India v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy, semi-final, Cardiff

India enter final with crushing win

The Report by Sidharth Monga

June 20, 2013

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India 182 for 2 (Dhawan 68, Kohli 58*) beat Sri Lanka 181 for 8 (Mathews 51, Ishant 3-33, Ashwin 3-48) by 8 wickets
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Ishant Sharma struck twice in consecutive overs, India v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy, 2nd semi-final, Cardiff, June 20, 2013
Ishant Sharma exploited the steep bounce and seam movement well © AFP
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The only glitches in India's march into the final were two sets of pitch invaders running on to the field on two separate occasions. On a Cardiff surface with a lot of moisture, the ball seamed, bounced steeply and turned appreciably, and the Indian bowlers were all over Sri Lanka after winning the toss. In the afternoon, the Indian openers continued their run of impressive stands, adding 77 through some luck and some attractive shots, and India cruised home with 15 overs to spare.

It would have reminded India of their first day of international cricket in South Africa on the 2010-11 tour, when they were inserted on a pitch that had absorbed a lot of rain and were bowled out for 136. Watching the first innings of this match, it seemed Sri Lanka had done well to not be rolled over for 136 themselves. The conditions were so juicy India's three frontline quicks bowled the first 22 overs - even MS Dhoni had a bowl later - and India either beat the bat or hit edge on 68 occasions.

The Sri Lankan batsmen couldn't be blamed much, except for probably Kusal Perera. They had to dig in hard just to survive. They strived to - Kumar Sangakkara had left alone 12 out of his first 32 balls - but eventually the ball with your name arrived. However, what really foiled Sri Lanka's plans was the assistance the pitch provided to spin, which they hadn't budgeted for when they were batting out the quicks like it was a Test. The quicks went for 98 for four wickets in their 30 overs; the spinners took four wickets for 81 in their 20.

The pitch might have been great help, but India exploited the toss advantage with impressive accuracy. The first extra came in the 20th over. Angelo Mathews, among others, fought the conditions, but like others he too fell the moment he became adventurous.

It didn't help that Sri Lanka had lost Dinesh Chandimal to injury before the match began and Tillakaratne Dilshan retired hurt in the fifth over. Kusal showed again that his game is not suited for these conditions as he followed a full and wide delivery to edge it for Suresh Raina to take one of his three catches at second slip. It was the seventh time in 12 matches that Buvneshwar Kumar had taken a wicket in his first spell, including five openers dismissed in single figures.

Then Dilshan seemed to have pulled his calf while trying to keep out a sharply swinging delivery. He tried to bat on, but with the new no-runner regulations he had to leave the field. Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne began to play it like the first morning of a Test, and justifiably so.

India kept the pressure up with Bhuvneshwar bowling a nine-over spell, and Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma getting appreciable movement every time they landed the ball on the seam. Ishant got the ball to stick into the pitch and steep tennis-ball bounce too.

Sangakkara began to take the odd risk at the end of the 13th over, but when he charged at Bhuvneshwar and square-drove him for the first boundary since the fourth over, the score had reached only 32. Around this time, Ishant was beginning to get balls to misbehave a lot. The batsmen had to start playing at balls sooner or later, and when they did it didn't bring good news.

The combination of that bounce and seam movement finally accounted for Thirimanne, who followed a short-of-a-length delivery and fended in front of his chest. Sangakkara provided a replay in case you had missed it. Raina had taken all three, and the score now was 41 for 3 after 18 overs. It was so inviting that when Dhoni finally took off a seamer after 22 overs, he gave up the pads and began to bowl the 24th over.

During their 78-run stand in 18.1 overs, Mahela Jayawardene and Mathews successfully reviewed an lbw call each, and seemed to have put Sri Lanka back on track. With the ball turning thanks to the moisture, their plans unravelled. Jayawardene was bowled by a Jadeja skidder, and the batting Powerplay's analysis read 5-2-12-1.

Everyone who tried big hits in the remaining overs fell to the tricks of the pitch. Dilshan came back to bat for the last two overs. Sri Lanka, though, could manage just the 54 in the last 10. About an hour later, by when the Indian openers had seen off the Nuwan Kulasekara threat, it almost seemed the pitch had lost all its moisture. Shikhar Dhawan continued to drive and cut fearlessly, Rohit Sharma continued to provide the starts, and Virat Kohli added a fifty to four centuries in his last seven matches against Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka didn't help themselves. They used Lasith Malinga - their best hope despite his poor record against India - only for three overs at the top and then when India had chugged along to 93 for 1. They dropped Dhawan thrice, first when he was on 18. India were not complaining, though.

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Posted by Harmony111 on (June 22, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

@recycle-bin-is-empty: Thanks bro. It is possible that Eng get to bowl in good conditions and then Ind are 60/4 after 15 overs. Finn & Anderson can do that. What will happen then? And it is also possible that Dhawan/Sharma give another strong start to India and it is also possible that India bowl first in good conditions and reduce Eng to 60/4 in 15. Each of these scenarios is highly likely (although 2 of them are mutually exclusive but let's not go that deep). It is good to be confident but not so good to be over-confident. India might play so well that they win by 150 runs or by 7 wickets but that would be the best case scenario. A more real scenario would mean a much closer, hard fought match. In fact after two boring wins vs Pak & SL I'd want this match to be as exciting as the Natwest Trophy Final. That would this last ever Champions Trophy match a truly memorable one with hopefully India alone getting the trophy.

Posted by   on (June 22, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

Finally i am agree with result since sri lanka want to give enough scores to beat india.but i have doubt regarding batting line up of sri lanka after retired dilshan.they should promote right hand batsman after retired dilshan since sangakkara in other side.

another concern is whu they doesn't promote thisara perera in power play sessions.anyway i would like to see that sri lankan team comeup with good stragies in triangular series of west indies & beat india with removing their porbia.

Posted by mahecric on (June 22, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

The kind of unassailable form Team India is going through, I am afraid the final would also be a one sided affair. If that happens it would not be good to see that a teams majority batsman did not had to bat to win a prestigious tournament like Champions Trophy. If the conditions are overcast and india wins the toss it should be repeat of the semis vs Srilanka. If India had to bat first the contest of the england fast bowlers will be interesting... I hope it an exiting match and not a one sided.

Posted by BDforever on (June 22, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

Most probably England will choke India tomorrow.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (June 22, 2013, 10:37 GMT)

@Indian_Snake->The runs Dhawan scored,That's not meaningless.I admire his batting & the runs he scored so far.But dont reach on a conclusion so early.He neutralized Morkel in a match,based on that we will rank him.Is it okay? I just said that i want to watch him go in batting first facing England bowlers.If he succeeds or Fails there,he will still be the same Dhawan.I am not here to judge him in a single match only.G

Posted by recycle-bin-is-empty on (June 22, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

@sandy7823 "Current ENG side is a world 11 more than ENG side." why ?? I am an Indian but if a player who is born in India but has been brought up in some other country and is playing for that country, I am not going to boast that an Indian player is playing for that country. What matters is where that person resides, where he has been brought up and nurtured and given training, if some other country is valuing his talent and nurturing him then that country has every right to consider that person as her own and utilize his talent.

@Harmony111 "My basic point is that while India should win against Eng if it comes to our best vs their best but it won't be as easy as we had defeated WI or Pak or SL." Absolutely spot on mate, especially if the conditions are favourable to swing then it would be one hell of a contest. I would absolutely love to see if Dhawan dominates Eng's swing bowling (hoping ;-), kindof like he did against Pak and at the same time how B. Kumar utilise those conditions

Posted by   on (June 22, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge..'''If SL hadn't folded in seaming conditions to some pretty average seam bowling they would have won he for sure''' Too many if's and but's in your statement,in the same way if Aus batting had not folded during Ashes they would have won it last time,if aus batsman would'nt have folded against England during Champions Trophy they would have won the game,If NZ batsman had scored 10 more runs Eng would not have been in the semi-final...see i can use the same stupid excuses....try to give credit where its due rather than moaning on fantasies

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 22, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

@sandy7823: Dear I am being practical enough. Cricket is a phunny game and Eng are not all that weak that India's win can be taken for granted. Even if Butler scores a 10 ball 30, it can still give Eng's total a boost in the end. My basic point is that while India should win against Eng if it comes to our best vs their best but it won't be as easy as we had defeated WI or Pak or SL.

@McGorium: Sanga indeed said it. I base my comments on facts and can back them up if needed to. Here is a cricinfo article that shows exactly what Sanga said. The article is ------"Pace and bounce hold no fear - Sangakkara"------. Just google it and read the first line of the 3rd para which says ------""I think out of all the subcontinent sides we play bounce a lot better than most sides,""------.

Posted by CricketFirstLove on (June 22, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

The T20 aggressiveness is manifesting in tests and ODIs. India's batting and Dhoni's bold captaincy will see through any cricket team in the present now. Good God Indian cricket has come of age. I give full credit to Dravid and Dada for moving out earlier and making room for budding players. Tendulkar is still blocking one slot though in tests. He must immediately retire so that others are groomed. Congrats Shikhar and Dhoni for the splendid performance.

