India v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy, 2nd semi-final, Cardiff June 19, 2013

India prepare quietly ahead of big clash

India look at ease as they train quietly and purposefully on the eve of their semi-final against Sri Lanka in Cardiff
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Relaxed. That is what the Indian team are feeling at the moment. In fact, that seems to have been their state of mind throughout the tournament. Their progress might have caught the cynics off guard, especially back home, but MS Dhoni and his team could not care less. Although Dhoni did point out on the eve of the first warm-up match that it was surprising not to see numerous Indian TV channels, who had boycotted the event, unhappy with the terms and conditions set by the ICC over accreditation for non-rights holders.

Away from the glare of relentless media attention, India have trained quietly and purposefully. And it was the same in Cardiff on a warm and sunny Tuesday afternoon, where India did nothing out of the ordinary, two days ahead of their semi-final against Sri Lanka. Being such a big match, it is normal to expect teams to bring extra intensity to training. But India decided to keep things simple; greasing the nuts and bolts so that they are ready to roll out smoothly come Thursday.

Suresh Raina, obsessive when it comes to training, turned up first at Sophia Gardens, an hour before the rest of the squad arrived (at the scheduled time) in the afternoon. Taking throw downs from the fielding coach Trevor Penney, Raina focused on every aspect of his batting, especially against the moving and short ball. The success of the top order has not allowed Raina much time in the middle, so it was key that he remained in the right frame of mind.

Elsewhere, Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik asked Penney to feed them length balls, as they wanted to make certain they were sensing, eyeing and timing well. Kohli focused on leaving the ball as he felt he was not letting them go as much as he should have during match situations. Karthik went so far as to berate himself after pulling a ball too far away from his body. He communicated that to Penny, even pointing the exact distance he had connected with the ball, when all of the time he should have been lunging forward to play the pull.

Earlier, Karthik was involved in an animated chat with Indian coach Duncan Fletcher, with both men discussing the finer points about the upper cut and pull shot. It would have been fascinating to hear what was being said, but Fletcher seemed to galvanise Karthik, who was hell bent on getting things precise later.

Although the success of the Indian batting has been the central point of focus, the fast bowlers have also toiled hard, despite not having much experience with the white Kookaburra, bar Ishant Sharma. Today, Joe Dawes, the Indian bowling coach, put the trio of Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar through various drills, pointing out exactly what each needed to do in order to be more sharp. Lengths, body movement and getting certain variations accurate seemed to be Dawes' focus during the hour-long session.

Dawes, a former Queensland fast bowler, and a policeman, is a methodical guy, and at times irritates the batsmen by refusing to give them easy balls, even during throw downs. This fact was not lost on Kohli, who teased Dawes for never giving batsmen any allowance. "Always at the batsman's wrists. You can throw 300 balls, but only five will be easy to drive," Kohli joked with Dawes, who was giving a slightly hard time to Bhuvneshwar at the time.

Such light-hearted banter only happens when a team is functioning smoothly. And that has remained the key to India's success in this Champions Trophy.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 19, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Its the clash of two Superpowers of Cricket in subcontinent. India is definitely on a high and its a dream squad for them as we have a bowler in 140 k+ . Flying fielders, Cracking Batsmen and a Calm Captain. MSD reminds me of Stephen Fleming. SL on their day can be fatal to any team they have the potential for big turnarounds. Sanga n Mahela are two veterans to worry for India. Wishing both of em Good Luck. but My Bet is on INDIA.. Right from my heart.. Go India Go....

  • naren1983 on June 19, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Its going to be super clash on Thursday, but India definitely have an upper hand in batting and fielding than SL, but at the same time should be careful with Sanga & Mahela, only the 2 players are in good touch. SL slightly as an upper hand in their fast bowling than India, but we never seem to be struggling against them in the recent past years. So, if weather stays clear, we have good chance to go & beat the Lankans since almost all the 11 Indian players are in good shape to give enough chance to overcome Lankans.

  • SumantB on June 19, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    I just love the way this Indian team under Dhoni operates. They are understated but effective. Aggressive but noiseless. Talented but humble. Their most engaging attribute is the high level of their fielding. Whatever happens from here on at the Champions trophy they will almost certainly be my favorite Indian team ever.

  • IndiaNumeroUno on June 24, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    ICC should ensure that no MAJOR cricket tournaments/ series are ever hosted in England again - and if they do - then leave ample spare days please. Other matches like bilateral tours/ series/ ashes etc which are irrelevant to vast majority of the cricketing world can occur. I mean 5 day matches in England are there for reason... when it rains for 4 days they can at least play a one-day (or T20)!

  • KaptainKool on June 20, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Though all have to perform on match day but it all boils down to weak links in Indian team. Ishant and Umesh. If these two fast bowlers perform well especially in the death overs and in power plays then I can't see the reason why can't this team be the Champion of the Champions. India all the way!

  • usernames on June 20, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    I've got a bad feeling about this, as I said earlier too. I think Sri Lanka will will this one, even though I'd love for India to clinch it and win the CT.

  • Actioncricketer on June 19, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    While on paper and on form, India are favorites, the Sri Lanka team has greater experience. Sangakara, Jayawardene, Dilshan, Malinga, Kulasekara and Herath have plenty have experience which can be useful in crunch situations. India on the other hand has youth, talent and the calming influence of Dhoni. So, it should be an exciting match tomorrow if the rain gods are nice. The real edge India has is in fielding and that can create panic amongst the lesser experienced Sri Lankan batsmen. My sense is that India will win, unless they somehow mess up really badly in batting. Decent bowling and outstanding fielding should help them defend a par score.

  • Christonaveen on June 19, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    Its the clash of two Superpowers of Cricket in subcontinent. India is definitely on a high and its a dream squad for them as we have a bowler in 140 k+ . Flying fielders, Cracking Batsmen and a Calm Captain. MSD reminds me of Stephen Fleming. SL on their day can be fatal to any team they have the potential for big turnarounds. Sanga n Mahela are two veterans to worry for India. Wishing both of em Good Luck. but My Bet is on INDIA.. Right from my heart.. Go India Go....

  • Nampally on June 19, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    India has great starters, strong middle order & the best finishers in the short format. So look out if they perform as expected, a 350 total is likely. We want Ishant & Yadev to bowl well to support Kumar, Ashwin & Jadeja. I expect an Indian Victory based on their form & performance. But on the day, they have to perform!. Jai Ho!.

  • Dilhara.karunarathna on June 19, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    The Game of Cricket we Call It Gentleman's game And It Is not About the Fan's Disgrace. Anyone can express their Comments according to their psychological levels & Knowledge. SriLanka & India both Teams are in Good Form & both has Unique Talented Players & All of You know Cricket an Unpredictable Game. Any one Can do only the Predictions but, It may be not the True Result.so I would like to do little request from All SL & Indian Fans. The Game Is still On the way.Keep Calm & watch What will Happen. however It should be a very thrilling Contest and Enjoy to watch.

  • on June 19, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Its the clash of two Superpowers of Cricket in subcontinent. India is definitely on a high and its a dream squad for them as we have a bowler in 140 k+ . Flying fielders, Cracking Batsmen and a Calm Captain. MSD reminds me of Stephen Fleming. SL on their day can be fatal to any team they have the potential for big turnarounds. Sanga n Mahela are two veterans to worry for India. Wishing both of em Good Luck. but My Bet is on INDIA.. Right from my heart.. Go India Go....

  • naren1983 on June 19, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Its going to be super clash on Thursday, but India definitely have an upper hand in batting and fielding than SL, but at the same time should be careful with Sanga & Mahela, only the 2 players are in good touch. SL slightly as an upper hand in their fast bowling than India, but we never seem to be struggling against them in the recent past years. So, if weather stays clear, we have good chance to go & beat the Lankans since almost all the 11 Indian players are in good shape to give enough chance to overcome Lankans.

  • SumantB on June 19, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    I just love the way this Indian team under Dhoni operates. They are understated but effective. Aggressive but noiseless. Talented but humble. Their most engaging attribute is the high level of their fielding. Whatever happens from here on at the Champions trophy they will almost certainly be my favorite Indian team ever.

  • IndiaNumeroUno on June 24, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    ICC should ensure that no MAJOR cricket tournaments/ series are ever hosted in England again - and if they do - then leave ample spare days please. Other matches like bilateral tours/ series/ ashes etc which are irrelevant to vast majority of the cricketing world can occur. I mean 5 day matches in England are there for reason... when it rains for 4 days they can at least play a one-day (or T20)!

  • KaptainKool on June 20, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Though all have to perform on match day but it all boils down to weak links in Indian team. Ishant and Umesh. If these two fast bowlers perform well especially in the death overs and in power plays then I can't see the reason why can't this team be the Champion of the Champions. India all the way!

  • usernames on June 20, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    I've got a bad feeling about this, as I said earlier too. I think Sri Lanka will will this one, even though I'd love for India to clinch it and win the CT.

