Australia v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy, Group A, Cardiff June 17, 2013

Sri Lanka hold their nerve to reach semi-final

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Sri Lanka 253 for 8 (Jayawardene 84*, Thirimanne 57, Johnson 3-48) beat Australia 233 (Voges 49, Kulasekara 3-42) by 20 runs
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A victorious Sri Lanka will play in Cardiff on Thursday. A humbled Australia will start pondering the Ashes, and the state of disrepair their cricket has fallen into. Led by Mahela Jayawardene's silken unbeaten 84, Sri Lanka stuttered into a Champions Trophy semi-final against India by defeating a collective whose captain Michael Clarke watched disconsolately from The Oval balcony.

Their slim chances of qualifying long since expired, Australia offered a last gasp via Clint McKay and Xavier Doherty, who added 41 for the final wicket. They were only separated by a blinding return catch from Tillakaratne Dilshan, whose exultant celebrations underlined the anxiety that had crept into a team who looked comfortable winners for most of the journey.

Once Jayawardene had lifted Sri Lanka to 253 for 8 after an uncertain beginning, passing 11,000 ODI runs on the way, Australia's chances of qualifying became largely theoretical. India in their pomp might have been a chance to reach 254 in 29.1 overs, but not a team that had failed to top 250 in two previous matches and been distracted by all manner of off field woes, from Clarke's fragile back to David Warner's choices of drinking spots and punching bags.

This left Angelo Mathews' team to ride out a brief spell of hitting from Glenn Maxwell, a doughty rearguard from Adam Voges, and a pesky last stand by the final wicket pair of McKay and Doherty, who conjured the second best partnership of the innings. As in India earlier this year, this served mainly to expose the appalling lack of application shown by many of the batsmen.

Australia's troubles were best summed up by their stand-in leader George Bailey, who dozed off at the wrong moment and found himself run out, helping to end a Champions Trophy defence that never really began. Apart from the emergence of James Faulkner they have precious little to show for the past two weeks.

Sri Lanka's innings had flirted with mediocrity in the face of some diligent bowling until Jayawardene's delayed arrival, which signalled a late innings surge. Lahiru Thirimanne had been promoted ahead of Jayawardene at an uncertain 20 for 2, and the switch allowed the senior man to make merry in the later overs against the older ball after Thirimanne composed an important, steadying 57.

Given the scenario confronting them, Australia's batsmen were forced to play on instinct, and Shane Watson's cover drive from the first ball of the innings made for a promising portent. But as has become the norm Watson flattered to deceive, bowled in the second over when making a hare-brained attempt to cut Nuwan Kulasekara off the stumps.

Phillip Hughes showed himself adept at edging past the bails, twice gaining boundaries in those fortuitous circumstances. But the use of only half the bat did not suggest permanence, and it was no great surprise when he glided Kulasekara into Kumar Sangakkara's gloves.

Having come in at No. 3, Maxwell offered entertainment, cracking five boundaries and one six in the manner that earned him his exorbitant IPL contract. But Sri Lanka always had Lasith Malinga to use in case of emergencies, and he duly yorked Maxwell in his first over after the Victorian had swung once too often.

Bailey has been a middle order resuscitator of sorts in the two previous games, but the team has not responded fruitfully enough to his leadership. He was to slip up badly here, dawdling in mid-pitch when trying to pinch a leg bye and finding himself run out at the non-striker's end by Kulasekara's direct hit.

The innings then petered out in a manner sadly familiar to those who have watched Australia away from home in recent months. Only Doherty and McKay gave the impression they genuinely cared to win the contest, something not so surprising when observing the recent record: they have not won overseas in an international match in any format this year. Quite apart from the problems unearthed by Warner's Birmingham misadventures, this is no trend to take into an Ashes series.

Overcast skies and a desire to know his eventual target had encouraged Bailey to send Sri Lanka in. Mitchell Johnson's first two deliveries of the match were poor; the first clattered to the backward point boundary, the second scuttling to fine leg off the pads. But his third was straight and too quick for Kusal Perera, who was clearly lbw.

Sangakkara hinted at the genius that had guided Sri Lanka to a stirring chase against England on this ground last week, but found himself tied down by McKay's persistent line and subtle movement. Having already chanced a desperate single, Sangakkara was offered a fraction of extra width and lashed out, but managed only to slice a drive to Maxwell.

At that moment Australia could envision a slim target, but Thirimanne was sent in to steady the innings in Dilshan's company, leaving Jayawardene in reserve. A serviceable job was done, gaps found every now and then the Australian bowlers were not gifted any wickets. It took Doherty to split them with a ball that straightened just enough to take an edge, Watson diving alertly to his right at slip.

Mathews played a halting innings in Jayawardene's company before losing his off bail to a nicely pitched delivery from Faulkner, but Dinesh Chandimal was busier and more effective in a fifth-wicket stand of 65 in 56 balls. The Australians did not bowl too much that was loose, but were left to marvel at Jayawardene's knack for manipulating the field as the score mounted.

In what is becoming a pattern as familiar as Australian defeat, the wicketkeeper and agitator Wade became embroiled in a profane joust with Jayawardene. Ninety-nine Sri Lankan runs from the final 13 overs meant the Australians could start thinking less about niggle and more about the Test matches to come.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • ajithabey on June 18, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka for winning despite the last minute tension which crept into the team for been too complacent. It was a lesson to be learnt. I still think the bowling unit is not balanced and Eranga despite the pace he generates gives away too many runs. Hopefully the captain and team management will be thinking seriously to bring in Sachithra & Thisara and leave out Kusal & Eranga for the match against India. Keep the momentum going and we hope you make it to the final with another sterling performance.

  • Htc-Android on June 18, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    Well played Sri lanka. Mahelas innings gave us the momentum in the innings. This is I have always said he should bat No.5 and send one of our youngstar at No.4, It makes our middle order stronger and he is a capable finisher too. I still back Kusal to play as an opener in the next game although he failed in the last 3 matches. He seems to be sruggling to pace but none of the indian pacers have the pace and accuracy like Anderson or Johnson have. So he will find it easy against Indias mediums Pacers. We need to make a minimum of 300 to win the Semis.

  • Viswasam on June 17, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka. For a country of less than 14 million people to have made the semifinals or better of almost every one day tournament since 1996 is truly amazing. We always talk about the greatness of all the other teams England, Australia, South Africa, India etc., but statistically at least, Sri Lanka's results should garner them more respect than they usually get.

  • whoster on June 17, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    Well done McKay and Doherty for making it a little tense, but this is a poor Aussie side. Without Clarke, they had absolutely no chance of scoring enough runs in this tournament. George Bailey did a good job as captain, but his team - especially the batsmen, just weren't good enough. They were in a decent position against NZ when the weather intervened, but their batsmen were easily tamed by England's bowlers, and their attack was never going to bowl out Sri Lanka today for 150 to 200 - scores that would've given them a chance to qualify. Anyway, as an Englishman, this really whets the appetite for the main event!

  • coldcoffee123 on June 17, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    This is what a knockout format does to the teams. It brings out a brand of cricket, emotions and match twists that a long-drawn league format can never hope to achieve. Australia were so desperate for the first 30 overs and SriLanka took victory for granted. And now, SriLanka looking all tensed up as the last wicket partnership marches on...

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Sri lanka will win,if not washout the match

  • JG2704 on June 19, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer on (June 18, 2013, 10:36 GMT) How would it have been a travesty if Aus advanced ahead of SL? To have done that , they'd have to have beaten them in which case Aus would have lost once and SL would have lost twice. So which team would have been more deserving - one which loses one of 3 or one which loses 2 of 3? Also if the NZ game had lasted another 5 overs or so Aus would almost certainly have won that game on DL. I'm also not AS confident as you re the Ashes.

  • class9ryan on June 19, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    So, its Sri Lanka vs India again. Sri Lanka at the moment have problems with their bowling although they have done well to restrict Australia. We know that MALINGA may be a threat to all teams, but not vs India. We've seen in the past how Dhoni,Kohli have smashed him earlier in ODIs. While Dhawan and Raina have taken on him this year in IPL. Surely, Sri Lanka have to do something special to restrict this heay Indian batting.

  • JG2704 on June 18, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    please publish this time-you published the follow up and nothing of offence

    @brittop - Yes but if a (potential) spectator looks at the weather forecast and knows there's little chance of a result would they not be put off anyway? And you're surely not going to be any happier going to a washed out game without a reserve day Surely cricket isn't helping itself by having so many washed out days over here. As a fan - I'd have to travel to watch any quality cricket. If I travelled to Cardiff for example for a 1 dayer and it was washed out with no reserve day , I'd feel really peeved. If there was a reserve day (and the weather was set fair for that day) I'd probably stay over another night - and yes it would cost a little more but if I'd rather pay that extra and see a game than go home having spent all that time/money and not having seen a game. Obviously there are times when you'd get the reserve day rained off which is sods law , but surely we want to maximise the playing time

  • Htc-Android on June 18, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    @Aayush Kataria. I never said Indian pacers arent good. But they are not as good as Johnson/ Anderson. It was Jadeja Who took wickets against WI and we all know they are a horrible side against spin.( They even struggled against BD spinners) Regarding PAK, their batting was poor throughout the tour. So i think their batsman are not in good form. If you look at SL we faced better pace attacks like Aus and ENG. So we will find your pace attack easier. Also Kusals technique will most likely work against medium Pacers. So I think its going to be a close contest between both teams. Cant really tell who is going to win this game.

  • ajithabey on June 18, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka for winning despite the last minute tension which crept into the team for been too complacent. It was a lesson to be learnt. I still think the bowling unit is not balanced and Eranga despite the pace he generates gives away too many runs. Hopefully the captain and team management will be thinking seriously to bring in Sachithra & Thisara and leave out Kusal & Eranga for the match against India. Keep the momentum going and we hope you make it to the final with another sterling performance.

  • Htc-Android on June 18, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    Well played Sri lanka. Mahelas innings gave us the momentum in the innings. This is I have always said he should bat No.5 and send one of our youngstar at No.4, It makes our middle order stronger and he is a capable finisher too. I still back Kusal to play as an opener in the next game although he failed in the last 3 matches. He seems to be sruggling to pace but none of the indian pacers have the pace and accuracy like Anderson or Johnson have. So he will find it easy against Indias mediums Pacers. We need to make a minimum of 300 to win the Semis.

  • Viswasam on June 17, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka. For a country of less than 14 million people to have made the semifinals or better of almost every one day tournament since 1996 is truly amazing. We always talk about the greatness of all the other teams England, Australia, South Africa, India etc., but statistically at least, Sri Lanka's results should garner them more respect than they usually get.

  • whoster on June 17, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    Well done McKay and Doherty for making it a little tense, but this is a poor Aussie side. Without Clarke, they had absolutely no chance of scoring enough runs in this tournament. George Bailey did a good job as captain, but his team - especially the batsmen, just weren't good enough. They were in a decent position against NZ when the weather intervened, but their batsmen were easily tamed by England's bowlers, and their attack was never going to bowl out Sri Lanka today for 150 to 200 - scores that would've given them a chance to qualify. Anyway, as an Englishman, this really whets the appetite for the main event!

