Australia v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy, Group A, Cardiff

Three teams queue up for semi spot

The Preview by Brydon Coverdale and Devashish Fuloria

June 16, 2013

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Match facts

Monday, June 17, The Oval
Start time 1300 (1200 GMT)


Phillip Hughes takes a breather during training, Champions Trophy, The Oval, June 16, 2013
Can Phillip Hughes reprise the form he showed against Sri Lanka in his first ODI series earlier this year? © Getty Images
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Amid the vexing appearances of rain in the last few days, three of the four teams will nervously wait for the result of the final Group B match. Sri Lanka, who more often than not make it to the knockouts in ICC tournaments, just need a win; if they win big - that is, by about 90 runs in a full 50-over game - they can better England's net run rate and finish top of the group. Australia, who have looked a shadow of their usual selves, need to win by about 125 runs to lift their NRR above that of New Zealand and knock them out. If they bat second and Sri Lanka score 200, Australia will need to chase the target down in about 27 overs. New Zealand, who looked good to make it to the next round till a day ago, need Australia to win but not absolutely thump Sri Lanka. The London weather may interrupt the match but is expected to hold better than in Cardiff or Edgbaston.

If Sri Lanka do beat Australia by a big enough margin to leap over England, they will fix a semi-final date with South Africa at The Oval. The second-placed team from the group will play India in Cardiff.

Although, Sri Lanka and New Zealand have better chances than Australia, it is Sri Lanka who have the situation in their control. Their batting showed form during the chase against England and their bowling was exceptional in the narrow loss to New Zealand. However, they have shown over-dependence on their three stalwarts for steering their batting and their long-awaited young brigade is yet to show signs of maturity. Sangakkara was the lone ranger against New Zealand and led the chase against England with a brilliant century. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene played useful hands at The Oval too, but if Sri Lanka are to make further progress, their young batsmen will need to shoulder some of the burden of the seniors.

Australia find themselves in a strange position. The team has cruised to the knockout stages in the past, but this time, they are in danger of being eliminated without a win. Michael Clarke admitted the team was affected by the off-field controversies, but on the field they have lacked punch in their batting. The failures of Shane Watson and the absence of David Warner and Clarke have meant the batting order has never looked menacing. Stand-in captain George Bailey has shown good form with his two half-centuries, but if Australia are to make a serious attempt at improving their net run rate apart from winning the game, they will need Watson to fire.

Form guide

(most recent first, last five completed games)

Australia: LWWWW

Sri Lanka: WLLWL

Watch out for...

It was against Sri Lanka earlier this year that Phillip Hughes burst into one-day international cricket with a century on debut and proved that he should not be considered a Test-only player. Three single-figure scores followed but he finished the five-match series in Australia with another hundred, an unbeaten 138 that set up an Australian victory to draw the series. Hughes' free-wheeling style can be suited to the 50-over format but he is yet to show his best form on this trip and threw his wicket away against England when he became tied down. A big score could not only help Australia stay in the series but might give Hughes the morale boost he needs ahead of the Ashes.

A confident Nuwan Kulasekara is not what the Australians were hoping to face in this match. Fortunately for them his form in the previous match was most impressive for his batting - a brilliant 58 not out from 38 balls as a pinch-hitting No.5 - rather than his bowling. But they know precisely how dangerous he can be in swinging conditions, as they found to their detriment at the Gabba earlier this year. Kulasekara was the architect of Sri Lanka's outstanding bowling effort to dismiss Australia for 74 in a match in which the hosts were lucky not to fall for their lowest ever ODI total, as they were 9 for 40 when the final pair came together. Rest assured that this Australian batting line-up will be just as wary of Kulasekara at The Oval as they will of the always threatening Lasith Malinga.

Team news

Michael Clarke trained with the squad in the lead-up to the match but was still considered an unlikely starter, with Australia's medical staff and team management taking a cautious approach with his back injury ahead of the Ashes. Xavier Doherty came in for Mitchell Starc last game and is expected to retain his position.

Australia (possible) 1 Shane Watson, 2 Matthew Wade (wk), 3 Phillip Hughes, 4 George Bailey (capt), 5 Adam Voges, 6 Mitchell Marsh, 7 Glenn Maxwell, 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Xavier Doherty.

Shaminda Eranga was expensive in the win over England at the same venue and could be challenged for a place in the side by either Thisara Perera or the spinner Sachithra Senanayake.

Sri Lanka (possible) 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Kusal Perera, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Angelo Mathews (capt), 7 Lahiru Thirimanne, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Thisara Perera / Sachithra Senanayake, 10 Rangana Herath, 11 Lasith Malinga.

Pitch and conditions

There were plenty of runs available at The Oval when England and Sri Lanka played there on Thursday and the forecast for London on Monday is for a cloudy day with the risk of showers.

Stats and trivia

  • Sri Lanka have won six of their past 10 one-day internationals against Australia

  • Should Australia fail to progress past the group stage it will be the first time since 2000 that they have not reached the semi-finals of a Champions Trophy or ICC KnockOut

  • Kulasekara needs 19 runs and one wicket to become the fourth Sri Lankan to the double of 1000 runs and 150 wickets in ODIs, after Sanath Jayasuriya, Chaminda Vaas and Upul Chandana

  • Adam Voges has played Australia's past four ODIs, his longest consecutive streak of matches in a spread-out career spanning nearly six and a half years

Quotes

"In the last two years or so we've been very consistent against Australia and we've played them very well. We managed to handle a lot of situations better than them, so hopefully we can continue that."
Mahela Jayawardene

"Once someone in the top four goes on to make a hundred, the other guys bat around him. I'd like to see that happen in this game."
Australia's captain Michael Clarke on the need for more runs from the top order

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Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Which ever team qualifies will play India. So, who ever wins here will surely be dangerous side and India must be careful

Posted by Greatest_Game on (June 17, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

Gotta love this line in the preview: "the absence of David Warner … meant the batting order has never looked menacing." Should have read "… never looked MORE menacing."