  • Actioncricketer on June 19, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    While on paper and on form, India are favorites, the Sri Lanka team has greater experience. Sangakara, Jayawardene, Dilshan, Malinga, Kulasekara and Herath have plenty have experience which can be useful in crunch situations. India on the other hand has youth, talent and the calming influence of Dhoni. So, it should be an exciting match tomorrow if the rain gods are nice. The real edge India has is in fielding and that can create panic amongst the lesser experienced Sri Lankan batsmen. My sense is that India will win, unless they somehow mess up really badly in batting. Decent bowling and outstanding fielding should help them defend a par score.

  • Christonaveen on June 19, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    Its the clash of two Superpowers of Cricket in subcontinent. India is definitely on a high and its a dream squad for them as we have a bowler in 140 k+ . Flying fielders, Cracking Batsmen and a Calm Captain. MSD reminds me of Stephen Fleming. SL on their day can be fatal to any team they have the potential for big turnarounds. Sanga n Mahela are two veterans to worry for India. Wishing both of em Good Luck. but My Bet is on INDIA.. Right from my heart.. Go India Go....

  • Nampally on June 19, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    India has great starters, strong middle order & the best finishers in the short format. So look out if they perform as expected, a 350 total is likely. We want Ishant & Yadev to bowl well to support Kumar, Ashwin & Jadeja. I expect an Indian Victory based on their form & performance. But on the day, they have to perform!. Jai Ho!.

  • Dilhara.karunarathna on June 19, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    The Game of Cricket we Call It Gentleman's game And It Is not About the Fan's Disgrace. Anyone can express their Comments according to their psychological levels & Knowledge. SriLanka & India both Teams are in Good Form & both has Unique Talented Players & All of You know Cricket an Unpredictable Game. Any one Can do only the Predictions but, It may be not the True Result.so I would like to do little request from All SL & Indian Fans. The Game Is still On the way.Keep Calm & watch What will Happen. however It should be a very thrilling Contest and Enjoy to watch.

  • Cpt.Meanster on June 19, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Team India - easily the SUPREME team in the world at the moment when it comes to ODI cricket. Amazing group of young players energizing and bringing positivity to the proceedings. Their energy is a unique flair that lifts an entire nation. They have been superb in all their games so far and have played with intensity even in the warm up fixtures. It goes to show, they are hungry for success and want to win this badly for the nation and for all their fans and supporters. With all that is happening back home with Indian cricket, this victorious campaign will restore the dignity, pride and further strengthen the culture of Indian cricket. We have MS Dhoni, the best captain in the world, the best batsmen, some good bowlers and an entire fielding unit who hunt like a pack. Never before have any Indian team ever shown this resolute character. And they have come up against some quality opposition. Now they have two more hurdles to cross and I have the utmost confidence faith in their ability.

  • Ellalan on June 19, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Though Sri Lanka had depended on Mahela and Sangakara in last few matches that was not the real case.. Always there's a time needed for any newbie to come to a form..And i hope most of the Sri Lankan youngsters will be able to face Indian bowling order peacefully..even then until unless they score 300 or more if they are bating first there would be no use of balling for Indian team with dream order bats men.. any how Kushal Perera and Lasith Malinga are my heroes for tomorrow.. and i hope no one forgot Malinga's balling on World Cup Finalzz.. And Dhoni's wicket will be the most important one in any situations.. Hope for the best from Srilanka tomorrow.. LISTEN.. LIONS WILL ROAR..

  • Harishonthemic on June 19, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Why the comment on India being strong only on paper? Haven't you followed the CT till now? And why is Indian middle order as worrisome as SL? Kartik hit two consecutive centuries when he got a chance in the warm-ups - one against SL. Kohli always has the knack for hitting big hundreds against SL. Leave the warmup, he hit 2 hundreds in a bilateral series played in India and the Hobart match where 320 was chased off 40 overs is still fresh. Is he or Dhoni not facing the same Malinga, Kula and Perera they have been facing since WC11 or before? Compare this to SL. Only 2 batsmen-atmost 3 are batting well in the entire lineup. So what's new?! Eranga is new. Bhuvaneswar Kumar is new. They are the X-factor on each side. Other than that, both sides know each other pretty well. If India fail tomorrow, it's their bad shot selection not coz they're flummoxed by SL bowlers. SL have pulled off miracles in the league matches because Malinga was the X-factor for the other teams, but not to India.

  • on June 19, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    There is no concept of super over.. If 40 overs would not possible in the match(20 ovrs a side) ... India will go through... Super over concept applies only in t20 @gd lk SL

  • warneshane on June 19, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    I thank IND fans because they are not talking about 'If & so' assumptions, pitch condition, umpiring decisions, DRS,favorable shorter version for any how victory, semi final own theorem, packing up the opponent by next earliest flight,self appreciation how we won closely, devaluation of other team performance etc, etc..... No point to discuss these. Gauarv Manachanda showed excellent stats, andrew27994 discussed which player can be choosen, why, good & bad for the team and many more.

    The article 'India prepare quitely..' describes diff dimension of game aspect. IND Fans are pleasant to see discussing on some players' bad performance not appreciating unnecessarily on who will make hundred & who will take wkt of a part opponent player.

    After debacle of SA by ENG bowlers, IND should be think about a particular strategy in early morning condition. Don't worry fans, MS is the best person to think about it. IND fans don't want be in fantasy with sweet dream let other fans do this.

  • Dona007 on June 19, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Looked at the whether forcast and it's going to rain all day tomorrow in cardiff, If the game called off then India will go through to final as they finished top of the table in their group.....

  • Tribal_Cricket on June 19, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    India go in to the game as strong favorites, SL batting depends on just the senior batsmen while the others haven't been make a great impact, while India has been thrashing opponents with out their main batsmen (Kohli and Dhoni) getting a hit. And again SL bowling depends on Malinga, India play him well and the other bowlers don't really look like a threat. Even in fielding India seem to hold an edge this time around.

    Add to that India's current form, beating SA by 30+ runs, chasing 240 against the windies in less than 40 overs and beating Pak by 8 wickets. So they haven't just won the game, but dominated the tournament big time.

    One thing which might even up the contest is if there is rain and the overs get reduced, then any team which react better to the situation should win. but as of now, it seems like Ind Eng final.

  • Herath-UK on June 19, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Teams who have qualified for the SF are top of T20,ODI & Test rankings with England just dethroned as holders. Good thing about Sri Lanka they can up the game with real passion & flair. They are in there with fantastic batting,Sanga/Mahela, fantastic bowling,Malinga & fantastic fielding ,Dilly's catch,Kula's run out etc. India on the other hand though look favourites on paper mainly depend on strong batting alone. I hope Lanka Lions will conjure up a win here too. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • o0oPiTBuLLo0o on June 19, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    Well, It's pretty much the same scenario like the one we saw during 2011 WC. There also the concerns were Indian Bowling.. But India overcame that very well. Pretty much same is for tomorrow... But Indian Batting Mights... Superb fielding, excellent captaincy by MSD will take India to Finals. The reason why other teams lost to Lanka in CT was because of Malinga. Malinga scare works for most of the teams BUT EXCEPT India, Which did NOT work during WC, Thanks to plenty of IPL matches, Indian batsmen just know exactly how to tackle Malinga and score on his yorkers. Rohit Sharma and Malinga, both players of MI... Just know each other too well. So, Given all that, India definitely gets higher ratings and more likely to win tomorrow as well as against Eng.

  • ProdigyA on June 19, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    The only reason why sl is competitive in ODI's is because of Malinga but he is a bunny in the hands of the Indian batsmen, which is the best and most powerful rite now. Indians treat him like a street bowler. Only chance sl can come close (not win) is if they drop Malinga considering his recent record against India. But we all know, its going to be another one-sided affair. But hope at leaset sl can give a fight and make the match interesting unlike today's SA-Eng, so boring.

  • rock.rockyin on June 19, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    @Gaurav Manchanda

    Awesome reply

  • mainul079080 on June 19, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Srilanka's biggest problem not only for this tournament but also in every big match is their too much dependance on just two guys in batting- Mahela & Sangakara.It was again proved against England and Australia match. Other batsmen are only good for 30 or 40s but not 80 or a 100.If India gets these 2 cheaply no one wont be able to save Srilanka. Dont mind Srilankans-when these 2 will retire Srilanka then will become just an ordinary team.

  • on June 19, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    I don't see anyone beating India at this moment. Lankans have reputation to raise their standards against India whenever it comes to big game. However, given their records against India in last 5 years, I highly doubt they will supersede India this time around. But, we can expect surprises in cricket. Whatever happens from here on, all we wish to see is a great semi-final match between these two Asian titans. I hope weather will stay clear, and we will get to enjoy an uninterrupted, I wish both the teams a very good luck.

  • on June 19, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    I believe Eranga should be replaced with thisara... Since Thisara has more or less the same talent & form as Eranga when it comes to bowling capable of taking wickets as he has proved in ODIs..He adds more value with his batting & not 2 forget his fielding as well...

