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

Teams fret more over rain than familiar opponents

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Match Facts

Thursday, June 20
Start time 1030 (0930 GMT)

The Big Picture

Even as Clint McKay and Xavier Doherty were doing their darnedest to drive Australia to a sensational victory over Sri Lanka at The Oval, there were plenty of non-Australians cheering them on, just so that the cricket world will be spared yet another India-Sri Lanka ODI. In the last five years, the two sides have met a mind numbing 44 times in ODIs, and will face off again in a tri-series in the Caribbean starting next week. The teams are so familiar with each other and their strategies that MS Dhoni said: "You can also cut the extra 15 minutes of time in a team meeting and keep it simple."

At least unlike a majority of those previous encounters, Thursday's clash is a high-stakes, high-profile game. Even that could be ruined, though, as the weather forecast is dire. Sri Lanka, whose cricket season at home is regularly blighted by rain, are the only team to have been fortunate to get three full group matches, but that run looks set to come to an end with plenty of showers expected in Cardiff.

What's worse for Sri Lanka is that, in case of a washout, India will go through on account of being winners of Group B. The Champions Trophy is marketed as a "short, sharp" tournament, but not having a reserve day for the knockout matches is stretching that concept a bit too far. The only other times these teams have met in the Champions Trophy was also in a big game, the final in 2002, which was washed out despite the reserve day.

A week ago, midway through the league stage, Sri Lanka seemed headed for the exit as Ravi Bopara's burst in the final over lifted England to 293. Sri Lanka, however, hunted down that total before reeling off an impressive victory over Australia to progress to the semi-finals, a stage they regularly reach in global tournaments. Despite that, they have precious little silverware to show so far, something the likes of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara will be desperate to change.

To achieve that, they have to get past the form team of the tournament. There had been a bit of trepidation over how a revamped India would cope with the loss of vastly experienced players like Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan. Their absence hasn't been felt yet, as India's new opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have been prolific, and Ravindra Jadeja's miraculous season continues. A team traditionally filled with slow-coaches has now been transformed to one the normally cautious Dhoni calls "the best fielding side in the world". In the crunch matches, though, will the inexperience show?

Form guide

(Most recent first, last five completed matches)

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Two of Sri Lanka's batting giants, Sangakkara and Jayawardene, have already played match-winning innings in this tournament. The third, Tillakaratne Dilshan, hasn't hit the same heights, though he has contributed with the ball, and took an athletic caught-and-bowled that confirmed Sri Lanka's qualification. Dilshan has top scored in Sri Lanka's two longest ODI tournaments in recent years, the World Cup and the CB series in 2011-12. Sri Lanka will be looking to him to lift his game when it counts once again.

R Ashwin has firmly established himself as India's lead spinner, and has grown so much in confidence that he even attempted a conventional legspinner in the Pakistan match. India's bowling has yet to be strenuously tested in this tournament, and with a callow pace attack that is yet to prove itself under serious pressure, Ashwin's role assumes even more importance.

Team news

India are unlikely to make any changes to the line-up that has served them so well in the league phase.

India (probable) 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Dinesh Karthik, 5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 Suresh Raina, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Umesh Yadav

Sri Lanka are also likely to retain the same XI. The one change they might consider is bringing in Thisara Perera for Shaminda Eranga.

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

Pitch and conditions

Pitches in Cardiff have been of contrasting nature. More than 600 runs were scored in the opening match, and the next was a low-scoring thriller between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in which 19 wickets went down for 277 runs. The semi-final will be played on a fresh surface that hasn't yet been used in the tournament.

More than the pitch, though, the weather will be key - light to heavy rain is expected through the day, which will lead to a curtailed match or, at worst, a washout.

Stats and trivia

  • In the last five years, India and Sri Lanka have played 54 matches against each other across formats, the most by any two teams in a five-year span

  • Among active players, no batsman has more runs against one team than Kumar Sangakkara has against India - 2435.

  • Of Rohit Sharma's eight ducks, five have come against Sri Lanka.

Quotes

"There's no room for revenge in sport, but yes, if we can beat the Indians, I think it'll be a great achievement for the whole team because, you know, there are thoughts about the World Cup final, and the recent history against them is not very good for Sri Lanka."
Angelo Mathews

"We are used to [Lasith] Malinga. We play him so many times in IPL. He reverses the ball and remains dangerous."
MS Dhoni

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • RiznyF on June 20, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Sri Lanka and India might have played each other 44 times over the past five years, but it's still a very exciting match to watch. India has clearly dominated this tournament so far. However, Sri Lanka too has done relatively well. In cricket any thing can happen, so it's unfair to say that in case of a washout India deserves to go into the Final. I personally feel that the team that wins this match should go onto win the tournament.

    It's also pretty surprising that the knockout stages don't have a reserve day. India cruised into the semis, while Lanka had to earn it the hard way. Nevertheless, it should be a good game of cricket that should that decides the winner and not past performances.

    Both teams, especially Sri Lanka have to be very careful when picking their XI. This is going to be a rain hit game, so they need to play a 20-20 XI. Bringing in Thisara Perera is a must. Inclusion of Jeevan Mendis or Dilhara might not be a bad idea as well.

    May the better team win!

  • landl47 on June 20, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    India has played the best cricket of any team in the tournament so far. The new players have looked very good (makes you wonder why they persisted with the old guard for so long). The fielding is excellent, the bowling is varied and well-balanced and the batting is aggressive and deep. Dhoni has also been captaining the side very well.

    SL can win, but they rely so much on 4 or 5 players that if only a couple of them have a bad day SL has little chance. Still, they have more experience than India and if India has a couple of bad breaks SL will know how to take advantage of the situation.

    However, India must be favorites based on form in the tournament up to now.

  • AnanthKumarM on June 20, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    India look the better side at the moment. They will have their tails up after 3 wins in the league stage. The batsmen would be confident as most of them have got a decent hit in the middle during the warm-ups and the league games as well. The bowlers have picked wickets when it has mattered and the fielding has been top-class so far. If they can keep the momentum, it would be an easy win for the Indians over the guys across the Palk Strait.

  • Haleos on June 20, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    People should stop calling Ashwin as the best spinner in India. Thats not fair on Jadeja. Look at their records in this tournament. Ashwin is so so overrated limited overs players. Takes off the pressure as soon as he comes one.

  • maddy20 on June 20, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    @LALITHKURUWITA How will they make 200? SL are effectively 4 down, scoring at 2.2 runs an over . Need to score at over 5.5 runs per over from here on to make it! Even 150 would be a miracle!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 20, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Looks like pitch is very difficult to bat. I think 200 runs is enough to beat India.

  • IndianCoolGuy on June 20, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    SL has so much hope about winning the TOSS. Unfortunately they were put in to bat first. It will be a one sided match. India wins comfortably.

  • on June 20, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    i think toss is important in such kind of whether... and dhoni again rocks....

  • on June 20, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Good toss to win . Come on india

  • warneshane on June 20, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Manowara

    Dhoni need not not be answerable to the Indians of what did he gain by reducing team meetings by 15 minutes. He as well IND fans are matured enough what is required to do in a game. He never ever think about defeat in his mind. He believes in a player's ability and give him confidence to play naturally without any fear in mind. That's why he is most successful. You still not able to understand.

    Please God sake, don't use this "IF" again. "IF", "HOPE" are the words will not found in our dictionary.

  • RiznyF on June 20, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Sri Lanka and India might have played each other 44 times over the past five years, but it's still a very exciting match to watch. India has clearly dominated this tournament so far. However, Sri Lanka too has done relatively well. In cricket any thing can happen, so it's unfair to say that in case of a washout India deserves to go into the Final. I personally feel that the team that wins this match should go onto win the tournament.

    It's also pretty surprising that the knockout stages don't have a reserve day. India cruised into the semis, while Lanka had to earn it the hard way. Nevertheless, it should be a good game of cricket that should that decides the winner and not past performances.

    Both teams, especially Sri Lanka have to be very careful when picking their XI. This is going to be a rain hit game, so they need to play a 20-20 XI. Bringing in Thisara Perera is a must. Inclusion of Jeevan Mendis or Dilhara might not be a bad idea as well.

    May the better team win!

  • landl47 on June 20, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    India has played the best cricket of any team in the tournament so far. The new players have looked very good (makes you wonder why they persisted with the old guard for so long). The fielding is excellent, the bowling is varied and well-balanced and the batting is aggressive and deep. Dhoni has also been captaining the side very well.

    SL can win, but they rely so much on 4 or 5 players that if only a couple of them have a bad day SL has little chance. Still, they have more experience than India and if India has a couple of bad breaks SL will know how to take advantage of the situation.

    However, India must be favorites based on form in the tournament up to now.

  • AnanthKumarM on June 20, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    India look the better side at the moment. They will have their tails up after 3 wins in the league stage. The batsmen would be confident as most of them have got a decent hit in the middle during the warm-ups and the league games as well. The bowlers have picked wickets when it has mattered and the fielding has been top-class so far. If they can keep the momentum, it would be an easy win for the Indians over the guys across the Palk Strait.

  • Haleos on June 20, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    People should stop calling Ashwin as the best spinner in India. Thats not fair on Jadeja. Look at their records in this tournament. Ashwin is so so overrated limited overs players. Takes off the pressure as soon as he comes one.

  • maddy20 on June 20, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    @LALITHKURUWITA How will they make 200? SL are effectively 4 down, scoring at 2.2 runs an over . Need to score at over 5.5 runs per over from here on to make it! Even 150 would be a miracle!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 20, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Looks like pitch is very difficult to bat. I think 200 runs is enough to beat India.

  • IndianCoolGuy on June 20, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    SL has so much hope about winning the TOSS. Unfortunately they were put in to bat first. It will be a one sided match. India wins comfortably.