In the Aus squad, batsmen averaging 44+ are (lo to hi): Faulkner, Hughes, Clarke, Bailey, & Voges -the only +50! Watson has 41.65.

The below 30 club is Warner vs Maxwell. Warner's ave is .96 better, but Maxwell's SR is 32 HIGHER - 112.68 to 80.5. Max is maybe handy with the ball in ODIs, but not inspiring @ ave 52. Warner is low on the totem pole, with a *LPA of 0 & not menacing!!

@ Dylan Young. The above 40 batting 5 pick themselves, then Maxwell ( "2nd spinner) Wade, & Doherty - specialist spinner.

That leaves 4 spots. The quicks aves: Starc 19, McKay 21, Johnson 25.5. Starc & Johnson lefties, McKay, Faulkner, Watson righty,. Marsh & Coulter-Nile mysteries! Only Starc & McKay, Johnson have enough stats to go on, so 1 spot left. Mysteries Marsh or Coulter-Nile. Wow! Selection nightmare!

*Landed Punch Ave

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (June 17, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

Yes really irritating when rain wash away the game I don't know why ICC not taking any Initiative? Their must follow up with weather Forecast it's really no excitement at all ICC championship 2013 all ruin even teams gets sick of weather can't show their scale in 50 over match? Good teams losing preparing for 50 OV but had to play D/L methods? They must change the shidule if there are chance of raining make a indoor cricket to finish the tournament if rains?

Posted by MichaelBurton on (June 17, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

@regofpicton: TheBigBoodha has a point there. The way net run rate calculated is as correctly mentioned by you. but his points was not taking the number of wickets as a weighting factor as the duckworth Lewis method.

Posted by LisaDun on (June 17, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

Sorry, I meant to say, if today game is washed out, NZ goes through to the semifinals ahead of SL (3 point each, but NZ ahead on NRR), not top the group.

Posted by Des_65 on (June 17, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

TheBigboodha, NRR is based on one teams RR minus others RR. So, number of overs don't matter.

Posted by wibblewibble on (June 17, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

Don't really get why people are moaning about the weather, We've only one game has been washed out in the entire CT13, Aus vs NZ, and even that game had 65 completed overs in it.

Every single other game has had a competitive match, sometimes with reduced overs and D/L calculations, sometimes the full overs. This is how cricket in the UK happens - as and when you can. This summer is no different to any other summer.

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

I want Australia to win the match.

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

What will happen if aussie wins and equal their nrr as tht of kiwis?

Posted by Shaggy076 on (June 17, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

FAB_ALI - "Australia does not deserve to go through with pathetic and mediocre performances thus far" - what with one mediocre performance didnt Sri Lanka score 129 well they dont deserve it either with that pathetic performance. Try and read over your posts before posting. Thyagu5432 "When you fall from the top, it can get pretty nasty. Thats what has happened to the Aussies." - Your right been a hard fall from first to second. Lost one one day series in 3 years, even lost ONE game at a champions trophy. Yes it has been very nasty indeed. What would happen if we actually lost two games.

Posted by USA_Res on (June 17, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

@regofpicton While what you say is true, it is a little deceptive since, in a reduced overs match you cannot ignore the number of wickets lost since this indicates whether or not the run-rate might have been maintained for the full 50 (had they been played). Take Englands game against NZ. 169 all out was a good run-rate for a 24-over match, but it clearly cannot be extrapolated for 50 overs (since they were all out.) This is fine for the game being played, however it cannot be reasonable to compare it with the overall run rate for other teams. Had this been a full 50 over game, it is obvious that England would have been much more conservative, and a run-rate of ~5.5-6 would have been the likely outcome, not the almost 7 that NZ had to chase.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (June 17, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

Australian team is broken ,,,,due to the absence of players like hayden,gilly,ponting,symonds,mgrath,lee........now they need senior playrs like david hussey,shaun marsh,brad haddin,to come back again......!!?

Posted by SL_rockz on (June 17, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

A one wicket win will pave NZ to the semi's :) wow!! What a summer in England...They deliberately kept good part of the summer for Ashes and just let this ICC CT to be washed out ... I believe it is because Eng like tests than ODI's .English people also seems to have no interest in this CT.Poor attendance by Eng people is an indication of that.... If so please hold the tournament in ODI friendly venues in India or SL .

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

If Australia is to win this game, we will need to take risks.

Australia's tactic must be to field the most attacking bowling line-up possible (including Starc), to bowl first (if possible), and bowl Sri Lanka out cheaply, preferably under 220. This will mean attacking field settings. We need to remember that our bowling line-up is our strength and need to back Starc and Johnson to rip out the SL top order.

To win, we will require unconventional tactics while batting too, including opening with Maxwell and Watson.

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

@LisaDun - no they won't, they aren't involved in today's game so they can't get any more points !

Posted by regofpicton on (June 17, 2013, 11:39 GMT)

The Bigbhooda is dreaming it! NRR is calculated as total runs versus total overs. That mean that each over has equal weigting, not each match, so a 24 over match has slightly less than half the value of a 50 over match. NZ's strong NRR advantage didn't come from the 24 over game. It was gained by bowling Sri Lanka out in a lot less than 50 overs, then knocking off the runs (yes- only just!) in a lot less than 50 overs, IN A FIFTY OVER GAME.

Posted by Ananth-Natarajan on (June 17, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

[quote] Posted by LisaDun on (June 17, 2013, 9:52 GMT) If today's match is washed out, NZ will top the table, having won just one match! [/quote]

Yes, and by one wicket!

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

LisaDun: You are wrong. If todays match is washed out England will top the table, as they have 2 wins....New Zealand with 1 win and a draw will stay in 2nd position and face India in Semis and get knocked out.

Posted by JustIPL on (June 17, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

Thanks to rains that only stronger teams made it to the final four. However, still India is the best side to win this tournament but stronger oppositions will keep cricket lovers interested. Atleast, I dont want to see a one sided final.