Posted by true_point on (June 22, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

The current young Indian Team has done exceptionally well in this tournament. The selectors have to be congratulated for taking bold decisions to give chance to youngsters like Dhawan, Bhuvaneshwar, Karthik etc. etc. The main reason why we have been successful is that our opening partnership has been good. Once the foundation is laid, then our middle order takes up. Previously also if our opening batsmen shine, especially if Shewag scores, then we would win. Hope Rohit can be consistent and cut his impetuosity. Media should play a responsible part in allowing these youngsters to mature. Right now, there is are articles urging Ishant to be the leader as the senior Pro. Let him take his time to grow up and let us not put pressure on his shoulders. May he does not want to be a spearhead. Our media and public should give them space for them to express themselves. Now it is like regressing if we bring back Shewag and Gambhir.

Posted by Naresh1957 on (June 22, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

Splendid win by young Indian side. Sunday final- toss is vital . Any side winning the toss will most likely win the Trophy. India can still win if they play well even not winning the toss . But----England does not have any chance due to their top three batsman's style. One thing is sure- Sunday final will be a treat to watch. Rain - please go away. Come on some another day.

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 22, 2013, 6:02 GMT)

Congratulations team India on a well deserved win. No way was 181 enough to defend. We as a team need to plan a major change in strategy to have any hope of winning against India. Glad that we did well enough to reach the semi finals of this final edition of the Champions trophy. Looking forward to an exciting final tomorrow. Dhawan is no doubt another Tendulkar it seems.

Posted by warneshane on (June 22, 2013, 4:57 GMT)

When WI were dominant till 90s, ENG team was incorporating WI origin bowlers in its team to be par with others. But that didn't lift ENG team too much as they continued being hammered by others. Then ENG were including SA origins like Lamb,Smith,KP,etc. ENG had also tried with IND & PAK origin with the time and now with Irish, Scots. Current ENG side is a world 11 more than ENG side. @alarky, IND have never done such things to be par with others. It is ENG side who are & were fooling themselves for the lifetime period to be par with AUS by keeping only ASHES in mind.

@Harmony111: I have seen Eng's top 3 stable and reliable performance in NZ ODIs & CT13. Single match of 16 ball 47 against NZ predicts Butler can repeat against RJ & Ashwin. ENG's latest score: 293/7, 269/6,169/10 in CT & 287/6,273/10,227/9 in NZL series. ENG is wary about IND's mental toughness that put you of dreaming of IND 25/3 & drubbing of Ishant for 4 & 6. Be practical man & stop going in fantasy world....

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (June 21, 2013, 23:09 GMT)

This is what I was talking about!! There's no shortage of talent in India. Get rid of over the hill aging stars and give a chance to youngsters. The youngsters are hungry to prove themselves. The aging stars were treating the Indian team like a reality show - one would field in the slips only when spinners bowl, not when medium pacers bowl, one would always bat at #4, no matter what the situation demands. Change is the only constant. Even when the team is firing on all cylinders, selectors still need to keep tweaking - remove an under performer here, add a domestic achiever there, etc.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 22:35 GMT)

@Baseball_Sucks---I am logging in from Newyork and the first thing I checked was your comment.Congrats and you have earned a fan in me for the balanced sensible post.This is not because India won but you have given credit where its due..After all its just a game and let us meet again..do well dude...

Posted by Young_Hindustani on (June 21, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

Lets not fight who is better team, even though I am die hard indian cricket fan, I know shotcomings of Indins in test matches in AUS and England 2 yrs ago. but now this current ODI and Test team looks strong. will see how we play in tests and ODI in SA, cant wait to see how India fair this time around in SA, and not to mention India was the only subcontinent team that beat SA in one test each in 2007 and in 2010. India lost in 2007 2-1 after winning 1st test and in 2010 india lost 1st test and came back strong in 2nd test by wiining handsomely and SA escape with draw in 3rd courtsey of kallis

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

can't understand why people associates the word LUCK with India's wins. Malinga has troubled batsmen all over the world even his own countrymen in IPL but Indian batsmen always play him with very ease, better to say Indians dominated Malinga. Same holds true in case of Muralitharan also, So it is Indian's skill or is it the luck factor?

Posted by alarky on (June 21, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

Congrats India! After fooling themselves for the best part of twenty five years, India has at last picked their best team; which is for the first time showing that they are on par with any other team in the world! These youngster proved before now that when they are not faced with the problem of have-beens breathing over their shoulders, they are a force to be reckoned with in cricket! You remember what Dhoni took these said brave young men and did England, just after England had embarassed India in England? But it was so sad that after that impressive display, the India selectors went back to putting OLD WINE INTO NEW BOTTLES, and the consequence is now history! Keep it up Dhoni and your Indian youths!

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

No matter India wins or loose the final, this is the best run of form India ever had in the history, winning 6 matches on the trott against top sides & that too outside subcontinent, superb performance. Apart from Raina, DK & Ishant, remaining 7s made their debut under Dhoni's captaincy. So we can say its a DHONI's team.

Posted by Hate.ME on (June 21, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

@ Solid_Snake

If Dhawan doesn't score runs against England batting first, Does that mean he is not a good player ? All runs he scored so far in this tournament are meaningless ? Dhawan negated Morkel (highly ranked FAST bowler) comfortably in 1st match batting first doesn't show anything to you ?

I say, Real Test of Bowlers will be when they bowl against Dhawan on Dead Flat-BATTING Track. Makes sense ?

I'm not saying Dhawan is World's Best Batsman, but your argument doesn't make any sense.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (June 21, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

@ bestofluckindia. You suggest IPL experience benefits player form & mental toughness, yet say "teams like SAF, SL struggle with mental toughness but Indian team seems to (have) ... mental edge."

The England CT2013 team that plays India in the final has only 1 IPL player. Possible conclusions: 1. IPL experience had no effect on teams the 2013 CT. 2. Only India's players benefit from the IPL 3. IPL participation is bad for non-Indian players.

All conclusions invalidate your suggestion. Eg: you wrote "SA struggle(s) with mental toughness." These SA players should, as you claim, have that "IPL mental edge" from playing for these IPL teams:.

Chennai: Albie Morkel, Faf du Plessis, Chris Morris. Delhi: Morne Morkel, Roelof van der Merwe, Johan Botha, Kings XI: David Miller Kolkata: Jacques Kallis, Ryan McLaren. Pune: Wayne Parnell. Royal Challengers: AB de Villiers. Sunrisers Hyderabad: Dale Steyn, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock.

There are respectively as many/more Aus, SL & WI IPL players

Posted by mahecric on (June 21, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

If we clearly go by the matches in the Champions Trophy both Srilanka and South Africa did not deserve to be in the Semis. Australia lost to Srilanka rather than Srilanka winning it as they tried to achieve the target in 29 overs. Had they stopped after the 7th wicket australia should have been comfortabley home, thereby giving a chance to the much deserving New Zealand. South Africa on the other had would have also lost against west indies had the rained had not depreived west indies getting 40 runs of 5 overs. I bet both west indies and New Zealand would have done a fair justice to the semi final match.

Posted by CricOCric on (June 21, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

Remeber that India beat Pakistan in Birmingham (Its Bouncy and swing pitch) and against SL bowlers india played very well and beat them too in semi final.(There were few swings and bounce yesterday).It seems india is learnt the English conditions very well. Expecting good competitive FINAL from both side not like 2 semi finals played like Warm up matches.

Posted by warneshane on (June 21, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

Farhan Abbas

Do you the difference between crushing victory & simple victory? Do you forget what a victory is as your team loosing every where? Once upon a time, a team won the world cup just because of 2 matches only,i.e., semi final & final and they were lucky to get 1 point just because of rain to enter into the semi final even after they were bowled out for 72. Afterthat they forget winning. They sometimes win with one man show. Now they have survived with 40 years old a test batsman who is skipper of that team because they have no players to send 50-overs one day team to an ICC world champions trophy.

Kamran Mirza - another fellow country man. Toss doesn't make pitch bad but certainly make your players' minds bad to compete .

By the way, your team lost on 15th June to toss winners. Was it crushing or simple victory?

Posted by McGorium on (June 21, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

@Harmony111: If what Sanga said re. playing swing and bounce is true, I find it hilarious. Look at the overseas records of other SL players and compare it to that of Tendulkar and Dravid, and even to a lesser extent Sehwag and VVS, and you'll find them to be far worse. The "technician" Mahela doesn't average above 34 in tests in Aus, NZ, Eng, and SAF. Dilshan has a good avg in England (49) but a lousy average in the rest of the countries, and a lousy average in Pak and WI to boot. Sanga himself is probably the best proven player of swing and bounce in the current lineups, I wouldn't dispute that. Even Kohli hasn't played that many tests overseas, never mind the rest, so it's a fair call to say Sanga is probably the best. I don't see the likes of Angelo Matthews surviving against the swinging ball.

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 21, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

@brusselslion: I am sorry, my bad. Eng did win that WT20 Trophy. Must be the friday fatigue. :-)

@sandy7823: Eng may or may not be all that strong but compared to other teams, they need less mistakes from India to win the match. With teams like SL, Pak & WI India perhaps had a bigger scope for mistakes but against Eng they would need to be in top form. Eng are more than capable of exploiting any little complacency from India. Anderson is fully capable of reducing India to 25/3 & then India will need to rebuild. Butler & Morgan are good enough to lift Eng from 190/5 in 40 overs to 290/8 in 50, what then? Ofc it is also likely that India chase 290 in 44 overs or India reach 300 from 25/3 but that would take some special effort. Eng have the batting to chase 320, I say this cos Eng top 3 are stable and reliable. They can build the base for a late charge. And then we have Monsieur Ishant. He can go for 4 6s in an over what then?