  • on June 20, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    i think toss is important in such kind of whether... and dhoni again rocks....

  • on June 20, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Good toss to win . Come on india

  • warneshane on June 20, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Manowara

    Dhoni need not not be answerable to the Indians of what did he gain by reducing team meetings by 15 minutes. He as well IND fans are matured enough what is required to do in a game. He never ever think about defeat in his mind. He believes in a player's ability and give him confidence to play naturally without any fear in mind. That's why he is most successful. You still not able to understand.

    Please God sake, don't use this "IF" again. "IF", "HOPE" are the words will not found in our dictionary.

  • on June 20, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    By winning toss...india's job is half done. Lankans have to play their skin out....

  • on June 20, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Even if this match is washed out it will good as then India have to face the real foe in the finals. However, india will be good in spin but english are really good in fast bowling while batting will be at par with India slightly ahead in the context of the tournament.

  • spot_on on June 20, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Tough luck SL.. Dhoni wins the toss... will D/L help the cause ??? Let us wait and watch !!!!

  • Tribal_Cricket on June 20, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    @pd chaturka wickramisinghe, Even I was surprised that they hadn't mentioned anything about Sri Lanka or its players, but then I thought the feed is only for the India viewers and hence they are concentrating on the Indian team. In any case, both teams should have been discussed to get a good comprehensive analysis.

  • on June 20, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    rain plz stop...i want to see this amazing encounter...hope srilanka will crush india in this semi...best of luck team srilanka..boys u can do it.i hope u dont choke like africa..its time to show ur game to world..but more importantly rain have to stop firstly....i hope it will be.

  • on June 20, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Otuwa,

    IPL 54th match Thisara parera 4 overs 45 runs .....very good 57th Match Virat Kohli 99 off 58 balls opponent Delhi (Mahela 19 runs bowled by 21 year Indian new comer Unadkat) Qualifier 2 - 24th MAY 2013 Slinga 4-0-43-1 most costlier bowler in a day.....opponents Rajasthan Royals (Dravid,Rahane,Binny all from IND young & retired players.....

    I have to say many but let it go. I know your pain but I was pained when THISARA P. was severely smacked in BIG BASH by almost all team over point, third man, mid wicket & Long on so furiously....very painfull

  • Tribal_Cricket on June 20, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge Looks like you are already looking for excuses after England loses in the final. Wait till the final gets over, then you can say that England weren't really concentrating on Ashes and hence lost the match. That would be more apt.

  • C0l0mb0 on June 20, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    hope SL will pick a team for T20.. well... theres not many options... kusal, dilshan, sanga, mahela, thirimanne, mathews, thisara, lokuhettige, kulasekara, herath, malinga is the team for me... taking a gamble with lokuhettige... hope it will paid off. :))

  • Manowara on June 20, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Its very unfair if it rains better performed team in group level will get a win. But here India not played Sri Lanka in this tournament. Any way if Sri Lanka beat India in low over contest Doni has to answer the Indians of what did he gain by reducing team meetings by 15 mts.

  • on June 20, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Fans first we need to pray rain does not interrupt the match and then pray for India to win the match...

  • on June 20, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    fans really pray for not win the match...but rain does not interrupt the match...

  • on June 20, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    we want a Thrill game and lets see who is the finalist,i wish both india & Sri Lanka good luck (SL Fan)

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 20, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    An India-England final will give India a small chance to make up for their thrashings at the hands for England in the last few years, but in reality England are focused on cricket's greatest prize: The Ashes. Good luck to both teams today.

  • gsingh7 on June 20, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Raining heavily . Just spared fans from watching india sl again. Now on to finals I want india to win full natch as they are at their best when playing full 50 overs.

  • on June 20, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Win or lose we have to enjoy each n every ball. Lion roar will never stop for our ever give up legends.

  • on June 20, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Even though we need pacer like bret lee.

  • on June 20, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    who goes through if it's a washout?

  • on June 20, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Apart from Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Ashwin & Virat, no one in the remaining 10s was a regular fixture in the Indian team before the start of this tournament. These 10s are trying hard to cement their place in India's ODI team and still they went on to beat SL, Australia, SA, Pakistan & West Indies on England's bouncing tracks. I think this is the best run of form India ever had in ODIs.

  • on June 20, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    just put star cricket...o my god only talking about Indian team...what about the other team...

  • on June 20, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Who ever wins let rain not be the MOM.... Rain rain go away come again another day... Cardiff needs a match today...

  • on June 20, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    win lose i want watch full match today

  • on June 20, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Eagerly waiting for Dhawan's dhamaka..

  • on June 20, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Best of luck Sir Dhoni # Respect From Afghanistan...!!!

  • RAHPRI1928 on June 20, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Today! we watch new fight between Shikhar Dhawan and Latish malinga.. no more duck by Rohit for shri lanka..

  • on June 20, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Is it raining there in Cardiff now?

  • on June 20, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    feel happy while raining, but not in cricket.

  • HImachli on June 20, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    what there is no chance of match, hence do`t think toss and other things. ICC `s plan is rubbish ,then know this is the rainy season in England and despite of this the organized the tournament. in the end there is loss to cricket.

    Football is the best!!

  • yorkshirematt on June 20, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Please let this be the last international match at cardiff

  • NP_NY on June 20, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    No rain in Cardiff at the moment, so let's hope there will be a game. SL's only small chance to win is if the game is shortened to less than 30 overs AND if they win the toss. But at least if there is a game, it'll stop these SL fans from crying over India somehow being responsible for the rain :).

  • sharmasumit on June 20, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    I m eagerly waiting for game to happen that to 50 overs game, if that was the case weather in england why cant we conduct matches in india...................any way all the best captain cool and his team.we want win only win, we r crazy about it.

  • on June 20, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    firstly i want that game shud happn first..thn v vl do take..abt wining.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 20, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    The picture always about Indian players in Preview if India is involved. This is very bias. Please put 2 pictures one of each team in the preview hereafter.

  • HImachli on June 20, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    it will be rain and India will go through to final without any win.

  • colombo_SL on June 20, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    I think, Kusal Perera may have saved his best to use for the semi final. My mind says, he may be the impact player today. Come on Kusal, do it in style.

  • on June 20, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Why Sehwag name missed out in experienced players list?

  • sunnySL on June 20, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    You cannot say that there is a huge advantage for india going into the game. Statistics show that india have had the better over srilanka over the last few years but not by leaps and bounds. In addition sri lanka have always been a tough nut in big games. I feel the toss will play a big role with rain on the sideline. And the team batting second will have a big chance of winning a rain curtailed game.

  • on June 20, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Btw, Sri Lanka has to find new guns for the sake of it's future cricket , it seems youngsters who got chances to participate in the BIg games, were n't able to perform like other countries , look what happened to us ,when MURALI Retired from international arena ,nobody able to take wickets like he did, even we can't see a 20 years old sufficient fast bowler in our country,if we continue this same routine like heavilly depend on malinga,mahela,sanga,dili,we can not see another world cup victory ,precisely i ask this question from SL fans, what happened to those people who won the BATA cricketer of the year awards in 2005,2006,2007,2008,2010,2011?, where they are now?, had we got best bowler,best batsman,best all-rounder in each year,could have seen those people on the field,I am not thinking about today's match ,i really considering about the future, so have to initiate a project to find new guns, anyway i wish end of the day SL may win

  • colombo_SL on June 20, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    India is the No.1 in ODI's according to the ICC rankings. 2 years has gone after the 2011 WC final. So it is an excellent achievement to be on the top of the list. I think Sri Lanka has saved their best to beat India in the semi. Both teams can be very proud about their performance irrespective of the result of the match. Two neighbors are ready to fight with each other in a World event. It is all about to unite & not to divide. Like to see good game of cricket.

  • Otuwa on June 20, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    @Mandu Bharadwaj-Hikkkkzzzz...We also hope Ishanth Sharma's 54th ipl match performance and Umesh Yadav's 57th ipl match performance.Remember this Thishu is our 5th bowler.

  • Narbavi on June 20, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    @Otuwa: you are right, we do talk a lot about that over, but the reality is malinga's worst average is against india as a whole, that's the point!!

  • udaya26 on June 20, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    I would like to see Irfan Pathan to come in for Ishant Sharma. I dont understand dhoni's mentality of not giving chance to other players even in the third knockout match. Irfan is far better than ishant.

  • colombo_SL on June 20, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Today may be a good day for a decent Indian called Umesh Yadav. Like to see him playing well. I really like the way he enjoys his game. I feel he can take couple of valuable wickets.

  • GRVJPR on June 20, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    If we can get even 2 overs (1 for both teams), the match will be decided by 'Super Over'. If it is a complete washout i.e if we don't even get time for super over match (i.e 2 overs) then India will go thorugh. If it comes down to super over sri lanka will have advantage of lasith malinga. It will be very unlucky for India then. Hope either we get proper match or it is a complete washout as we want to see the best team in tournament to be in finals.

  • on June 20, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    India should go out in the middle with Irfan Pathan in place of Umesh Yadav. I think pathan will give an extra batting depth with out-swingers to left-handers in bowling.

  • colombo_SL on June 20, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    This newly formed Indian batting line up is like an air-filled balloon. It is yet to blast. Today may be the day. If the balloon can absorb more air further, today may be a day to forget for Sri Lankans. Come on lions push on the balloon. Yes, you can do it.