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on June 19, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    India I feel has an 85% chance of winning at least. They've played Sri Lanka so often that they're not unpredictable or threatening anymore. In this tournament, India has looked a much better side than Sri Lanka. They've been on a roll and hopefully that would continue.

  • yorkslanka on June 19, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    I think we should bring thisara in for Kushal Perera as he has had no form apart from the warm ups. Thirrimanne can open with dilly.doing this will allow thisara to come in , and I think we need him for his hitting as well as his bowling. My batting order 1.dilshan 2 thirimanne 3 Sanga 4 chandimal 5 Mahela 6 Angelo 7thisara 8 Kula 9 herath 10.eranga 11 malinga. . No point playing two spinners against India as they play pin well.

  • on June 19, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    This game is going to be the final. Whichever team wins this game is going to win the Trophy. Compared to the current team England, Team India and Team Sri Lanka are much stronger. It could turn out to be a cracker of a semi-final (as long as the weather holds).

  • tests_the_best on June 19, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    To be honest, these 2 teams should have squared off in the finals, not in the semis as these 2 seem to be the best sides in the tournament so far. Ind having won all the warm-up games and the league games quite comfortably were strong contenders for the final if not the trophy itself. SL also had good wins against Eng and Aus and only narrowly lost to NZ. Either way, hope one of these teams lifts the trophy and as an Ind fan, hoping my team adds this trophy to WC 2011 to affirm the no 1 ODI ranking.

  • on June 19, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Yes. Dropping Chandimal for thissara would be a good idea since there is some chance of rain. As far as Im concerened, that should be the only change that should be done to SL team.

  • SinSpider on June 19, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    @SLGirl. It is unfair to say only Dhawan performed so far. Rohit Sharma and Dhawan have done so well in all three games, that others (except Kohli) did not get enough chance to perform superlatively. If the same story repeats, God save SL.

  • on June 19, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    every one talking talent & success of Indian team ..and says more chance to win 2morrow game ,, even Zimbabwe team can beat India, the team who do the basis according to the situation they will win the day.it not depends on old records & cricketers talents. today no one thought RK Kleinveldt get 40 runs . all talked about front line batsman. so things can be changed. no one cannot underestimate any team ,,,

  • on June 19, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    @baseball-sucks::::SL bowlers have always been miserable against India no matter where they are playing, subcontinent or outside. IN the last 5 years, India beat srilanka in 5 bilateral series (4 in Lanka & 1 in India). They went on to beat Sri Lanka in the Asia cup final (2010) and also triangular series (New Zealand being the 3rd team).In the last 10 ODIs India played against SL outside subcontinent, India won 6, lost 3 with 1 tied. In the last 5 years, India successfully chased 300 plus total against SL 7 times while Sri Lanka did that only once. Also, India posted 300 plus first innings score 10 times against Lanka in the last 5 years.

    Malinga's economy rate against India is 6, Kula's 5.39 & Perera's 5.79.

  • SLMaster on June 19, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Honestly India has upper hand because of Dhawan. Rest of the team has not fully step forward unlike SL. In all three group stage game different players step forward to win the match for SL. Dhawan is th ewicket to take for SL.

  • on June 19, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    if there is any chance for Sri Lanka to at least come close to winning is to win the toss and field first. Me being a sri lankan like everyone says i would put all my money on india unless we put a magnificent allround effort. Hope rain god gives a chance at least for a display of our lions trying to win the match.

  • kahvas on June 19, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    @Rizynoor Why is NRR not fair. India has won all games convincingly. On the other hand Sri Lanka have had rain and NRR in their favor. Had australia not looked to win within 29 overs SL would not have even qualified. So if it doesnt work in your favor somehow its unfair eh!

  • SLSup on June 19, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Haha - regardless of the outcome of this game it has to be the understatement of the century to say India is RELAXED playing SL in a Champion's Trophy semi-final! As for me I am glad we are not playing this semi-final in Eden Gardens.

  • itsthewayuplay on June 19, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    With conditions generally favouring batting, Indian batsmen have done well. A different test will be when they bat in seaming conditions such as SA faced today against England. Some positives to take though are that this team selection seems to be based mainly on domestic form and fitness whilst automatic selections have gone and the fielding has been good. And the spinners have doing well with Sir Ravindra being a revelation. The pace bowling has lacked bite and may due to inexperience and conditions but it's good to see effort the guys are putting in even if Ishant's line and length are all over the place. No Sehwag Gambhir and Tendulkar and Yuvraj has certainly helped Dhoni with managing the squad. Win or lose, it's the attitude shown by this group that has been impressive and the perfomances overall has been another step in the rebuilding process following the shambolic last England and Aussie tours. DRS in India and we can show everyone else say real progress has been made.

  • on June 19, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    irrespective of India's result in semifinal i am very happy with the attitude shown by this team,they r so good on the field,doesn't fear short balls(except Raina),bowls with lots of heart..as long as the team shows eagerness to fight that's all what counts more than anything

  • Slesh on June 19, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Don't wanna comment so optimistically like some have done.its true that india have the upper hand against us (SL).so whats the fuss.On the given day we can definitely beat india. we just need to do some tactics.plz bring in Thisara.we need a power hitter in the middle coz most likely it will rain and if it is a less overs game we need to score big.and thisara has the nack of taking wickets and score well as well against india.do not drop Eranga either.he did quiet well in the warm up match against india.take a gamble by dropping Thirimanne or Chandimal.i don't know this will happen as it will not do justice for Thirimanne after his last innings and Chandi is the vise captain.but we need to think about the team!! so one of these two will stay in the team and can do the "repair innings role" if top order fails.hopefully win the toss and bowl.if bat first,score 320.Kule and Malinga to bowl first 10 and in death,Eranga,Thisara,Mathews and Herath,Dilshan to bowl in middle.Go well SL!!! Gdlu

  • Rizynoor on June 19, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Rain, late start, shorten game, India takes the full advantage... pretty simple. or may be a washout, still India goes through. All down to the NRR system (and rain) that is not right. Bad luck for SL.

  • street_smart on June 19, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    SL can beat any team on their day but some how they struggle against India in recent years....

  • kahvas on June 19, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    The match is going to be washed out. Check the weather. India will go thru anyways. Cant remember the last time SL beat India. Probably the first match in the 5 match series played in Lanka where India won 4-1

  • on June 19, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    india look set to win ct2013 to add to wc2011. by far the best team in the world as shown by rankings. also sl have been called punching bag for India by many an authors.india need to score more than 250 and with better bowling unit this time around , that will br enough for win

  • concerned_cricketer on June 19, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    As an Indian fan who bet a valuable 250 rupees on Sri Lanka to win the match in the semifinals of the 1996 world cup (as a way of hedging emotions with money and i can tell you it didn't work!), today I am looking forward with far more confidence to the lipsmacking contest coming up tomorrow. As Dhoni under gary Kirsten was fond of saying, it is the Indian team's process in which I am confident. Come 10:30 am tomorrow our batsmen may perish to nature's fury ( read Malinga scorchers) - after all the ball is round and humans imperfect. But I would be confident that India would have done everything within their considerable capability if they do go down. And that is all we can ask of the team.

    One last tip to bowlers: please bowl just outside the off stump 4 balls of every over, on the off stump 1 ball of each over and if you absolutely have to then bowl one call a yorker on the middle stump. No other line is allowed in tomorrow's game. I forbid it. :) May the better team win.

  • rock.rockyin on June 19, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    @Sector_Clear

    I dont think there is a concept of Super Over in champions trophy as far as I know...... If at all there is one I think it is not fair and it is lottery.

  • king_dhoni on June 19, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Lanka is the only team which can match India's batting flair in this tournament. Jayawardene, Sanga and Dilshan are the key. India will need to field first and take early wickets.

  • SinSpider on June 19, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    An entire article about one team's preparation for a semi-final? You got be kidding. This probably happens ONLY for Indian team.

  • SL_Boy on June 19, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Batting second will be the key and using 30th to 50 over's wisely other factor, they will give another batting wicket. Good luck both, but SL have better change against SA or Eng.

  • Naked_Cricket on June 19, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    SL Batting Line Up ; TM Dili , THISARA Perera , Sanga, Thirimaanne, Mahela, Chandimal, Mathews,Kulasekara, Malinga ,Sachithra

  • DhoniSixers on June 19, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    @ Otuwa : my dear Otuwa, can you see with which team SL has lost first match? against NZ, Please check NZ position in the ODI rankings. and AUS are the poorest team than WI now. Even they have also lost the match against you because they were playing for Semis. You won against England that too on a flat wicket and that too a Sanga's individual performance. Even Kula was playing well on that wicket means we should understand how flat that wicket became in 2nd innings.

  • Sector_Clear on June 19, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    @rock.rockyin: During the India/Pakistan match, they showed all the "ifs" and "buts" for Semi Final. In case of a washout, i.e. 20 overs at least per innings could not be completed, the match will essentially end as "No Result". For Semi Final as well as Final, if such a situation occurs, a Super Over will be played. In SF, the winner of Super Over will progress to finals. In case, even a Super Over can not be played, Group Topper will go through. In finals, again, if it gets washed out, there would be a Super Over. If Super Over can not be completed too, both teams will be declared Joint Winners !!

