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Butcher: 'Sri Lanka more capable of tripping India than other teams'

Mark Butcher and Jarrod Kimber discuss the upcoming Champions Trophy 2013 semi-final between India and Sri Lanka

June 19, 2013

Posted by indikalocal on (June 20, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

Let's how good sri lankan lions are. They are sure to thrash the mighty indians with so much ease if the weather permits.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 7:19 GMT)

sorry guys, no point arguing for this match, it's raining here, there won't be any match today. India will go through without ball being bowled. I feel sorry for lankan lions. We are going to miss the clash between the two asian giants. Both teams are equally matched. Sri lanka managed to score 300+ in the warm up match against India, and India managed to get it in few balls left, but don't forget India managed to pass that score without Malinga's 10 overs, he didn't play that game. So still we can't say who's the best team until they play their full team. Hope we'll get at least 20/20 game today.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

The Game-changer Lankans are Malinga, Dilshan, Sangha, Mahela & Kulasekhara .. If TWO EACH OF THE BOWLERS & BATSMEN come good, India will struggle to put up a huge score or chase even a modest score of say 230-250 ! But India has "reserve-energies" in Dhawan, Raina & Jadeja--bowling, batting & fielding .. The game could go either way .. MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN .. NOTWITHSTANDING THE THREATENING RAINS !!

Posted by Great_Chucker on (June 20, 2013, 4:21 GMT)

Mr Butcher let's make it simple you want SLl in finals so that Eng win a major ICC tournament...For Heavens Sake you know in your heart Eng will be "Butchered" by Ind, if they make it to finals

Posted by lakschari on (June 20, 2013, 4:15 GMT)

India look the favorites but 1 day cricket is not predictable. One good performance from Mahela, Sanga or Malinga can turn it Sri Lanka's way. There is too much pressure applied on Kusal by comparing him to Jayasuriya and that only makes things difficult for the young man. Being an Indian fan, I hope that India will carry their brilliant performance in the tournament to the knockout stages.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2013, 22:37 GMT)

If the recent reports on certain SLBC selectors interfering into areas of selection they are not entitled to, this would probably answer Shekar Saminathan's question about Thisara Perera.There also seems to be a few more interruptions (so what else is new?) where some other board members are said to be strong arming their way into decision making according to some recent media reports. Nonetheless if Sri Lanka does not go with the best available eleven which should include Thisara Perera and Sachitra Senanayake as replacements for Shaminda Eranga and Kusal Perera it could be to their chagrin. All this subject to the weather which calls for rain in which case either Messrs Duckworth / Lewis or the net run rate will call the shots and in the latter scenario India will go through.But as Mark Butcher says " do not discount the Lankans from an upset!

Posted by   on (June 19, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

We would love to be underdogs. No pressure. win or loose we will love our boys. we do not worship or hate them ever, as our neighbors. India is in form and brimming with confidence. So are we. But its only a matter of few wickets, or a solid stand to feel the diluting of the same. May the best team win in a contest played to the true spirit of the game.Let the game of cricket to be the ultimate winner.

Posted by priceless1 on (June 19, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

Butcher has a point , SL cannot rely on Mainga they have to find another strike bowler and at the moment Senanayake is the only one came anyway near , they must include him in the playing11

Posted by   on (June 19, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

It would be a good contest, if rain permits. India should not be complacent....SL is a dangerous team and can beat any team in the world....If it rains and a washout tomorrow, India will go through because of its all win record in the group games

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