  • on June 20, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Mahela , Sangakara , Malinga , all 3 are capable of winning match , I will pray that they have a bad day today otherwise India will be in deep trouble , But over all It will be a good match , Indian are doing great , sri lankans are born fighters , So request to fans dont take cheap shots at each others teams , Both are the pride of sub continent Go India go

  • Oraclebob on June 20, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Well... if there is a game, and this match isn't completely washed out... India's biggest hurdle is complacency. Sri Lanka KNOW they have to play at their peak. India are riding a wave of success. In sports, the winning team is often the one who wants it more.

  • colombo_SL on June 20, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Wish all the best for both teams. India is the favorite to win this game (But not by a significant margin). I wish to see a Sri Lankan win. They have to fight hard. But it is not impossible. Go lions go...

  • on June 20, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    I think the record says it Indian are the favorites whether there is rain or no rain.if there is no rain srilanka could have a reason for getting eliminated.wouldn't be that better.

  • on June 20, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    Looking at the current Weather in Cardiff I guess Sri-Lanka would be kicking their heels. I am an Indian team supporter but I really wan't today's match to happen with full 100 overs in effect. Hoping for a close match.

  • NP_NY on June 20, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    @Otuwa: Ok, since you asked, let me explain. It's called probability and statistics. There is a chance that anything can happen on a given day. However the facts seem to indicate that India clearly has an upper hand over SL based on past performances (as recent as the practice match 10 days ago). So if you take the chance (aka luck) factor out, India beats SL more often than not. That's how EVERYTHING works in sports, that's how teams and individual performances get ranked. Bottomline - Anything can happen in sports, but India clearly is a better team than SL on current form and recent performances. Until you admit that you are clearly in denial.

  • on June 20, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    India qualify for the finals due to RAIN.... Otherwise Air India will fly home tomorrow :D :D Hope Sunday also will be a rainy day so we can avoid a trash by England...

  • on June 20, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Why can't Sri Lanka drop kushal and bring in Thisara and open with thiramane, because we need a solid start and need big hits during last stage of the game keeping in mind thisara can bowl few overs too.

  • colombo_SL on June 20, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Rain rain go away.... Come again another day...

  • pavankumark on June 20, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    Pray Srilankan Fans Pray... Pray for no RAIN... Else bbye-Bbyeeeee without having played the Semis...

  • on June 20, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    ok, if this match washout india will go through for the finals. but even if final will washout by rain, who will be the winner????

  • Thyagu5432 on June 20, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    Somebody is sulking now. It will be very unfortunate if the match gets rained out. But in the end if it does and India goes into the finals, it is not for nothing that they are in the finals. They played some great cricket over the last 2 weeks and did what no other team did (including SL) and that is the reason they will be in the finals. Sulkers will keep sulking though. But I am going home early to watch the match and not the rain. I hope the rain doesn't play the spoilsport.

  • cricnextlove on June 20, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Want to see one more thrilling inning from dhawan. it would be a real test for him, if he can score good runs in a big match against a big side, who never take any match easy!!go India go...

  • on June 20, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    The Most Epic Supercell Thunderstorm Footage You Will See Today on kusal janith bat...

  • Otuwa on June 20, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    NP_NY-Yes i haven't a lot of knowledge about cricket because i am not a genius or expert about cricket like you."You will know that in sports anything can happen on a given day"So why do you analize last two years,last five years or last world cup history?This is a new day begin with 0 runs and 0 balls.You also accept anything can happen in cricket.But why do you analize history?

  • on June 20, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    If India wins the toss ,i really want a wash out, Though not many Sri Lankans will agree but it is really painful for them to lose and lose to India when India chases..As Indian fan i find this match extremely boring and repeated display of how India is better than Sri Lanka

    There is one important point though ,based on display of young players of Lankans, I think its their last chance to win a ICC tournament ,once likes of Sangakara ,Dilshan and Malinga retire Sri Lankans will become a team like West Indies or New Zealand ,all talk no show....

  • on June 20, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    I think it is going to be the clash of the titans- final ahead of a final. Both teams have performed flawlessly in the tournament and if you keep that Srilanka's narrow loss to Kiwis out of the equation, they have certainly come over the top of others in the testing times.

    In terms of handling pressure, I think Srilankans are more adopted to it. After their heartbreaking loss at the hands of New Zealand in first match, the way Srilanka routed both England and Australia at the do-or-die situation is highly commendable. That doesn't mean Indians are not good at handling pressure but they are a young side with lot more to learn.

    I think batsmen are going to play a crucial role and its going to be a high scoring affair. Indian batsmen are in good form. From Srilanka's prospective, the way Sanga and Jaya have batted in the last 2 games, confidence should be high. In that scenario whoever can sneak past the other and can bowl and field well may make a vital difference in the final outcome.

  • pavankumark on June 20, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    I wish Game gets Washout and IND qualifies for the Finals... ELSE SRL will Qualify

  • on June 20, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    todays match would be really interesting .srilanka vs kohli

  • on June 20, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    13th May 2013, IPL, MI v/s SUNRISERS,

    DHAWAN for sunrisers smashed Malinga with nos. of 4 and made 59 off 49 balls SUNRISERS made 178/3 THISU made 2 off 5 balls

    In reply MI won match by 7 wickets, THISARA 3.3-0-55-0

    His 3rd over 6,1,4,6,6,6 His 4th over 6,0,6 match finished, MI won, THISU took the cap from umpire and return to pavilion. Same Rohit Sharma is here today.

    SL fans we need THISARA. We are agree with you.

  • on June 20, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Once India's opening clicks and see of 15 overs or so usually India wont give any chances to opposition.You knew Yuvi hits 6 sixes in one over, and India scored 218. Check the opening pairs contribution in that match. Like wise each and every time not always (india also losed to SA following a sachin and ganguly century) but almost 95 %. Indian bowling is weak ??? No, never. India's depth bowling is weak. Jadeja is ICC rank 4 bowler now. Bhuvi is an excellent find. If Bhuvi fails then the meaning is that track is easy for chasing 400. Ashwin also is good. Umesh can trouble with his pace. And a weak link if there is Ishant. If india fails its either by an unexpected batting collapse, or by an awful depth bowling.Or else no chance Srilankans... The Indian era of domination begins...

  • Naresh28 on June 20, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    @satish joseph - I urge you and other Indian fans to stop blowing your heads off. You win some and lose some. Team India and their captain should not write anyone off but give their best and concentrate on the task at hand. Right now England are the favorites. Yes India have been playing good cricket but still have two hurdles to go thru.

  • Sando008 on June 20, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    No matter how experienced Sri Lanka are performance will matter at the end. India have bigger advantage over Lankans as they have beatan them 7 times out of their last 10 matches. Best thing is openers are delivering on right time and making it easy for the middle order. All the batsman looking in very good touch; as far as bowling is concerned Bhuvnesvar kumar, Ishant Sharma doing a great job with bowl and bowling wicket to wicket and spinners are always a match winner for India. Fielders are saving the precious runs and looking world class. If Sri Lanka want to win they need to play exceptionally well. Although Sri Lankan bowling is better than India but they need to do well against world class batting. If rain doesn't intrrupt we can see a great day of cricket match.

  • DilumSL on June 20, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    It will be so disappointing if this game went without a result due to the rain. India is truly the most favored for the win. But SL is highly unpredictable even they lost almost every game with India in the recent pass. I think this the best batting line up India had. This team is even better than 2011 WC team. Still SL have a chance of winning this If they field first. One thing for sure "Winner of this game will lift the trophy". SL must strengthen their batting because with this form of Indian batsmen they will not care who the bowler is. My XI: 1.Kusal 2.Dilshan 3.Sanga 4.Thirimanne 5.Chandimal 6.Mahela 7.Mathews 8.Thisara 9.Kula 10.Sachithra 11.Malinga

    This will be strong batting line up. But the huge worry for the SL is current form of the skipper. If he finds his rhythm he could change the entire game. Kusal should also try to make some impact. Important thing about the SL is they never quits & always give something for the crowd. hoping to see another tight game

  • Otuwa on June 20, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    @Narbavi-But lot of Indians are talking about only one match.That's Hobbart match in CB sereies.But they don't talk about Adelade match in same series.Yes i agree Kohli and Dhoni did well against Sri Lanka.Evenly Sanga and Dilshan also did well against India.You can check the stats.Indians main weapon is Kohli's 20+ over against Malinga.They are boasting again and again.But we have never boast Jayasooriya's 6 fours against RP Singh.Because it can happen.Bowlers are humans.

  • on June 20, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Every body saying my team is stronger than yours...lets check who is stronger...keep an eye on rain boss......its stronger than the teams....

  • GRVJPR on June 20, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    @Sharan Srinivaas India will win, but not for the reason you've given i.e "India got used to their bowlers". If that is the case the sri lankan team should also have got used to Indian batsmen. If they aren't , it means they don't learn and that is called poor team. So please don't make excuses!

  • venkatesh018 on June 20, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    India is the best team in the tournament-BY DEFAULT, because this has been an event with very average sides(though that is not India's fault).

  • Kashi0127 on June 20, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    India let go of an opportunity of trying out Vinay Kumar, Irfan Pathan and Amit Mishra against Pakisthan; their form and performance knowledge would have come in handy now. There is no choice but to go with what we had in league matches now

  • on June 20, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    I think its boring match,,, Ind / SL has played so many times against each other,,,difficult to find any surprise factor in any player,,,,Only factor that can be deciding is the pace bowling in english conditions,,,

  • Thyagu5432 on June 20, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Some fans here take pride in claiming they are diplomatic and they want to see good cricket and they will appreciate anybody who wins. I dont think it is a great virtue to be diplomatic and nice to everybody in the world. What keeps the interest going is the passion we fans have for our team. I want India to win and will have a night out today if they win and my night will be out if they lose. It could be anything, a close match, a drubbing, a comfortable win but in the end I want India to be on the winning side. Go india!