  • CricketMaan on June 19, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    Will Thisara play? He has this knack of performing well against Indians! May be he can in place of Eranga? If Cardiff swings, i see Kula and Mali posing enough questions for Rohit, Dhawan, Raina n Kartik. Can Kushal do a Jayasurya? On the other hand, will jadeja continue his golden form? Can Umesh finally deliver on his promises? Bhuvi to Dilly, Sanga will be fun to watch!

  • mar2000 on June 19, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    PK don't stand a chance against IND.......... India will win with ease. Looking at India /England final , where India will win from a low scoring game .

  • DhoniSixers on June 19, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Tomorrows predict: 1. If SL wins the toss and elects bowling:- SL may fight with India while chasing because in second innings ball comes on to bat well. 2. If India wins the toss and elects bowling:- then its a completely one sided match in favor to India. All SL players who are now with the team, got experience while playing international cricket. for India there are many domestic cricketers who are experienced before even getting into International cricket, but still because of the competition many of them are not getting chance to play. So Indian bench strength is very strong compared to SL. I wonder Lankan legends Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan their avg is not even 40. but for India without 40 avg, its very tough to survive for 1st, 2nd 3rd 4th down players. I guess India can prepare at least 2 very strong ODI teams easily, who can beat SL easily.

  • Otuwa on June 19, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    @NP_NY-LOL.Yes we saw pure performance against,South African B team,Pakistan team with weakest batting lineup and world num8 ODI team West Indies.

  • vsroc on June 19, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on(June 19,2013) It is going to be another interesting battle.Let us all hope fr the best.

  • mark2011 on June 19, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    India is a one sided team.. they have major strength of batting, if you prepare a good pitch which gives 50-50 chance to batsmen & bowlers, it is not difficult to beat Ind. ther bowling is not threatning, so if u can restrict them to a lesser total below 230, alway other team have better chance of winning.

    in 2mros match SL need to filed well and cut out easy runs, since Ind haven;t been under pressure in recent matches , if u put them under pressure , there is a chance they could falls apart... that's something similar to what happnd in IPL final this time.

  • Haider-pak-awsome on June 19, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    It definitely going to be SL win tomorrow. But eventually they will loose against England to maintain their tradition of checkers.

  • subhaas on June 19, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    get set go lanka vs india keys kohali dhawan

  • rock.rockyin on June 19, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    @Sector_Clear

    Are you sure that in case of wash out there is Super Over.. ?? Come on mate.. Where did u hear this ??.. I didnt hear this ..

    Can anyone please confirm !

  • mark2011 on June 19, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    SL had the ,ost interesting and thrilling matches of the series than all other matches... rigt from the 1st match with NZ to the last match with Aus...Lankans are good entertainers.. keep it up and win the semis to reach final. I hope this is going to be the India's 3rd exit at the hands of SL in a big cricket tournament.

  • kevepere on June 19, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    I always said from the beginning its an India vs England Final ! Why ? because its good for ICC :)

  • NP_NY on June 19, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    @Dilan Fernando: LOL yes we watched part of the last match and that only increases our confidence. SL only won because Aus was trying to get to the target in 29 overs. Even then SL couldn't get the last wicket and almost lost the match. SL is only in the semi-final because of rain affected matches and the reason I mentioned above. India on the other hand is in the semifinal purely based on performance. So we'll see.

  • Sultan2007 on June 19, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Its Anyone's game !!!! Yes, India should win...on paper! But SL are good and they are due against India.

  • NP_NY on June 19, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    India still seems like the only worthy winner in this tournament. But anything can happen on a given day in cricket and even India's favorite punching bag SL can beat India. Whatever happens tomorrow, team India has shown it is far superior than all the other teams. All other teams in the semi-final have been aided by rain.

  • on June 19, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Sri Lanka will win on a rain reduced match, possibly 26 overs.

  • on June 19, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    The game is going to be washed out. Everyone can see it coming but the rules are too rigid that nobody is going to do anything about it. Faricial if a semi final is decided without a ball being bowled. Why can't we be flexible and either play somewhere else or play on another day? Surely it's a more fair solution than to just let one team through. It's like saying only 1 team from group A could ever progress any further whereas 2 from group B could. Ridiculous!!!

  • vallavarayar on June 19, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    SL should win easily. If only to get articles such as these from appearing.

  • on June 19, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Its another one more Gloomy game Ind V/s Srilanka.SL is Overcast opponent for India

  • andrew27994 on June 19, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    India should replace Ishant with Pathan and maybe replace Yadav with Vinay Kumar. But Yadav is such an exciting prospect and is well known as a partnership breaker so I guess Dhoni will persist with him.

  • andrew27994 on June 19, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    If SL are to win, then they must switch positions of Mahela with Kusal Perera and bring Thisara Perera back in the side. Also Dilshan will need to play a gem of an innings. Truly he is the man that Indian bowlers would fear most in their batting lineup.

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 19, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    @Adithya Bourne ; Yeah..a single delivery. Go n watch the highlights of the final. A lightning fast short ball into the rib cage n Raina was on his long march back to the pavilion. lol Remember this carefully, Just like your batsmen know Slinga , Slinga knows your batsmen too. Something for you to think about !!!!

  • on June 19, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    It is pleasantly surprising to see that India do so well. We have earned the spot in semis purely based on our performance and not dependent on the result of other matches.

    All the best India and continue to sizzle.

  • andrew27994 on June 19, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks : I don't doubt the abilities of our bowlers. And actually I'm expecting Ashwin to do most of the damage tomorrow, not Jadeja. I hope they bring back Irfan in this match because I accept Ishant is a mediocre bowler and could cost us the match. However, what I was trying to imply was the fact that though SL have some unique bowlers in their side, it's the Indian batsmen who play them best. Our bowling ttack has been good enough in this tournament but the 1 aspect that has always stood out in this side is their fielding. It's a fact that even you have to accept.

  • ugug on June 19, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Yup its predicted to be heavy rain in Cardiff tomorrow. So match is most likely to be a washout and India will go through.

  • on June 19, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Wish both teams good luck ahead of big game!!!

  • king_dhoni on June 19, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Lanka vs. India - Cracker of a game.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 19, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    We need to change the rules. If a batsman cannot hit a 4 in 6 balls he is automatically out. If the batsman cannot hit a six in the first 12 balls face he is out. This will make really interesting.

  • on June 19, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    I have good feeling about this match. Since it's not the finals there won't be any butterflies in SL players mind, because they tend to choke only at the finals. When india is out of the way victory will be assured!!

  • on June 19, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    The match between India and SL is going to be a tough battle. On one hand we have an Indian team high on confidence and doing well, on the other we have SL team which is full of talent.

    On their day SL can challenge any team setup or chase any score, so my opinion India team should not take SL team lightly at all. Just like India is slightly ahead with batting SL is ahead with bowling.. Lets see what happens..

  • on June 19, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    This match is going to wash out!! India will go through with net run rate. PLEASE shift the match to OAVL!!!!!

  • on June 19, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks,malinga bowled one ball against raina??,dude u forgot to mention qualifier-2(ipl)where raina smashed malinga for sixes and fours...go and check the bowling figures of malinga in that match....and u conveniently forgot ipl-2011 eliminator when dhoni neutralised malinga's yorkers with the help of helicopter shot,everyone knows how dhoni deals with malinga...ur malinga's slower balls,yorkers won't work against dhoni and kohli....his record against ind is pathetic to say the least...cricinfo pls publish....

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 19, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    @andrew27994 ; As much as I respect you as a Cricket enthusiast (since we've had many conversations over the last few weeks), I hate to say that you are being too over confident here. lol If your players proceed to this match with the same mindset which you have, it will cause their own downfall. Btw, i can see that you also worry about the wicket taking abilities of your bowlers. Your main wkt taker Jadeja went wicketless against SL n conceded 43 off 8 overs.

    There is only one Indian bowler, Irfan Pathan, who troubled Dilshan with his straightening deliveries as Dilshan leaves that gap btwn his bat n pad. But during the last encounter Dilshan dealt with Irfan very easily n hit him for 16 runs in his 3rd over. So, You will need to deploy every weapon you've got in your arsenal tomorrow coz Sri Lanka will come at you hard with all guns blazing. G'luck !!!!

  • Otuwa on June 19, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    @Thyagu5432-"SL has no big hitters in thier team".Wow what a joke.What do you think about Kulasekara's knock against England.Please don't reply me it was a fluke knock.Because this isn't a first time he showed his batting skills.And Kusal Perera isn't rely on timing and placement.He is a slapper.And Angelo Mathews also a six hitter.And Thisara Perera will play tomorrow match because he likes to play with India.But unfortunatley his friend Zaheer Khan is not here in England.We have a lot of Big hitters in our team.Be a refresh.