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

Sri lanka has to win to go through...an australian win puts eng & nzl in semis, if sri lanka wins eng & srl in semis, even if its washed out, it could be eng & nzl (on better net run rate over srl)

Posted by siri12345 on (June 17, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

We hav to improve our fielding by heaps and bounds if we have to do well in this game.our youngsters like chandimal,thirimanne(if he will play,i am in support of playing senanayke and perera inplace of thiri and eranga) and kusal perera to stand up and perform as it will b unfair to expect sanga to perform in each and every match.cricinfo publish

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

I think it is a huge mistake to leave Mitchell Starc out. One poor game and he gets dropped? The guy has 37 ODI wickets @19.91. He can skittle nearly any batting line up in the shorter forms. If you are going to drop someone for Doherty, make it Mitchell Marsh, who isn't even getting a bowl and not performing with the bat despite being described as a "genuine allrounder". Faulkner and Maxwell can easily fill the no.6/7 positions. With Watson in the team that makes 3 allrounders - more than enough!

Posted by Jimish1987 on (June 17, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

Great fight btween 3 teams.....all d best ....wishing Sri lanka to be in

Posted by Kimberlite on (June 17, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

For Australia to qualify they need to bat and win by 126 or more; or bowl and win in between 25 and 30 overs. Here is an indication (SL (their score), Overs (overs in which Aus must finish), RR (run-rate required from start): SL 160, Overs 25.2, RR: 6.31 SL 180, Overs 26.2, RR: 6.83 SL 200, Overs 27, RR: 7.4 SL 220, Overs 28, RR: 7.85 SL 240, Overs 28.4, RR: 8.37 SL 260, Overs 29.2, RR: 8.86 SL 280, Overs 30, RR: 9.78 SL 300, Overs 30.4, RR: 9.78

Posted by LisaDun on (June 17, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

If today's match is washed out, NZ will top the table, having won just one match!

Posted by BozoSri on (June 17, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

In a tournament like this bonus point system will be more appropriate than run rate. It is the top 8 teams, so no slouches on that list, so if a team beats another team fair and square like by 8 wickets or with 10 overs to spare or by 100 runs etc let them have one bonus point. This system might not work in world cup because there are affliate nation teams whom the teams can beat and try to gain bonus point easily. But here there are no easy victories so if a team wins comprehensively then award them bonus. Then having net run rate as back up if teams end up on eqaul points even after bonus point system would be more fair and would be a better reflection on the team's performance.

And for god sakes have 2-3 days reserve in England while playing cricket. I hate the weather in England

Posted by Mel_K on (June 17, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

Sorry, of course that is your rate "MINUS" their rate, not divided by.

Posted by SL_rockz on (June 17, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

No use of pre-match fuss.Lets watch the game and then talk about it.I hope Eng fans remember their utterly miserable destiny before and after the match.So do not decide that you won before match is played If SL play badly they will loose and If Aus play badly they will loose.Lets watch the match.......:)

Posted by BozoSri on (June 17, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

Rain is the man of the series. This is ridiculous when winners and qualifiers are determined by rain and some ill conceived statistics of run rate. No wonder nobody takes champions trophy seriously. One tournament joint winners, what are we in?? kindergarden?? everybody is a winner. One tournament ruined by rain again in england where WI won but nobody noticed because half the matches were washed off or determined by weather. And then this one, the last and final edition played under a water nozzle and again teams qualifying based on weather and not because of performance.

The champions trophy is a wonderful tournament, 8 good teams no needless and pointless matches and therefore should be good cricket instead everybdy is looking towards the skies and praying fro cricket or for rains depending on what teams they support. Simply Pathetic!!!

By the way the worst decision of all time -- Lets play in England in early wet summer and see if it works...

Posted by Mel_K on (June 17, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

I suspect people who post re run rate don't understand the calculation. It is NET run rate, therefore if the opponents bat for say 24 overs in a shortened game and your team do too, your team is not disadvantaged. The NRR calculation is (Total runs scored/total overs faced) divided by (total runs scored by opposing team/overs faced by opp team) over the entire tourn - it is not calculated per match and added (That would be a mathematical error.) Of course, if a side is bowled out, in say 40 overs but they could have faced 50, their NRR is calculated as if they faced the full 50. Go check the ICC Champs trophy site - in the log standings thay show the total runs, overs for each team so you can check the calculation.

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

Why does it say 'Cardiff' at the top of the page. The match is to be played at The Oval.

Posted by Ali_86xz on (June 17, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

Happy B'day Watto... I hope SL will give him gifts... Don't expec them though Watto...

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 10:11 GMT)

All these pre-match talk is pointless as you saw how England fans were before ENG/SL match & how they were after the match. I am a die hard SL supporter but I know today we can collapse like we did to NZ or pull out a miracle like we did to England. All will depend on the temperament the player bring to the match. AUS is fighting side and on their day they can sink any team(even with current team form). So as a SL supporter my only hope is our players have the same frame of mind as they were with ENG match, That's all i hope for ( keeping my fingers cross for SL victory)

Posted by yorkslanka on (June 17, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

why dont all the keybard warriors here let go of the keyboard and wander outside into the sunshine..then leave this forum to debate cricket..this is the reason i left this forum as its not about cricket anymore??if you want to argue, go elsewhere...cric pls publish...

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

Posted by Venkat Sraman on(June 17,2013) It is going to be a nice battle today between Sri Lanka and Australia to decide the semi finalist spot among the three teams England,Sri Lanka & Australia.

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

Both Aus and Sri Lanka have big match temperaments. This should be a humdinger.

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

one more deficiency in the current system of calculating NRR. If Sri Lanka Bat first and scores 300 runs, then we can say that Australia is virtually out of the tournament, as if Australia scores 300 runs even in just 31 overs, then too their NRR will be lower than New Zealand. These type of situation will always come if there is 1 match of 50 overs and other match is less than 50 overs. Just take another example: 1 team wins first match by 50 runs and lost other match by 50 runs, its NRR will be 0.00. and the other team lost its first match by 50 runs and win its second match by 49 runs in a rain shortened 20 over match ( note in a 20 over match, win by 49 runs), then too it will have a negative run rate.