  • coldcoffee123 on June 17, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    This is what a knockout format does to the teams. It brings out a brand of cricket, emotions and match twists that a long-drawn league format can never hope to achieve. Australia were so desperate for the first 30 overs and SriLanka took victory for granted. And now, SriLanka looking all tensed up as the last wicket partnership marches on...

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Sri lanka will win,if not washout the match

  • JG2704 on June 19, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer on (June 18, 2013, 10:36 GMT) How would it have been a travesty if Aus advanced ahead of SL? To have done that , they'd have to have beaten them in which case Aus would have lost once and SL would have lost twice. So which team would have been more deserving - one which loses one of 3 or one which loses 2 of 3? Also if the NZ game had lasted another 5 overs or so Aus would almost certainly have won that game on DL. I'm also not AS confident as you re the Ashes.

  • class9ryan on June 19, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    So, its Sri Lanka vs India again. Sri Lanka at the moment have problems with their bowling although they have done well to restrict Australia. We know that MALINGA may be a threat to all teams, but not vs India. We've seen in the past how Dhoni,Kohli have smashed him earlier in ODIs. While Dhawan and Raina have taken on him this year in IPL. Surely, Sri Lanka have to do something special to restrict this heay Indian batting.

  • JG2704 on June 18, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    please publish this time-you published the follow up and nothing of offence

    @brittop - Yes but if a (potential) spectator looks at the weather forecast and knows there's little chance of a result would they not be put off anyway? And you're surely not going to be any happier going to a washed out game without a reserve day Surely cricket isn't helping itself by having so many washed out days over here. As a fan - I'd have to travel to watch any quality cricket. If I travelled to Cardiff for example for a 1 dayer and it was washed out with no reserve day , I'd feel really peeved. If there was a reserve day (and the weather was set fair for that day) I'd probably stay over another night - and yes it would cost a little more but if I'd rather pay that extra and see a game than go home having spent all that time/money and not having seen a game. Obviously there are times when you'd get the reserve day rained off which is sods law , but surely we want to maximise the playing time

  • Htc-Android on June 18, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    @Aayush Kataria. I never said Indian pacers arent good. But they are not as good as Johnson/ Anderson. It was Jadeja Who took wickets against WI and we all know they are a horrible side against spin.( They even struggled against BD spinners) Regarding PAK, their batting was poor throughout the tour. So i think their batsman are not in good form. If you look at SL we faced better pace attacks like Aus and ENG. So we will find your pace attack easier. Also Kusals technique will most likely work against medium Pacers. So I think its going to be a close contest between both teams. Cant really tell who is going to win this game.

  • on June 18, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    India is definitely gonna beat against SL in the semi-final. yes India have a poor bowling attack but as a team India always had upper hand on Sri Lanka in the recent past. In the last 5 years, India beat Sri Lanka in 5 bi-lateral series (4 held in SL), one triangular series and Asia Cup (both on Sri Lankan soil). In the previous 8 matches, India played against SL in Australia, India won 5, SL won ONLY 2 with 1 tied. Sri Lanka's so called powerful bowling attack has always looked miserable against India, Malinga's economy rate against India is 6, Kulasekara's 5.39 & Perera's 5.79.

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 18, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    Sri Lanka batsmen now know the Indian bowlers n their tactics like back of their hands. Inability of Indian bowlers to get SL opening pair in the warm up game showed it very well. It will be next to impossible for bowlers like Ishant, Jadeja , Kuma n Ashwin to get players like Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela or even Kusal out. I can't wait to see our legendary batsmen feasting on Indian bowler. All the best for Semi final. G'luck !!!!!

  • WonkyBail on June 18, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    As I posted earlier (not published) unlucky Aussie- rain stopped likely win against NZ and if they had 50 overs to get that total they would have. I cannot understand why reference to IPL is so prominent- it has no relevance at all in a different format, like this has no relevance to how Australia will get on in the Ashes.

  • SLC-2020 on June 18, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Here is a question, are we sufficiently using the technology for the benefit of the game? A solitary review/side/match in a world tournament? The Group A match SL lost is a prime example of how a match result can be changed at the last stage, due to an astonishingly poor umpiring decision! This type of single decision can cost a team not only the winning points but the Championship! The players are heavily penalized for wrong doing & even jailed! On the other hand Umpires considered to be supremely honest & never get penalized for any decision.. no matter how naked or grave their decision can be! "Genuine-blunders" & "Obvious-benders" are 2 different things! Do we have to let them kill the sport that we love so easily? ICC please save the sport we love!!! How many times umpires waste time on unnecessary reviewing of clearly made runs? Cut down this and make room for at least 3 DRS reviews per side, which would be much more meaningful! Otherwise CRICKET would become another circus!!

  • calcu on June 18, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    @baseball sucks R u joking?ind vs sl means dat sl will go to finals!! As lankan pride 07 agrees,ind has dominated sl in past 4-5 years. Ind has won all their 5 matches while sl has got only 2 wins. It is 70-30 in india favourand they have also deafeted sl in warm up match! Even the writer says that india's batting is so strong that they have a chance to chase 250 in 29 overs!!!

  • latecut_04 on June 18, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Indian top order has batted really well in the group matches and the middle and lower middle order hasn't really been tested.Some of them haven't even got games.SL have won 2 close games and has Malinga factor as well.Just in case SL makes early inroads to Indian batting they may have the match since Indian bowling is just not good enough to make up for lack of runs.There lies the key to the SF result between Ind and SL

  • Lankan_Pride07 on June 18, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    Ind vs SL!! Nt again!! Well, to all our fellow Indian fans,, Yes, as a diehard SL cricket follower/ fan/ Sri Lankan,,, I agree that India has the upper hand over SL currently for the past 4 or 5 years! Only a fool would debate otherwise!! Indian batting line-up is the best in the world,, no question about it!! So in one way,, SL wud hve been comfortable with any other opposition but India! In a way this is good! The Lankans should look at it as if; 'If you wanna be the best, then you gotta beat the best' sort of attitude. There is no shame in agreeing that they are up against it!! So yeah!! I hopefully crossed my fingers, praying tht the tables change this time around!! The law of probabilities!!

  • BMDeep on June 18, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    They are well and truly gng for a win in 29 ovs and no matter what d result is, that is d way to go. What I am trying to say is every team will have an off day in a competition like this and SA, SL, ENG have theirs. No complaints on them reaching to SF's but I still believe that this AUS team dont deserve the kind of criticization they r receiving all around. One more thing is had AUS won it in 29 ovs ystdy, they would have have gone to SF on their own, not relying on other teams to make to SF unlike NZ. Lastly, all d best for d teams who reached SF's and as I am an Indian, I want them to win it but I would truly love good cricket no matter who d winners are.

  • BMDeep on June 18, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    First of all, congratulations for SL for reaching d SF. I am from Ind and no matter what others say abt d present AUS team, I strongly believe that ppl r very critical towards them. Ppl here are praising SL, ENG for gng to SF but criticizing the Aussies. Now lets talk abt Eng, a win against Aus and IMHO, their win against NZ is highly debatable given d climate. As for SL, the loss against NZ is terrible and though NZ lost 9 wkts, u cant expect a team to win after scoring 130 odd. The win against ENG is a real morale booster, they played very well. Now coming to Aus, they would have easily won had the match against NZ is a full one and I dont thing too many ppl would disagree on this. Now, IMO, though they lost to Eng, they played better cricket than ENG played on their loss to SL. As for ystdy's match, I am very confident that if it is some other team than Aus, they surely would have preferred to take d game to 50 ovs there by improving their chance of winning. TBC

  • on June 18, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    @HTC-ANDORID -indian pacers ,arent good according to you ? ,we will see that on thursday . Thats why pakistan were bowled for 165 ,WI made 233 for 9 ? na

  • JustIPL on June 18, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    The only advantage that SL have is that they are current with couple of close games despite struggling against lowly rated aussies batting. SL might be coming into more rhythm during the semi while on the other hand india have been in semis for so long even before playing Pakistan. In the match against Pakistan they could not get any significant practice also due to rain. India might start rustily which will give chance to SL.

  • Mutukisna on June 18, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    I am a SL fan and was at the match yesterday. Lets not kid ourselves. The score of 253 was about 30-40 short on a good batting wicket unless the SL Brains Trust made a deliberate decision that the Aussies would lose wickets in the process of their quest to reach the semis by scoring the required runs in 29 overs, and that 250 would be sufficient to entice them to do so. For the semis, we need to bat second if we win the toss and let the Indians decide on what target they should give the Sri Lankans. We also need to make a couple of changes to the team. Bring in Tissara Perera and Satchitra Senanayke (the former an excellent allrounder and the latter a very good spinner, and both brilliant fieldsmen) leaving out Eranga and Kusal Perera (not ready yet for a major WC tournament). Dilshan's opening partner should be one of Mahela, Tirimanne or Chandimal. The Indians are justifiably hot favourites, and therefore, we must select our best winning combination if we are to succeed.

  • CricketingStargazer on June 18, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    To be honest it would have been a travesty of justice if Australia had advanced ahead of Sri Lanka. The Australians seem to have gone in a few months from a settled, confident side that was apparently re-building successfully, to a rudderless shambles. The idea that even if you are going to lose it is a victory of sorts if you can offer enough profanity to the opposition in the field seems to be a charicature of the hard-playing Australians of yesteryear.

    I suspect that in the longer format their much-hyped attack will be more of a menace but, in this format it seems to be as generous as any attack that they have offered in years and one had the feeling that Australia were by some way the weakest of the eight participating sides in this tournament.

  • sajhera on June 18, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Sachithra & Thisara Must include and replace Eranga and Rangana to match against India as they have well experience to handle Indian players.this will strength SL batting line up too. Can use Sachithra as a opening bowler and thisara for No 3. Good luck Sri lanka.

  • on June 18, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    australians need to appoint an australian to take them to the top.. if they want to fall lower.. then try a new zealander.. but trusting a south african to coach an australian team???? better.. to go with an englishman..

  • fguy on June 18, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Definition of Ennui : another India vs Sri Lanka cricket match

    hope India dont get over-confident on meeting SL in S/F. the only way they can possibly lose is if they get arrogant

  • Raghavendra.M.J on June 18, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    I Must really say sorry to Australia... They have not kept up their reputation of being Defending Champs of Champions trophy... Mainly because of the Vulnerable line up what currently they lack is mainly in Batting department... Well Done Sri Lanka!! Great Job.. But still wanted to see Australia in Semi's. Luck favors the Best... Thats wat i think... Well the Actual test for SriLanka will be against Mammoth Indians in Semis... Who are on a roollll.. Lets see who are better on that day... All the Best for Both the teams.. But My Support Will always to Team INDIA.. Coz am an Indian.... :)

  • Selassie-I on June 18, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Is the Aussie team going to go home now and come back in a week or is it just Mitch Johnson that's going home for now?

  • on June 18, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    danny18dave, please read that passage all over. You missed the understanding of the word 'but'. The writer is comparing Australia to India. He is saying India might have gotten the 254 in 29.1 overs but not Australia. There is nothing to correct.