  • Thyagu5432 on June 19, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    @yorkslanka: My point is you cannot talk about your team winning without implying that the other team will lose. So if SL plays to their potential and you say they will win, you are implying that India will lose. I am negating that saying, SL will not win if India plays to their potential.

    Now talking about the weather, if the game gets reduced to a 20 over game then SL has a better chance to win. Historically, India have not done well in curtailed games and they have also not done well in T20s after winning the first T20 WC. But then this is a brand new team with all the baggage off their back, so it is an aspect of this team which is still not known.

  • warneshane on June 19, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Statistics are based on reality and calculating every performance in the game. It is a mathematical science. Statistics are not based on permutation & hypothetical assumptions. There is no place for "If" in statistics.

    Those who using "If" imagination should think if AUS had chased SL's target by not keeping in mind to achieve in 29.2 overs, then SL would be Forth in GROUP A.

    Yes, Lankan fans can use "If" but n number of times......

    If SL plays to its potential, If IND doesn't play to its potential, If game can be curtailed to shorter version to favor SL, If Dillu,sanga, jaya all make hundred & slinga,sena,kula take 5 wkts each, If umpire give right decisions, If pitch is not bully flat track......and I am exhausted now.

    Please I want to see good & full day of cricket without rain interruption.

  • andrew27994 on June 19, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks : It doesn't really matter much if India can't dismiss SL openers. We will still chase down whatever total SL put up.

  • Thyagu5432 on June 19, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Yes, only rain can send India through to the finals. It will rain fours and sixers for Indian batsmen and wickets for Indian Bowlers. This rain will take India through. Good luck!

  • yorkslanka on June 19, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    @Thyagu- cont...read the full sentence in my first post my friend, i did say eventaully that the winner of this match will be decided by who playes better on the day. All the pre match hype but i hate to say that the weather forecast isnt great for cardiff that day(when is it ever?) so all the comments may be in vain..fingers crossed it stays dry!!

  • N.J.H. on June 19, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    @Al_Bundy1 Do you watch cricket? Tendulkar was not dropped, he retired before the series against Pakistan. In fact after WC 2011, he played only 5 or 6 one dayers in 2 years. So he was not liability for the team. You sound like a person who hates Tendulkar anyway. But you are right about Sehwag and Gambhir.

  • yorkslanka on June 19, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    @thyagu- i am only interested in talking about my team, SL and what i said is true isnt it?I will leave it to you guys to talk about India...

  • cricket_slcsupport on June 19, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Tough game for SL. India on a high, they can chase any score, we've seen that in the past. Hope Kusal Perera can make some quick runs and the remaining batsmen contribute. Team chasing has not won matches in Edgbaston, But India can do it. Go Sri Lanka, we still support you. Hope you can turn the tables this time round for us. Best of Luck we love you Lions !!!!!

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 19, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    @Navi Kamboj ; In case of a washout , India will progress to the final since India is in the top of the table in Group B. To be honest, only rain can send India thru here. G'luck !!!

  • Romenevans on June 19, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    I see Mohit Sharma coming in (i know he is not in the squad) for Ishant, because Ishant will someday cost us crucial games. We cannot trust his bowling at all. Some day he bowls okay, then he goes for some serious runs. Im not a CSK fan, but i really like Mohit Sharma because he bowls straight at decent pace and gives nothing away. He can come in after 7-8 overs of Bhuvi and then bowl exactly like him by giving no room at all. Plus he is a brilliant fielder and in fielding Ishant is still a liability with Ashwin.

    So i see Mohit coming in for Ishant sooner or later in coming tournaments.

  • on June 19, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Well then, this is the battle all of us are waiting for. Not only Nagraj's comments but most of those who have given comments seem to be supremely confident of an Indian victory. No doubt they have every right to feel that way, but the Team's overconfidence could be their downfall when meeting a Team like Sri Lanka in an awkward pitch under unpredictable weather conditions. The SL team has more variety than India and their players have peaked at the right time. The Indian middle order remains largely untested because of the contributions made by their top order. So if the top order does not perform on the day, their underbelly will be exposed. It is likely to be a low scoring game and the Team that holds their nerve is likely to emerge as the winner. Let the team that plays better on the day win. What we need is a good game of cricket and these 2 teams have the flair, the depth and the charisma to provide it. Let us hope also that Duckworth-Lewis do not have a hand in this game.

  • Thyagu5432 on June 19, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    @yorkslanka: You are saying SL will win if they play to their potential. Is it when India doesn't play to their potential or even if they play to their potential?

    Going by the current form, If India plays to their potential, all other teams will have to use their Kinetic (energy). So in the interest of a thrilling game, I hope India doesn't play to their potential and SL plays to their potential.

  • Sector_Clear on June 19, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    @Navi Kamboj: If the match is washed out, there would be a Super Over. If even a Super Over can not be played, the team which topped their group will progress to Final, i.e. England or India, in either Semi Finals.

  • on June 19, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    India will win #ct13 if they play like this

  • on June 19, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    What if india v srilanka match would wash out..??? Is their any reserve day or not..?? I thnk not .... I dont know on what basis the team will progress to the big final..

  • Thyagu5432 on June 19, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Against SL, Indian bowling will appear stronger than they actually are. Our bowlers generally tend to panic when there is big hitting happening from the batsmen. SL has no big hitters in their team. They rely heavily on timing and placement and wont do anything that will hurt the bowlers confidence.

    On the contrary, every batsmen of ours are capable of doing both (timing/placement, big hitting). SL bowlers will have to be on the guard, add to it their average fielding will make things difficult.

  • andrew27994 on June 19, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks : First you say that IPL is not a yardstick to measure class players and now you are talking about how unplayable Malinga was in the IPL. Yeah great going mate.

  • on June 19, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Check out these bizarre coincidences.

    1) India win the World Cup. 2) Next year, India lose 2-1 to England at home. England are led by a 27-year old left-handed batsman. 3) Australia's best batsman retires, and the team performs poorly under the new captain. 4) The following year, India win the biggest ODI tournament outside the World Cup. 5) Australia fail to make the semifinal of the tournament, losing two of their three games. 6) A left-arm spinner whose name is Ravi emerges the top player. 7) The team that India beat in the World Cup final reached the semifinal.

    These things happened in 1983, 1984 and 1985.

    History is about to repeat itself in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

  • ruwnish on June 19, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Apparently all the comments above are from Indian to Indian team so all of them are 'sure' of Indian win on Thursday ... I guess this is the feeling that Indian team has as well. So all Indian are in cloud 9. I have to say that "Assumption is mother of all failures" So don't come to conclusions by looking at mere statistics and past, what you do on that day will make you a winner or looser. And all the people above, don't think Sri Lanka haven't thought about the 'history' ... will see what happens tomorrow

  • yorkslanka on June 19, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    From a number of crazy comments from both sides, it's clearly evident that stats and averages can be manipulated any way ou want..lets be realistic and sensible..on paper , India is the favourite in this tournament so far..problem is,cricket isn't played on paper. Sri Lanka ,if we play to our potential,can beat anyone so quite simply, whomever plays better on the day will win..good luck Sri Lanka..

  • Honeypotter on June 19, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Big guns like Sehwag,Gambhir,Yuvi,Zaheer,Bhaji are missing but Dhoni's Chakde boys seem to be on a new mission.... and the way dhoni n management r handling the new lot of guys .. it seems indian cricket future is very bright making the selection committee work more easier in coming future to select potencial playing 11 for india

    But real pitty for Big guns to miss out from current squad and i m sure they will come back with a banggggg to take indian cricket to new level of success. but even after soo much positive things goin around then question still remains in my mind is that when will india produce Quality fast bowlers who can be Regular match winners for india bcs this department needs to be competitive if we gotta retain the 2015 World Cup

  • Balu_raj on June 19, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Its India VS Sri Lanka, Young Team Vs Experienced team, Future stars Vs Seasoned Pros!! Lets see if the young inexperienced and most talented team wins or the team with some great batsmen win!!

  • jalebi_bai on June 19, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    All the best to the GREATEST team in the world India. Go give the Lankans the same treatment we have been giving them. Best of luck.

  • JustIPL on June 19, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Complacency might have crept in after coming back into the limelight and reaching the semis ahead of everyone after a tense betting episode at home. It has been long time since India are in the semis while SL have just dealt with some tight games. I give it to India even before the match keeping in view the past records but at the same time hope that SL will not give in meekly this time. Malinga will be not so much a mystery for Indian batsmen as they play him in IPL very often as well the big three of SL batsmen.

  • on June 19, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    SL-India contest is going to be excited.India is favourites on the paper.MS is the best odi batsman among the lot.The combination of Mahela,Sanga,Dilshan,hearath,malinga with toung brigade SL could be threatening. Leave glorious uncertainties aside.Two failures from young opener perera is going to be a blessing for SL camp.As a team SL is stronger.