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

TheBigBoodha: Whether teams play 20/50 overs, they play according to the situation. Run rate means run divided by overs (not sure, if you already know that). Both teams play aggressive if it is shortened (10 run defeat in a 20-over match is more stats changing than a 20-run win in 50 overs,) so there is not a lot of difference in it. Yes, it has some effect on the result, but losing is your fault and inability. Do not search excuses somewhere else if you are already poor.

Posted by JassimA on (June 17, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

Fascinating stuff! Cant believe people were writing of ODI cricket. It just needed less cricket and more meaningful cricket to be entertaining as IOB pointed out. Few observations : 1. Bad weather has made the game more exciting and unpredictable. WI vs SA one ball could have made the difference. Eng Vs NZ 1 inch was all it took to send KW back in the hut 2. DRS actually works! *nudge* India. However, a lot of cricket can atleast see where India is coming from with respect to ball tracking. I am not 100% on its accuracy because some decision seem to contradict the naked eye. 3. Yesterday's game was essentially a T20 but seemed completely different to IPL t20! Tell you something about what a difference quality of players makes to a a game

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

India VS South Africa in the Finals on 23rd

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (June 17, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

Fantastic points @TheBigBoodha. I think they should have something like DL for NRR as well. The way Aussies are playing their cricket, I feel it may not be very relevant in this tournament. SL are going to romp home easily leaving both NZ and Aussies high & dry (inspite of the rains).

Posted by FAB_ALI on (June 17, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

Australia does not deserve to go through with pathetic and mediocre performances thus far. If SL play well today, then without doubt they are the deserving team but if they handover the game to Australia, I have to say New Zealand deserves that Semi Final Spot. If the game is washout, then also NZ deserves to go through as they have beaten SL already, by whatever margin is not a matter of concern here. And if Australia manages to put all their odds behind and come up with a big win, then may be they deserve to play India in the semis. So, its not the luck which counts here, its the performances of all three teams which will see them progress or elapse....thats all.

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (June 17, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

Eng vs SA and SL vs India would make a couple of great matchups. Ofcourse the final that the organizers are hoping for would be for an India v Eng final as it would be a guarantee sellout rain or shine. Nothing against our friend NZ but I'd rather see an India/SL semi-final. No doubt India's been the class of the tournament so far and I can only see SL or Eng giving them a run for their money.

Posted by yorkslanka on (June 17, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

Hopefully we will play two spinners today and we can bat to our potential again. Australia are an even more dangerous team when they are cornered so this is not going to be easy at all and we need to bring our best to win this game. Good luck Sri Lanka.

Posted by jayshah_88 on (June 17, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

I don't think there is any problem with the team. The batting order is really wrong. You are not going to find another Gilchrist. Wade is a waste in top order. My order will be: Hughes Maxwell Bailey Watson Voges Wade Marsh Faulkner McKay Johnson Doherty

Posted by Haleos on (June 17, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

Dont count the aussies out for this match. They have their back to the wall and can be dangerous. SL team is inconsistent. One day their batting does well another day their bowling. They would be like bangladesh once Dilshan Jaya and Sanga retire.

Posted by Slesh on (June 17, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

agree with Baseball-Sucks. I don't understand what is Thirimanne doing at no 7 or even in the team.its like keeping him if top 6 fails.remember if top 6 fails SL are gonna loose anyway unless a miracle happens with bowling.will Thirimanne come and make a hundred with herath or kule and rescue the team?thats not gonna happen! we need a allrounder and that is Thisara.he such a asset to the team.he takes wicket more often.and he will score that 30(15) innings which SL need badly at death.big three guns have to fire today also.and in Erangas case i think its better to give another chance to him.he is good against aussies. Good luck SRI LANKA!!!!!!

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

I have a feeling this match will be Sri Lanka's. 3 years in a row they came to Australia and dominated them in ODi's. They have a massive psychological advantage over Australia.

Posted by Cricinbest on (June 17, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

@gibbs.175: Did you forget that soon the last match SL played? In that SL chased 293 with only 3 wickets lost.

Posted by Haleos on (June 17, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

Clarke admits they are affected by Off field issues. I thought aussies were stronger than that. In this case Dhoni and his men should be applauded.

Posted by Narabavi on (June 17, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

@CezK : What was New Zealand did for deserve a semi final spot? Beating Eng 2-1 is not a part of CT.

Posted by koushik2412 on (June 17, 2013, 7:44 GMT)

all the best sri lanka. chase the aussies out of the tournament.

Posted by Meeker on (June 17, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

Bad weather condition decreases the interst of watching the game.. Hopefully New zealand should get into the semis..

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

So the possible outcomes after England won yesterday's game are 1.) For Australia to qualify they will have to beat Sri Lanka by about 125 runs or chase down the target within about 30 over. 2.)If it rains and there is no result New Zealand will go through because they have a better net run rate. 3.) If Sri Lanka win by any margin they will be through although they will have to beat Australia by a fairly large margin to overtake England in terms of net run rate and get to the top of the table. In light of this I think it's highly unlikely Australia will go through it going to be between SL and NZ though I think SL look a the better team and probably will win this match and go through. Although they should definitely drop Eranga after that last over vs England.

Posted by cool_VJ on (June 17, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

Australia should go with all-pace attack. Their spin bowlers haven't shown much promise. In wet conditions, they will be totally exposed. "X-man" Doherty should be dropped to make way for Starc. Watson & Hughes should open the batting. Rooting for the Aussies \m/

Posted by skdwived on (June 17, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

Whats the margin that AUS needs to win by to qualify?

Posted by CezK on (June 17, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

Neither does SL nor do AUS deserve to go forward.... NZ shoud go!!! So either rain washes out the match, divine justice; or Aus beat SL in a close contest...

Posted by siri12345 on (June 17, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

Sl has to make changes to the playing 11.we cannot just blindly select eranga.we hav to bring thisara perera and senanayke to the team and we have to be prepared for a short match as it may rain any time.cricinfo plz plz publish

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

Wait for the FINAL to where luck too plays a hand in it. In one or two balls can do anything can change.