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 18, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    For all these experts who criticize Kusal, Do you remember Marvan ?? He went for 5 ducks in his first 5 innings. But SL selectors never lost the faith. Then he went on to be one of the finest classy players in the world, scoring 6 double centuries. So Kusal will learn from his mistakes n go on dominate the bowlers in the world. All we need to do is have some faith. I'm pretty sure he will perform well in this CT final (yeah..its fair to say that SL is already in the final since they face India in the semis) to help to secure this last edition of the Champions Trophy. LIONS LEAD THE WAY !!

  • Shaggy076 on June 18, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    latecut04 - I think your forgetting after Australia lost to England and had the unfortunate washout against NZ. It got to the stage where Australia had to absolutely smash Sri lanka to progress. I dont think its in our repertoire to play for an honorable win and not to progress to the finals. As such the Aussies were left with forlorn chances coming into this game and the game petered out that way. I know Australia arent as good as they used to be but Im also comfortable in the knowledge that we still have a very good cricket side and we wont be easy beats in upcoming tests and one-day internationals as so many commenters (not yourself) suggest.

  • andrew27994 on June 18, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Good performance from SL. Defensive captaincy from Mathews reduced the difference between the 2 sides. Yesterday's knock from Mahela is one of the best knocks he has played in the middle order in that sort of scenario.

    So I guess its going to be India vs Sri Lanka in the semi-finals. Personally I'm a bit disappointed to see that because these 2 teams have played far too often in the last 5 years or so and they'll be playing again next August in WI. I would've loved to see SF 1 : SA vs SL and, SF 2 : ENG vs IND

  • Clyde on June 18, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    And now it is Wade with the mouth. Inferior players are only going to look stupid and suffer mental disintegration if they carry on like this. And on the matter of so-called low confidence, they would not suffer this if they realised they were inferior. They can be positive by thinking at their real level of capability. For example, with their adequate bowlers and if Clarke did not have a bad back and scored a personal 300 and the others blocked at the other end while he did this, they could win a Test match during the Ashes. Then, next Ashes aim for two Tests, and so on.

  • sundar411 on June 18, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Australia never deserved to be in the semis. Right from warm up game, their batting has been woeful, bowling at best mediocre. Bailey's run-out amply demonstrated the level to which the much admired Australian cricket has dipped. Three teams, India, England and Sri Lanka definitely deserved to be in semis; South Africa was indeed lucky. Hopefully, weather will permit full game at least in the final stages of the tournament.

  • classicvijay on June 18, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Good that we have to face Srilanka in finals, Srilanka's record against India in the recent times is very poor. India is lucky to face Srilanka in semis.

  • WPDDESILVA on June 18, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    So let me think...Kusal Perera played 3 matches and 3 failures. What are they going to do about that ? Clearly we have given the Licence to blast at the top but that doesn't mean chasing every single ball. Is he really that foolish? Why can't you take calculated risks? Terrible thinking for an international player.

  • DilumSL on June 18, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    If it wasn't for ENG win other day we could have struggle to win this. But still Aussies were so reckless in their chase. they never had a vision. In this kind of a game you can't have both. Either they should go for the 29.1 victory or loosing the game trying. In this game they only tried to get their by 29.1 but they also had the victory in their mind. that cause the trouble.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 18, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    My Team: Kushal, Thilakarathna, Kumar, Mahela, Anjelo, Jeewan, Thissara, Nuwan, Sachithra, Rangana, Lasith. 8 batsmen, 4 seamers, 4 spinners.

  • danny18dave on June 18, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    "India in their pomp might have been a chance to reach 254 in 29.1 overs, but not a team that had failed to top 250 in two previous matches and been distracted by all manner of off field woes, from Clarke's fragile back to David Warner's choices of drinking spots and punching bags. " - Kindly make the correction as I feel you are mentioning about Australia. Waiting to see a exciting semi-final on June 20.

  • Aspraso on June 18, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Ref Wade's bullying -- It will take several more defeats and years for the Ozs to improve their on field behavior and respect for the opposition in a manner on par with those of say the Kiwis. Assuming if ever they will.

  • JG2704 on June 18, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    @TheBigBoodha on (June 18, 2013, 2:47 GMT) Apologies. I was more looking at the scorecard and saw the SRs of the middle order. I'm not sure anyone can say for sure that Aus would have won and I sympathise with the team's plight but I suppose in Eng where we get the weather it is more important that your team gets off to a good start in a short tournament

  • JG2704 on June 18, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    @Britpop - ctd - I also think there should be a bit more common sense. They should reduce the overs in advance if they know that weather is coming. We had a situation the other day in a Somerset/Unicorns YB40 game where they knew in advance that weather was coming late afternoon and the game still started at 1.00 and they still played the full 40 overs of the Unicorns innings - leaving only 2 overs of the Somerset inns and hence No result. Even if they feel starting the game earlier is wrong , they surely could have reduced the overs in advance. If they had reduced it to a 20 overs game there would definitely have been a finish , reduced to 25 and there would have been a result if not a finish. Would seem pointless to just play 1 inns of a game and have no result with the locals unable to watch Tres,Trego and Kies in action

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 18, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    @Appu Dasa- Well , nice try comparing the World Cut with an event that has been long outdated and even the ICC have done away with it . As to the 'squash ball' , if I am right , and most will agree Gilly was quite a decent player and played a few inng in international level vs much better bowling than that really good SL attack that in effect sealed the deal a far as that Test/ ODI match is concerned or small matter of a WC final . And yes with out any 'squash ball' in his glove. And in that form it won't matter who is bowling ,what pitch ,spin ,pace or express pace would have ended up in those Kensington stands or out of the stands or find the ad boards -with OR W/O any squash ball . The same game W/O squash ball would have same result and Gilly doing it all himself anyways . By the way Aus made it a hattrick and yes also have 2 CTs . Nothing coming around or going away I.m.h.o .

  • Rici737 on June 18, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Thanks to Sri Lanka I saw two great cricket matches. Full of fighting spirit and unforgettable show. To win against India, I would drop Sri Lankan captain Mathews,,, this man seems to still be maturing at the age of 26, lack of confidence and depending on the senior players. Bring back the natural born talent of Sri Lanka Mr. Thisara Perera. There are 98% chances Sri Lanka will win against India if the correct team will play according to their potential. Good Luck Sri Lanka !!! We Love Sanath Jayasuriya and Malinga.

  • rock.rockyin on June 18, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    AS MAHELA rightly said, Aus attacking batting helped us winning..... I will say SL didn't WIN it. AUS LOST it in the wild goose chase.

    SL should go very strong to win against India. Just seen the weather in Cardiff and it seems the team batting first will get 35 overs and team batting second will get 20 overs.

  • on June 18, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    If Srilanka plays with their potential by using threats of malinga's stocks of bounsers , slow bowling and difficulties of reading of his slinging action and being vast experience of Mahela , Sanga and Dilshan. despite India is upper hand in their long enough batting order we do not to worry much rectifying the weekness of their bowling unit in tensioness situations and if we utilize it correctly we are the winners, if we are bowling first reduce them bellow 275, if we are batting then make 300 plus runs and the rest, leave for Srilankan bowlers hands ,we are lucky enough for the day Definitely we are the finalists.

  • missionbegins2011 on June 18, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    @srilankan fans: 75-52 in favor of IND is the overall record of wins/losses of SL against IND in ODIs. This is more than a dismal record for a test playing nation against another. Going by the recent encounters of IND vs SL and the blistering form IND team is in, seems that it will be a cake walk for IND to the finals.

    IND vs SA final is my prediction. That one should be a cracker, esp with SA regaining its strength back with Steyn's return

  • arvija on June 18, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    If u ask ANY indian supporter which team out of New Zealan, Australia and Sri Lanka they least prefer to face in this Semi final, they all will say Sri Lanka! For Sri Lanka also i think meeting India in the Semi Finals is better, than in the finals! Now do I need to say on which team my money is on!!?

  • srinideva on June 18, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Someone explaining the logic between the Mahela vs Trott... Mahela played 360+ matches where as Trott played 65 matches... the different between the two player avg is 19....come on guys 19 is a big margin..you can`t blindly say he is not a class batsman like Mahela... We are comparing two players one is regarded as the best in business where other one is critized for the low st. rate. But strike rate of the both batsman is nearly same too...As we all know, mahela scored many centuries in SL flat pitches...I`m not saying mahela is poor but Trott record is far better than Mahela..No one can deny that...We must applaud Simon Doull for saying this statement in commentary. Plz publish Cricinfo...

  • DhoniSixers on June 18, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Congrats SL. Aus did not use their brain to win the match. Just common sens that after loosing 5 wickets and no hitters, they should have gone for winning the match at least. The required run rate was not a problem at all for them for winning. last wicket partnership was threatening for SL, but some how they could have managed to get that last wicket. Semi final SL vs India, I think Indians will be more than happy to face SL than Aus as they know in and out of SL team. Dhoni as cool as ice, will be far better captain than Mathues. Watch my words, there are so many match winners in Indian team, I don't think Raina or Jedeja will have to bat at all. All the best for both the teams for qualifying to Semis. Lets hope Rain will not be a part that day.

  • JBala84 on June 18, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Well Done SL!!! Great game of cricket! Angelo is slowly learning, but needs help from the senior boys... T Perera needs to come back into the team and Eranga needs to go! He is too expensive! Either way, good luck and keep on going!

  • SherjilIslam on June 18, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    @ latecut_04 on (June 18, 2013, 6:20 GMT):Excellent assessment friend.You have summed it all for Australia.Too much bragging about test matches and Ashes, and zero result on match days.

  • rukzz on June 18, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    @sandy7823... Mate Sri Lanka was by far the best team in Group A. Australia came so close because they attacked our bowling with 29 over is mind. But on the downside over attacking would result in quick wickets fallingl around. Say, Aus only had to win, they would have gone about the traditional way of chasing a target. In which case we cannot predict anything!! Aus might have won or SL might have won. But remember this.. we beat ENG comfortably in their own backyard. May I stress on the word COMFORTABLE. Also let us not take anythin away from our bowlers yesterday. We have reached more semi-finals (excluding Australia) than any other team since 1996 - the stats will back me up! But congrats India you guys were the best in Group B and looks like the favorites to go on and win the title. But take nothing away from the mighty Lankans!

  • MichaelBurton on June 18, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Most of the comments are a clear reflection of Western Civilization (+Professionalism) and Indian Babarism giving due credit to the other professional Indians.

  • soumyas on June 18, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Maxwell shudn't have taken risk against malinga, Aussie seemed like didn't have proper plan to go abt the chase, when Maxwell got out another pinch hitter like mitchel marsh shud have come to bat, One side anchoring role and other side hitting shud have been the plan for this run chase... Once Australia were considered as masters of strategies. but now they don't seem to know the meaning of strategy.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on June 18, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Congrats SL ! Go win the semis vs Ind and all the best in finals vs the S Africans . SL have been the best team in G'A' by a big margin . Aus with SL were the best teams in the group with NZ very capable of upstaging the 2. Aus were clearly rusty and were missing some big players and were obviously distracted by looming Ashes . Also had the 'rub of green' against them with rain -v NZ- and unlucky with toss and pitch also in the close loss vs Eng. Why did NZ not make it ?-though lucky in 1 game- were easily 2nd best from 'A' .Even proved their superiority thrashing Eng in ODI series shortly before CT.