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

    Thank god we are playing the lankans ! Nobody gonna stop India from taking the cup now. Mahela, Sanga and other run accumulators in the SL side will accumulate a few runs tomorrow to boost their statistics, but India is gonna win guaranteed.

  • realfan on June 19, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks : ha ha before league matches you guys were saying indians will be sitting ducks to the likes of great bowlers like morkel, roach, ravi rampaul, junaid, wahab riaz, sunil naraine, ajaml...... now you changed them to mediocre bowlers????? wa waw..... you are great dude...... you turned the likes of southee, McClenaghan, mitchell johnson, and faulkner great bowlers.....

    fair comment cricinfo . publish..

  • bravetigersmustwin on June 19, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    India with huge batting line-up can easily damage SL bowlers at any point of the game. Game plan which Srilanka will try to execute: Bowl 2 shot balls every over(Malinga and Eranga). Sanga and Mahela should make century stand. Dilshan and thirumanne must score quick fifty. Mathews must slog in the death overs. Herath will try to give break through in the middle overs. Mathews will try to contain runs in the middle overs. Dilshan to bowl 2 or 3 overs and steal some dot balls. Kusal perara may click.

    Game plan which india will execute: Rohit Sharma will try to score ball to ball runs. Dhawan attacking all the bowlers. Virat build the innings slowing and attack in the batting power play. DK will execute is natural classic game. Dhoni, Raina and Jadeja slog mercilessly. B Kumar must remove the openers. Umesh and Ishant sharma can bowl will good line and length. Sir Jadeja will be threat to Sanga and Mahela.

  • on June 19, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    many of them are talking about the last match that sl won against australia and the warm up match against india, what people want to remember here is that if australia has played for the win they would have won it and in the warm up match india have both with the aussies and sl both by scoring 300 plus.if india bats first there might be a chance for sl because their bowling is weak and they canot defend the totals

  • on June 19, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    india played really well in the champion trophy. but I think india will play with irfan pathan in the semi's .because ishant sharma and u.yadav not accurate in their bowling performance and I think irfan will be the better option for both sides batting & bowling.

  • warneshane on June 19, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    IND's Weak bowling attack took 29 wkts of opponents out of which 4 run outs and 25 wkts scalped by bowlers....highest in CT13

    IND had cost 729 runs in 139.4 overs of max permitted 150 overs. PAK bowled out in 39.4 overs.

    SL took 26 wkts of opponents out of which 24 scalped by bowler & 2 runouts cost 665 runs in 129 overs of max permitted 150 overs.

    IND almost managed to bowl all out every opponents in CT 13 except wkt of Sammy the ex captain of WI as he wanted to prove him for his earlier omission.

    Remember this IND bowling attack is inexperience except Ishant but still managed to bowled out every opponents. They are learning with time. Nothing going wrong way as many posts suggest.

    They have self belief and confidence not arrogance. Give them time & they will show good. One team wins and hence other looses. WIN or LOSS doesn't matter. The way you approach the game is most important.

    No over confidence over SL. It is the momentum my dear friends and that with INDIA.

  • ham1990 on June 19, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    As an Aussie who supports Sri Lanka, I must say I am genuinely terrified by the threat this Indian team poses. The fact that they are relaxed seems to be an ominous sign to me. It is really going to take something special from Sri Lanka to even come close to competing with them. With the likes of Dhawan, Raina, Kohli, Dhoni, I really do fear for a strike weapon like Malinga who is liable to go for plenty against these guys. Not to mention their bowling is actually quite good at the moment, especially with Ashwin and Jadeja, there is no respite for batsmen in the middle overs.

    This Indian one day side actually has the potential to dominate just as much as the old Aussie side did for a decade or so. India and Dhoni thoroughly deserve to have this Champions Trophy in their cabinet to go with that World Cup.

  • Sector_Clear on June 19, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: Really?? All of a sudden, that "warm-up" match became your basis of comparison? Wasn't that "just a warm-up match and had no significance whatsoever", as the SL fans were trying to point out that day? In that game, Rohit didn't open for India, it was Vijay in place of him. Dhawan was not dismissed by any of your great bowlers, he was run out. Vijay is now dropped, and India had 2 century opening stands in the tournament, with Rohit on top opening with Dhawan. And while we are discussing warm-up matches (assuming you believe now that those matches matter), India dismissed the Aussies for 65, the same Aussies, who gave your bowlers a scare in the last match. India won both it's warm-up matches, and SL lost, even against WI !!

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 19, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    @maddy20 ; These batting averages are totally irrelevant since India faced average bowling attacks like Saffers with out Steyn or Morkel n W'indies while SL were dealing with the likes of Anderson, MG Johnson,Faulkner, Southee, Swann, McClenaghan n so on. And about your predictions, before the SL v ENG match, you said "Posted by maddy20 on (June 13, 2013, 8:29 GMT) End of the line for SL. Thanks for playing! SL 200-210 . Eng win by 5 wickets with 10 overs to spare!" lol . So lets be realistic. Shall we ??? G'luck!!!!

  • Raj.cool.Himanshu on June 19, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    I think dhoni will not change his team because every player is doing so well in their department and also this team is winning team. Only one player is doubtful to play in 2nd semi final he is Umesh Yadav I think Irfan pathan should get a chance to play he is a good bowler , he can bat as well. if you look previous series in which India goes in Srilanka, pathan bowls well and batted in 4 odi for 34*.

  • on June 19, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Now I understand why the Indian fielding has been so improved. Apart from being a younger side than over the last few years, I hadn't realised that Trevor Penney was part of DF's coaching team.

  • on June 19, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    final will be India against South Africa

  • Narbavi on June 19, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    @Dilan Fernando: No indian was worried when we found out SL were our opponents, infact we were happy about it since its much easier for us to beat srilanka than england

  • maddy20 on June 19, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    @Dilan Fernando Batting avg 55(Ind) vs 31(SL). Bowling avg 27(Ind) vs 26(SL)! Last 10 matches Ind-8 SL -2 Yes we are very worried! Repeat of WC 2011 on the cards!

  • on June 19, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    A bowling unit which can bowl out opposition in every matches is not a joke. Thanks to the fielding too who were up to the mark. It was 70% bowling and 30% fielding make things happens for India in one inngs and it was 100% from batting department on the 2nd inngs.

  • Rick777 on June 19, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    India is the best team. Nobody can beat them. They have the best players in the world. They have all the money in the world to buy any plyaer. The BCCI is the only body whcih can work on their own terms with the ICC. Whatever captain Dhoni does is right. He can't do any wrong. All Indian commentators are the best in the business. Whatever they say should be listen by all fans. India has the best TV coverage in the world. All matchers won by India are shown before big tournaments.

    If India win all these will continue. If India loose all these facts will turn around in seconds. You see.

    So let's wait & see :)

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 19, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    I like to bring the SL-IND most recent encounter into attention here.There are no. of scary facts, Indian think tank must be thinking now. As always, Dilshan, Mahela , Sanga and even Chandimal n Kusal found it way easy to deal with Indian bowlers during the warm up game. In fact , they couldn't even get our openers out. So its a bit naive to think that Indian batsmen can outplay SL batsmen since even after having our explosive openers retired, we still manage to score over 330. On the other hand, SL bowlers managed to get 4 top order batsmen out for 100 runs. And we deployed mostly our part timers for the rest of the match n still picked up 7 wkts in total.

    Now lets talk about Malinga factor. During the IPL , Indian batsmen found it very difficult to deal with Malinga. Raina faced only one ball n got out. ln the final, Dhoni faced 11 deliveries from Malinga n only managed to scored only 11 runs in that crucial chase. So just like u know him, he knows u too. :)) G'luck !!!

  • schathuranga on June 19, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Final will be sri lanka vs england.

  • anver777 on June 19, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Ind Team is strong on papers but bit over confidence. I have a strong feeling SL may topple them in the Semis... Best of Luck SL Lions !!!!!!

  • Bringaar on June 19, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    The final will be between Sri Lanka and South Africa. South Africa will win.

  • chapathishot on June 19, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Srilanka should thank their stars to be in Semis as they should have lost the match against England if ball was not changed and the score against Aussies was not enough if they decided to chase it in 50 overs their bowlers struggled against aussies as the scoreboard pressure accounted for aussies.SL will be under pressure in the match right from the toss even to decide whether to bat or bowl first and hoping to loose the toss.For SL as every one is saying it will not be Mahela or Sanga (as seen in WC 2011) but Dilshan ,if he clicks and also scores big then only SL have a chance.

  • Thyagu5432 on June 19, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    As an Indian fan, obviously, I want India to win. India is in great form and Sri Lanka's form is not bad. Odds are heavily stacked in favour of India (to win) but then cricket being what it is, on any given day, what matters is how you play on that day. India has to be wary of SL and ensure they enhance their strength, hide their weaknesses, grab the opportunities and subdue the threats.