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

There is nothing wrong in praising a team which has remained unbeaten so far, and the confident openers, aided by middle order batsmen is worth noting with a grain of salt.We cannot forget the seam balers and others (spinners)who also have pitched in brilliantly. That is not to say that SL team is bad, no they are really good but they only rely on 2 or 3 old players and Malin ga the fast baler. Like India they have to bring in new able blood to their team for the next world championship. I wish the very best to India team for the last final game and hope that they will be able to face the seam attack of England, against whom I think Indian spinners will have very good oppertunity. Goos luck India and be brave to bring the trophy back to India.

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 21, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

@Shan156: It would be wrong for Eng to drop Finn to play Bresnan. Bresnan has looked just a shade above avg after his surgery and the sting is simply not there in his bowling. Finn on the other hand is a real treat and I am a big fan of his bowling. Bhuvi is def talented but he is way too inexp compared to Jimmy. If conditions are good then Jimmy will be thrice as good as Bhuvi esp cos Jimmy gets two way swing at faster pace. Yadav bowled below par against SL and he struggled to cross 135 that day. Even though Ishant has taken some wickets I think he has been largely very poor. Even against SL his length was disappointing, he just did not have the confidence or the idea to pitch it up. He remains a one trick pony to me. Actually I don't think India bowled all that well vs SL. SL were hapless but SA or Eng might have bowled them for even 120. Ind are favorites but only just, Eng have a genuine chance here IMO as they have a really good team too.

Posted by 6Stumps on (June 21, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge: Clearly you are someone who loves making tall and daft claims and have a strong aversion to facts and reason. Well, in the last five years India & England have faced off 21 times with India winning on 13 occasions. Ouch! Did that hurt? Despite England attack cleaning up India many times, as you claim, England still managed to lose? Wow. England must be really special then.

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 21, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks: All along several SL fans had been saying that India can beat SL only on flat tracks as they used to think that SL were better than India on green wickets. This reasoning was used so many times that I don't even need to present any evidence for this as it has now become a corollary. Indian batsmen have been called flat track bullies as SL fans used to say that they can score run only on flat tracks while SL batsmen are better as they can score runs all over the world. Sanga had gone on record saying that out of the 4 Asian teams, SL batsmen played swing and bounce the best, hope you know this too.

In the backdrop of all this, pls explain the 180 runs SL managed to score in this match. Is this what you think is the so called better ability of SL? Is this what you meant when you said SL play better on green wickets?

Do you now admit that India are better than SL on Flat Wickets? Do you now admit that India are better than SL on Green Wickets too?

Posted by Cricket_archive on (June 21, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

@front foot lounge ...England is the most overrated one day side in the world and they dont have any chance in the final and their batsmen lack the fire power and overly defensive and if the conditions are cloudy good for bowlers the indian bowlers will surprise them and the will not able to handle kumar and jadeja and Indian batsmen are good enough to handle over rated anderson and if the pitch will be flatter England dont have any chance against the Indians.

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

I'm Sri Lankan and i congratulate the Indian team for the win. As a Lankan i'm disappointed with the way we played but credit should be given to this Indian side. Dilshan's injury was a big turning point for us. Shikar Dawan is a real talent

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

Its just another terrific and clinical performance by the Indian team.. they just made look SL as a pretty ordinary team. who were very good against the mighty England(many say like this but i don't know..why?) if India keeps it simple and put the same ploy against England in final as well..it should be an another cakewalk in the park. If they are asked to bat first and Indian openers negotiate Jimmy's opening spell and initial overs well then the rest is history...

Finally this Indian team is seriously in high of confidence and are ready to roar high at Brimingham.

Hoping for a good fight from England and a fitting finale.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 21, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

If SL hadn't folded in seaming conditions to some pretty average seam bowling they would have won he for sure. Herath, who is the better bowler between of these two teams, didn't even get a look in due to some weak and out-of-character batting from the Sri Lankans. England's pace attack has cleaned up India many many times before, on Sunday we all expect them to do just the same.

Posted by bestofluckindia on (June 21, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

When India doesn't do well after IPL, everyone blames IPL. I am surprised it not the other way round. How many people actually believe and give credit for the form Rohit, DK, Kohli, Dhawan, Umesh, Bhuvi, Jadeja, Sharma have gained. teams like SAF, SL struggle with mental toughness but Indian team seems to relish those coz IPL gives them the tailor made pressure cooker situations to practise and gets them the mental edge..... any comments on my comments

Posted by Solid_Snake on (June 21, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

@NP_NY->Yeah India scored 300 plus in both the matches..I am talking about Aus vs India in which Indian top order collapsed while batting first & then Dhoni once again came to the rescue.What was it 55/5? & then India went past 300.That's admirable but i have yet to see them batting first in conditions like that.The match vs SA..600 plus runs scored in a match..Sounds an interesting pitch & an interesting match..

Posted by Solid_Snake on (June 21, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

@ Fast_Track_Bully->Yeah & in the same match SA also crossed 300..

Posted by sachin.sss on (June 21, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

@Thyagu5432 -- the players i listed are the ones that played for India in the test matches for the past 2 years. You were comparing performances for past 2 years and i listed players who played test matches for the past 2 years. So no, I am not comparing apples to oranges . I am showing you the apples we have had for the past 2 years.

Posted by BozoSri on (June 21, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

@GRVJPR(June 21, 2013, 12:48 GMT) - SL went to the final of the CB series and India did not so at that time SL was better team?? and now India beat SL in final of world cup and semi final of CT2013, so India is a better team now??. If you are rating SL team only on their performances against India then they might look bad. SL is a good team and they have come up with good cricketers in the last few years. They gave Australia a run for their money in Aus and made it to semis here by beating England and Aus. So to say they are bad just because they lost to India is not fair.

Posted by dork29 on (June 21, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

Suddenly, no one is talking about IPL anymore. For several years now, whenever India failed, the blame was laid fairly and squarely on IPL, saying too much of cricket was responsible for our debacle. So nothing succeeds like success. It only goes to prove that the Zaheers, the Sehwags and teh Gambhirs lacked the physical fitness to last the distance. A few matches of IPL and they developed muscle tear, cramps, exhaustion and what not. And turned up half baked for the international fixtures. The moment the team got "cleansed' of these players, the performances have gone up and IPL is not the villain anymore!!! Unless the fixing allegations become too disruptive, there is no doubting that the IPL juggernaut will continue to roll on.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (June 21, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

@sachin.sss: I think you are comparing apples and oranges. Raina and Yuvi are not regulars in tests, Murali Vijay was in and out and good part of his 38 average is because of his last 2 tests. Kohli is the only one who scored a century in the ill-fated Aussie tour and 41 is not a bad average to have. In any case what I am saying is that, in this heavily competed "occupation" of cricket, where you can employ only 15 people in the whole country, you need to keep running to be in the same place otherwise somebody else will take that place. There are crores who are breathing down everybody's neck and so any of the current lot will be pushed out if you have a few failures. The unfortunate aspect is that this doesn't seem to necessarily apply to some of the seniors including Sachin.

Posted by sachin.sss on (June 21, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

@Thyagu5432 -- During the same period Kohli Averaged 41, Dhoni 37, Raina 28, Yuvraj Singh 26, murali vijay 38. Cheteshwar Pujara is the only standalone ranger with 82 . So frankly as you can see we weren't doing good in general. Purple patch can start and end anytime. So what I am saying is that " we Indians cheer the player only as long as he plays and that too in a winning cause . The moment the player starts to fail( 2-3 series), we bay for his neck". This is exactly what happened to Shikhar Dhawan. He failed in the Australia and WI series and his neck was on the chopping block. Now if he fails in the next 2 series, the same people supporting him will be asking for his neck.

Posted by Haleos on (June 21, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

@ peterss - All the opponents were made to look below par by Indians. No need to say India has not been tested. Do we say Aussies of yesteryear when they dominated were ok because all the teams against them were below par. India has risen its own performance bar so others looks ordinary. Way to go India.

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 21, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

@BozoSri India was not the better of two teams only yesterday. They have been performing match after match vs sri lanka for a long time now.