  • JustIPL on June 18, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    And India are now in finals. Any of Eng or SA will come from other side and hopefully rain will stay away.

  • on June 18, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    During the match yesterday, Simon Doull compared Mahela Jawaradena to Jonathan Trott and raised a question why people consider Mahela to be great when somebody like Jonathan Trott averages far more than him is considered to be a slow and average batsman.

    Well i am not a big fan of statistics as it does not convey the class or the circumstance a batsman scored his runs. I have no idea how hes comparing a guy who has played more than 350 matches with someone who has played only 60 :S

    Mahela Jayawardena has 15 ODI Centuries to his name and out of that Sri lanka has won 14 Matches and Lost 1. The one we lost happens to be the World Cup Final of 2011.

    Im not a cricket commentator by any means but i think thats what you call a Match Winner and a Legend.

  • on June 18, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    Remember 2007 in West Indies when Gilly used a TT ball to get better grip of the bat and nether of the umpires did nothing about it and allowed a foreign substance to get grip of the bat. Aussies won the WC then and now they are banished. What goes around comes around. How will umpires now see it if a Sri lanka batsman use a TT bal to get firm grip of the bat? will they allow it?

  • Otuwa on June 18, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    As I said before Kula was our highlighted player in this match.According to my radar Kusal Perera is going to be spoiler for next match vs India.Mark my words.

  • RoshanF on June 18, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Well Sri Lanka nearly threw it away. Poor captaincy displayed by Mathews in not attacking more once the 09th Aussie wicket fell. Mckay and Doherty were allowed to take easy singles - that's all they needed considering the bludgeoning done earlier. If Mathews tries this out against the Indians the semi final will be over in no time. As for Kushal Perera the selectors should realize that he is not mentally prepared YET for the bigger crucial games. After two consecutive failures surely he should either be sent in down the batting order or made way for someone else. Hope the same mistake made in the 2003 world cup when Mahela J, totally out of form and a tally of 25 odd runs in 7 matches, was continued in the team despite failure after failure until SL collapsed in a heap in the semis. Also think we need Thisara Perera's power hitting as SL were exposed on that by the Aussies - yesterday was a 300 run wicket and despite good bowling a score of 275 should have been achieved.

  • on June 18, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    @gabrialgihan..i guess india despite failing to reach the semifinal in the last T20 WC had did well overall in that event,they missed out only by NRR,having won 4 out of 5 games,i dont think 'smashed' is the right word to describe for team india

  • warneshane on June 18, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    What will happen if AUS chase SL's target yesterday. AUS played fantastically yesterday knowingly that they can't win in 29 overs with this line up. Even though they showed their own style. Now they don't have that kind of batting line which they had earlier but they don't change their own game,i.e., attacking cricket. They could chased easily this target by keeping in mind to win only. Had they won it irrespective of S/F qualifying target, they would be at no. 3 in group A and SL will be last as like PAK in group B.

    Taking into consideration of performance of the teams till date in CT13, IND showed far ahead, followed by SA,WI, ENG,NZ. The performances of PAK, AUS and SL are more or less same.

    Now IND, SA, SL & ENG are in semis. Do you still think that SL can win CT 2013 on the basis of performance shown yesterday ? Murali was the architect of SL performance along with sanath & co from 1996 to 2011. He .

    Fans all over the SL. Pl reply. No chance 4 SL. smashed all the way.

  • Nuwas on June 18, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    WOULD HAVE, COULD HAVE, GOING TO ........ those words does not count into anything indian fellows... just watch the match & comment on the performances made... who really cares for would've,could've&goint to STUFF.... one who performs well on the day wins it.... stop being ridiculous & try to make some sense into your comments... & your welcome.

  • Nuwas on June 18, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Posted by Nuwas on (June 17, 2013, 5:24 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;) Today: Congratz Lankan....you did your Thing ;) well deserved win though it took longer than I expected. Mathew isn't a good captain at all, need to rethink over his poor strategies (only reasonable explaination: still lead only 6 matches). For Semi's I would go with the same above comment :D

  • Naresh28 on June 18, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    @lyndsay carruthers - Agree with you about Michael Hussey for Ashes. CA should do exactly that right now. Hussey is a dependable middle order batsman. Although Indian fan I want to see Oz back to Ashes glory.

  • dganger on June 18, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Get ready for another boring s/f, Indian will easily beat the lankans like they have done so many times in the recent past. Only Malinga have the potential to do wonders, if he fails, i think its all written in the wall, India will cruise to Finals.

  • Shaggy076 on June 18, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    I'm just so glad this little unfortunate sidetrack is out of the way time to bring on the real cricket.

  • Naresh28 on June 18, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    India could have looked comfortably ahead if their pace department was better.That is the only weakness we fans see in our team. Anyway look forward to a good semi final match.I really hope for coach Kirsten's sake SA make the other semi-final.

  • on June 18, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Tough luck Oz! nothing went right for them in this tourney. clarke's injury b4 d competition started, below par perforamnce against eng, rain playing spoilsport in d match they would have won & finally d harakiri they exhibited in this final run-chase[which if they planned could have been possible,[85 runs/60 balls]. nonetheless, kudos to SL for a splendid win. ind vs sl a good semifnal, but not exciting,d reason being so often they play each other. first SF should be a cracker though, provided rains stay away.

  • gabrialgihan on June 18, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    @Prithvi Raj Bhupathi /Unnayan lol y 2011 wt abt the t 20 world cup we were still there in the finals when you got smashed in the group stages...

  • Lalindra2012 on June 18, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Mathews have to take leaf out of Mahela's strategic thinking when setting fields and creating that opportunities to entice the batsman to play false shots and create a pressure cooper scenario to dismiss batsman in crunch games and most importantly to finish off the game before ruining a comfortable win when it's there for the taking...!

  • pull_shot on June 18, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Advantage srilanka in semi's because expect dhoni there is no senior in indian team where as srilanka got experirence of dilshan,sanga,mahela,malinga,kulasekara,herath which will be useful in big matches but advantage India has got is DHONI who can calm the young team and can take responsibility and he knows in and out of srilanka team

  • SanjivAwesome on June 18, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Well done Lanka!! Now looking forward to your game against my team - India. Always a great cricket contest and spectacle when our two teams play. I am nervous though because Mahela, Sanga and Malinga are awesome cricketers and now they know the Indian players' approach thanks to IPL! A mouth-watering contest awaits.

  • latecut_04 on June 18, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    I had picked Aus and Eng as the favourites to win CT with NZ running them close.Being an Indian I should say I am eating humble pie but it tastes real good.I had picked Aus based on their bowling and conditions assuming that shortcomings in batting would be compensated.What kind of a bolwing unit are they.Forgive me but i cannot help asking this.Won the toss and they elected to bowl first,conditions were overcast and they should have bowled SL out for less than 200.There itself they lost the semifinal spot.Am I the only one who gauge Aus based on past reputation/history and fall flat on my face or are there others in the club.Sorry BUT all this talk about concentrating on Ashes reminds me of yester year England.Whenever they lost(which was almost always,often even in Eng)they used to say all that mattered were test matches and Ashes and went on to get whacked in Ashes 3-0,4-1,etc!!!!

  • Naked_Cricket on June 18, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Remarkable changes should made in the batting order for Sri Lanka to give good fight.

    1. Thisara Perera should Open batting with Dilshan and Kusal should drop. 2. Jeewan Mendis should come for Eranga. 3. May be Sachithra instead of Herath ( Fielding and Mistry factor )

    When Sri Lanka bowls wicket or two goes for quickly , then no choice should go for kill with 6 or seven overs with Malinga and Sachithra. As a preparation last series played in england , EngVsInd series should watch for video analysis and the india's last australian tour.IND bat order is more vulnerable than SL in bouncy wickets. This is what srilankan doctor ordered.

    - If Sri Lanka bat 2nd they have 55% of wining the semi final. - And if rains in the 2nd innings and SL Bat in the first in the first innings it also 55-45, SL- IND

  • stormy16 on June 18, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    Another polished performance by SL and in all honesty Aus got this totally wrong. Their only chance was to bowl out SL for a max 150 and I would have playes Starc as an extra bowler. Next I would have opened with Watto and Maxwell followed by Marsh and Wade. When I saw Baily walking in at 4 and then getting run out after falling asleep, it summed up Aus - they were no where. All credit to SL who appeared to know what they were doing and werent looking for 270+ but a 240. Even the usually wild Dilshan played it safe and Mahela's innings was yet another masterclass in crunch situations. On a wicket where no one really got in, Mahela's run a ball 80+ was simply a class above the rest. The beauty of his innings was there was not a shot in anger or powered, just pure timing and placement. Decent move to send in Thiri to block up an end and Mathews other than making any sort of contributions with bat or ball, is showing some good signs of tactics.

  • on June 18, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    This semifinal should be cracker of a match . I am an Indian but we are well aware of the fact that Sri Lanka can beat any team in the world if they click. Although India has a fractional advantage, if Sri Lanka gets going it might be curtains for India. Good luck to both the teams and hopefully India will shine with a splendid win.

  • Cricket_Allrounder on June 18, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    What was Watson trying to do?? Run the ball to third man?? Did he forget his strength was midwicket and playing straight :(.. He should have gone for the kill.. Technically Maxwell was poor.. Everyone were low in confidence.. I would say they dint plan the chase..

    254 in 29 overs is tough but still gettable... If u can divide those in 3 parts, its approx. juss 85 in 60 balls.. Poor planning and management flaws.

  • on June 18, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Yeah India is the best they will win. Happy

  • srinideva on June 18, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    As simon doull said in a commentary, the AVg. of Jayawardene is 33 in ODI cricket..and Avg. of J trot is 52...Who is better??...thks to Doull for saying the truth in commentary...Class or no class is not important in cricket but the runs and results important...That is why Kohli is far better than Nohit...

  • sl_cricket on June 18, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    as a sri lankan cricket fan, its exciting to see our team in another icc semifinal (6th appearance in last 9 icc tournament),,,, i hope we try our best against mighty indians, who will surely be the team to beat in this tournament or any icc tournament, and i always been a big fan of indian cricket team. and they have produced mighty entertaining cricketer ,,,,, if sri lanka win the semi i would be happy if not i rather see india win the champions trophy than any other western countries.

  • KallisTheGreatest on June 18, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Though Sri Lanka's recent record against India is not good, I can't see any team other than them have potential to beat India in this tournament.If SL bowl first, they have a very good chance.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on June 18, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    Yet another piece of silverware out of the grasp of the Australians. The Frank Worrell Trophy is all that remains from the glory years. How the mighty have fallen!