    India's strength is their batting (Kohli and Raina have to come good in addition to others who are already playing well), their weakness is bowling (non-regular bowlers have to be used when the breaks are on and quickly gobble up a few overs), Sanga and Mahela can be vulnerable in the early part of their innings (put your best fielders in the right place to grab those half opportunities), death overs have been our nightmare (no Ishanth, may be, Bhuvi can have a few overs, Yadav to get his yorkers right).

    India all the way but I expect a good fight from SL.

  • on June 19, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    Don't take your advantages for granted Indians... there will be a good match with SL. you cannot underestimate SL at all. hope all the Indians watched the last match. N we know you all worried that SL came to Semi's with Indians. YOU WILL LOOSE THIS INDIANS...

  • Gamaraala on June 19, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Honestly, I too have doubts about us (SL) winning the match. But this is cricket and anything can happen. It's true that India have the upper hand. Our bowlers are exposed during the IPL and India know every trick done by Malinga. Other than him, Kula and Herath, we don't have a decent bowling attack. Top batsmen found their form after the first match but we need a strong middle order. One thing we can turn in favour of SL is their overconfidence over SL. Regarding Ind flying home next day, some of SL fans are just encouraging the team (thinking that it'll up the moral of the team), but you have to excuse them, each team has such fans. My fingers crossed for a great game.

  • on June 19, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    I think Irfan Pathan should be given chance, as he is all rounder, he is very useful in such crucial matches. I think he should be given chance as he is experienced and bat and bowl in any conditions and in any circumstances.

  • on June 19, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    India s all round performance help India to win champions trophy go India go best of luck mad...

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 19, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    A bowling unit which can bowl out opposition in every matches is not a joke. Thanks to the fielding too who were up to the mark. It was 70% bowling and 30% fielding make things happens for India in one inngs and it was 100% from batting department on the 2nd inngs.

  • on June 19, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    generaly in cardiff mostly first batting won in higher percentage.against srilankans Indians will invite to bat first.they will chase in range.

  • Sector_Clear on June 19, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Some Stats: Malinga has taken 234 wickets in 142 matches in ODIs, with an average of 26.12 and economy of 5.06. Against India, he has taken 34 wickets in 28 matches, with an average of 40.88 and economy rate of 6 !! If we check the stats for just last two years, his average slightly improves to 38.35 and his economy rate worsens to 6.69 !! There is some problem for sure that Malinga faces, when he plays against India.

  • on June 19, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    indian batsmans are in good form. final will be india vs southafrica. all the best india.

  • uksar on June 19, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    I think if Dhawan falls early then it would be a very difficult game for India. Moreover, a long innings from any Srilankan batsman will make their task very easy as they have more potent bowling attack than India.

  • realfan on June 19, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    all the best to my team india..... even though we know the results i am expecting some kind of fight from srilanka....

  • Sidath346 on June 19, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    So, its the clash of the Asian superpowers once again tomorrow. Brilliant. Both teams are in top form and its good to see them have a bite at each other. As a Sri Lankan supporter I hope that our team will beat India and progressive through to the finals but its going to be a big clash and looking forward to a cracking contest. Good Luck to both teams.

  • on June 19, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    I dont know why many here think that Sri Lanka has better nerves than India in knock outs ,as far as i remember in 2003 World Cup Lankans crashed for a below par score of 98 against a poorer attack than this bowling unit we have, then it was in the World Cup final in India, then when Virat defeated Sri Lankans in less than 40 overs to boost its chances of qualifying on the basis net run rate, then there was Asia Cup....and the list goes on

    I might say Lankans are due for a win against mighty Indians but odds against them are stacked 5:1 ,Mahela and Sangakara will have to pull a magic trick to get out of this one

  • warneshane on June 19, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    India scored 643 runs in their 3 league games at an average of 58.45 per wicket at a brisk pace too - at 5.9 runs @ over. India took highest wickets (25)at an average (27.80) and strike rate (33.5).

    In the batting Power plays, India were the 2nd best side, scoring @ 7.50 runs an over losing 2 wickets in the process.

    6 hundred-run partnerships in the league phase; 3 of these were by India. Dhawan / R. Sharma was the only opening pair to put on a hundred-run partnership twice in 3 games. They scored 286 runs @ average of 95.3 runs.

    India are the only team to have not lost any wickets in the mandatory Power plays in this CT, scored 164 runs in these overs, the highest in the tournament.

    India's economy of 5.83 is the worst in the mandatory Power play. India's only worrying factor. These stats courtesy to espncricinfo

    Tell me on what basis SL will pack IND home very next flight.

    SL Fans.. too much. No chance for SL.

    Sanga, dillu, slinga, binga...we fed up your hater comments

  • on June 19, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Dhoni is a born leader. He has been criticized by saying that he was lucky to get a bunch of players groomed up by ganguly. Now none of them are in the team, but still he manages the team well. With no doubt he is the best sports person in India who gave maximum contribution to the country. The way he rotates the bowlers, the field set an also the calmness which he maintains are to be appreciated. Undoubtedly the Best Indian Captain ever. Com eon Team India go grab the CT 2013.

  • on June 19, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    Sri Lanka will win the game against India. The openers Kusal will make a historical comeback with Dilshan. Batting vwill go only up to No. 5 for SL. Bowlers will also do extremely well. Good luck Sri Lanka.

  • on June 19, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    IND and SL matches are always interesting , in that ground most of the team won batting second rather than batting first both teams would love to chase so the toss will be very important but it seems there are two very different pitches If I am not mistaken the pitch SL lost to NZ one is a low scoring wicket which SL gave a good fight defending even a small total of 138 so I would like to see how India deal with that particular wicket

    all the other game (I wonder why) India played in good batting wickets so I hope semi final will play on other track which SL vs NZ played

  • on June 19, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    All The best MS and team ,,,,,,,,,,,,I love india , in the Champion trophy for India

  • on June 19, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    India a better fielding team than the opponents. haven't heard that since the time i have started watching cricket. Good to know that Mr Dhoni has achieved what he set out for. A big congrats on being Bold at tough situations and creating that fielding unit that he wanted.

  • on June 19, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Indeed India is ahead in every aspect........Lets see what happens.

  • DhoniSixers on June 19, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Mahi, Love you so much for your attitude, your aggressiveness, your calmness, your batting, your sixers and your captaincy. You have done a lot to Indian cricket team. Every one knows how tough to lead Indian team sply with the media we have, but Mahi has been wonderful leading the team. As a selfish Indian fan who has endless desires about winning more trophies, we need this trophy from you as well. All Indian fans wishes are with you. Wish you all the best.

  • Arumugaraja on June 19, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Yes.. I agreed SL have well bowling line up compare to India... But indian batting line up can crash any bowling attack. If india going to bat first then they will prove their batting. And always Brave Captain also there.. All the best for both Teams...

  • bhavesh__j on June 19, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    As one of the biggest supporter of Dhoni's 11, I would love to see my team winning tomorrow and lifting the trophy on 23rd. It would be also be a big inspiration for hard-work of youngsters like Shikhar, Rohit, Kohli and SIR. However I must appreciate the fighting spirit of SL team. If SL wins the tournament from here, then I am sure their journey would be comparable with 1992 WC Imran's team. Good luck to both the teams!

  • priceless1 on June 19, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    its very simple , who ever bats second will win the match Tomorrow

  • anunata on June 19, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    SL wins simi-finals more then finals.. so SL gonna beat indai.. im sure about that.. gooooo... sri lanka.. good luck in the final..

  • on June 19, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    @Chinthaka Gunarathna looks a over rated statement from you.I dont think Indian attack is worst attack in the tournament. and if it is slighltly on low batters are there to make sure to cover the gap. One thing is sure. Dhoni and mathews both know about each other andIdont think any one of them opine what you are expressing. Both teams are good and cannot be underestimated.

  • Jimish1987 on June 19, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    Feels good to see two Asian teams against each other at such a big stage game....I am just loving attitude of these Indian team who are just away from media and other news....these INDIAN team is surely capable of wining the trophy...all the best INDIAN team

  • madhurajay on June 19, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan fan. Wishing both the teams to give us another nail bitten match. Always respect MSD for his elegant captaincy. But SL lads never give-up. Though the recent record between IND and SL puts IND a little higher position, if you think genuinely using your intelligence, SL can beat IND anytime anywhere if they play upon their potential.

  • Gun79 on June 19, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Considering past ferformnace India deserved to lift the trophy. They are unbeaten through out this tournament and they won the practice matches as well. But Sri Lanka will win this match due to their performance over past tough games. ICC need to comeup with a looser eliminator sort of playoff (like in IPL) to keep the best team intact. By the way all the best for SL for the finals :)

  • Leon-Su on June 19, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    champions are coming & going ... look at the AUS team !! some day same way going india as well.... let's see, what happens tomorrow ! hope to see nervous and exiting game !! good LUCK Lions ...!

  • on June 19, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Only the weather is the biggest problem. they should play all 50 overs. SL just believe Malinga but sorry we have Kohli

  • ajithabey on June 19, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    India and Sri Lanka have played the best cricket in this tournament which augurs well for cricket in Asia in general. Hopefully we will see a great game of cricket as both sides have talented players who can achieve excellence with both bat and ball. India seems to have the edge but Sri Lanka can pull it off if they play to their potential and work out their bowling combination. Good luck to both teams.