Posted by Sundara-Chandare on (June 21, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

@BozoSri on (June 21, 2013, 11:41 GMT)-Well said mate.Spot on.I featured your comment.Shikhar Dhawan made his debute in 2010.Dinesh Karthik 2004,Rohit Sharma 2007 and Sir Ravi Jaddu 2008.They aren't too young and they've lot of in and out career history.That shows they have taken some time to cement their place in the team.This isn't a right time to judge Sri Lankans future.Because they've talented players but world haven't seen yet.I am sure Kusal Perera,Thirimanne,Chandimal will do their home work for bounce back.Because this is not a end of the world,,,

Posted by peterss on (June 21, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

I would think Karthik made the difference by performing well... pushed rohit up the order. And jadeja has performed brilliantly as well.... Along with Ashwin they control the middle overs once the fast bowlers set the tone by pickin up early wickets. Good stuff but it was a below par SL team to be honest. Ind havent really been tested. All their opponents have been below par

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

I think nothing crushing in the victory,it was a simple victory!!!:)

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

clinical. just one word. this indian cricket team has been in great form and to have majority of your players in good form is what leads to these types of performances. IPL must have brought a lot of bad name to indian cricket but it has also kept a lot of our players in fine shape and good form.looking ahead, england have also played quality cricket through the tournament and it's only fitting that the best teams have made it to the finals. could be anyone's game, come sunday. the indian batters will be up against a very good set of seam n swing bowlers. also, the english batsmen know how to negotiate these conditions better. so, the dice seems to be slightly in favour of england but only slightly, mind u. hope to get a pitch that is full of runs. good luck to both the teams.

Posted by r.r.nathan on (June 21, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

@mark2011: You got it completely wrong. It was never a comparison of teams. Australia was an example to state toss doesn't matters if class is there. If any team need to be No:1, no excuses like conditions of pitch and toss. Should have the capacity to win in negative conditions also.

Posted by BozoSri on (June 21, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

Indian fans who are saying SL got no talent behind Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan, also need to remember that the Rohit Sharma (The ultimate talented player), Shikar Dhawan (If not the best batsman, the batsman with the best moustasche), Dinesh karthik and Ravindra Jadeja (I forgot his title,'Sir') were also once talented players who were given chances failed and then after some time reintroduced into inetrnational cricket and are doing well for the last few matches they have played. If you can give this benefit of the doubt to these players, you can also extend that to Chandimal, Kushal Perrera,Jeevan Mendis, Thirimanne and others. They are also talented, so just give them a chance before berating them.

Posted by BozoSri on (June 21, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

@Viswas - SL beat both england and Australia in league stage and narrowly lost to NZ. Ofcourse India were the better team on the given day, but just on the back of one loss to say that the entire team is bad is baseless was my point. They did not perform like Pakistan, no offence, who looked like they didn't even belong in the top 8. Even yesterday Kulasekara was the most impressive bowler, not Malinga. So they have people who can perform. They just didn't do it yesterday.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

@BozoSri : srilanka won against england and lost to india.... so srilanka is as good as india??? how , because they won against england or because they lost to india..but the truth is apart from sanga, mahila and kula... none has what it takes to beat india...fair call....

Posted by g.narsimha on (June 21, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

MARK2011-No body is comparing the present IND team with the great AUS TEAM OF 90S- but one corruction they might have beaten most of the teams but they are not a all weather team as u claimes becouse thier performance vrs IND - WAS NOT THAT MUCH great particularly in IND where won nothing - stats in this very web substantiat my claim ,

Posted by mark2011 on (June 21, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

Sunny Gavaskar is telling that he has never seen a great batsman like Shekar Dawan who practices a shot just after playing it in a match.......tooooooo much exaggeration...pls publish this...

Posted by Sector_Clear on (June 21, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

@melupa: How do you make an "unchanging pitch"? cover it with a plastic sheet? The pitch didn't change that much. Under the "same conditons" Kulasekra was testing Dhawan and Rohit pretty well, but no one else ! A pitch can never be the same throughout the match. It could have easily happened, that the match started with a bright sunshine, and towards lunch, it became all cloudy. Then the team batting second would claim that "conditions changed". These things are part of cricket, as a good team, you should be able to: 1. Take full advantage of any favourable conditions, 2. In case of the conditions are against you, you should have a backup plan.

Posted by subashcric on (June 21, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

England will have a tough time against india

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

@austentayshus : what do you think these semifinal tracks are flat tracks???? not even single team crossed 200+ in semifinal... instead of saying you are expecting bouncy tracks, try " i am expecting some fight in opposition team , when they play against india"

Posted by Tribal_Cricket on (June 21, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

Any team which has Angelo Mathews as captain and calls Kusal Perrera their master blaster is doomed to fail. Will Angelo even make the team if he isnt captain ? well thats not for me to worry about, but happy that India gave Sri Lanka a resounding trashing and proved which team is were. Sri Lankan fans were saying India bowling was weak, from what I have seen Sri Lankan bowling is pedestrian. Except Malinga (who doesnt bowl well against India) not one bowler is penetrating. Kulasekara bowls well only when the conditions suit him, otherwise he gets hit all over the park. I foresee a lot of further trashings by different teams, unless SL revamp the entire team amd also change the captain.

Posted by mark2011 on (June 21, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

@ BozoSri on (June 21, 2013, 10:36 GMT); rightly said mate....SL has beaten Eng in thier own conditions so how come SL is considerd as weak team if they can beat Eng faily easily at league round....so the accusation against SL is baseless ....

Posted by SherjilIslam on (June 21, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

@ Solid_Snake on (June 21, 2013, 8:29 GMT): I would also love to see India batting first and playing full 50 overs as I am bored to see teams batting first and getting out for less than 200 and i am damn sure Dhawan will come good against English attack too. Hoping for a classic bat and bowl encounter as India are batting powerhouse against England bowling who r the best in buisness in English conditions.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

@mark2011 : indian bowlers are mediocre , they perform on favorable condition???? hmmm conditions were favorable in match against SA, WI, PAK, lanka and also .... come on man they almost got every team allout in every game....if possible please praise and give credit where its due.... but dont comment the baseless comment here....

its just a hope that cricinfo will publish my comment, but i will try to get my comment published...

Posted by gauravm5 on (June 21, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

@Baseball-sucks:::comeback in CB series 2011/12? Against Lanka, India won 2 matches, lost 1 with 1 tied.

Posted by brusselslion on (June 21, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

Another totally dominant performance by India; certainly the best team in the competition to date.

So far as the final is concerned, one would think that Anderson is key to England's chances, however, on their day, both Broad and Finn can be match winners. The problem for England is that their "days" don't happen often enough.

@GRVJPR (June 21, 2013, 4:15): Just when everyone is getting along so nicely, you have to spoil things with the chest thumping: Regarding Anderson, if you had bothered to look, he has taken 22 wickets in 7 tests @29.81 in India. Agreed not earth shattering figures but hardly pathetic, and figures which compare favourably with Sharma (62@33.46) (I actually think Sharma is a decent bowler).

@Harmony111 (June 20, 2013, 20:12): I feel like a bit of a hypocrite mentioning it given my dislike of the format but, England have won an ICC trophy (2010 2020).... Actually, maybe we should just forget about it!

Posted by Yevghenny on (June 21, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

I like the look of Kohli, he's going to have a serious amount of runs by the end of his career

Posted by rock5abhi on (June 21, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

i should say they have literally anihiliated everybody out there.Dhawan's Confidence,Kartik's Promises to himself(to be a full time member),Bhuvi's swinging art,Rohit's patience with his shots and SIR Ravindra Jadega Magic has single handedly crushed every resistance came their way.I am quite proud and hopeful that this show of raging blue fire will continue to dominate the world atleast for a while.And If i am not exaggerating, this One day side can beat any cricket team in any part of the globe.Other participants of this tournament have their own nightmares.Let's take South Africans,honesltly,i don't understand that how could a team with such batting might and deadly pace attack be easily cruicified with no sign of fight left in them.It seems like if a curse is hovering around them for more than a decade.And in case of this tournament,a lot has added up to the old stories.Dependancies killed them.

Posted by austentayshus on (June 21, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

Taking nothing away from Indian team who is performing superbly in challenging and tough conditions.. But I would like to see green and bouncy wicket for Final rather than flat track

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

Sri Lankan fan can just cry and make stupid excuses,every time they lose to India ,and every time they say next time and when they win once in a while ,they go over the moon . Its better you realise ,your team needs improvement . Actually even India does .Sri Lanka are a very good team ,just lack that X factor . On the other hand ,Indias performance has been brilliant ,the way they are playing shows massive confidence and strength .They have already proved a lot of critics wrong and have changed the headlines ,here back home .I am confident ,India can win the finals but if they don't I will still be proud of the team ,they have proved themselves ,one match can always go wrong. The two best teams are in the final ,hope for a cracker.

Posted by Cuteboy07 on (June 21, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

India needs to play aggressively against england. To win the trophy thy needed to get cook and trot..

Posted by mark2011 on (June 21, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

@ r.r.nathan on (June 21, 2013, 10:16 GMT); toss is a issue in many matches... yes Aus were brilliant for a long time that because of their skill and ability in all around of bawlling, batting and fielding. dont try to compare indian team with that Aus team...that's not possible at all. All know India is only a batting strong team and u have mediocre bowlirs who can perform here n there under favourable condition like yesterday.... whether India win CT13 cup or not they are not at all like that past Aus team.. that's sad comparinson

Posted by BozoSri on (June 21, 2013, 11:36 GMT)

I see a lot of people saying Sl did not pose a threat to india and that England will make a tight contest and all. Is it not that a few days back this same SL team got the better of England and won comfortably??. Dont tell me pitch was different clouds were of different colour and shape etc etc. If England have the best bowlers then they should be able to bowl under any conditions and perform they didn't. So if SL gave a fight to England and won and India beat SL, then I would say that SL is as good a team as England and India. So dont go on and on about their weaknesses, they are a good side and they will be even after Sanga and Mahela leave the scene.