  • on June 18, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    well done sri lanka and best of luck In On-Going ICC Champions Trophy:

    Most runs by Pakistani batsman: Misbah ul Haq Highest score by Pakistani batsman: Misbah ul Haq Best batting avg. by Pak batsman: Misbah ul Haq Most sixes by Pakistani batsman: Misbah ul Haq Most boundaries by Pakistani batsman: Misbah ul Haq Most 50+ scores by Pakistani batsman: Misbah ul Haq Most catches by Pakistani fielder: Misbah ul Haq Most runouts by Pakistani fielder: Misbah ul Haq

  • Imranoss on June 18, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    @ srinideva, Yes we remember very Well, In 2011 there was a Ipl close by. BUT now next Ipl will be after another 12 Months. Therefore we will see a very close encounter & a definite result change ......

  • on June 18, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    i'm really happy that SL qualified for the semis which means that IND is all set to play in the finals....SL fans always talk abt their victor in 1996wc because that's the only thing they achieved in their cricket history....

    @Appu Dasa,who said we are upset???,infact we are happy that we are going to face the team which always lose to us....2011wc wasn't the only time we beat ur team...remember CB series ,remember the one day series last year where we convincingly beat SL 4-1(in sl).... cricinfo pls publish

  • subhaas on June 18, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    @sskg and other lankans we always praise your team on their win but what we get when we win again and again hurted by garbage of your sides like @Baseball-sucks ,otuwa,so dont expext to us show always game spirit,thats not our fault why kohali gambhir dhoni makes you their punching bag's. you said also your team may have scored 1000, have u seen last bangladesh sri lanka series your team batsman scored 270 team score 700 bangladesh score so when you make these kind worst pitches then even kenya would have scored 900 thats not a big deal,LIONS go home because kohli searching you with his stick HaHaHahA.plz publish

  • Jezinho on June 18, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Sri Lanka should consider themselves very fortunate. The vagaries of the NRR system dictated that Australia had to score at a rate that proved beyond them. Had they simply gone for a morale-boosting win, they would have made it home easily as most of their leading batsmen were dismissed whilst trying to up the tempo.

  • Unnayan on June 18, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Dear Sri Lanka Fans... why do you stretch your memory till 1996? Let us remember 2011 WC final.. Hope it hurts too?

  • on June 18, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    I am a very worried cricket fan, the quality of cricket on display is poor and most of the teams have not looked good.

  • on June 18, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    For those who are saying about 1996 semis ,Please do remember 2011 WC Finals ..

  • Remoz on June 18, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    So again the a battle of neighbors. Last World Cup finalists

  • on June 18, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    Dhavan, Kholi and Dhoni are vital in the Indian line up and Ashwin may be effective against SL, I like to see Thisara Playing this semi-final instead Eranga who looks a half bowler for me. If win the toss SL should bat first. Dilshan would be the key.

  • Kadmin on June 18, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    To my fellow SL fans from anoter die hard SL fan. Don't get carried away with the performance and keep emotions checked. IND is rightly on top with their form, but the best team on the day may win. Good Luck SL!

  • on June 18, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    As Pakistani sporter i also fan of Sri Lankan they are very hard worker and they will win the Champion trophy but it is a very tough contest between India & Sri Lanka And i hope Sri Lanka win the semi Insha Allah and good luck for team Sri Lanka

  • onlyIndiathebest on June 18, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Well AUS should have gotten the runs in 30 overs, which is totally gettable against an opposition like SL And it would have been a very interesting semi final between IND and AUS. But congratulations to SL for the upset.

  • srinideva on June 18, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    V kohli is the happy man at the moment..it is time to show the real worth of malinga...they opt to rest him for warm up..but this time he is going to play and gets the reward for his league bowling...Looking forward to see some helicopter shot from Indian captain MS Dhoni...

  • on June 18, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Better to see Sri Lanka in semi final than Australia because current form of Australia is not so good despite being defending champions. Hope semi final matches will be more competitive and worth watching if rain do not hinder to play.

  • CricketSundar on June 18, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Well , while many expected swinging conditions in England, to everybody's surprise the pitches are like typical sub-continental pitches. This is the major reason for India & SriLanka's rise in this tournament. pakistan has obviously played poor cricket , especially in batting.Given the sub continental conditions , both India nad SriLanka are capable of beating the other on any given day.India has slight margin over srilanka in Batting , while srilanka has a slight edge over India in bowling department. Overall it is going to be another cracker , worth watching.

  • on June 18, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    Just a sad State of affairs for the previously dominant Australian team that has sunk to woeful depths after the highs of the previous decade(s). all credit to Sir Lanka but as Cricket lover, it is sad to see Austrailia in this state. Hopefully the ashes sees them retain some modicum of past glory.

  • on June 18, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    Fellow Sri Lankan supporters. Do you remember the semi final in 2003 and the Final in 2007. It is recent history..

  • srinideva on June 18, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Fellow SL Supporters. Do you remember the WC Final in 2011! Hope it still hurts!! History will repeat on Thursday!! - LOL

  • on June 18, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    Though I am an Indian and an ardent fan of Indian cricket through all their endeavours, I do respect good cricket all around. It's ridiculous if a fan of cricket criticises artists of the game just because of their nationality or to vent anger on other's comments. Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan have achieved so much in cricket with their talent that if they are compared to any domestic player anywhere in the world sounds simply disrespect to the entertainment they provided all these years. They are greats, so just salute their status n don't drag them into the muddle 'cos u have issues with critics

  • priceless1 on June 18, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    SL Team is carrying lots free riders ,im so surprised that they have come this far . seriously wonder what Kuasal ,Eranga,Mathiews doing in the team ? and still no game has been given to their best spinner " Senanayke"

  • sskg on June 18, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    Dear Indian cricket fans,please don't underestimate or criticize Sri Lanka cricket team they are true proud lions . either we win or loose we never throw empty bottles at players or cry on the field please do not forget the past specially 1996 , Highest test match score thanks to Arjuna Ranuthunga who declared before it reach 1000 runs.

    Please don't post any negative comments against any team because it is an gentlemen's game first watch the match if you wins or loose be happy because both teams from Asia. Good Luck.

  • kiwicricketnut on June 18, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    well done srilanka, i must admit i was hoping big brother across the tasman would do us a favour and have us sneak into the semi's but thats usually the way it goes when you rely on somebody else instead of getting there yourself. anyway now we're gone i hope it is srilanka that win the last edition of the champions trophy, i just love the way they play odi cricket, its never boring when srilanka play and alot of the innovations in short form cricket are there because srilankan players did it first. india will be tough but if you can somehow get past your boogey team like we did against you i think you'll win it and deservedly so.

  • kevepere on June 18, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    1. Thirimanne/Kusal 2. Dilshan 3. Sanga 4. Chandi/Thiri 5. Mahela 6. Mathews 7. J Mendis 8. NKule 9. Sachithra 10. Eranga 11. Malinga

  • on June 18, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    Agreed, Thisara should play because he can demolish Indian attack single handed

  • on June 18, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    Fellow Indian Supporters. Do you remember the Semi-Final in 1996! Hope it still hurts!! History will repeat on Thursday!!

  • Narbavi on June 18, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: An absolute cracker? I am not too sure about that, it would be a huge huge surprise if it ends up as an absolute cracker because we are expected to steam roll past you yet again!!

  • Gappistan on June 18, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    Mahela, on his day he is more of an artist then a player all his shots are in rhythm and treat to watch, hope this innings gets him back to form and like world cup final he scores century against India and India win.

  • on June 18, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    How come aussies call them rebuilding when most of its players are 30+ or close to 30

  • TATTUs on June 18, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Aww...another India Srilanka match! Disappointing. I would have liked to see New Zealand qualify.

  • vinodkd99 on June 18, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    I suppose very good NRR of Kiwis killed them in end as Aussies needed to score in 29.1 overs and hence they kept on losing wickets regularly

  • mysay on June 18, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    Baseball-Sucks, I'm no big fan of Mathews myself, yet I think we should at least give him time to embroil in to the roll of Captain. For me the best part of SL win was that though Sanga failed, another senior stepped up, which has been a lacking trend in SL cricket for sometime now. This was the main reason SL put pressure on themselves by losing to NZ thus granting a game on the basis of "Have to Win or go Home" SL is going to have their work cut out in the Semi's, yet I think based on all odds SL has the best team to topple the team "Best batting crappy bowling"

  • manojshanma on June 18, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    aussies played with a pressure to win and also with a better NRR.it made srilanka to play their natural game

  • Prem2248 on June 18, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    (always works in the 3rd gear). He can't take wkts if the batters weren't in the attacking mood, having such handicapped players in the Team is a burden to the Team in a pressure situation like yesterday. If a player that has been a wkt-keeper in major part of his career can trouble quality batters with his spin bowling whose 1st Cls Bow Ave 47.17, at this level, the J&Ps have taken a risk in not playing Ajantha (1st Cls Bow Ave 21.64 &ODI Bow Ave 21.37) S'nayake (1st Cls Bow Ave 19.91&ODI Bow Ave 38.80) apart from Asia Cup match against B'desh S'nayaka has always been included on pitches unresponsive for spin in order to highlight their babe.(one may verify stats at any good Website like CRICINFO)

  • Prem2248 on June 18, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    AUS & SL both the teams adopt the same method to win tournaments, though it was always difficult to maintain any level of consistency to win a Tournament having too many half-players (reckless -risky hitters, unpredictable performers) in the Team. This is the main reason why we have hardly won a series ever since Attapattu left from the top-order, if we had won any that was mainly due to the quality of bowlers we are having, though one senior over-valued player in the Team don't want those proven bowlers to be included in order to make way for an henchman of J&Ps. It is very painful to see the J&Ps' prevention of the Country's 3 best spinners namely Ajantha, S'nayake & Malinda Pushpakumara (Very consistent wkt taking bowlers in Domestic Cricket since 2007) coming into the Team. The spinner (ODI Ave 41) that they are having too much faith of, can't spin nor extract bounce off the pitch, can be seen moving around the field like a wounded soldier 2 B CNTD

  • Otuwa on June 18, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    Well Done Sri Lanka....Congrats to Mahela....

    @rajcan-Yes agree with you.I don't understand what happen to Upul Tharanga.He is a very unlucky to in my opinion.Also he has a healthy record in England.He is the highest run getter at our 2006 England victory.Yes unfortunatley Kusal hasn't clicked.But we can't drop him because if he get going we never know what is the final total.Although he did well against Indian bowlers at warmup match.I think we don't need both Thiri and Chandi.Because it's a waste these players use as a num7 batsman.Yes Chandi scored 31 runs for 30 balls.But Thisara is a 60runs for 30 balls type of player.Yesterday we saw our lack of power hitting at later down the order.We want Thisara as soon as possible.

    [1]Dilshan[2]Kusal[3]Sanga[4]Mahela[5]Chandi/Thiri[6]Mathews[7]Thisara[8]Kula[9]Eranga/Sachi[10]Herath[11]Malinga

  • on June 18, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    run feast for virat kohli is coming along with dhawan,dhoni,raina. srilanka will be smashed out like every time. Sri lanka is a good team. but they play horribly against india recent times. so, it is over for sl.

  • gayanprr7 on June 18, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    sri lanka should play in semi against india.which has may some thriller. i think sri lanka would be win the match. sri lanka vs south africa may be meet in finals. that match more easier for sri lanka.