Posted by android_user on (June 17, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

India will beat any team in the final. No matter which team it is playing against.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (June 17, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

When you fall from the top, it can get pretty nasty. Thats what has happened to the Aussies. Once top team in the world is now fighting hard not to be grouped with Zim and BD. Warner gone, Clarke not fit, Watson out of sorts means there are no match winners in the team right now. So it must be an easy passage for the Sri Lankans unless they decide to set a challenging total (just like they did against NZ) for the Aussies to smack their lips and give their neighbour a chance to reach the semis.

In all probability, SL will be through and will face India in the semis.

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

At present, South Africa is the only team that can beat India. I can see India and South Africa making to the finals and South Africa prevailing in a close encounter.

Posted by ajithabey on (June 17, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

What a waste of a Champions trophy cricket tournament played in fickle English weather been so unfair to some teams who have played better cricket than those who have qualified for the next stage. Hopefully we would like to see a full days cricket at least in this important game. Go for it SL with the correct batting & bowling combination.

Posted by android_user on (June 17, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

IIT

India will beat any team in the finals no matter which team its playing against

Posted by Jayzuz on (June 17, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

You can call them what you like, @Biggus. Until they start losing regularly I'll keep calling them good. BTW, they have lost only one ODI series in the past 3 years - drawn a few though - and are ranked two. At what point would you like to cut them a little slack? Stats and results don't lie. They are currently a good team, quite a few players inexperienced in terms of total games, but with a very good talent base for the future, IMHO. They'll lose a few here and there, but will continue to win far more than they lose. I'll be very surprised if I am wrong.

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

Just wait and watch...today its gonna b LANKA... 1st Semi- India v Lanka- 2nd eng v africa...

From the present form these are the best 4 teams.. And for sure these four teams can beat each other..without any favourates... My prediction for final is INDIA V ENGLAND....Mark my words !!

Posted by vish57 on (June 17, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

It is dis heartening to see, rain deciding the out come of results. If ICC consider this as a major tournament then the timing of the same is wrong; shame to ICC that they are completing a formality with TV rights rather then conducting a compettive tournament. Let ICC conduct 14 super overs to decide a winner rather than 14 matches scheduled. If one ball can decide a qualifier, it is not the intensity of tournament but the poor scheduling of tournament. Further Net performance rate should decide the winner with equal points which should include 50:50 NRR: NWR (Net wicket Rate i.e Wicket taken- wicket given) like football or hockey. NRR is one sided.

Posted by gibbs.175 on (June 17, 2013, 7:06 GMT)

AUS wins if they bat first .....and Sri lanka can chase 230 not more than that

Posted by Htc-Android on (June 17, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

@Haiderpakawsome BD can only dream of beating England in their home ground.

Posted by pareshjinjala on (June 17, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

wrong article about semi-final scenario of teams, as far as i know that it considers seed position for semifinals, even if england finish top of the table and and srilanka win will keep on second in group with less runrate than england, still india will play semi-final against group-A topper england as team will be stack using seed, on the seed list srilanka is on higher rank, and england is on bottom side, so, india already seeded top of the group,

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

i think it's ind vs england in final

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

hard to imagine how different the things are for australia than what they were before the tour of india. comprehensive win against SL in home test series, then a drawn ODI's and then for some reason they decided to rest a number of players in the two T20's. they lost those two T20's and have hardly won anything after that. So that is how much a couple of losses can hurt the confidence of even the best of teams in cricket. best bet for australia is to play aggressive cricket, that is what they are good at

Posted by bearface on (June 17, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

Its pretty simple really if we win we go through and deservedly so. if not NZ go through and deservedly so.Our destiny is in our hands unless the rain decides to intervene.

Posted by missionbegins2011 on (June 17, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

No matter what is the result today....my prediction is that final would be IND vs SA

Posted by Nuwas on (June 17, 2013, 6:24 GMT)

Unsurprisingly everyone but SL fans here, does not want SL to win today. Its really ironic because almost in every big tournament whenever SL has some other team's faith in her hand and rest of the world badly wants SL to loose, We just WIN it for our county by all means. Expect same result today folks. I truly pity the rest of the world who tries with all their efforts to redefine "mediocrity" here, with all senseless pretentious expertise (most of the comments so far). Good Luck to Lions.. do your thing;)

Posted by bearface on (June 17, 2013, 6:22 GMT)

As a Srilankan fan i think we ought to win this game. we are a better,more balanced side and on current form we are playing well while the Aussie side is in disarray.our batting is easily better than Australia's we have Mahela, Dilshan and Sanga in our top three all seasoned World class batsmen when you compare that to an australian top three of Watson,Wade and Hughes also looking at our lineup we have more depth.Australia has no one in the class of Malinga. while Australia's pace attack is better their spinners are nonexistent with even a parttimer like Dilshan posing a bigger threat on his day than Doherty. we have a better limited overs side and have consistently smacked Australia in the recent past even in their own backyard but choked in a few important games. tho an Aussie side with their backs to the wall is very dangerous.. if we play to our potential though we should be beating what is a very average australian side. we also usually do well in ICC tournaments reaching finals.

Posted by Biggus on (June 17, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

@Jayzuz:-Sorry mate, I refuse to get excited by a team that is simply not very good. Apart from Bailey and Voges (once) our batting has been horrible and making a big noise about Watson's ODI average masks the fact that he's been having a hard time making a run in the competition. By our standards this is a pretty poor team, no matter how hard you try to talk them up.