  • Christy1268 on June 20, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    @ Satish Joseph Stephen - what Universe r u talking abt ? Cricket is hardly played in 20 countries. Stop being an Ostrich with its head in the ground and understand that Soccer is the sport of this world. where is ur Nation on the Soccer ranking list ?

  • schathuranga on June 20, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    dear pakistan friends please cheer us agains indians.

  • on June 20, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    All these D/L and rain rules of ICC seems funny & stupid....wonder why they don't re-consider all these funny rules once for ever for the shake of a respecfull sport..!

  • NP_NY on June 20, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    @Babu Jsd: You say "In such kind of Do/Die SL Easly beat any team and History tells the evidence". What are you talking about? They lost both the ODI world cup and T20 world cup finals in the last two years. You don't think they were do or die?

  • on June 20, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    I personally believe that India is a very good team.No argument with that.On paper they look the more demanding outfit.They look the superior outfit.So far as i am concern there should not be any comparison between the Indian team and the SL team for that matter. But people don't forget the fact that Sri Lanka has done extremely well in these big tournaments.For a team which is not as superior,or extravagant or resourceful as the so called Indian outfit they have done exceptionally well.They have performed in tournament after tournament and and sometimes have even done better than the Indian team.So it is really harsh if someone is trying to rundown the SL team by using harsh comments. There is no wonder when the superior is winning.He is bound to win when he is the superior.There is no biggie if India win.But we, the Sri Lankens get excited when our team is winning cz we know that its a massive achievement.cz we always beat the best.and its huge.May the best team on the day win.

  • NP_NY on June 20, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    @Otuwa: "Why did India get knocked out in the CB series?". Bcos India didn't make it because they lost one more match to Aus than SL did. If you had any knowledge of any sport, let alone cricket, you will know that in sports anything can happen on a given day. So if you want to measure performance you will have to analyze over a longer period of time. Now getting back to ONLY INDIA Vs SL, you cannot deny the fact that India has dominated SL 7-2 in the last two years, including the world cup finals and beating SL 4-1 in Srilanka. Let's see if you can accept this fact.

  • on June 20, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    India will defeat Sri Lanka as they have faced Sri Lanka so many times that they have got used to their bowling

  • on June 20, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    what is the current weather situation at cardiff. we want a cricket match

  • NP_NY on June 20, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    @Yohan Phillips: I don't agree with you fulyl that India is only doing well because of IPL and Dhoni but at least you admit that the Indian team is superior in terms of performance. I also don't agree with you that the SL fans are willing to face the truth. Maybe one or two fans like yourself but most of them seem to be in denial and come up with lame excuses when SL loses or India wins. Indian fans may be cricket crazy but most of us acknowledge when SL plays well and wins (like against England). So please don't generalize.

  • Bikasthapaliya on June 20, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    India have a strong batting line up and their batsman are in good touch. So Srilanka should also focus on their batting lineup.Thisara should get a chance that makes lankan batting strong. They have strike bowler malinga and herath, kulasekara is in good form, Thisara, Mathews and Dilshan can bowl so if these bowler do job and restricted India in 250 to 260 than srilanka can chase with Dilshan, Sangakkara and Jayawardene. They have Mathews and Chandimal in the middle order and Kulasekara and Perera gives them more varieties in their batting line up. In other hand if Dhawan again shows some fire with Rohit or Karitk thats gives platform to india to put a big score in board. and once it happen we all know that the chances to win the match for india would be high.

  • Narbavi on June 20, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    @Otuwa :No indian fan said that malinga will be hit for 4 sixes in an over by Dhoni, you talk about one game, i talk about an entire era, records are there in front of you to check, you can check Dhoni and Virat's record against srilanka and malinga!!

  • on June 20, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    As an Indian supporter, it is nice to miss Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvaraj, Zaheer, Harbhajan et al. And some energetic, committed and hungry players instead. With no disrespect to any of those names mentioned above, and with due respect & appreciation of all that they had done for Indian cricket in the past.

    For today's game, I suspect, the biggest player is going to be "rain". The next important player will be 'toss". The other 22 are going to be bits and pieces actors , in what should have been an exciting drama, otherwise.

  • on June 20, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Our team INDIA is the best in this universe and will take this opportunity to prove themselves in this series....

  • on June 20, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    In such kind of Do/Die SL Easly beat any team and History tells the evidence,for SL bowlers it is much easer to got out Dawan combination than Gambhir,the Cardiff Pitch is ideal for Chase the total

  • gnanzcupid on June 20, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    @narbavi. I whole heartedly accept your comments on the lankan fans. Its time the lankan fans move on from their outdated 96 wc win,a rare durban test win and few failed attempts in finals of a very few global tournaments. But the sad thing is that the lankan fans dont digest failures but unfortunately that is all what they get against your nation. Really feel for the lankan fans.

  • Otuwa on June 20, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    @Narbavi-Ok you and Indians boast again and again Kohli vs Malinga.Dhoni vs Malinga.But why did they knockout early in the CB series.Why they couldn't reach to the finals?Why the world best finisher MSD couldn't score only 9 runs for last over against Malinga in same CB series.According to Indians Dhoni can hit 4 sixes against Malinga's over.But why he couldn't score just 9 runs against Malinga.Your own medicine work against you,,,,

  • Gurava on June 20, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    How come it is written South Africa's win losses against SL ?

  • Upul7 on June 20, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    Toss is the key factor. Side batting second will have more advantage. Need to replace Tissara and Sachithra for Eranga and Herath. Reconsidering of Kusal is also a risk to the team. Dilshan will play a key roll in this match. SL has to care about the batting of Kholi, Dhoni and Raina and also the tail.

  • 5udh33r on June 20, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Rain Again!!!! to be honest Champions Trophy all washed away in the rain. #icc , Please no big tournaments in England and Wales no more.

  • surajporeddy on June 20, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Looking conditions here in cardiff, there is no possibility of match today. It will be a washout for sure. Very sad as a cricket fan...

  • on June 20, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    @Arun Prasath : Thats the Only way India can reach the Finals

  • on June 20, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Why not game to be shifted to Dambulla? Sending remaining 3 teams to there is a wise decision for ICC. Then as a host nation, SL should have liberty to choose pitch & in the selection of all 4 umpires. It is very easy for India to go back home as early as possible. In case of rain forecast, all SL fans must have the same opinion.

  • on June 20, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    @ gnanzcupid

    I am a Sri Lankan you can not humiliate Sri Lanka like we used to do in Sanath & Kalu era .... We are not like mad Indian cricket fans win or lose we learn from it it actually my view is different if we going to have rain affected match ... Sri Lanka would like it ..... Many people praise Indian Team including myself because we Sri Lankan people willing to face the truth. India is in this situation due to two things 1. IPL 2. Captaincy of MS Dhoni . As a cricketer I have never seen a captain like him in my lifetime for me it is the best captain ever

    So I would like to have a game rather than a "No show" , If we lose it does not matter Indian team deserve to be Champions

  • sachinisawesome on June 20, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    @ gsamiru Another frustrated fan of an underachieving team. We play on same grounds and beat u convincingly. We score more than 300 on a ground where u struggle to reach 140. Your legends are averaging lowly 33 after playing almost 400 games. Another great Dilshan has scored only 16 hundreds after 260 matches as an opener and only 5 outside subcontinent and out of those 5 only 3 against test playing nations. Truth is u r equally incompetent on flat tracks as u r on fast tracks. Now u r cribbing about rain when it is yet to come but i believe u r praying for rain so u don't have to go through another humiliation.

  • Narbavi on June 20, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    @Otuwa: If thisara's favourite hunt is zaheer like you say then why he couldn't hit zaheer out of the park in the one day series at your home? why couldn't he win even a single game for lanka against zaheer khan's india?

  • warneshane on June 20, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    Many excerpts feel & express fearless approach in Team IND that never seen before. Ozee feel that IND follows same way as they used to do earlier. MSD is so humble that he never expresses verbal war against any before & after the match and on the field too. I would agree if Indians showed some arrogance on the field here in ENG as like very few of them did in IPL.

    In contrast to this, they replied with bat & ball with ungentle gesture & provocation by opponents in their league match. MSD took every match as new one and control the entire game with calm head that pleasant to watch for world. Experts see these as different from earlier with each game.

    Being complacency, underestimating the rivals, taking each other in a light manner are such things that nobody had seen in Team IND.Self assessment and presumptions based judgement can't make the sensible comments that any body can put his hat off.

  • Siva_Bala75 on June 20, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    There will be a light rain- how light is the key question. If the match goes ahead, the team batting second may have an advantage. So, I am expecting more non cricket stuff to decide the winner.

  • on June 20, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    SL-Indian encounter is always very exciting.SL fans should be reminded that in the early stages,60s and 70s Indian cricket boards extended invaluable support to the development of cricket in SL.For example Sri Lanka played matches in Indian domestic setup(,Gopalan trophy).Youngsters may not know these facts.India was a staunch supporter of sl in the ICC meetings for admission to SL as a test nation.If the weather god permits an interesting encounter is on the cards.

  • on June 20, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Ishant Sharma should be replaced by Patan. Remember Patan was the man of the series in the last indias tour of SL and after that he got injured. After coming back from Injury he was on bench until now. How many chances were Ishanth given? on what basis, its true that Jadeja and Rohit charma were given chances, but they improved, but in case of Ishanth, his perfoamce are going down every time. Its too late to replace him with patan. With this field setup, Patan can be useful with the bat too.