  • rayfanatics on June 18, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Despite the uncertainties of this great game, I don't know why the Sri Lankan fans are jumping about here. Owing to the scoreboard pressure of a 29 over chase, the Aussies succumbed. Over a 50 over game, Sri Lanka's bowling is pretty mediocre as shown by the English the other day and the last wicket pair today.

  • TheBigBoodha on June 18, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    @JG2704, they DID play in T20 mode. Only Voges played a typical ODI innings. This was true right down to #9, when Johnson got out.

    They had no choice but to try for a next to impossible win in 29 overs. In my opinion that was a totally bogus development in light of the fact that with the way run rates a calculated, if a team wins a low scoring game batting second - even struggling by 1 wicket (NZ) - it is effectively deemed to be the equivalent of winning a 50 over game by over 100 runs. It's beyond a joke.

    SL were very lucky here. 250 was not a good score on this wicket under the new rules, especially with their attack. If not for the 29 over requirement, Australia would almost certainly have won comfortable. SL just don't have anyone after Malinga to bowl.

    All in all a lot of factors that were out of Australia's control ruined their chances. Other than the 1st game loss, they didn't get to play in another standard, even contest, thanks to rain and run rate calculations

  • on June 18, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    congrats SL on the great win, little concerns for SL on bowling though. I hope aus must have learnt from this game on how dangerous side they are when they play aggressive. aussies just need to find some confidence from somewhere as i am sure motivation and intent won't be lacking for the ashes.

  • IndianCoolGuy on June 18, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    That was a flat wicket. SL should have posted at least 300 runs on the board. Mahela played his part but Sanga has to depart with almost empty hands on a flat tract. lol. If Aus would have changed their mind and played for win even after 5th wicket, they would have won comfortably. Lucky that Aus was playing for Semis spot otherwise every one knows what would have happened. Its completely badluck for Australia. Aus Vs NZ match, Aus would have won comfortably if rain did not effected, there Aus have lost the chance to of a win and improving the net RR and now they would have easily won against SL and they would have been in Semis. Tough luck this time for Aus. Coming to Semis SL Vs India, India love to play against SL in semis, that would be a cake walk for them. Sanga, Mahela, Mathues would have already started thinking about that match I guess. All Indian batsmen knows Malinga well. The final would be India Vs SA. and winner is India..

  • Vijendran on June 18, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    @Gloryof96 I remember hearing that he has ICC approved hand warmers in his pockets, obviously he would want his right hand warmer than the left hence why he doesn't bother putting both hands in his pockets.

  • on June 18, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    Oh dear, we(ind) need to play with the Sl now, i expect ENG in semis so that beating the english make ind invincible.... its another (practice)match with SL,, walk in the park.. see u in finals guys(ind)

  • cheguramana on June 18, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    Disappointing to see Aus play the way they did. Making semis was a tough ask, but surely Aussie pride wud hv demanded a win in the game ? India needs to be wary of SL. They look a determined bunch. And this is the last chance for their legends - sanga, mahela and dilshan to get their hands on some ICC silverware!

  • on June 18, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    @ Gloryof96 bcoz of the cold temperature they put tea bags in pockets to reduce hand getting freeze. malinga does this always when we play at aus or eng at freezey conditions..

  • on June 18, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    Srilanka have never been strong team and never the weak team in any competition, I love this fact about Lankans. Lankas can challenge any team and have the title in their hand. Good luck Mathews for your first title as ODI Captain.

  • on June 18, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    Another India vs Sri Lanka Encounter!

  • williaml on June 18, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    Finally Australia should admit that their Coach Mickey Arthur, the selection panel led by Invararity and their so called performance manager Howard should put their hands up and take full responsibility for the dismal and humiliating levels they have taken Australian cricket into. There are no more excuses. There needs to be changes at the top. As an Australian I don't want to see another humiliating loss to England in the Ashes which appears inevitable.

  • Sinhaya on June 18, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    @kc69, seriously are you saying that Thirimanne is bad?? Did n't he bat well? Is Chandimal also bad? Surely! Anyway, I am bracing for a defeat against India considering our recent abysmal record. Thank you to BCCI for funding our cricket. Cricinfo please publish.

  • iceaxe on June 18, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    I'm worried for Australia (not that I'm Australian).

    NZ facing England at least had a decent bowling unit (the batting though sadly lacking).

    In Australia I see a weaker bowling, but a slightly stronger batting unit. I think they will be as flimsy as NZ when facing England on their own turf.

  • cricpanther on June 18, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    Who is Bailey?? A captain ?? If you want to see good captain in aus side...Mike Clerk, If you want to see GREAT captain...Appoint SHANE WATSON!! He is the right choice, experience, better than any other, if selectors can have good pair of eyes!!

  • on June 18, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    Sri Lanka got away with one by playing Eranga instead of Thisara Perera or Sachi Senanayake. Eranga should not play against India: he will get thrashed all over!

  • truth_bearer on June 18, 2013, 0:06 GMT

    Can't blame Australia much for losing wickets early on. They had to focus on maintaining an astronomical run rate to win it in 29 overs. Had the RRR been a little less daunting, say 254 in 45 overs, they could have approached the game differently. Reminded me of Australia vs India, 2003 WC finals. Too bad, weather was as much their enemy as any other team.

  • bhavesh__j on June 18, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    Congratuations to SL. Especially both the legend Mahela and Sanga. They have shown their true potential in real necessity. It would be real encounter between Ind - SL semifinal. Though I would want my team India to win however I accept the fact that morale of SL team is very high at present with their consecutive victories.

  • on June 18, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    The selectors got it wrong once again, they might have picked Mike Hussey for this Champions Trophy as he was in a great form through IPL, Mike Hussey might have been a good player in the middle order to take the game further. Mike Hussey never gave up his One day & T20 cricket, why he was not selected for this Champions Trophy? It has been very poor performance with the batting as usual, since 3-4 years Australia batting has collapsed & selectors are choosing wrong team by once cause: In experience??? how long they gonna say In experience?

  • on June 17, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    A very good win by Lanka. I thought a big mistake was proved to be made by not opening with Mahela, but I was proved to be wrong. I doubt Sri Lanka will mind staying second as they would prefer facing India than a full strength South African side.

  • stickboy on June 17, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    Disappointed in Australia, but if you look at both teams on paper, it is obvious that Sri Lanka were twice as strong in batting, and still had a stronger bowling unit.

    DO WE (especially die hard mitchell marsh supporters) FINALLY REALISE that Mitchell Marsh isn't that great?? Yes he was good in one or two domestic one dayers and the under 19 world cup a few years back, but if you look at under 19 players from the past, it is no proper indication of whether they will be good at higher levels. Test match player never.

  • OneEyedAussie on June 17, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    This is the worst performance by an Australian team at a global event in my memory (and I've been watching cricket for nearly 30 years). Why on earth was Starc not playing when the team needed his striking power? Why were there so many "allrounders" and only 3 specialist batsmen in the 11? Why was Bailey jogging through on a single? Does Arthurs think he's coaching a cricket team or in a classroom? Will Shane Watson give up his "woe-is-me" routine? etc. and etc.

  • on June 17, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    In response to JG2704, there would have been no point in Australia going hell for leather in order to have a chance at making the semi-finals as none of their big hitters is in any sort of form. They would have been bowled out for 150, if that. Without Clarke they're a rudderless ship & his performances have masked in some measure the woeful form of the rest. Somebody at Cricket Australia needs to go to Mike Hussey, crawling over broken glass if necessary, & tell him to name his own price to go to England for the Ashes.

  • MH19 on June 17, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    Being a Sri Lankan as per my preivous comments the squad selected by Jayasuriya was the best one but I did not give any chance Sri Lanka to go through for Semis due to lack or preperation due to IPL.But Sri Lankan team in return completely prooved me wrong and made a massive come back and entered the Semis and beating two top teams in Group A England and the Aussies and we love playing the Aussies and all players raise their game and change their attitude and always hungry against the Aussies. Lahiru Thirimanne should always bat up the order and looks a solid player taking singles never look uncomfortable.We must now beat India to enter finals taking the world cup revenge and send India Packing go the Lions.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 17, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    A shambolic display from a hopelessly awful cricket team. Australia couldn't have lost this match and the tournament worse if they'd really tried, their performances with the bat have been par the course for them these days (60 all out etc), and it really was a pitiful sight to see Maxwell swing a quick 30 and then capitulate. Leaderless and embarrassing as a current side, but having Clarke back in the team down in the lower-middle order isn't going to help one bit.

  • on June 17, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    @gloryof96 They have small hand warmers in their pockets. Most cricketers do that in cold days to keep their hands warm. Malinga uses it more for his bowling hand that's why he puts his hand in his pocket before he bowls. Nothing to worry about...

  • on June 17, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    The Aussies lost but then we should remember they were without their skipper and one of their best batsmen. Congratulations to our boys Mahela and Nuwan. I think Charith Senanayake should be in if we make the final. The best time to get him in is against India and leave out one of the batsmen wicket keepers who don't bowl.

  • Cricket_Froth on June 17, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    What does this mean for our Ashes preparations? On the one hand being knocked out is good, we realign the squad's focus to red ball cricket. On the other hand the ODI team's ordinary performance affirms the following are in bad form: Watson, Wade, Hughes and Warner(on and off the pitch). Without a mini-tail wag from our 10 & 11 we wouldn't have even cracked 200 against Sri Lanka. Batting failures for Khawaja and Haddin in the tour match against Eire too. Shining light Steve Smith provided hope with a solid 130odd in the tour match, but with the rest of our "Test" batsmen seemingly out of form, an unfit Captain hobbling about and a history of confusing selection logic there aren't a lot of positives with 22 days until the First Ashes Test. Or am I being too negative?

  • on June 17, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    Frankly Australia's team as a Unit and Pakistan's brittle and incompetent batting have been the stand out disappointments in this tournament. Both countries need drastic measures to rectify the situations they face and resurrect their proud histories in this game. Australia I am sure will scratch and claw to get their place back, Pakistan are not helped much when no one will play cricket in their country which doesn't help, combined with the fact that it seems like ( I don't have proof ) nepotism is at work in the team which has to be eliminated.

  • knianR7 on June 17, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    Congrats to the team with the most discipline and control in cricket. It was unfortunate that both WINDIES and Sri Lanka couldn't be joint champions in Twenty/20; I am glad that we won but it couldn't have been against a most valiant team. Hope you all win this one. May good fortune come to a persistent team.

  • Sadiq1952 on June 17, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    I am pleased that a part of the negative bias in the group placements has now been corrected. I would have been frustrated if either of the two bottom teams of the competition (Aussies and Kiwis) had qualified while a powerful team like the West Indies were out because of being placed with the top two ( India and South Africa). Anyways, it us very likely that India will sweep over SL. If SL wants to give a good fight it must improve it's bowling. I don't know what options it has but the current outfit won't do. Just see how the tail-enders of even a weak Aussie team gave it a scare. Earlier the weak Kiwis beat them. Perhaps they win the toss and put India to bat. This way SL at least can have a shot provided they find a better opener to support Dilshan.