Posted by DilumSL on (June 17, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

I don't think it's a good move to make huge changes in a team who has done well recently. But it is better Tisara can come in to the team for Thirimanne. Only reason is that is the justice for Thirimanne. Ofcourse he is a better batsman than Thisara. Someone who can play innings like the super inning that Sanga played the other day. But playing him at no 6 or 7 is not doing any good for him. If he is playing he should come at no 3 or 4. but in the current team we can't give him that place. SL have a huge advantage in this game. Because Aussies need win this with a huge margin so they need to play some extraordinary cricket. If SL bat first and put some decent total then it will be real hard for Aussies to win by a huge margin. But SL must watch out for Watson coz he is someone who can do anything. Good Luck SL... Win or loose SL fans are always behind you guys :)

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

a Good win today will put SL Vs Chokers in the Semis and Hosts England against the so called unbeaten team India.. Hahaha....then we can see a VERY GOOD BATTLE for the final slot.... why isn't anyone talking about that here? That is a VERY probable scenario....The shorter the game would be the more it favours SL team too...

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

Well said Bahwal ur rite on the money!!!!!

Posted by vinodkd99 on (June 17, 2013, 5:39 GMT)

In case Lankans win today, India shall be playing them in Semis. However in case Aussies win by more than 125 runs (50 over match), India shall be playing Aussies. In case Aussies win by lesser margin, India would play against Kiwis. Practically India cannot play against England unless Lankans win today by a margin of 88 runs or more (50 over match).

Posted by lakshan_king on (June 17, 2013, 5:33 GMT)

Sri lanka need to play thisara perera. ahead of k.perera & sachithra should replace shaminda eranga. thats the team we need mahela or thirimanna can open with dilshan. If we wont to win a match we need proper 5 bowlers . Best of luck for sri lanka.

Posted by android_user on (June 17, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

thats more like a conpetition on a world stage.. 3 teams... 1 match... 1 semifinal spot... bravo!

Posted by Sharath274 on (June 17, 2013, 5:30 GMT)

I think SL should play both Thissara and Sachitra in place of Eranga and Thirimanne.. they have a pretty deep batting line up and hence Thirimanne @ No.7 is going to be wasted... i think SL will win today and book a match against India in the SF. They are always a dangerous side in the ICC events and I wont be surprised if they put it past India as we are peaking too early having won all the matches so far played on the trip which is quite unusual normally with India.. just hope the law of averages does not catch up for the next 2 matches !!!

Posted by Narabavi on (June 17, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

New Zealand are lucky to have big plus NRR.They are not deserved it at all. Beat SL by 1 wicket, Drew with Australia( if not rain, another sure loss), lost to England.First time I see a team with big+ net run rate,still struggles to make into the knockouts !

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 5:22 GMT)

As an Indian Fan I would want Austrailia to win today's fixture, but not with a big margin.So that Kiwis qualify & play India in the second semi final.

Posted by Otuwa on (June 17, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

My dear KULA--

You are the most under rated and unsung hero for last 10 years in Sri Lanka.You are a hidden star under the Malinga's shadow.England assault isn't your first knock from your bat.You have shown it many times in history.We all saw you had tried to sacrifice your wicket and tried to save Sanga's wicket at last ODI.Lot of players try to protect only their wicket and don't think others wicket at all.It was a good example to all the players.You are a key player for this match because you had already shown it in Australia.I hope to see your inswing will go through Clark's bat and pad to the wicket.Yes true Malinga is popular,But lot of Sri Lankans love you KULA..Take a bow.

Posted by vinodkd99 on (June 17, 2013, 5:14 GMT)

As per my calculations, Australia has to beat Lankans by 126 runs or within 29 overs to qualify (in case 50 over match is played). Tall ask

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 5:09 GMT)

i like today match palying tisara perera.tisara perera is good bowling avarage (26).he is 75 wicket taker.he is batting gun. runing macine.sachithra is not good bowling avarage (38)

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 5:08 GMT)

SL should take the Australians down, Sangakarra is th e best batsman in the world in any form of cricket.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 17, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

I hope for a Aus win here...but NZ in the semis with India. Because NZ did well in knockout matches against India. So it will be an exciting game. SL vs Ind is predictable as SL yet to find how to tackle India.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (June 17, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

Bigboodha : It is the difference in run-rate, not the actual run rate. Its much easier for a higher differential over smaller overs. The issue is the Australia/New-Zealand game does not count at all to the net run-rate. Even if they considered that game all square Australias net run-rate would have halved as would New Zealands ie 0.38 compared to -0.48 and much more opportunity for Australia to go through. But as it is playing 2 games compared to three contributes significantly towards the net run-rate and could possibly be the difference.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (June 17, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

When it comes to games that count Sri Lanka have always fallen short of Australia. Last one-day series Australia rotated out half there side and they were unable to claim victory, prior to that AUstralia were too good for Sri Lanka in the series in Sri Lanka and the tri-series finals. In the big moments Sri Lanka have always fallen short - Johnantonjosephs dont ever become a book maker as your not cut our for it. 70% Sri Lanka on what record.

Posted by Jayzuz on (June 17, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

@Biggus, given that SL lost the most recent ODI series in SL & drew in AUS, how can you say they have consistently been better? AUS has a much better balanced team. SL can be v good on their day, but have quite a weak bowling attack, with only Malinga offering any real problem, & he can be quite expensive on his day - goes for 5.5 an over on average, which is quite high. Herath is great in tests, but his stats are significantly worse than Doherty's in ODI (averages 46). SL's big three batsmen have much worse averages than Watson (41), whom many AUS fans accuse of being inconsistent - i.e. they only fire very irregularly. Then AUS has four other batsmen who average much higher than Watson, so... Australia's bowling attack is looking good, it has to be said. Only Starc hasn't fired on this tour, and I doubt he'll play. The media doom about the team is largely nonsense - lost 1/ last 8 ODIs. This is a very good ODI unit. Even if they lose this game they will remain strong for a long time

Posted by HAVANA on (June 17, 2013, 4:45 GMT)

I cannot see the Australian team going anywhere, unless they replace their captain. He is not a leader. Motivation in this sport is paramount, and personal responsibility starts at the top. The IPL has more than improved India's running between wickets, fitness and fielding. The hidden factors of teamwork, and correctly addressing current team requirements at critical junctions of a match, are obvious. This shows a well oiled think tank in the absence of the self serving prima donna. Well, Clarke can turn to the IPL and BCCI for his usual excuses.