  • on June 19, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    On the outside the match between India & SL looks more likely end in Indian victory, But from my point of view if SL have chance this is the best opportunity to send Indians home. Because if it ever came to Indian vs SL Final India would have one match hands down, being a semi final mental pressure is less on SL and hopefully coming from winning & loosing some tough games the SL engine should be all ready and powered up for the final climb.

  • vish2020 on June 19, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    This would all be great if the last champions trophy was scheduled anywhere but England. Again, they say it will be raining hard on thursday. So disappointing for fans everywhere. ICC think once in awhile about the game and fans and not about the boards.

  • on June 19, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    its always good be in low profile training sessions when abroad

  • on June 19, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    SL have more chance to win. they have played each other more. India always depend on one batting show. in Practice match they lost four wickets quickly & Kholi performed well. otherwise they will struggle. also indian bowling attack think most worst attack in this tournament except Jadeja & B Kumar. SL bowling attack more consistent.

  • bootlicker on June 19, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    It is good to relax and training at the same time. But remember Srilanka is a very unorthodox side and Mahela and Sanga are in real peak now. Two of them together can sink any team in the world today. Wish you all the best for the semis

  • on June 19, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    Mark my words "India will beat Sri Lanka in Finals.....but never in semi Finals"....Go Lions!!!!

  • Aditya0460 on June 19, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    It feels so good as an Indian fan to see the young Indian team play so well in overseas conditions. A lot of character has been shown by the team throughout the tournament and that is the reason behind theis success. Dhawan, Rohit, Karthik and Bhvi are the key to success against SL in the semi-final. Also Malinga would be worried about the Kohli factor. Raina and Dhoni are due for chance. I wish them all the luck for the semis and for winning CT.

  • sri1ram on June 19, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    Wow. A well-oiled team running Disciplined, Athletic, Methodical and Numoro Uno. Could anyone have predicted 5 years back that India of all teams can be all this? Big kudos to Dhoni and his matter of fact cool confidence, India will lose a big leader once MSD hangs up his boots - hopefully, a very long time later.

  • on June 19, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    sri lankans day.....they will through the finals...congradulations sri lanka

  • sams235 on June 19, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    Good article. Hope the weather holds up for thursday.

  • Shafi79 on June 19, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    India are the team to beat. They have been head and shoulders above the rest in this tournament, largely due to their batting. I had bigger hopes when we met them in the 2011 WC final and that didn't go too well :( Here's hoping that our boys can pull a rabbit out of the hat and knock India out, we really need a big tournament win. We are going to have to put India in to bat first and look to knock a few over with the new ball so that we can keep them to a chase-able score maybe 250-275 on a decent track. Against their slightly weaker bowling we should fancy that. If we bat first its going to be real tough as these guys are capable of chasing anything, guys like Dhoni, Raina and Kholi can chase down a 100+ in the back 10 overs ...

  • Shivam.Sharma on June 19, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    I really feel surprised and amused by the relaxing attitude of the players even though lot of distractions were there back in india.dhoni has really galvanised the group of players together and i think the spot fixing saga has motivated the players to regroup and get closer as a group.they had a point to prove and boy how did they proved it.i really hope india wins this tourament like pakistan who had won icc t20 world cup in 2009 after the spot fixing saga.the wins have certainly silenced the critics who thought that india doesn't performs well right after ipl.the jinx has been broken.cricinfo.please publish.

  • on June 19, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    ISHANT SHARMA needs to adopt to different conditions and improve

  • on June 19, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    I hope Sri Lanka leaves out Shaminda Eranga in favor of Thisara Perera or Sachitra Senanayake..... Eranga (and Kusal Perera) need more time to develop, and, if he is included, runs the risk of getting thrashed by the Indians. Also, can SL afford to give Kusal Perera another chance, in a knock-out game? No. Mahela has to open the innings in place of Kusal and this will give the chance to include Thisara and Sachitra.

  • Samychennai on June 19, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    Srilanka against India is known result for past few years after Jayasuriya period. You could see in the evening news paper that Malinka can't play because of back injury (To avoid nervous moment in field). Only think is India need to field first. The score on the board may around 230 if Srinlanka bat first. India's problem is included Ishant sharma in this tour and avoided brilliant bowler like Mohit Sharma. We been seeing for past couple years that Ishant is doing nothing on his role.

  • on June 19, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    A very biased article only focusing on the Indian team... No mention of the Sri Lankan teams progress to the semis or their preparation... Cricinfo is becoming very biased and one sided to the Indian team with their articles and news...

  • GeemanSL on June 19, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    SL always sink India on big matches (except ICC final 2011). So game is poised 50-50. Both batting line ups are well oiled for a big game. I dont think SA or ENG deserve to progress to the final as they lost a game each. SL lost the NZ game due to technicality and umpire errors, so it is as almost as good as a win.

  • Dark.Matter on June 19, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    It surely will be the competition of Ind vs sl bating. lets see which of them performs better on the day. sl are good players of spin so spin might not be the problem for them. There is a huge responsibility on the shoulders of Malinga. On the other hand, Bhuvineshver Kumar can be dangerous for sl because they often struggle to play swing.

  • on June 19, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    Wow what one sided article... There is no mention of Sri Lanka's preparation to the match... I dont think the writer of this article even bothered to think about Sri Lanka... Comon Cricinfo stop being so biased to the Indian team...

  • Al_Bundy1 on June 19, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    Indian selectors have done a great job in revitalizing batting by getting rid of non-performers like Sehwag, Gambhir and 10dulkar. They need to do the same in Bowling department. Ishant Sharma has gotta go. Shami Ahmed or Mohit Sharma can do better. Instead of persisting with perennial also-ran like Pathan and Vinay, why not give a chance to youngsters like Sandeep Sharma, Sid Kaul, Parvez Rasool, etc?

  • on June 19, 2013, 0:27 GMT

    Useless article... doesn't make any sense in reading..

  • TRAM on June 19, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    Did they not practice playing yorkers and slow fulltosses ? (that Malinga is going to bowl to them) ? I am serious.

  • MH19 on June 19, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    Come on Sri Lanka we need the World Cup revenge and pack the Indians home in the next available flight after thursday.Sri Lanka has progressed to the semis beating England and Australia so beating India is nothing with the current attitude and take them on Lions and enter the final.Lions are good at taming the Indians.

  • DMJR on June 19, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    this is the game SL wont give it away easily as the WC final

  • La_Bangla on June 18, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    My money is on India. Just by looking at the performance of India in this Tourney and India's performance against SL over the last couple years, India should have walk in the park here. India is way too talented in all departments and almost all players are in form as well. From the neutral prospective, India should win it easily..

  • on June 18, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    waiting for the big clash between SA and INDIA in finals.but the sad thing is SA will lift the trophy

  • Memphian on June 18, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    All the best India. Go for it. :-)

  • on June 18, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    all the best to the Indian team.

  • AvidCricFan on June 18, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    Yadav has express pace. He needs coaching on bowling proper line and make use of crease. He always seems to ball over the wicket with close to stumps on his delivery. This give very predictable angle, specially when he is bowling full. He doesn't have good height to create higher bounce on full balls.

  • on June 18, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    Nice to hear good things about my team. It's been a long time since we went through a big tournament so smoothly. Rock on guys..... We got your back.

  • on June 18, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    Nice to hear good things about my team. It's been a long time since we went through a big tournament so smoothly. Rock on guys..... We got your back.

  • AvidCricFan on June 18, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    Yadav has express pace. He needs coaching on bowling proper line and make use of crease. He always seems to ball over the wicket with close to stumps on his delivery. This give very predictable angle, specially when he is bowling full. He doesn't have good height to create higher bounce on full balls.

  • on June 18, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    all the best to the Indian team.

  • Memphian on June 18, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    All the best India. Go for it. :-)

  • on June 18, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    waiting for the big clash between SA and INDIA in finals.but the sad thing is SA will lift the trophy

  • La_Bangla on June 18, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    My money is on India. Just by looking at the performance of India in this Tourney and India's performance against SL over the last couple years, India should have walk in the park here. India is way too talented in all departments and almost all players are in form as well. From the neutral prospective, India should win it easily..

  • DMJR on June 19, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    this is the game SL wont give it away easily as the WC final

  • MH19 on June 19, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    Come on Sri Lanka we need the World Cup revenge and pack the Indians home in the next available flight after thursday.Sri Lanka has progressed to the semis beating England and Australia so beating India is nothing with the current attitude and take them on Lions and enter the final.Lions are good at taming the Indians.

  • TRAM on June 19, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    Did they not practice playing yorkers and slow fulltosses ? (that Malinga is going to bowl to them) ? I am serious.

  • on June 19, 2013, 0:27 GMT

    Useless article... doesn't make any sense in reading..