  • SLC-2020 on June 17, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    Congratulations to SL for beating all the unfortunate odds faced by them . . . Beating highly probable spring evening sowers by facing 2 D/N out of the only three D/N matches scheduled in the whole series comprising 16 matches. ! Being the ONLY team that had to win all 3 matches (by virtue of a directly effected... visibly results altering... worst kind of umpiring decision ever seen) to qualify for the semifinals..!! This raises the obvious question... are we sufficiently /really utilizing the modern technology and DRS for the benefit of the game???

  • I_Love_My_India on June 17, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    I am Indian Supporter. But I am just looking at the numbers from the last world cup and this Champions Trophy and it says that it would be a SA VS SL and SA will win.

    1. India lost to SA and tied against ENG 2. SA played against NZ and lost, making SL to go easily to Finals 3. IND vs SL, IND won

    1. SA Lost to IND and tied against WI 2. IND will play against SL and if things not fine for IND, SL will be in finals 3. I expect SA will win against ENG and it would be SA vs SL and SA will win.

    I keep my fingers crossed that should not be the case. But this darn mind.....

  • greydigger on June 17, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    The Australians lost the game only because they tried for the near impossible 29.1 over win. Had they simply gone for a normal win, it looks like they would have succeeded. The Australian batting lineup looks weak. Wade, Marsh, Hughes and Maxwell would not be part of many international 50 over teams on current form. So that suggests Sri Lanka actually had a bit of an off day, given that their opponents had to force the pace so much at the beginning.

  • brittop on June 17, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    @JG2704: The trouble with reserve days is the effect it has on the paying spectators at the ground. They may be given free entry on the second day, but they may not be able or want to turn up for day two. Also, when should day two be used? Take Eng v NZ for instance. If a reserve day had been available, should they have started a 24 over game at 3:45 on day one, or a 50 over game that could use day two?

  • PakFan0786 on June 17, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    When Australia needed 20 runs to win the match, I bet Clint Mckay thought in his head "Wait a minute, if we win, New Zealand are through to the semi's, Sod That." To me it looked like he was trying to hit it straight to Dilshan, as he did the previous ball.

    Just Kidding. I think.

  • heathrf1974 on June 17, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    Brave Australia. Very lucky Sri Lanka to have these match conditions on your side.

  • on June 17, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    Sure will be a Good Contest ,,,Both Teams need to hav a Plan and play well the 1st 10 Overs,,,

  • on June 17, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    @penagamuri, Ashwin, ok I understand , great bowler, but I'm sorry I think Herath is a much better bowler than Jadeja and Kulasekara a much much better bowler than B. Kumar. Although your batting is absolutely amazing, the best in the world (well in my opinion anyway.) In recent history I think Sri Lankas had the Upper hand on India in multi team competitions ( although not in the Asia cup), although generally India has done quite well against them in bilateral series. should be good game :)

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 17, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka ,once again excelled in an ICC event. Pure pure pure class from Mahela. MJ , U r truly a legend. It was a treat to watch u play. And good supporting innings from our young guns , Thiri n Chandimal played very important roles. It was great to see that Kulasekara is living upto his reputation as the Aussie-Slayer:)).Malinga did his job by getting rid of danger man, Maxwell. Overall a good win to enter the semis.

    Having said that, I'm utterly disappointed with Mathews' over defensive approach. One may wonder how Aus managed it from 162/8 to 233/10 . All the credits must go to Mathews. He never wanted to put pressure on last batting pair n let 'em get easy singles. As a result, the match almost went to the wire. And bowlers conceded 29 extras including 17 WIDES. :OI'm shocked.

    As a die hard SL fan, I hope our team will evaluate their performance of this match n try to fix the mistakes they made. Its gonna be a cracking Semi final fellas. Arch rivals SL v IND :))

  • Herath-UK on June 17, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    Great win by Sri Lanka beating aussies once again, now in Oval. Almost all contributed to the win & in a way Sanga's early departure this time gave valuable exposure to lower order batsmen. Mathew's captaincy is though a worry leaving easy singles to tail enders when he could have polished them off earlier. The large Sri Lankan contingent added colour & spice never seen before at the Oval. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • gsingh7 on June 17, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    SL- INDIA WILL BE A THRILLER. Although recently india had upper hand but anything can happen on the day. hope we see great kohli- malinga duel that happened in aus. even during warmup game kohli scored century against sl. may the better team win on the day.

  • ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on June 17, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    Well done Lions. Keep it up...........

  • JG2704 on June 17, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    a certain amount of credit to both sides however I think if I was an Aus fan I'd have preferred the middle order to be a bit more aggressive and played in T20 mode for the win which would have seen them through - even if they'd lost by a big margin.

    At least the group's done and dusted now. NZ could feel a little hard done by but I think the 2 best form teams from the group went through.

    I hear the weather is likely to affect/wash out the game vs India in which case India will go through. We can't change the weather over here but it seems a poor show that there are no reserve days allocated. Sure it means the winner would be denied an extra days rest but wouldn't it still be a better way of doing it?

  • ADARSH100 on June 17, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    My playing 11 for all the teams in semis

    ENGLAND - COOK, BELL, TROTT, BUTTLER, BOPARA, MORGAN, ROOT, BRESNAN, TREDWELL,BROAD, ANDERSON

    SOUTHAFRICA - AMLA, DUPLESSIS, INGRAM, DEVILLIERS, DUMINY, MILLER, MCLAREN, PETERSON,MORRIS, STEYN, TSOTSOBE

    INDIA- DHAWAN, ROHIT, KOHLI, KARTHIK, DHONI, RAINA, JADEJA, ASHWIN, BHUVI, UMESH, ISHANTH

    SRILANKA- DILSHAN, JAYAWARDENE, SANGAKKARA, THIRIMANNE, MATHEWS, T.PERERA, JEEVAN, KULASEKHARA, SENANAYAKE, MALINGA, HERATH

    England and India doesnot need any change looking at the performance of all the players and there is rarely noone to replace those players at present form. May be India can bring on Irfan Pathan for either Ishanth or Umesh ( preferabaly for Umesh since he is expensive) to add wonderful boost to their batting and swing bowling.

    SouthAfrica shd change their opening pairs. duPlessis with Amla wil b gud.

    Srilanka need mch change. Kushal and Chandi shd sit out. Bring Tisara,Senayake and Jeevan 2 add power in battng&bowling.

  • Memphian on June 17, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    Even though Indian team is in good form, I think SL has an upper hand this time as they got good 2 match practice from full and tight games vs Eng and Aus.

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 17, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    Once again congrats to the 11th member of 11K club, Mahela Jayawardene aka MJ . What a player. What a legend. 11000 ODI runs. Mahela n Sanga...wow!! these two legends mature day by day like good wine. We're glad, lucky n honor to have you on our side. RESPECT !!!!

  • Shamsherbaloch on June 17, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    it will be great contest between India and Sri Lanka on semis .... Best of luck for both teams !!!! regards from Pakistan

  • Gloryof96 on June 17, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Great game, too much heartaches ..... but great win.

    Being a Sri Lankan, here is something most Sri Lankans might npot agree with me. I like to call a spade a spade and I need to ask a question to which I was not at all happy and I am sure the ICC is already checking video evidence of Malinga's right hand in the pocket too many times before starting his run and it seemed at times doing something which one might need to do if it was too cold but then both hands should be in the pockets. This needs to be checked and cleared if all ok since there has been too much talk about ball tampering which has surfaces during this tournament.

  • 2.14istherunrate on June 17, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    I did not expect SL to overcome English conditions enough to get to the semis,though in most other places I'd reckon them to be finalists. The Asian derby at Cardiff for the semi will need the weather to relent in Wales-a difficult ask. India v SL will be great match. The final too will be the West v Asia,either way which should be amusing.

  • yorkshirematt on June 17, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    Should be a great sf. India and Sri Lanka are both exciting sides to watch in different ways and i love watching both teams play. Now the indian fans questioning why the tournament was held here will not be pleased to know that the forecast for Thursday does not look good, although sl would be more concerned as runners up

  • on June 17, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Sri Lanka vs India, I think the team who will be performing on the day will qualify for the final, we cannot exactly guess who is going to win, for me both SL n Ind have similar kind of talents in all departments.but there is a slide edge with SL over India in Semi Final by considering the experience which SL have

  • recycle-bin-is-empty on June 17, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    Congratulations to SriLanka, its really good to see them back to winning ways. I think the last wicket partnership of Aus really showed us of what Aus cricket is made up of, this team may not be as much talented as the once in a lifetime generation of Warne/Mcgrath/Gilly and co. but that never say die attitude and go for the kill as long as their is a chance spirit is still well alive. I also believe that George Bailey looks like a very positive cricketer and captain, he seems to be a joyful person (kindof like Raina in India) who always keeps smiling and I think he should better be groomed as the successor of Clarke in test cricket.

  • kc69 on June 17, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Wow..an amazing match which could have gone either way. First of all applause to the inspirational innings played by Mckay and Doherty compared to all the batting woes Aussie's had this tournament. Even though Lankans have won there are more questions that arise from this victory rather than answers. The core of SL batting still lies around Dilshan,Mahela and Sanga so for any team getting these three wickets is the key for a win(not much from other SL batsmen expected) Sri Lankan bowling got almost all the wickets because of the attacking stance taken by Australia earlier. With an in-form Indian batting lineup which especially loves Sri Lanka the task just gets tougher. Anyways to all SL fans congrats on this victory and enjoy the moment-Best of luck for semi's.

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 17, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka ,once again excelled in an ICC event. Pure pure pure class from Mahela. MJ , U r truly a legend. It was a treat to watch u play. And good supporting innings from our young guns , Thiri n Chandimal played very important roles. It was great to see that Kulasekara is living upto his reputation as the "Kangaroo-Slayer":)).Malinga did his job by getting rid of danger man, Maxwell. Overall a good win to enter the semis.

    Having said that, I'm utterly disappointed with Mathews' over defensive approach. One may wonder how Aus managed it from 162/8 to 233/10 . All the credits must go to Mathews. He never wanted to put pressure on last batting pair n let 'em get easy singles. As a result, the match almost went to the wire. And bowlers conceded 29 extras including 17 WIDES. :OI'm shocked.

    As a die hard SL fan, I hope our team will evaluate their performance of this match n try to fix the mistakes they made. Its gonna be a cracking Semi final fellas. Arch rivals SL v IND :))

  • darsh127 on June 17, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    I advice sri lanka not to play malinga against india.

  • coldcoffee123 on June 17, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    Who would have thought Aus will bow out of an ICC tournament WITHOUT a single win. SriLanka has done it again, another ICC semi-final. Looking ominous for India. Should be a high scoring contest with both Ind/SL bowling the weaker links.

  • RameshRayaprolu on June 17, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Ahhh ! what a match !! thoroughly enjoyed the last part of the match :) !!

    I wanted AUS tail to hold on and win this one for India, bcoz playing NZ would have been a cake-walk for India !! But now the India must face the Lions :) !! I hope that semis wouldnt get washed out ...looking forward for an even better fight from IND and SL

  • on June 17, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    I hope these new field-placement rules are just experimental. They don't give the bowlers much chance. Let's play the way ODIs should be played: without any field restrictions. That is a form of mini-test cricket.