  • DiamondSoul on June 20, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    Looking at the way Indians have played in the tournament so far they have gone similar to the SL squad who vanished the England side in England 2006.Out of these 2 teams India have got the mammoth powers of Batting.But in the case of bowling SL keeps its position somewhat ahead.Fielding is 50:50 by all.But Sri lanka's form when it comes to bowling against the indians makes a big worry for me and all the SL fans.Kohli,Raina,Dhoni and Jadeja may be crucial wickets if Sri lanka is going to win the game. Kohli will be a crucial wicket than all of the others cz he has got a mastermind record against SL. Kusal should be given yet another chance.he is one of the capables for the situation.Hope Mathews will return into form. I hope the SL squad to remain unchanged or just bring back Thisara instead of Eranga Cz big hitting will make a huge factor when it comes to SLvsInd. It might be silly but i hope SL to win the toss and bowl first :)

  • Bikasthapaliya on June 20, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    Right now I am supporting India but if rain washout this match and 'Lanka' declare a loosing site and out of the tournament that would be so unfair.. how can a warrior declared looser not having any fight....not having a reserve day in semi on such a big tournament makes all cricket lovers disappointed.

  • Narbavi on June 20, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Srilankan fans are the best in giving out excuses, excuses ranging from rain helping india, pitches helping india, icc helping india reach finals, it goes on and if india wins today you will see more excuses like toss helping india, or angelo taking a wrong step in an unlucky manner, some indian batsman scored with lots of luck because malinga had off day, kusal was unlucky to play that shot and get out, it goes on and on, failure to appreciate good cricket is their forte!!

  • Otuwa on June 20, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    We don't need insuranced Thirimanne.Because no damage from Indian pacers.Thisara will has to enter to the team.Because he can hit sixes to the pavillion against Rockstar Jadeja's with the spin.Thisara will worry about Zaheer Khan's absence because Indian best bowler Zaheer Khan is the Thisara's favorite hunt.

  • RISHI2016 on June 20, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    weather updates from bbc does gives us an idea that it wont be a washout..Was thinking is Malinga a threat for Indians .. I remember even a Dishant Yagnik upsetting him in an IPL.. for me kula is a bigger threat and probably herath .. Would be good match...

  • ArmaanSingh on June 20, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    DONT TELL ME..people saying that this Indian team is best fielding team in world..World are you listeningggg?????...biggest achievement for India..much bigger than winning world cup..Isn't it..first time India reached this milestone...WOW.. Folks, be ready for T20 match..match will de washed out or cut short....thanks to rain threat..so bastmen have to play big role again today..Match result will tell India that playing too much cricket with SL is good or bad..

  • nu_ni on June 20, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Tissara should be in for Eranga & Sachithra/Lokuhettige should be in for Herath, this will give SL a strong batting line up.

    SL will only win if they batted really well...

  • Narbavi on June 20, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    @gsamiru: No indian fan wants rain to interrupt, we all want to thrash you badly like we do all the time, so your assumptions are entirely wrong, these are the sort of excuses losers will give prior to the game, but if their team wins then they will completely forget the kind of excuses they put in front of everyone before the game started and will start celebrating as if nothing happened!!

  • on June 20, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    if gambhir,shewag,tendulkar is there in india team its 100% india will win also to include zaheer khan,with harbajan singh

    now for india is 30% chance of winning against srilanka

  • Slesh on June 20, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    agree with otuwa.. my idea also is only one of Chandimal or Thirimanne should play.both?shouldn't.playing them in the Aus match was fair enough because its aussie bowlers who always going to be a trouble for SL so having 7 batsmen was good.but with India?No,they don't have a bowling attack like Aus.its their batsmen who win the games.so we simply need to include a all rounder and Thisara is almost a front line bowler.but still i am not sure whether this will happen because SL might think about individuals rather than the team.lets see!! GD luck!!!

  • gnanzcupid on June 20, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    All my predictions have been true so far in this tournament. Only 2 factors can save lanka from extreme humiliation. 1.two old batting legends. 2.Rain. The lankan fans will say that they lost the match due to rain after this match. Have not seen the lankan fans praise the opponents ever in their lifetime. Hoping that this continues.

  • nu_ni on June 20, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    Tissara should be in for Eranga & Sachithra/Lokuhettige should be in for Herath, This will give SL a strong batting line up in case if they have a huge/tight target....

    SL will only win if they batted well....

  • gsamiru on June 20, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    @ cricfan100 Well said. This tournament is the worst organizing done by ICC ever, may be since this is the last CT. They don't have any idea of weather, no reserve days, few bad umpiring decisions, ..... all contribute to make uneven or unfair battle grounds ...... even now I can't believe that there is no reserve day for a semi final match and don't have any idea how they compare two different groups with out a semi ........ very bad situation ..... !

  • danjos devils on June 20, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    Can you imagine a Champions Trophy semi final at the mercy of English weather. What is the point in organising such big matches where one is not sure if there will be a game or not. And to decide that Sri Lanka will be eliminated if there is no play means the guys who made the rules must be crazy. A reserve day for a semi final was required in any case. India would love to beat Sri Lanka in the semi final rather than going through due to rain.

  • Narbavi on June 20, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    @kevepere: So you say icc has planned an england india final? If that's the case then why follow a sport where the governing body manipulates results?

  • Htc-Android on June 20, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    Thissara should come back in place of Eranga. Whatever bowler we include, indians will still score 300 Plus. So its better to include a power hitter like Thissara. Kusal should continue opening the inning and Mahela should bat in the middle overs.

  • WeeBee on June 20, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Indians are really favourite for this game , But if SriLankan would click then It would be their day. I hope rain does not ruin this game and we have a full match unlike Pak and India Game. One of them have to make centuries Dilshan, Sangakara or Jaywardne!

  • beggars on June 20, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    In recent times India have dominated Srilanka hands down.But Srilanka have a slight edge over India if overcast conditions come in to play which will i think with match being played outside sub-continent. Kulasekra might prove to be man of the match.

  • gaddam01 on June 20, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    This is what the rule says about the Semi Final if we have a wash out on today.

    If a semi-final is tied, the teams shall compete in a Super Over to determine which team progresses to the final.

    If following a tie, weather conditions prevent the Super Over from being completed, or if the match is a no result, then the Group winners shall progress to the Final.

  • on June 20, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    there should be some link to update the latest & forecast of whether

  • TZ9383 on June 20, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Malinga this your time to show your class, you have to bowl quick bouncers to Indain Batsman GUD Luck Sri Lanka.....!

  • gsamiru on June 20, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    @NP_NY Which ever the team, they can be happy on their achievements only if they learn something new, overcome something difficult and unfamiliar. Here India played on flat tracks where they had nothing to be familiar with or nothing to learn about. For all the Indian matches conditions were surprisingly suited for them. I still believe that if India got at least a single tack where swing and seam is alive, they'll fall down definitely below 200. But why would ICC want fall India in such a crisis .......... for happiness of both ICC and BCCI, India will ever play Cricket on flat batting friendly non swinging or seaming wickets ...... Happy ending ..... !

  • on June 20, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    In practice match SL has scores 330 against indian bowling and in reply india is in trouble at some point then kohli came in to recue the indian team also their was no malinga in that match .. Hes a match winner ... So its a test for india and i thnk its even steven .. But india have a slight edge,but if openers removed cheaply then a gd game of cricket will be seen 2morro,hope for gd wheather @ gd lk SL and india both

  • Remoz on June 20, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    I don't know captain and selectors are watching this comments. But Sri Lankans like to replace Shaminda Eranga

  • gsamiru on June 20, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    @GRVJPR We all know that India is a superb batting team, but only on flat slow turning wickets which India got lucky right at the moment to play on. These are not typical English pitches or atmospheric conditions, ball has hardly ever swag. So I don't think India can be very satisfied that they have rectified their issues to face on swing and seaming conditions since that hasn't been tested yet in the tournament in their previous three matches. That's why I feel India is the luckiest team among the eight and I have no surprise if the match washes out as many Indians pray ....... !

  • Gamaraala on June 20, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    Fans of both teams: Let's stop trash talks, shall we? Keep your hype to the ground but not here. Being a SL fan, my heart goes for SL win but I don't ignore the fact that India have beaten us, sometimes comprehensively, in the past than we've beaten them. I too wish for a sunny Cardiff and for a great game. May the best team wins.

  • ANJIL61 on June 20, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    I think it will be an Indian day as it is already shown by their performance in the group stage. Go India go.....

  • on June 20, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    I should remove all Lankan players from my fantasy league team after the game

  • sajhera on June 20, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    Thisara & Sachithra Must play the Semi against india and Sachithra can be very useful opening bowler as he proved well in SL domestic too.This will strength our batting line up to post a very good score or chase. Good luck Sri Lanka

  • on June 20, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    Thisara Perera must play instead of Shaminda Eranga . Thisara played well in IPL 2013 and he knows how to ball to them and how to bat against their bowlers . Shaminda Eranga was expensive

  • on June 20, 2013, 3:06 GMT

    Virat kohli and dhoni are malinga specialists

  • BravoBravo on June 20, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    Let the rain take care of this match, and let the India sail through the finals without getting through the misery of this match. They (SL, IND) will be playing again soon anyway in trilateral series in WI. If there is no rain, then we should be expecting the most boring match of the tournament.

  • chandran1979 on June 20, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    I pray to rain gods to give us a good match Tomorrow. Let the true champion prevail.

  • on June 20, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    This is about off this tournament, is MSD imortal can he play for ever. Why India can't give a young player a chance to captain the side.......

  • ratchamal on June 20, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    Another Ind vs SL. The only problem for SL is Virat Kohli and the rest of the batting line up except their openers. They always toy with our bowling and they are at ease to be more precise. Virat Kohli in particular has a average of 55 against SL with 5 centuries and 7 fifties. that stat tells you a lot about Virat Kohli's liking to SL bowling. On top of that they won the practice match with ease and even though Malinga was not in that squad he is definitely powerless against India considering the amount of time they have played him in the past 3 years. I don't think he has any tricks up his sleeves for Indians. As a SL fan I'm happy to see my team in semi finals. Stats and all odds are against us but I really hope that our guys could pull out a win. Good luck guys. May the best team win.