Posted by Baseball--Sucks on (June 21, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

SL will come back very strong like we did against India in CB series 2011/12.

Posted by BozoSri on (June 21, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

Indian fans are always on the edge of their seats because they expect India to fail in a series atleast once. That is why they were happy when it happened early league stages of the world cup because after that they will always perform. So sadly in this tournament India hasn't failed once, not even in warm up games, so all the fans are edgy for the final for it is the only chance remaining for India in this tournament to fail. And maybe they will. Or maybe Dhoni will carry the team on his shoulders and come off with a smile. I am betting on a washout and a shared trophy.

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (June 21, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

Sri Lanka need to understand that they must look to the future now. Sri Lanka reached the semifinals on the strength of the performances of the three senior pros - Dilshan, Sangakkara and Jayawardene. What after them? Do Sri Lanka have even one young batsman who is ready to take over the mantle? Hasn't seemed like it. Even Kushal Perera did poorly in the tournament. Ideally they should've already had a few young players ready by now. The likes of Chandimal, Kapugedera have looked pretty unimpressive.

Posted by mark2011 on (June 21, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

change the new rule of 2 new balls to one again , and allow it to happan the reverse swing,because of this 2 new balls, it had created 2 extrem end; when playing in dry flat pitches batmen teams score runs 300+ very easily and when under fast and gloomy condition batsmen find very difficult to score runs and it becomes low scorinng matches.. this is what happd in both semi finals, both teams batted first merely post a total that is competitive. SA is a better team that plays fast bowlers than SL, but stil they did fall apart agaisnt english attack.

Malinga's effectivenes has drastically reduced after introduction of 2 new balls. Malinga used to tak more wkts in his 2ns spell of the match normally after 35 overs time when ball does reverse swing.with this new rule of having only 4 filders outside the inner ring,it has favoured for batsmen, so to make it even for bowlrs its better to use a single ball for 50 overs where that'll give edge for bowlers too..

Posted by r.r.nathan on (June 21, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

@melupa, Toss was never a lottery and will never be. Teams like Australia dominated the limited version like anything. There was a time where if we put them on any batting condition or on any batting track they will win. Remember the wonderful Australian lineup ( Ponting, Warne, Hayden, Macgrath, Gillespie, Gilchrist ) and the performance of that team. They won everything, overcast weather or subcontinent pitches or batting first or second. If toss and luck matters so much in this game then no one can dominate it as Australia did. SL was not in the form to give some fight. Expecting some tight contest between England and India.

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

There is no point blaming conditions for Lankan's hardships. Indians batted in same conditions, and scored the target in 35 overs.The weather didnt seem like it had changed much.

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 21, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

All teams egoistically asking to play India on green tracks, only to find out that if they loose the toss they aren't good enough to put 200 on board against India's bowling and fielding and then got thrashed and end up making excuses like "Toss was important!". So they can't compete with India on green tracks, on flat tracks their attacks aren't good enough to restrict India from either posting or chasing 300 runs. What can they do? I think find more excuses as they would need them desperately.

Posted by simpleton on (June 21, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

When the powerplay started in the 36th over, SL were 118 for 3 with 15 overs to go. Mahela showed that a good batsman can overcome swing and score runs on this wickets. When he was batting, it appeared that Sri Lanka will end up with 230 - 240 at 50 overs.

Mahela got out to spin at the beginning of power play and SL gave 3 more wickets to spinners during last 15 overs of the match. I can understand batsman giving their wickets to seamers on this track, but, losing 4 wickets to spin bowlers and still blame the conditions...?

So, SL fans, please don't offer excuses of toss and seaming track for your team's loss.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 21, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

@Solid_Snake. India batted first in the opening game a scored 300+. So, nothing to worry about it.

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 21, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

@melupa If India had lost the toss and lost wickets, everyone would have find technical faults in their batting. But since its sri lanka or any other team its bad luck. Double standards are well and truly in place. And i can see you now asking for flat wickets and if sri lanka had lost that too you would have said India lucky again as there were no english like conditions. That's what happens when you try to find excuses. They don't end. Now if Indian openers play well everyone will say that eng didn't had seaming and swinging conditions. On the other hand if eng collapses then it will be said that there is no playing field. Sour grapes!

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

@Ustad Ji : nope. its just the contrast... india had a downfall earlier on and they are now going to rule the cricket world for another 3 or may be 4 years....

Posted by Nandu_Athadu on (June 21, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

Congrats to young team India for reaching finals. As an Indian, I am very happy to see the way our team is playing now with sheer dominance and class and outplaying every opponent. But at the same time it is very disheartening to hear few people (Indians toooo) blaming the Greats of Indian cricket Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Shewag etc. for occupying a youngster place. Remember because of these GREATS our Indian team is in this shape what you are witnessing now. And also these young guns has to show this consistency over a period of time to justify their place and to be called the next greats. Indian Cricket team management knows the in&outs of cricket more than us and as an outsider we have less info on what is the team management plan on including these young guns over Senior Pros. So just enjoy the cricket and stop blaming Senior pros and show respect becoz they spent their whole life for Indian cricket and its development. peace.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

What brilliant display from Indian Team throughout the tournament. Kudos!

CT seems to heading well-deserved!

The rest of the teams seemed of no good at all.

Posted by NP_NY on (June 21, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

@Solid_Snake: India has played six matches so far, including the practice matches. Out of the six, India batted first twice. On both occasions they made over 300, and the opponents couldn't chase it down. So, what are you talking about?

Posted by Jadejafan on (June 21, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

India have been too good. But I still think they are just not good enough for the final since the opposition know their game well but fingers crossed. Sri Lanka are an ordinary team and its hard to think how they will perform well when their seniors are not around. Kushal Perera is overrated, cannot remember 1 substantial innings in this tournament :)

Posted by Solid_Snake on (June 21, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

@Naresh28:That thing is mostly used for Test matches.& btw Color of Grass is always green no matter where you go

Posted by PravinJP10 on (June 21, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

I'm a ardent India Cricket fan especially that of Asian Cricket SL, PAK, BAN, IND...., I would have been happy even if SL have won the match and would have supported SL to win in Finals. That's how i feel it when Our Asian teams play in Major ICC Trophies. So happy to see many SL, Pak and even BAN fans wishing IND team to win the finals. That's the spirit guys we need to support our teams wherever they play. Of course we need top first support our countries first and at the same time show the Cricket world that we Asians have the best cricket talent and can poss as threat for any non subcontinent team. So keep supporting our sub continent team PAK, IND, SL, BAN so that we enjoy cricket as brothers. Go Asia teams......,

Posted by NP_NY on (June 21, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks: Let's say the pitch did change a little. Are you saying that the pitch only changed when India started batting? SL was only 3 down after 30 overs. Why didn't they bat well in the next 20? And here's the other question - Did the pitch become so much of a batting track suddenly that India only lost 2 wickets and ended up with a run rate of over 5? Please!

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

i wonder if it is indian team on surge or other teams on downfall???? australia is just a shadow of what is used to be in past .. south africa is out of form and lacking young talent ... Same is case with pakistan ... english team is also having downfall after 2,3 good years

Posted by Recharla on (June 21, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

India performance is outstanding so far in the ICC CMT, i hope final they will play like champions and they will win ICC CMT 2013. India bowling is fantastic, it is awesome, its amazing. all bowlers are doing their job perfectly, Final India has to win in England but its little bit difficult because of England home grounds will help to England and England bowling is very strong, conditions suits for England but India is out standing form, I hope India will win ICC CMT

Posted by melupa on (June 21, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

It's not fair in a main stream game in the first hours pitch becomes a paddy-field and then becomes much better. The TOSS is becoming lottery. Cant ICC prepare Unchanging pitches it doesn't matter either flat or no, It should behave same in all 7 hours.PLEASE Don't make the TOSS a lottery.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

The good thing is India almost faced all the big teams except NZ…. India played against Srilanka and Australia in Warm ups, played against - SA, Pak, WI in the League stage, and played against SL again in the Semi finals. It's now England Vs India in the Final. They have beaten every team in this tournament where India was considered as under dogs. The only captain who he has got every title in his bag… T20 World cup, 50 Over world cup, ICC- NO-1 test team, ICC - NO-1 ODI team, IPL for CSK, CTL20… We have one more title to win to add in this list. Team India has to do it…..GO India… GO…

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

It was very annoying that Dilshan took an age to go off the field. The idea of the limited-over matches is that they complete quickly and there is constant action. The spectatora and huge tv audience were deprived of action while Dillshan kept receiving treatment and couldn't make up his mind to go off the field temporarily and return later which he did. Perhaps the batsmen should not be allowed to receive treatment while the action is suspended. They should go off the field and not return and the on-field treatment should not be allowed at all.