Posted by sifter132 on (June 17, 2013, 4:44 GMT)

I doubt Doherty plays. Cloudy day ahead, and Australia really have to roll SL pretty cheaply to have a chance of qualifying. Doherty isn't that guy, Starc is. And if spin is needed Voges and Maxwell can cobble something togehter.

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 4:25 GMT)

What back problems????? Michael Clarke is saving his back for the Ashes as for Eng and Aus thats the onle meaningful series for them. This is an ICC Tournament in progress and lots of comments about the upcoming "Ashes Battle". People even still talking abiut the IPL. Let the Ashes and IPL stay away for the moment and dont spoil the ICC tournament Ppl...

Posted by Biggus on (June 17, 2013, 4:12 GMT)

I can't see we Aussies progressing to the finals, and to be frank we don't deserve to. Sri Lanka have consistently had the better of us in recent clashes and have must be favourites to go through. Despite what some posters here say they have a very good ODI side, and Sangakkara is all class while Malinga is one of the best ODI bowlers in the game.

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 3:51 GMT)

May The Triple Gem Bless u Sri Lanka..!

Posted by The-Stoat on (June 17, 2013, 3:41 GMT)

Australia can't actually get into the next round. If australia got 300, they would have to bowl Sri Lanka out for less than 174 to beat NZ on run rate - a lower Aussie score would require a substantially lower Sri Lankan one and greater winning margin. Really australia need to aim for over 300, and bowl Sri Lanka out for basically nothing, it just isn't going to happen. Though I hope they try so NZ go through...

Posted by gnanzcupid on (June 17, 2013, 3:38 GMT)

Interesting match on the cards. Aus batting line up looks a bit weak without pup and warner. Johnson will test the lankans. Lanka can win this only if either sanga or mahela click. Other batsmen in the team(barring dilshan) are not capable of a 100 runs in total for the lankans. I know that the lankan fans who come here to advertise their young players wont accept this. But the truth behind my words will be understood by neutral fans.

Posted by gibbs.175 on (June 17, 2013, 3:25 GMT)

I think Sri Lanka will make it

Posted by cjchanaka on (June 17, 2013, 3:23 GMT)

This won't be a 50 over match, it will be 20,40 or 30 overs match, so either thisara or mendis should play instead of lahiru, sachithra can be more useful than herath, rest of the team OK, I think we don't want to bother net run rate, just play normal style and try to win, 1st or 2nd spot of table npthing to worry. ALL THE BEST LIONS...............

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (June 17, 2013, 3:23 GMT)

Think Sri Lanka is the favorites here. They have done extremely well against Australia in Australia recently (becoming finalists in the tri series and also 2-2 tieing the Bilateral Series with one game a washout but extremely in their favor) and Australia currently does not seem to be in any form. The problem will be after when they may face India (they will most likely lose then). If Sri Lanka can win by such a high margin that they go to 1st and play against South Africa, they have a higher chance of winning than going up against India. I would say 66% Sri Lanka winning and 33% Australia winning. If Kushal perera gets going early, its game over for the aussies

Posted by Htc-Android on (June 17, 2013, 3:12 GMT)

Goodluck Sri lanka. I hope there will be no rain on tomorrow.

Posted by SLMaster on (June 17, 2013, 3:09 GMT)

No matter what the result is AUS will not qualify for the next round. I do not see there are winning by big margin. On the other hand SL has great chance of winning this game. It is like SL & NZ game. SL win NZ out, SL loose NZ goes through.

Posted by PYC1959 on (June 17, 2013, 2:26 GMT)

Why do they hold tournaments at this time in the UK, why not later in the summer or not at all. It is just as frustrating for spectators here in Australia who sit up waiting all night for a game, only to go to bed wake up and find it was finally played as a 20/20. Ban UK from holding tournaments LOL

Posted by jpp1311 on (June 17, 2013, 2:08 GMT)

Why does SL keep playing Thirimanne? Bring in Thisara for Eranga and Senanayake or Jeevan Mendis for Thirimanne

Posted by Shaggy076 on (June 17, 2013, 1:48 GMT)

Babbls - You paint a very glim picture of AUstralia. However if it wasnt for the rain the other day Australia would still be going through to the Semis.

Posted by Haiderpakawsome on (June 17, 2013, 1:04 GMT)

It would be NZ to go thru. There is no question that weaker SL would loose against Australia. However the margin may not be large enough for Australia to go above Kiwis in average. However if Clarke is fit and Australia is batting 2nd then they could convincingly win with higher margin as well. It would all depend upon Clarke's fitness.

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 1:03 GMT)

I think they should take eranga and thiramanne out, and put thisara pererra and sachitra in. this would balance in both batting and bowling.

Posted by Herath-UK on (June 17, 2013, 0:51 GMT)

Hope Sri Lanka will not just win but with a good enough margin to jump to the top of the group. The sorry state of aussies should not distract them from that goal.

Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by onlyIndiathebest on (June 17, 2013, 0:46 GMT)

Lets hope AUS will get thier act together and beat Sl. Then we shall have 4 proper cricket teams (IND AUS SA and ENG) in the semis.

Posted by RMCroos on (June 17, 2013, 0:09 GMT)

All I can see srilanka will crown as ICC champions 2013!!!!!!!!!! All the best guys................................................

Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 0:08 GMT)

Sri Lanka will win this!End of.

Posted by elgenioroshan on (June 16, 2013, 23:39 GMT)

I really root for an Aus win but not by a big margin. That would mean the 2 best deserving teams of Group A go through i.e. England and NewZealand. But then NZ would have to play the in form India in semis and they have quite a good record in knockout games!

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 23:27 GMT)

In this tournament, Sri Lanka is a much better side than Aussies considering their form in the last game . SL just don't need another collapse in their batting and they will win it comfortably. SL needs to keep wickets in hand have a 4.5/5 RR till the 35th over. Bat first or second if they stick to this ploy they should be cruising to the semis. Good luck for both teams !!!