  • on June 17, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    An expected winless tournament for the Aussies. This is the second straight world tournament in which they have failed to reach the semi finals, and looking at their team, one gets the feeling this is going to become more of the trend than the exception in the times to come. When was the last time they won an international?

  • IftikarUK on June 17, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    I like George Bailey. No matter which way the game is going he's always got a smile on his face. Plenty for any sportsman to learn from him.

  • Jaffa79 on June 17, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Whilst the Aussie top order inspires no confidence whatsoever and must one of the weakest in world cricket, the likes of Siddle, Doherty, Starc, McKay and Pattinson seem alright! At least they show heart. They should reverse the batting order!

  • IftikarUK on June 17, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Very odd game. Why did Australia keep going for their shots when they knew it was too late and go for a win instead. Surely winning for your country and fans should count for something, even if you're out of the tournament. Strange!

  • Shan156 on June 17, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    So, we - England - get to play SA in the semis. While it is a tough ask, it is less daunting than the prospect of having to face a red hot India. Hopefully, we will play Swann or Finn ahead of Bresnan and retain Tredwell from the XI that beat NZ. The two biggest dangers are, obviously, Amla and ABDV. If we manage to get them out cheaply, that is half the task done. Hopefully, Cook will win the toss for once. Assuming we make it to the finals, it is then a matter of cheering for one of India or SL. I would cheer for India even though it would be tough facing them in the finals than it would be facing SL. India's young side are definitely an exciting team and I would not be disheartened even if they beat us to win the ICCCT. But, first things first, can hardly wait for Wednesday's encounter with the Proteas.

  • IndianCoolGuy on June 17, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    If australia tried for a Win when their 3rd or 4th wicket went down, then they could have easily won this match. Now its 180/8 in 28 overs, SL cannot loose this match. The Required RR is very less as 3.2, but SL should try for getting them out. NZ will be praying for Aus win for the first time i believe. Great excitement for Group A.

  • rajcan on June 17, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    SL could loose the game if they keep their best bowlers out of attack. Have to look getting wickets, AUS have enough overs to bat

  • on June 17, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    If Australia somehow win this one, Blackcaps will go through. Srilanka will finish at the bottom of Group A. Have they played that bad..?? Have your say guys on this wonderful App namely EspnCricinfo..!! #Unbelievable

  • Indian_Rule on June 17, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    australia would hve easily win the match...if there was no run rate issue

  • whatawicket on June 17, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    just a thought on the bailey dismissal. it now makes you think that umpires with run outs. he was out by 2 mts yet the umpire went up to the 3rd umpire. with the batter just walking off as he new better than most. gone are the times were a batter is out of his crease by a matter of mm yet the likes of dicky bird or old shep and others could, happy days

  • MRKarthick on June 17, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Just few years back australia had batsmen like gilchrist, hayden, ponting, clarke, mike hussey, watson... their reserve players will be like warner, haddin, david hussey, shaun marsh like that... but now the present australia's batting power line up is hughes, maxwell, voges, wade, mitchell marsh, bailey... you cant match the present team in pairs to the previous team... the reserve team australia once had seems to be more threatening than the present team... their batting has diminished over the years... But their bowling still seems to be good...they are not getting enough totals on the board to defend...Hope aus rises through this hard period...

  • PrasPunter on June 17, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    The biggest problem with Aus line-up - Faulkner, Marsh, Maxwell - do we really need these many bits and pieces players who can neither bat nor bowl well to find a place in the team ? Watson is terribly out of form, and Hughes can't buy a run !! Voges can graft runs, but for sure, he can't accelerate like Huss !! Good that CT happened - now if the selectors can't pick threads from this and select 5 proper batsmen, 5 proper bowlers and a wicket-keeper, then I don't think the team can chase 250+ even in 50 overs !!

  • gsingh7 on June 17, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Aus will not make it. But one can easily deduce poor bowling line up of sl here. India made 336 against them in warm up and they will face them again in sf.aus already made 130 in 20 overs whereas sl batsmen failed to score big.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 17, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Australia are truly appalling. This is an unbelievably bad attempt at chasing down an average score in quick time.

  • NP_NY on June 17, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    The Aussies have really lost it! They are trying to chase this score in 29 overs with their fragile batting line up? This kind of bravado used to work in Hayden/Gilchrist/Ponting times but not now. At least win a game and end the tournament with some pride.

  • Unconstitutional_PCB_Chief on June 17, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Srilanka is on the course to win this game. Also, Srilanka looks more determine. On the other hand Australia is playing half-heartedly. Australia don't have the same batting, bowling skills and experience as they had few years back; it will take some time to Australian to groom this team as match wining squad. Between the two teams Srilanka is better equipped to win this game and play the Semi Final.

  • rajcan on June 17, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    I simply cannot understand how SL team selection for this game. Australians are good batsmen for pace bowling. If the truck does not help spinners that much, still SL would have an advantage of playing 2 spinners. Eranga has pace , but not a discipline bowler, he doesn't have full control of his line and length. Better choice would have been, replacing Eranga with Senannayake and K. Perera with Tissara Perera and open the innings with Mahela and Dilshan.

  • on June 17, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Sri Lankans will badly miss their second spinner Senanayake on this wicket. Hopefully the pace bowlers will keep a tidy line enforcing the australian batsmen to take risks.

  • andrew27994 on June 17, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    Overall a good batting performance from SL. Mahela has performed when SL needed most. Australia will need a Virat Kohli performance if they are to qualify for semis. I'd be interested to see whether the overrated Maxwell can pull off something special. I guess the team thats most worried right about now would be NZ because they know that Australia will take risks to qualify and there's a great chance they would collapse and end up losing.

    I guess the key for SL would be their slower bowlers especially Kulasekara and Herath.

  • maria_01 on June 17, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    i love to watch sanga batting, but unfortunately today was not his day, good total by lankans.....all can happen but looks tough for aussies to overcome lions, watson role is very important.........but i wanna see srilanka vs india semi-final

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on June 17, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Safe to say that Australia won't qualify for the semis now. They can at best help their cousins from across the Tasman Sea and beat Sri Lanka.

  • JustIPL on June 17, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    Is it a 50 overs game. I think Cricinfo should should show the maximum overs to be bowled unless it is officially announced that number of overs have changed.

  • rajcan on June 17, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    If SL really wanted to fire in every cylinder and win this game, in my opinion, they should have gone with following XI. K. Perera should have replaced from last match onward.

    Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews (capt.), Lahiru Thirimanne, Thissara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga. Any comment??

  • on June 17, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    sl going to win this match

  • rajcan on June 17, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    SL had the best opening pair of batsmen, Tilshan and Upul Tharanga. This combination was instrumental for reaching world cup final in 2011. Upul Tharanga is still young, only 28 yrs old. Already played 162 ODI with 33.70 Average, 12 centuries and 38 half centuries. Every batsmen or bowler goes through lean patches. Tendulkar has gong through it before making his 100th century. But, SL didnt want to persist with Tharanga, keep changing openers, not giving him enough time to gain form.

    For this tournament, they brought K. Perera who has no experience with moving bowl, and continuously failing and adding pressure on Sangakara. When Perera fails within couple of overs, Sangakara needs to come in and steady the ship.It affects Sangakara's natural playing ability.

    I dont know it is purely the performance keeping Tharanga away or any politics in in it. Same goes for keeping Perera still in the XI.They should have opened with Dilshan and Mahela, leaving Perera out of XI. Anyone agree?

  • on June 17, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    its srilanka gonna win the match...

  • gsingh7 on June 17, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    australia will need to win inside 30 overs to qualify but with present batting talent(or lack of it) they will not be getting to that target . still want aus to win by narrow margin.so india will play nz in semis.

  • on June 17, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Regarding the NRR debate:

    A simple solution to the NRR is to factor in whether a team was on course to bat the full quota of overs. In a 50 over game, if a team is losing tickets equal to or less than 1 wicket per 5 overs then we should assume they will bat 50 overs. However for example if a team has lost 8 wickets after 32 overs and wins a game chasing, NRR should estimate that they would have batted for 40 overs and not 50.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 17, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Clint McKay: undoubtedly Australia's best bowler! Even did what England's bowlers could not... silence Sangakkara! And just think - Aus. selectors wont let him into the test squad for the Ashes. I'm usually the first to point out you can't compare formats for players, but I just think (and my point here is) that McKay looks suitable for a decent run in tests.

  • IndianCoolGuy on June 17, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    The way SL started, 20/2.. seems Aus have a chance to get into semis.

  • NayanManiBhuyan on June 17, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    I think Thisara Perara is much better batsman than Lahiru Thirimanne & should be in the playing Xi.

  • Mitty2 on June 17, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Good/obvious decision to bowl first so we know how much we have to win by (if in the unlikely stage we get into that stage), but I find it unbelievable... Why is starc not playing? He's the only bowler with the potential to dominate and ruin a line up, and that's exactly what we need if we want to proceed. If he fails with the bowl, he can bat too (And bat better than Mitch marsh).

    Maxwell needs to open with Watson.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on June 17, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Nikhil Shaan on (June 17, 2013, 11:50 GMT) Clarkey is not playing as he has severe and chronic back problems, and maybe they put the Ashes series of higher value than a ODI competition.

  • on June 17, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Very Crucial Game for Sri Lanka and NZ

  • on June 17, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Go aussies, show some fight! Supporting the underdogs!

  • on June 17, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    why Clarkey is not playing.. team requires.him a lot

  • on June 17, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    let Australia win this one… so India may get New Zealand in semifinals

  • charaka111 on June 17, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    OHH ERANGA Again Y Sri Lanka... Y no THISARA Y no Sachithra...

  • charaka111 on June 17, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    OHH ERANGA Again Y Sri Lanka... Y no THISARA Y no Sachithra...

  • on June 17, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    let Australia win this one… so India may get New Zealand in semifinals

  • on June 17, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    why Clarkey is not playing.. team requires.him a lot

  • on June 17, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Go aussies, show some fight! Supporting the underdogs!

  • on June 17, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Very Crucial Game for Sri Lanka and NZ

  • The_bowlers_Holding on June 17, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Nikhil Shaan on (June 17, 2013, 11:50 GMT) Clarkey is not playing as he has severe and chronic back problems, and maybe they put the Ashes series of higher value than a ODI competition.

  • Mitty2 on June 17, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    Good/obvious decision to bowl first so we know how much we have to win by (if in the unlikely stage we get into that stage), but I find it unbelievable... Why is starc not playing? He's the only bowler with the potential to dominate and ruin a line up, and that's exactly what we need if we want to proceed. If he fails with the bowl, he can bat too (And bat better than Mitch marsh).

    Maxwell needs to open with Watson.

  • NayanManiBhuyan on June 17, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    I think Thisara Perara is much better batsman than Lahiru Thirimanne & should be in the playing Xi.

  • IndianCoolGuy on June 17, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    The way SL started, 20/2.. seems Aus have a chance to get into semis.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 17, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Clint McKay: undoubtedly Australia's best bowler! Even did what England's bowlers could not... silence Sangakkara! And just think - Aus. selectors wont let him into the test squad for the Ashes. I'm usually the first to point out you can't compare formats for players, but I just think (and my point here is) that McKay looks suitable for a decent run in tests.