Posted by sachin.sss on (June 21, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

Romenevans--- Ignorance is not a virtue. you happily linked me his cricinfo stats and ignored everything else. Did you also observe that he did play against Aus and in WI series ? Thats where he FLOPPED. Thats also when arm chair experts like yourself would have bayed for his neck. Now please stop making excuses of your failure in using cricinfo properly

Regrading tests, his first class average is 46. It is highly likely that his entry into test cricket coincided with him being in top form and sehwag/gambhir in bad form. I for one am not complaining. I hope he continues his great form atleast for the next few years

Posted by Naresh28 on (June 21, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

I wonder if rival fans will still call INDIA flat track bullies becoz this is England and the grass is greener here.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

i think its a btr team tham the team in world cup 2011 coz the same team falied in england in 2012 but now the team changed so i think its btr than the world cup winning team

Posted by Naresh28 on (June 21, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

FOR ME as an Indian Fan, I would like to see India defeat England in England. It will be good since our last tour here was not good. Both in the ODI's and tests. Although I dont believe in revenge - cause I know you win some and lose some. I like what I see of this Indian side. They have repaid our past stalwarts by showing that as a young side they can take Indian cricket forward. Sachin can quietly go out knowing the team is in good hands. Dhoni will start to prepare the next leader.

Posted by msdhoni123 on (June 21, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

@ Baseball-sucks. according to you up to 50 overs of the Sri Lanka batting they pitch was swinging and seaming and when India came out to bat it lost all its moisture and it became a flat track. Please just admit it we played better than you. We beat you in Australia, England,India,Bangladesh and even in Sri Lanka. we played you in every single condition that is possible and yet you always got a excuse after the match. And your saying yesterday that malinga is going to crush the india batsmen. Kohli actually thanks SriLanka bowlers for his success in cricket. And I dont even care if we loose the final because we were the most underated team and came all the way to the finals. So Im proud of India either way

Posted by Blue_eagel on (June 21, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

Guys.. its not the batting or the bolwing which have lifted India upto this position.. out of the 8 teams in the ICC tourment, India is the top in the fielding section... Rohit, Raina,Dinesh karthick,Kholi and Jadu.. Five sharp in fielders in the circle... Not matters even the bolwer had bolwed a wrong Line.. these men defintely save around 30 - 50 odd runs in each matches.. that where the difference is.. I never see Indians faiedl to take the catches these days..

Posted by Solid_Snake on (June 21, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

I would love to see Eng winning the Toss & Sending in India to Bat first..That would be the real test of Dhawan & other Indian Batsmen who have been marching like a Boss after Batting 2nd in 3/4 matches..

Posted by narenthiran_kumar on (June 21, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

What a match from indian team. Starts from warm up match india won all the matches. Normally one team will be very good in either bating or bowling. But now india is strong the both sides. Especially bating order is awesome. Even indian bating in all the matches starts from warm up match with Srilinka and Australia was awesome. Also @Aura123 mentioned his comment was really great. As a pakistani, supporting indian cricket team. Thank you friend.

Posted by ravikini on (June 21, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

Another brilliant performance from India. They have won all the 4 matches in this tournament almost in a cruise mode. No chinks in the Armour now. Hope the final will witness a rain free match. My heart is filled with glee looking at the present form and performance of Indian team. I just wish they just go on and on. I sincerely hope India should strive hard and not get carried away by the recent success. How much I wish India could emulate the dominance of Australia in world cricket for almost 15 years and the West Indies just before that. Hope they just carry on on on.......the dream run.

Posted by 5udh33r on (June 21, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

Poor Sri lanka , I feel sorry for them every time they up for something big they have to cross India and whats the result crushing defeat.I think its a curse on srilanka of what they have done to Indians in srilanka.

Moral of the story for future generations , There is a thing called 'Karma'.

Posted by Romenevans on (June 21, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

@sachin.sss - Dhawan did play and flopped? LOL! Are you kidding me? This guys has only played 1 test and averaging 187 and 9 ODI and averaging 50. FLOPPED? Get your stats clear first before you talk about someone.

Here you go if you still cant: http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/28235.html

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (June 21, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks: Your team won against England only because of batting second? So if your team wins only when batting second then how come your team becomes eligible to lift the CT? You might say you won against Aus batting first, but that was your luck that Aus was playing for Semis, otherwise every one in the world knows that you could have easily lost. Req.RR was very less, but Aus did not use their brain to win. Yesterdays also, if your team has given a minimum fight then you could have said that because of batting first you have lost. But your team has lost with 15 overs & 8 wickets spare.Even in second innings also it was swinging a lot but it was our batsmen who took risk of disturbing your Slinga Malinga batch and that thing SL batsmen could NOT do. They never tried to disturb bowlers line, Sply your Sanga. Your team never eligible to lift CT. How come SL got out for 138 Vs NZ(8th rank)? because your batting depends on Sanga, Mahela otherwise its just a pack of cards.LOL.

Posted by AllInFairNess on (June 21, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks, we scored 1 more than 334

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (June 21, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

@sachin.sss: I am not too sure what you are implying. To make a conclusion that somebody has come out of a purple patch it would take a reasonable sequence of failures. It is not just that 8-0 drubbing that we got but it is much more than that. During the last 2 years, Sehwag has played 17 test matches at 29 avg, Sachin has played 21 test matches at 31.8 avg and Gambhir has played 16 test matches at 28.10 avg. Now these averages are definitely not worthy of the players in question. During this period combined they have scored only one century. In a country of 120cr people, you can imagine how many hopefuls will be around. You cannot disappoint all those by just hanging on with these spent forces hoping that they will once again start firing.

Posted by Aura123 on (June 21, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

I am Pakistani and must say pleasure seeing Indian batting specially the opening pair. I think Indian deserve to just walk way with a Trophy now . Come on India :)

Posted by MH19 on (June 21, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

Well palyed India of course we were totally out played and the Indian seamers were unplayble at the start.Sri Lanka should be proud atleast beating two good sides like England and Australia and could not beat a better team on the day like India who is still unbeaten. Our support is now of course for the Subcontinent team and look forward to see India beating England.

Posted by SamRoy on (June 21, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

@GRVPJR Sir, have you forgotten how "well" Ishant has bowled in England, Australia and SA in the last test series in all those places? Ok, if he had bowled better in England and Australia India still would have lost but had he not bowled all those middle and leg stump half volleys to Boucher and Kallis, India would have definitely won that test series against SA in SA in early 2011. India had them reeling at effectively 130 runs ahead and 6 wickets down with those two at the crease with Zaheer bowling at Ganguly's pace because of injury. Sreesanth was bowling well without luck, Bhajji was bowling well and taking all the wickets exploiting the rough outside right handers off-stump and then Ishant came and bowled the most disappointing spell of my 20+ years of viewing cricket.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (June 21, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

@ Fast_Track_Bully ; Pitch didn't change ???? Of course it did. Why don't u read this article first n comment. When India started to bat, the pitch had almost lost its moisture. So, don't be naive to think that your bowlers pulled of a miracle without any assistance from that juicy pitch in the 1st innings, coz its the same bowling attack we scored 334 earlier. Before the match, they said that it was a brand new pitch n there was a lot of moisture on it. So Winning the toss was very crucial. So India won the toss n then the match. Anyway, G'luck in the final coz you'll facing a test bowling unit there.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (June 21, 2013, 8:28 GMT)

@elgenioroshan: You are both right and wrong. It was indeed Sachin and to a certain extent Dravid/VVS who were responsible for taking Indian cricket to a different league. However, I think all these people are guilty of staying beyond their lifetime. At one point of time, Dravid's test average was about 58 and finally when he retired it was around 52. For a few years he was continuing to play without scoring anything significant (until he had that golden WI and Eng series). Atleast VVS was basking in the glory of that 1 wicket victory against Aussie but he again hung on for too long. Now Sachin refuses to leave and nobody even has the guts to ask him to leave. It was a shame that he had to score his 100th century against BD (that too for a losing cause) when he had so many opportunities to score that against much better teams earlier. The current situation is crystal clear that there are gems that are in hiding and we will not be able to unearth them if the likes of Sachin stay on.

Posted by sachin.sss on (June 21, 2013, 8:28 GMT)

@Romenevans -- Dhawan did play before and flopped. It is good that he is in good nick when he got into the team. The problem with Indian supporters has always been their extreme behavior. If Dhawan gets out of his purple patch, I am dead sure you will be the first one screaming for blood from the rooftop. Sehwag and Gambhir were not a bad pair till before the 8-0 dubbing. The 8-0 dubbing didn't happen over a period of years. It happened within 1 calendar year. Its amusing how on one end people like you want young unproven players to be persisted with despite their failures and in the same tone don't want to persist with proven performers during their lean periods. 8-0 also happened because we didn't have bowlers to pick 20 wickets. The only new comer in this bowling lineup has been bhuvneshwar kumar. So i kind of question your cricketing sense on the comments you made on the indian players.

Posted by SamRoy on (June 21, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge Stuart Broad two test matches in India, 1 wicket. Tim Bresnan two test matches in India, 0 wickets. B. Kumar 4 test matches in India, 6 wickets. Well he (Bhuvneshwar) may be only as good as Bopara as a bowler but he is certainly better in sub-continent conditions than either Broad or Bresnan. And he has done better than either in Champions Trophy. Let him play in SA and England in tests and then we will judge him.