  • trav696 on June 20, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    From a Sri Lankan fan's point of view. May the best team on the day win. Best of luck to SL though :)

  • C0l0mb0 on June 20, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    I like to See 1.kusal 2. dilshan 3.sanga 4.mahela 5.thirimanne 6.mathews7.Lokuhettige 8.thisara 9.kulasekara 10.herath 11.malinga assuming rain will play major part... No need anyone if its washed out. too bad to see any team get "Lucky" passes on major tournaments.

  • kc69 on June 20, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    A lot of people are commenting that Sri Lanka will not be under any pressure as they are the underdogs compared to team India but the real fact is Sri Lanka are in immense pressure as they are quite famous for making it to Finals of every tournament and lose eventually. In case if SL win today England will be more happy to face SL rather than India. As we know SL have always choked up in Finals since last 10 years.

  • on June 20, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    India will win for sure. They have a formidable batting line-up, in form bowling unit and all the confidence they need. As for Malinga, Virat Kohli and the top order is more than capable of taking him on.

  • PKosgoda on June 20, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    the left-arm spinner they have been using has a 1st Cl Bat Ave of 51 and ODI Bow Ave of 31. Compared to Jadeja SLan left-arm bowler is a nothing player to me.(Stats can b verified at any good websites like CRICINFO)

  • PKosgoda on June 20, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    Could someone explain me why, SL is persisting with very average spinners ODI BoAvs are41&48, even though one is very weak in all 3 departments. I am very much adamant that 4 inconsistent seniors in SLan Team should be replaced sooner than later, with young promising players, that have been maintaining consistency from very young age, if we are to perform well in the Future. You can't maintain any level of consistency in giving 1st preference to reckless hitters and average bowlers, even for T/20 matches. It is disgusting to learn that quality players like Angelo Perera, Khausal Silva, Rosen Silva hardly played a International match so far, whereas some very ordinary players have been allowed to represent the Country. To be given a permanent place in a team and to employ in the top-order that player should be able to maintain some consistency throughout his career, as the way some young Indians do e.g. Dhawan , Kholi, Dhoni,..ODI Bat Ave 47.57,49.15,51.67 respectively 2B CNTD

  • on June 20, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    let make this simple........... if india bat first they will put on the board 350 above..and if they field first ,match will finished maximum in 30 overs.......

  • Gssmy on June 20, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    No Aussie nor Kiwi could stop another Ind SL match. Now its only rain that can.

  • on June 20, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    Not this time Mr Dhoni under 250 ?? is all your team can reach out?

  • dragster21 on June 19, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    its really funny how all indians seem to think malinga is very ineffective and kohli can play him blind folded etc etc and they all seem to get on this bandwagon each time. Let me say this back in the days when sanath was blasting your frontline bowlers like prasad & srinath & prabakar (whos career was ended by sanath - google up there are plenty of refences to this fact.) Every bowler has a few bad days in their career, malinga had one in horbat where kohli played him well i accept, but I cant see malinga's career over. Do remember hes is rated as the one of the best ODI bowler and your own people at IPL bid out of their pockets to have him in the team, i wounder why if he is so ineffective... let me tell you, when you reach heights that malinga has you are clearly not an over night wonder you do learn more tricks everyday to handle batsman. So get off your bandwagons, analyse some stats over a longer period than just one game and it might help inject some sense in your conversation

  • on June 19, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    This could be very close encounter and buveneskumar will be dangerous player.if they don't lose any wicket to him srilanka will score more runs.

  • Jeppo on June 19, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    Well, I got my prediction of the last game very wrong (I predicted a close South Africa victory - and as it turned out, it wasn't close and it wasn't South Africa who won), I'm going to try again with my prediction for this game.

    I predict a fairly sizable victory for India, somewhere in the region of 58 runs, or victory with 52 balls remaining. This is based on the current form of both teams in the Champions trophy. This is also based on the assumption that we will see a 50 over game, and by judging the weather forecast for Cardiff tomorrow, is not looking likely.

    Also, and bearing in mind that I am indeed an Englishman, form predicts whichever wins this game will be favourites to beat England. Again this is based on the current form.

  • gibbs.175 on June 19, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    NO problem India will win this trophy........no one can stop them....Sri lanka and Eng will have to face them

  • SinSpider on June 19, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    I live in Cardiff and the weather forecast for tomorrow is hopeless. I would be a miracle if we even get 20 overs a side. It is sad that India will go to the finals and SL will go home. Sorry guys!

  • NIPPY_89 on June 19, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    It's all good to bring up stats that India has a superior record against Sri Lanka. Which is to be expected. But Sri Lanka has a habit of knocking India out of tournaments. India will start the game as favourites for sure. But this is cricket, and anything is possible on the day.

  • RameshRayaprolu on June 19, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    SL aren't going to play it easy. If MSD and team try to loosen up at any stage of the game, SL will grab that opportunity to win this match !! So, I predict an even fight. Hope Rain doesn't win over the two teams...!

  • Electric_L0ser_Wacko on June 19, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    There are 2 constants in tomorrows match. 1. VK scoring a century 2. Malinga going for a century just like hobart.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 19, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    England's Anderson will hope that India make it through as he'll be aching to bowl at their top 6 all over again.

  • DCDC on June 19, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    Srilankan Lions , be determined, do not give up, fight till the end, 21 million heats and minds will be there with you. Just do the justice to yourselves and to the nation. Nature and the rest, will support you. Just do it. You deserve to be there in the finals.

  • Jaganplus on June 19, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Kind of strange that weather forecast is not included as part of this report or there is no visible link here to find out (unless I missed it in details). Specially for a story that is headlined after the weather, there should be a prominent section for it.

  • on June 19, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    Expectations!!...Lot of..:)

  • msdhoni123 on June 19, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    I live in Cardiff and today was the sunniest day we had this year. So I would be really surprised if the game is washed out due to rain. Plus I got tickets for tomorrow match will be absolutely devastated to have my first international match wash out. If India can replicate the performance they did in the group stages there is no stopping them. Unlike other teams India never choke on small totals so if we get them under 250 we are definitely in the finals.

  • iceaxe on June 19, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Expecting India to win, but give the Sri Lankans an opportunity and they will be in for the kill.

  • o0oPiTBuLLo0o on June 19, 2013, 19:50 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 !!! Go India Gooo !!!

  • Fonseka88 on June 19, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    Don't worry people, we will get a game tomorrow, even if it rains I'm sure we will atleast get a 25 over a side game, I doubt it will be a washout. England weather is very unpredictable, it always says its gonna rain but it always dies away and I'm sure it will be the case tomorrow..

    It's gonna be a intense game for sizzle!! India is good on paper but I think the lions can come out as a surprise package tomorrow...we can expect a good fight.the last 2 years India has got the lankans. But if you look at history. Sri Lanka has always been able to kick India out of semis and first round games, in the past the lions had a time where they dominated India in big events.

    Good luck lions!! Don't worry about the rain. I'm sure we can ace it tomorrow.

  • Nampally on June 19, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Both teams know each other well from IPL.India has a strong batting team with the openers showing good form so far. Kohli, Karthik & Raina carry the middle order whilst Dhoni & Jadeja are the Finishers. They all clicked & rose to the occasion. Much depends on their form tomorrow. It is likely Dhoni will prefer to field if he wins the toss. This gives India a known target to chase. Jadeja & Ashwin have been on target so far both with economy & wkts. B.Kumar has also been tidy. If only Ishant & Yadev bowl economically, India can limit SL to <250. That is the key target to aim at. But if SL field first India need to put up a total >330. SL had already scored 334 in a friendly game against India, earlier. Dilshan, Sanga & Jayawardene will form the nucleaus of SL batting whilst Malinga, Kulasekera & Herath will be their main bowlers. India must play cautiously & play with winning attitude without getting carried away with over confidence.If they play like in previous matches they should win

  • popcorn on June 19, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Sri Lanka will win.They have gone about their business well.

  • satyansh on June 19, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    I am an Indian but I think the fact that all three of Sri Lanka's matches went down to the wire and they won them (except NZ, which was a controversial loss), gives them a mental edge if this one goes close. I do hope that the Indian youngsters are up for a fight should it turn tight.

  • kc69 on June 19, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Well all stats seem to be favoring India but Sri Lanka is also in good form because (only if) Dilshan, Mahela and Sanga are scoring runs for them. India (probably also Sri Lanka) will look to bowl first if they win the toss as they are good in chasing with the strong batting lineup and also Rain factor(with D/L in effect). Hope to see a great game of cricket rather than downplaying any side as favorite. However I have a strong feeling that Kohli,Raina and Dhoni who haven't got much runs in this tournament will gain some form against SL.

  • Sampan on June 19, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    @Danny_SJF--Your comments are laughable! Sri Lanka is a good team but to discount current Indian bowling performance as pure luck and not giving any credit to their fielding/batting is preposterous. Indians have really looked fit and dominant in this Champions trophy. This is a young team but they have done well. It will be a good contest tomorrow and although in such games history means nothing I would still put my money on India against SL! Good luck to both the teams :)

  • on June 19, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    @Baseball-sucks: I just checked the head-to-head in ODIs between India and SL over the past 2 years -- India leads 7-2 with one tie. And we haven't even played Sri Lanka in India over that time. So according to you, India must have been very lucky during this time eh? Just accept it man, you're just clutching for straws hoping for an upset win for SL. Guess what, it may happen, but the likelier thing is that your team will get thrashed. May you well come back on the comment boards afterwards trying to give excuses for your team's performance. I'm guessing you won't though -- the difference is, if SL win, I'll be back on the comment boards congratulating them -- because we believe in crediting the opponent when they beat us.

