0 14 0 3.5
Jeevan Mendis 3 0 28 1 9.33

 

Man-of-the-match Ishant Sharma said “The conditions were really favourable, Bounce and pace are my strengths but Bhuvee (Kumar) and Umesh bowled really well.”

Dhoni said in the post-match presentation, “I think it is a well-written script, good toss to win, started well by the bowler. Unfortunately for Sri Lanka they lost Dilshan, we capitalised on that, then the bowlers bowled well, especially the spinners. I think it is important to have good bowlers in the side.”

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