Posted by VJbas on (June 21, 2013, 8:18 GMT)

We all know cricket is contest between Bat and Ball - THIS Sunday is all set for great contest of cracking bat and swinging ball .... Captian cool VS captain Cook, Dhawan vs Anderson, Ashwin Vs Treadwell, Kholi VS Finn, Root VS RAINA, Broad vs Rohit and

finally Jaddu vs ????? OMG No one in earth to compete with our SIR JADDU

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

@BDforeever - I think India was the one who recommended Pakistan for test status. Well I guess back then they (I mean Indian board/politicians) had more maturity than now, especially considering what's happening in ipl.

Posted by Pavinasen on (June 21, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

mark2011, Please have a heart, well the first hour of play was a bit tricky and probably kept SL in check. Notwithstanding this they were in test mode and have only themselves to blame. Good teams come of difficult situation, but the way SL played with no sense of upping the scoring. Dropping catches is part of the game & determines whether you win or lose, again this is not India's fault. I don't think you looked at every aspect of India's game , their strategies etc.Also look at their bowlers, they are not weak as many believe, they are strategists and master at applying pressure and credit must go their leader MSD.They bowled 2 sides out i.e. SA & West Indies, they got 9 against Pakistan & 8 against SL.I am not sure if SL would have been just as successful in their bowling had they bowled first and also I am not sure if they batted second , their batsman would have matched India's

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

This performance is the best of India ever in an ICC tournament ( PS : I wont get back my words even if we lose in finals) becuase we dont have a single player in this team whom we want to hide from the opposition which is not a case in previous tournaments . for eg : 2011 WC(Munaf, Nehra,Chawla) , 2003 WC(Dinesh Mongia, Kaif) , 1996 WC ( almost all barring SRT,Kumble,Srinath) and this list goes on.

Posted by ms2000 on (June 21, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

Good luck India for the finals. You deserve to win it the way you have performed. Sri Lanka got to learn many things from your team. Sri Lankan team has overrated themselves too much. In fact im sure bangaladesh would perform beter than Sri Lanka right now. I wish and pray politics and politicians will get out of Sri Lanka Cricket soon and if not, will see Sri Lankan Cricket sliding further in the months to come. - A Sri Lankan-

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

TOSS......CONDITION......DILSHANS HURT...........BALL SWINGING.......LUCK.......PITCH CHANGES AFTER THE SESSION..........ETC....

Anything else u lankans want to cry out for.........B4 the match u wer saying about the Lankan Supermens Perera's Both kusal and thisara........Revenge on worldcup final and all....

Now that u r lost.... u blame luck and toss.....India dropped catch but Mathews never built anything from tat.......Y was wen u dropped Dhawan he scored...was it luck or talent....why cant Lankans Cling on to catches......why they cant bat to make 200 on the board.... why cant lankans make perform consistently.....why cant lanka put pressure on the opposition.....why cant u make use of conditions....why does ur spinners cant make breakthroughs.....why cant the seamers move the ball both ways or anyways....

If u stick to reasoning u guyzz will never win...... Stop criticizing a learn to congratulate and appreciate.....

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

Its gonna be a tough match for us against Eng...we have to really play well to negotiate their bowling...Hope we continue our good form and win the match...

Posted by SherjilIslam on (June 21, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

To me, the final is very simple. It's Anderson vs India, as other bowlers i really don't believe India would be worried of. Of-course Tredwell if he plays, can easily pick a couple of wickets, but he cannot run through the strong Indian batting order.

Posted by elgenioroshan on (June 21, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

@romenevans - It is incorrect that you say that Indian legends were obsessed with records. They continued playing because of their love for their game and because they in themselves. But it never went their way in Eng and Aus but that doesn't mean they persisted for records. Maybe you are an anti Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly, Sehwag, Zaheer fan. If it wasn't for these people, india cricket would not be what it is today. These are the players that made Indians believe that we could win a lot of overseas games. Since 1983 and the arrival of these players, the india looked very mediocre. If you don't adore these players atleast don't insult by saying they played for records because that also is the insult of the game called "cricket".

Posted by SherjilIslam on (June 21, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 20, 2013, 23:37 GMT):Don't you think you r a bit too harsh on Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. The guy has just started his carrier and whatever international cricket he has played in this short duration, he's done extremely well.Comparing him with a typical part timer to me is a bit insane here. Bopara is doing well bcoz he is playing in England right now, once he has to bowl outside England without any help from wicket, he may leak easy runs to modern day batsmen.But in Kumar's case, he has already bowled in helpless Indian tracks in all three formats of the game and did a terrific job for his team. So to me Kumar is miles ahead of Bopara in terms of Bowling.

Posted by elgenioroshan on (June 21, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

@mark2011 - Dude I don't know if you are a SL fan but let me tell you, why is it that whenever Ind plays very well, people give excuses about toss and conditions. When Aus used to be so dominant in a single series years back, people never spoke about toss and conditions. Give credit where it is due guys. You seem very over confident when saying if Ind lost the toss, we would be on the receiving end. Anything can happen. Ind have lost a couple of tosses this CT, but still the one. Toss matters but not much. SL should have batted better. Why were they poking around the off stump when they knew the ball was swinging? That is poor temperament. Maybe they thought India's mediocre bowling is no match for them. Seriously you people should stop bragging and accept the result and the praise the ones who played well. Cricinfo plz plz publish

Posted by Romenevans on (June 21, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

@yorkshirematt - Dhawan was always in the scene, but because of the obsession for records of our seniors, it was always tough for any youngster to make it in the team. The overseas debacle of 8-0 and then England's 2-1 at home forced us to drop oldies and now its showing the result.

Forget about Dhwan, there is a brigade of young batsmen in India who can play just like Dhwan or in fact better. Watch out for Sanju Samson, JeewanJot Singh, Rahane, Manoj Tiwari to name a few. There are plenty more good prospects, but they always end up in the shadows of records obsessed legends of Indian cricket.

Posted by NP_NY on (June 21, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

@CRLShamalka: Commentators have a job to do and sometimes they tend to overly praise the in-form bowler or batsman. If you don't like the commentary mute your television. It seems you are just having a hard time coping with the fact that Kusal (SL's new opener) has failed in all matches when Dhawan (India's new opener) has top-scored in all matches.

Posted by elgenioroshan on (June 21, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

"Mediocre" Indian bowlers performed much better than the "World Class" SL bowlers. Now I guess SL fans will think twice before saying indian bowlers are mediocre. India is the best team this tournament. All their wins were one-sided and literally thrashed the opposition. Whereas all other teams had close matches. Now I hope SL fans cheer for their fellow Asian team to win the final rather than brag and make excuses for India's performance which is really not good cricket spirit. Cricinfo please publish

Posted by sachinisawesome on (June 21, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

@ some fans I don't really know what India has to do to prove that they are indeed the best team in this tournament. People are now crying about toss, ball was swinging throughout the day. Lucky drop catches how is it lucky even matthews catch was dropped wasn't he lucky then. But he didn't have the temperament to capitalize so is it India's fault. We are playing in India and winning convincingly still people are not ready to accept the truth. If this trophy was played in India then there would have been different excuses. If India would have batted their full quota then they would have scored 300 on the same pitch where sri lanka scored 180. During half time people were saying how difficult the track is and India will not be able to chase the score. Please stop living in denial guys.

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 21, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

@mark2011 Even if India had lost the toss and even if they were 30/4 they would have still put 300 on the board. Pretty sure about it !

Posted by rajapost on (June 21, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

pitch, condition, toss and so many factors matter a lot in cricket.. but it doesn't matter when the bowler is macgrath, wasim, waqar, bond, zaheer, vaas and other quality players..then all these factors look like excuses nothing else

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

@ CRLShamalka Gavaskar never said that dhawan is the best batsmen in world. He just said that he is one of the most intense practitioner of replaying a shot after delivery has been bowled. And as far as shikhar dhawan is concerned he has done well. This is his first tour of england and has done better than many other so called great openers of south africa, sri lanka, austalia, pakistan etc...

Posted by g.narsimha on (June 21, 2013, 7:14 GMT)

-INDIA-rightfrom the practice matches have been playing exclent cricket -excelled in all 3 departments with out having an off day can we maitain that intncity in final - lets hope - best of luck to india baring the last tour we had performed in ENG by winning ODI TROPHiES I am sure CUP WILL BE OURS .

Posted by SherjilIslam on (June 21, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

@ Dravid_Gravitas on (June 21, 2013, 1:26 GMT): Off late i have been critical of you on Sachin issue, but this time can't agree more with you. You just said it perfectly that now it is getting boring now India thrashing SL again and again all kinds of tournament.And to top it all, India is again scheduled to play a Tri series featuring WI and SL. And yes, India has well and truly ended the much hyped guy called Kusal lolz....

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (June 21, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

Few things from y'day's match Contd...

but let the kid play atleast a couple more years and then evaluate whether to be called himself as world's best. These sub-continent commentators should stop exaggerating based on the performance of one or two series. Russel Arnold is no different. to be continued....

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 7:06 GMT)

Well commented Raj Sundararaman

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (June 21, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

Few things about y'days's match Contd...