  • kevepere on June 19, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    It is surely an India vs England FINAL as i predicted before ! Wish i was betting ... ICC you know what to do. i read your mind :)

  • CandidIndian on June 19, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Well i have huge respect for both India and Srilanka as they are very good ODI sides. As usual the bashing is on from both sides, posters claiming that their respective teams are better which is nothing more that pointless claims to satisfy their virtual egos. Like Srilankan captain mentioned correctly that recently India have done very well against SL but in big games history does not matter. Both these teams are capable of beating each other at a given day. You see , both Pak and Australia have excellent record against India in India and these were the teams India did beat in Quater and semis of World Cup. So none of the teams have clear edge over another, this is a fact which cannot be ignored. May the best team wins and i hope rain does not come to spoil the fun yet again. Actually on Friday weather forecast is much better so i am surprised that hy reserve day arrangement is not there.

  • on June 19, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    just curious what if final is wash out and will India be announced as winners if both semi final and final is wash out:)

  • liaqathussain on June 19, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    If this game happen's then India will murder srilanka, Kohli must be dreaming of his century already and Malinga must be worried ,

    Srilanka have no chance

  • John_Mil on June 19, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Srlianka is a Better side but the Recent recent against India speaks how India is Far from Srilanka...India has more winning records against Srilanka....But this would be Good encounter unless no rain at this venue for tomorrow..But if the match has been called out then there would be one more sorry for Srilanka because Indian would be automatically qualified for the final as they Top the Group Level.

    Best Of Luck INDIA.......Britto

  • cricfan100 on June 19, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    It is amazing how one mistake made by an umpire came after sri lanka till that last wicket of the league stage, and is probably going to decide the fate of the sri lankans tomorrow, given it is almost likely to be a wash out tomorrow. All the hard yards put by sri lankan players gonna come to an end just like that. It is neither fair for the players nor for the fans.

    No reserve day for a knock out game of an ICC tournament. you must be kidding.

    ICC should have picked the respective group winners and straight away played the final as it would have further shorten the tournament.

    I don't think even the Indian fans would like to see their team going into the finals without playing a semi final, after doing so well in the tournament. Because even if they win the trophy that victory will not be remembered as a complete and a well deserved one.

    come-on ICC we need answers??? Is this the best that you can do???

  • GL74 on June 19, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    India has batted well, but it's bowling is truly functional. Dhoni, with his impeccable changes and field settings, has made it look good. If the bowling is found out, and if the batting has an off day, which is what cricket and the law of averages is all about, then India might suddenly not look so unbeatable at the end of the day's play.

  • John_Mil on June 19, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Total = 138 India won = 74 Sri Lanka won = 52 No results = 11 Tied = 1. In Sri Lanka = 55 India won = 22 Sri Lanka won = 27 No results = 6 Tied = 0. In India = 43 India won = 29 Sri Lanka won = 11 No results = 3 Tied = 0. Neutral venues = 40 India won = 23 Sri Lanka won = 14 No results = 2 Tied = 1. 2011 >> India Won the World Cup against Srilanka 2012 >>India won the 5-match series 4-1 in Srilanka - 2013 >> Indian won the Practise match against Srilanka here in on going Champions Trophy.

  • John_Mil on June 19, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    India Vs Srilanka from 2011

    129 02011-04-022 Apr 2011 India 6 wickets Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Mahendra Singh Dhoni (IND), 91* 130 02012-02-088 Feb 2012 India 4 wickets WACA Ground, Perth Ravichandran Ashwin (IND), 3/32 & 30* 131 02012-02-1414 Feb 2012 Tied n/a Adelaide Oval Mahendra Singh Dhoni (IND), 58* 132 02012-02-2121 Feb 2012 Sri Lanka 51 runs Brisbane Cricket Ground Nuwan Kulasekara (SRI), 3/40 133 02012-02-2828 Feb 2012 India 7 wickets Bellerive Oval, Hobart Virat Kohli (IND), 133* 134 02012-03-1313 Mar 2012 India 50 runs Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka Virat Kohli (IND), 108 135 02012-07-2121 Jul 2012 India 21 runs M. Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota Virat Kohli (IND), 106 136 02012-07-2424 Jul 2012 Sri Lanka 9 wickets M. Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota Thisara Perera (SRI), 3/19 137 02012-07-2828 Jul 2012 India 5 wickets R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo Suresh Raina (IND), 65* 138 02012-07-3131 Jul 2012 India 6 wickets

  • ThilankaK on June 19, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Team India will win this easily, No one can't beat IND because they're in another level much higher than other teams , they're the superior, other teams are mediocre teams . IF IND will bat first they will win by 200 runs margin , because tomorrow INDIA will get more than 400 runs .if they will ball first SL will all out bellow 100 with Indians world class bowling line up & they're the best fielding team in the world !

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 19, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    I just did some research n found out more info on 2moro's weather at Sophia Gardens. Its gonna be delayed as there will be some patchy showers around midday. But afternoon is gonna be sunny. So we can expect to have a shortened game, lets say 30 overs. So we will defo have a game 2moro. Yeee... :))

  • Otuwa on June 19, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    My Team-[1]Dilshan[2]Kusal[3]Sanga[4]Chandimal/Thirimanne[5]Mahela[6]Mathews[7]Thisara[8]Kulasekara[9]Herath[10]Sachithra/Eranga[11]Malinga

    I think Kusal is the key man for this game.Because Indians haven't seen him before and Indian pacers aren't quick as Johnson,Anderson or Broad.So it's a good chance to him show his colours.

    And it's a waste both Chandi or Thiri use as a num7 batsman.Because we want a big hitter like Thisara later down the order so Thisara should bring back to the team.

    And Mahela is a good choice as a num5 batsman because Mahela's placement+Thisara/Mathews/Kula's big hitting can be nightmare for Indians.

    Good Luck for the Sri Lankans...

  • Danny_SJF on June 19, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    it's true that India has few batsmen who have some runs under their belt but they haven't been tested by an attack which has diversity in an official match. Indian bowling attack heavily relies on the luck more than the talent, past few matches it was on their side thanks to some ordinary deliveries from Ravindra jadeja but not anymore if the weather permits.

    When it comes to the fielding aspect of the game between these sides there is nothing much to compare. The so called batting line up, India play with 7 batsmen & 4 bowlers, but for tomorrows game SL has 6 geniuine batsmen & 3 genuine all rounders including the captain Angelo Mathews, Big hitting thisara Perera & Kule who is currently passing the time of his life. So it's going to be a tough nut to crack for India and it won't be a walk in the park as most of the optimistic Indians do dream.

    Weather will sure permits the lads from the emerald Island to have their Lions share. All the best Sri lanka

  • on June 19, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    India Will win the Champions Trophy....for sure..

  • on June 19, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    we are not bored with ind-sl contest that much rather a good contest is on cards after drizzy 1st semi because sl are only team who can play indian duo of jadu-ashwin well.though the lack of great power hitter in sl gives india an advantage and their playing sl bowling so well means even 275+ is a comfortable chase for india.I would rhyme a familiar chilhood rhyme tonight:RAIN RAIN STAY AWAY...COME AGAIN ANOTHER DAY.

  • gsingh7 on June 19, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    india going to win this sf.sl have not chance to be India and maliga is a good bowler but dhoni kohli,rohit and most of the other Indian players t are used to playing him in ipl and international cricket and the other bowlers are not that dangerous

  • 21tu on June 19, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    It will be a sweet revenge for SL if they beat India. But don't under estimate Indians they are the best cricketing team in the world. If SL take early wickets specially Kholi & Dhoni there should be some hopes. At least now you guys have a plan to bowl out these two batting greats. Then not only the game the Champion Trophy is yours my friend. India might loose by taking SL as a eazy team to beat. Lions you have roar & show your colors.Beat of Luck BOYS!!!

  • Unmesh_cric on June 19, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    I just checked the weather forecast for Cardiff. It is supposed to rain the WHOLE DAY. So India and Sri Lanka fans can stop bashing each other. The match is going to be washed out.

  • NP_NY on June 19, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    @gsamiru: I agree with GRVJPR. No question the tournament is a bit of a flop show. But the young Indian team has had a lot to learn from it and we Indian fans are quite happy that India has won ALL the games so far (including the practice games). No matter what happens tomorrow, it's been a good champions trophy for India who has gone way ahead of the other teams in the ICC ODI rankings.

  • senna25 on June 19, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Tisara Perera should be in for Kusal Perera. He has done nothing and he plays like Tisara but only for few minutes be fore he get out.

  • cricfan100 on June 19, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    May india or sri lanka win tomorrows game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But for god sake not the rain.

  • on June 19, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    if u see India's current form, there is no doubt that Indians are favourites to win this champions trophy. let's hope they will continue this momentum. it's time to repeat the world cup final performance. all the best team India.

  • GRVJPR on June 19, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    @gsamiru How can you say that tournament has no value for any team? India has found this very valuable as their young players got vital experience and performed well. The value of tournament is not dependent on whetehr SL wins or loose. I hope you have logical understanding of the game.

  • on June 19, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    as a pakistani fan i would love to see india loose. we are with SL boys. tomorrow yet again sl will reach semis and india will be knocked out.

  • on June 19, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Everybody talking how kholi hits few against slinger. but no one remember how he got out against him. talk having a fact fellow indiand fans.

  • Baundele on June 19, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    It was always scripted as England-India final. Sri Lanka and South Africa did well to reach the semis.