Posted by John_Mil on (June 16, 2013, 22:46 GMT)

ICC Champions Trophy -2013

Semi final Berth Battle ( Chances for Australia,Sri Lanka,New Zealand )

For Australia : Needs to WIN with the Big Margin again Srilanka (atleast by 130 runs or in 15 over to spare For Sri Lanka : Just a win against Australia is more than enough.Doesn't need to worry about the Run Rate to qualify. For New Zealand : 1) Sri Lanka needs to loose but Australia should not win with the Big Margin. 2) If the Match is Called OFF then Australia will be with 2 points will be eliminated and Srilanka will be with 3 points will be also elimated due to their poor runrate.Because if the match is abandoned there won't be any changes with teh current run rate when the teams share 1 points each.

So Sri Lanka and New Zealand have a better chances to qualify than Australia..More Over India is well prepared to face any opponent in the Semi Final as India is so srtong enough.

Posted by Sr2665 on (June 16, 2013, 22:40 GMT)

At the end of the match between NZ vs eng, the espn commentators were saying they hope aus will win tomorrow. I believe it was not a good comment a sports commentator should be saying. Just though of making this comment as they kept on saying that taking the side of the Australians. Commentators should not be biased.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 22:33 GMT)

@Babbls: so Voges averaging over 50 is not up to 'international standards'?

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 22:27 GMT)

this tournament has been a disappointment , mainly because the rain took away the level playing field ,with england and south africa being the benefactors . im happy to see the end of this knockout tournament ,it is nothing compared to the world cup tournament and should not be considered in the same vein . australia has some serious problems heading into the ashes ,ans if they believe that they can beat england at thier current form ,skill level and susceptibility to spin .....they are living in another world . england may not be world beaters at the one day format, but test cricket in thier home conditions against this australian team ...it's a whitewash in the making .

Posted by Haiderpakawsome on (June 16, 2013, 22:26 GMT)

Aussies are favorite for this match due to their way superior bowling attack. They've got a fantastic pace attack led by Mckay n an excellent batting by Watson and co. Their batsmen will find it very easy to deal with the average SL bowling attack. And they've got a great cricketing spirit unlike their opposition. Srilanka can't expect Sangakara's fluke in every game. So It should be like a walk in the park for Australia to bag this one. Hoping for massive Australia win. lions (in cage) will be kicked out of tournament. G'luck !!!!!

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 22:25 GMT)

with warner back home and watson in one of his worst forms with the bat ,and the middle order lacking experience its highly unlikely for the australian team to make it to the semis ,even the bowling department lacks aggression !

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (June 16, 2013, 22:24 GMT)

I think we shouldn't gamble with this 7 batsmen policy. In fact it doesn't make any sense to play a specialist batman like Thirimanne at #7. That place should go for an allrounder or a specialist bowler. And yes, Eranga can be expensive. In fact he went for a heap of runs against England. May be its due to his inexperience. But, He picks up wickets. So I'm not ready to write him off. I think , we should drop Thirimanne n go with either Thisara Perera or Schi. I remember that there was a lot of animosity toward the team selection floating around regarding the omission of Thisara. But I think that Mathews had his reasons to make that call n eventually it paid off.

My XI : Kusal / Dilly / King Sanga / Mahela / Chandimal / Mathews / Kula / Thisara or Sachi / Herath / Eranga / Slinga .

Since we've been thrashing Aussies regularly over the last 2 years, this should be an easy task. LIONS LEAD THE WAY !!!!

Posted by Elrond on (June 16, 2013, 22:22 GMT)

"Sri Lanka, who more often than not make it to the knockouts in ICC tournaments..."

Are you sure about it: If you look at the World Cup, Champions Trophy are the ICC tournaments involving multiple nations and in these, the situation has been SL has more often than not made their way out before the knockouts. World Cups: knocked out after first round in 6 of the 10 tournaments. In champions trophy they have a 50-50 record.

Posted by Babbls on (June 16, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

Australia doesn't, have depth in there batting. At present they have only two batsmen who have got international standards, in Bailey and Clarke, and as we all know, Clark, is struggling with injuries. They have a good pace attack, but it is their attitude and the arrogance that put them down. I think Australia need to re start from scratch teaching young cricketers, values , respect, discipline, and I think it need to start from the club level. Need re structuring rich from the bottom.

Posted by Perera32 on (June 16, 2013, 21:33 GMT)

@Brydon Coverdale: Your statement: "Sri lanka have shown over-dependence on their three stalwarts for steering their batting and their long-awaited young brigade is yet to show signs of maturity". This is a very poor statement, Sri lanka's "young brigade" have shown plenty of maturity. Look at SL's previous overseas tour. Against Australia, Sanga was injured and Mahela and Dilshan contributed next to nothing, look at the result of that series and make another comment. Players like Mathews, Chandimal, Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Kushal Perera and Kulasekara are not inexperienced any more. Thisara was last years 2nd highest wicket taker and has a big reputation for hitting the biggest sixes. Chandimal, Thirimanne and Mathews were all in the top 10 run scorers in ODI's either 2011 or 2012. These youngster helped Sri lanka become the no 1 T20 team as well. When Kushal fires then you can make your mind up. So next time don't take the easy route without looking at the evidence mate.

Posted by Darshi007 on (June 16, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

Australia is as good as out. With a NRR of -0.960 they can't really go ahead of NZ's net run rate of +0.777 unless they absolutely trash Sri Lanka which doesn't seem likely.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 21:25 GMT)

no chance for australia to go-through unless they make up a really one sided match....they ve to win by a margin of atleast 126 runs or 15 overs to spare in a batsmen friendly pitch.....more chances for srilankans to go through as they have already beaten the in-form hosts in the same ground some days before....

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

Hopefully Sri Lanka will play Sachithra instead of Eranga. Aussies have not seen much of his bowling and he can extract bounce and make life hard for Aussies.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 21:13 GMT)

I hope this format of ODI field-restrictions is just experimental. They don't give the bowlers any chance. Hope one day, the ODIs will be played the right way: with no field restrictions.

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