  • on June 19, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    The mention of Sangakara being the highest run scorer against a single nation (India : 2435), took me off guard as I know for sure that someone has breached 300 plus ;-) and then I saw the disclaimer - "Among Active Players". Darn, we are so used to see Sachin's name in such references that anyone else gets you confused.

  • sarangsrk on June 19, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    To all SL fans who think its not fair to decide winner based on group standings, please read the text where it says that SL is the only team which played 3 full games in group stages. Still they did not win all 3 where as India did. This is consistency and this should be rewarded. Rules of the tournament were known before hand and SL should have made sure they won all 3 games. Don't forget India had to share 2002 Champions Trophy with SL when in the final on match day and reserve day, Ind were in a better position to win it. I would hate to see Ind lose in this match because of a shortened game as they have been far ahead of others in this tournament. If SL wins in a 50 over game, fair enough and all the best for final vs Eng.May the better team win and rain stays away.

  • zuber21886 on June 19, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    If India bats second, they get semi, and if repeated in final, they get the trophy.

  • on June 19, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    It's time to give a chance to Thisara Perera, he can bowl and bat well. Perera or An extra Spinner against India, remember what Ajantha Mendis did in the Asia Cup years ago.

  • gsamiru on June 19, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    According to the weather forecast it'll rain whole day along and there won't be any room for cricket ....... So pathetic and I don't know why ICC is organizing this tournament in this fashion, So many teams have already been affected by rain shorten games or abandons and we are reaching its peek - AN ABANDON AT SEMI- Nothing is more worse than this. If this is the way CT is going to be organized, its a good news that is this the last CT. But the saddest thing is 'The final CT' will hold no value for any cricketing nation if the bad weather continues for like this. Hope and pray for Sun at Cardiff Tomorrow ......... !

  • on June 19, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    well... do not forget SL players their are very good for finals... I'm sure SL will beat Indians!!! good luck SL!! we are with you ...

  • on June 19, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Cover the cricket stadiums (or grounds as the case maybe). Cricket generates enough money to have all major cricket venues 'covered'.

  • sachinisawesome on June 19, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    @ Baseball-Sucks I hope so too because it will give a chance to kohli to face more balls by malinga and malinga has a chance to go for 100 tomorrow as he just missed it in australia against us.

  • Bogelking on June 19, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    It is true that India and SL have met before umpteen times, and the former have an upper hand over the later in terms of victory. But being complacent over that fact and underestimating the rivals could only be done at one's own peril. Hence the two teams courting this feeling in mind will not take each other in a light manner. The match that is going to play tommorow is a new one, and the past activities of victory or defeat is going to have a minimal effect to the high clash match, except that Rain does not play spoilsport again of what it did in 2002 in SL. Wish both the teams a very good luck!!!!!!!!!!

  • cheguramana on June 19, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Lot of fans seem to take IND-ENG final for granted. I wud not be so sure. Weather permitting, I think the SL veterans have every chance of upsetting the young Indian team. Mahela and Sanga have that determined look that shud make the Indians wary.

  • Romenevans on June 19, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    I hope we won't see yet another "Kohli Walk Over Sri Lanka" ...i some how feel it is going to happen, because Kohli is due for runs in this tournament and i know he must be itching to go out and score. He can't sit down one bit without scoring.

  • on June 19, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    @Shajadul How u can say that SL is better than IND on based that they have beaten England. England is the team which is best in World cricket.

    And important thing is that i will still say that IND bowling is still better than SL.From point of batting and fielding everybody knows who is better

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    well , i think Inda looks stronger on paper. If they are able to give their 100%, they are gonna register a win for sure.

  • NP_NY on June 19, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    @Mudith Eranda: So what do you propose? Please do tell. This whole tournament has been a farce. The format is questionable, the rains have changed outcomes and there are no reserve days. So why not look back to the practice game where India beat SL and use that for the decision if it rains out. Whichever way you slice and dice it, India deserve to be in the finals much more than SL. So stop whinging and deal with it.

  • stormy16 on June 19, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    This will be a t20 shoot out between two teams who play t20 as good as any. Interestingly a wet outfield will have a bigger impact on the Indian spin attack than SL's. Not much can be done about the rain and SL would know about the rain than most others. It would be a shame if a team would get in to a final without having a knockout contest and would be more reason why such a tournament should not carry on.

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Since it's likely to be a rainy day, I would look to replace Ashwin who could have difficulty gripping the ball with Irfan. Ashwin is not a very athletic person - can't run sharply, not a very good fielder. Pathan gives the team better options there. ...Knowing Dhoni though he is likely to surprise us by replacing Ashwin with Murli Vijay (where he'll bat though is anybody's guess).

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Its a nice and short tournament but its too harsh on some teams like Sri Lanka if the game is washed out.. they cannot even manage a single reserve day for the semi finals? I would love to see a nice match between these two Asians and only the team that performs better on the day shall move ahead and play finals but not the team which played better in group stages vs the team which has played equally better to enter semis.. Give me a break!! (coming from an Indian fan though)

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    india will win and sl have not chance to be India and maliga is a good bowler but dhoni kohli,rohit and most of the other Indian players t are used to playing him in ipl and international cricket and the other bowlers are not that dangerous and the batting is strong but India has a stronger bating line up

  • SriKiranB on June 19, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    there is now way SriLanka can beat India.

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    SL will win this match.. tomorrow will be india's off day surely...!! never washout...

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:51 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.

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    @shajadul -lolololol is all I can to your comment India if they play to potential should win it ,it wont be an easy match (I wont act like sri Lankans who ,despite so many loses to India ,still think they are way better than India ) ,Sri Lanka is very good team ,and have some great players ,so India will have to play quite well to win .Hope ,we get a match ,hopefully 50 overs and a have a great match Cmon India .

  • arifzakaria811gmail.com on June 19, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    A very high possibility is game being washed out

  • darsh127 on June 19, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    If they know that the game won't be finished and the rain is gonna get heavier as day progresses, cant they just start off with a 30 over game and make it fair.

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    i want to know if rain wash out 2nd semi which team goes to the final

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 19, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    Well, Mr.Rohit Sharma, we will help you to make it 6 tomorrow. - "Of Rohit Sharma's 8 ducks, 5 have come against Sri Lanka." G'luck !!!!

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    If Angelo mathews Thinks of MAlinga...MSD thinks of Virat Kohli..!!

  • xylo on June 19, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    I hope the players practise their skills while showering to stimulate match conditions.

  • 2.14istherunrate on June 19, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    The identity of the winner of this game is one of life's imponderables. I hope it is not the weather but a real battler of the heavyweights exchanging blow for blow till they are both all but exhausted. Should be intriguing.

  • Remoz on June 19, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    96 semi. 2002 final. 2011 final. Now 2013 semi. So its ind vs sl

  • AricentHarish on June 19, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    The worst things that can happen to an Indian cricket fan tomorrow is watching a shortened match due to rain, Angelo winning the toss and India losing the match. I hope none of the above happens.

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    is it fair enough if rain washout the game and group toppers go to the finals? this is an icc tournament semi final and also indians are toppers of group ''b'' not in group ''a''. how on earth u call that. if indians were in group ''a'' and lankans in group ''b'' who knows what happen then?

  • NP_NY on June 19, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    If it does rain out and India go through, it'll be cricket karma because rain is the only reason SL is in the semi-finals. If Aus-NZ didn't rain out, one of them would have ended up with 4 points (Aus would have easily beat SL's 253 in the last game if they weren't in a hurry to chase it down in 29 overs) and knocked SL out.

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Hmm.Rain Rain go away come again another day plz.

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    it is good match but intermittent rain will definitely spoil the tommorow match

  • Shajadul on June 19, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    I think SL is better team than IND. As they have already beaten ENG in this tournament, I hope they go to final and repeat. They have more power beating ENG than IND.

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    sl should include t.perera(indian specialist) and j.mendis/s.sena for this match. my 11 k.perera , dilli, sanga , chandi/thiri , mahela , anji , t.perera , j.mendis/sena , kula, herath, mali

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    what happens if the match is washed out due to rain?

  • sathvik19 on June 19, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    malinga has to plan some thing different for kohli otherwise he goona wash his figures

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    rain rain everywhere.

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Rain rain everywhere. let india and Sri lanka decide their fate by toss only :-:-)

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Sri Lanka will win this. End of.

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Form guide (Most recent first, last five completed matches) India WWWLW South Africa WWLLW

    It's not SA it should be SL..

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Match will be washed out. Ind Vs Eng Finals. End of discussion!

  • chapathishot on June 19, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Srilankans have to pray for match not being a washout as in that case the India who topped the Group B go through instead of SL who where second in Group A

  • chapathishot on June 19, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Srilankans have to pray for match not being a washout as in that case the India who topped the Group B go through instead of SL who where second in Group A

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Match will be washed out. Ind Vs Eng Finals. End of discussion!

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Form guide (Most recent first, last five completed matches) India WWWLW South Africa WWLLW

    It's not SA it should be SL..

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Sri Lanka will win this. End of.

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Rain rain everywhere. let india and Sri lanka decide their fate by toss only :-:-)

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    rain rain everywhere.

  • sathvik19 on June 19, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    malinga has to plan some thing different for kohli otherwise he goona wash his figures

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    what happens if the match is washed out due to rain?

  • on June 19, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    sl should include t.perera(indian specialist) and j.mendis/s.sena for this match. my 11 k.perera , dilli, sanga , chandi/thiri , mahela , anji , t.perera , j.mendis/sena , kula, herath, mali

  • Shajadul on June 19, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    I think SL is better team than IND. As they have already beaten ENG in this tournament, I hope they go to final and repeat. They have more power beating ENG than IND.