6. Kusal Perera has to forget that he's not Jayasuriya. He should apply some sensible, safe strokes to his shots selection. There's only one Jayasuriya and only he can play Jayasuriya shots 100%. Kusal may use only 50% of Jayasuriya-like shots and the balance 50% his own shots which may help him to score atleast 30 runs. 7. Sri Lanka must have a left arm seamer if they want to trouble a batsman like Kholi. 8. SL can't win matches when they drop catches of in-form batsmen like Dhawan's. No point of taking superman-like catches in league stage and dropping dollies in the big stage. 9. Gavaskar says that he has never seen a batsman like Dhawan who practices the shot after facing a ball. Has Gavaskar gone crazy? 10. Gavaskar and Manjrekar think that Dhawan is world's best batsment just because he scored a century against Aussies in his debut match and that he top scored in CT13. True enough the bloke is talented. (to be continued...)

Posted by BDforeverr on (June 21, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

Initially I underestimated Indian team but well done! Congrats from Bangladesh

As I requested earlier , I request ICC shud arrange arrange more ODI tournaments just like for Srilanka (played 42 Odis) Max Odis played by any country . Where as we got only 26 matches yet we rank 9 th .. easily we wud hav replaced WI or NZ for this champ trophy and I firmly believe one day we will easily catch up with SL . India is the main country which put both SL a BAN in world crick map Thanks .

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

1985 benson and hedges world series [australia] 5 matches all won now its going to be a repeat if india do not falter at the last huddle

Posted by mark2011 on (June 21, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

India played well, but this is more of a toss win, match win situation. had SL won the toss India wud have been in receiving end....additionally SL didnt have luck right from the toss to end of the game.thye dropped catches at crucial moments... it was overcast condition that outplayed SL batting and the threat was less in the second half of the match. clearly there was a favourable condition to Ind. I dont think this type of world series shud be played such an unfairable condition to one team and favourable to the other. you cant find real winners if you play a match in this type of condition. where is the fair play?????...

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

Indian bowled and batted well on a track which offered some help for fast bowlers....it was a true English pitch and Indian did an excellent job to trounce the Srilankan's

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (June 21, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

Few things about yesterday's match...

1. India out-played SL in all departments. 2. It is pointless to blame about losing the toss. A team with a positive mindset would have gone to score 250 + 3. SL batsmen went into a shell after loosing Kusal's wicket and Dilshan due to an injury. They should've rotated the strike atleast even if it was difficult to scored the boundaries. 4. I didn't see anything extra ordinary in Indian seam bowling. It is just that SL batsmen poked at deliveries and got out that they should've left alone instead. It wasn't a sub-continent wicket that you could wag your bat blindly at every delivery and get away without edging to the slips. Indian batters showed how to leave out the unwanted deliveries. 5. SL is mentally down when facing India. They (including captain Mathews) always give pre/post negative comments about their self-belief against Indians. They simply look haunted when playing against India. to be continued...

Posted by IndianCricketGuru on (June 21, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

Sangakkara and Mahela digged the grave of Angelo Matthews.. Similar condition and better bowling attack of England could not stop winning.. It seemed deliberate attempt to loose the match by Sangakkara and Mahela.. Poor Srilankans..

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

A comprehensive win for india. First with d ball & then their batsmen doing d job. It was a good toss 2 win, but SL batsmen never had d momentum going. i think mahela & mathews laid a good base for a late assault, but unfortunately for both of them, both got out 2 poor shots. only dissappointemnt for india was 2 dropped catches in d outfield & rohit missing out on a big score despite a good start. whole of d world is rooting for him, but unfortunately, he's getting out when he is abt 2 launch. may be he's saving for d big final. Fitting finale for d ICC champions trophy. Alas ! its d last edition.

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 21, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

People are saying that England attack will test Indian batsmen. I can assure you it will be other way round. You will see both indian batsmen and bowlers dominating england. India will be ultra agressive and they would like to put the records straight as far as last tour was concerned. England will doctor pitches and will make excuses of unfvaorable weather conditions at the end of the match. Watch out for Royal England Thrashing!

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (June 21, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

SL fans still believe it is bad cricket from SL that lost them this match. On the contrary, it is actually great cricket from India that won them this match. SL batsmen just didn't have a clue on how to bat against the supposedly "mediocre" bowling attack. The bowling was absolutely desciplined, the first wide came well after 20 overs were bowled.

Just sample this. When the commentators (Nasser and Ganguly) were wondering if Dhoni would handover the gloves to Karthik and start bowling, he did exactly that within a few overs. If the veterans are able to think so off field, under no pressure, Dhoni is able to think the same way on field. Brillianto!

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 21, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

@Otuwa Mate, give credit to indian batting. Malinga might surprise new zealnd batsmen with those slow yorkers but indians put them in stands. Average of 42 vs Indian and economy of 6.50 is a very ordinary performance by any standard. Particularly when it is the most inexperienced Indian team on the park.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 21, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

In the WC final SL won the toss still India won and here India won the toss still SL lost. SL claimed better performers overseas, but not against India. Fast swinging pitches and India utilized those conditions very well. There wasn't any change in conditions - it was overcast and windy - in the second innings too. But less talented SL bowlers were not able to utilize it. And a pathetic fielding gave chances to Indian batsmen. There is a big difference in quality of cricket between no:1 team and nO.5 team.Simply India sink SL. Am I correct mr. @Baseball-Sucks ?

Posted by DINESHCC on (June 21, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

We play each other almost every Thursday. Despite that 340 + comments!

Posted by paapam on (June 21, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

It was an unexpectedly easy victory. India may like to think of Amit Mishra for their 12 in the final. England's top middle order has made runs in this tournament; mostly against seam bowling. Mishra would give them an option. A safe way would be to get Mishra in at the expense of Yadav. An aggressive way would be to play with one batsman less

Posted by rajapost on (June 21, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

my asia 11 on the basis of this tournament - dhawan, rohit, misbah, kohli, sanga, dhoni, jadeja, kula, bhuvan, wahab, ajmal

Posted by rajapost on (June 21, 2013, 6:15 GMT)

when a batsman is judge by seaming, spinning track or bowler friendly conditions, why not a bowler should be judge in batsman friendly conditions? if pitch is damp, weather overcast, and blah blah..then every bowler will bowl well, wether from india, pak, lanka or england and so on.. india has a weak bowling unit, no doubt, but which team's bowler did a great job in adverse conditions in this tournament? NO ONE.. mighty England attack gave a cakewalk to lanka in 293 chase :)

Posted by wakaPAK on (June 21, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

Indian batting has always been great except for the last some years when selectors had to stick with old and expired guns. The new blood has changed everything now. Their batting transformation was expected after the test losses to Australia and England; it was just a matter of saying bye bye to the seniors. The major factor in Indian transformation is their bowling. They were just short of a fast bowler in Umesh Yadav who though expensive at times was the missing link in Indian lineup. A fast bowler always make the other bowler take wickets. India has every chance to dominate cricket during this decade. Their Achilles heel of fast bowling seems healed now. They are the most populous and cricket loving people so there is no dearth of talent and application in India. It would be foolish to ignore the ground realities. This decade is India vs SA vs England.

Posted by Jay_candid on (June 21, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

Ok.. Lets talk about finals now.. India Vs England in England.. What a final for the fans, broadcasters, organizers,advertisers.. Two in form teams meet in the final.. I am really disappointed by the way other teams played in this tournament .. Lets hope to have a thrilling final.. I fee India's middle order will surely be tested in finals.. Better be ready.. All the best to both teams..

Posted by vinci21 on (June 21, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

@javed butt@kamran mirza i apprecite your comment because that's your bussiness,you says luck do you KNOw "FORTUNE FAVORS THE BRAVE(tiger)" do you when you are humiliated in group stage after lossing 3 matches evev with your arch rival india, then indian's didn't criticize your team we neglect your team defeat and every time trying to praise your bowling,i did'nt pass hate comment due to you against our pakistani brothers. i think luck favors most of your team how much early they got home .

Posted by chapathishot on (June 21, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

Excuses by some of the Srilankan fans are mind boggling.The match is not lost in the toss or the wicket but in their mind they were worried about losing than playing for a win.Both Sanga and Thirammane wasted a lot of balls they never even thought about taking singles they did not want to get out.The same with all others ,The pitch and the conditions remained the same through out and the experienced Srilankan bowling failed where inexperienced Indian bowling performed.Yes Dilshans injury was bad but they should have sent mahela instead of Thirammne to keep the left right combination and if they cant handle this then who can

Posted by deep6321 on (June 21, 2013, 6:03 GMT)

Akila_Gurusinghe:" India were really lucky in this match. Otherwise Lanka would have won this. First of all Dilshan got injured. He was in prime form today. Had he stayed, things would have been different. Also, when Indian openers were batting there so many close calls, edges falling short, missing outside edges, lucky bat-pad that saved LBWs. Couple of early wickets and things would have been different."

@Akila_Gurusinghe and that's the way cricket is defined. Stop crying for If's and But's and accept the truth.

Posted by Otuwa on (June 21, 2013, 5:56 GMT)

@Lalith Wasantha-Agree with your Malinga opinion.Atleast i didn't see he had ball 3 yokers in the innings.Where is his slow full tose?Slow yorker?Slow bouncer?I think he didn't want to win a match against India.Why did he smile?It was not a time to smile.LOL.

Posted by hotcric01 on (June 21, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

Congratulations to India!Their situation is more similar to they were at CB series in Australia in 2007. A Young team,but is full of talents,determinations and temperament. They are hungry to win.In that CB series lot of young talents were emerged. Gambhir,Rohit,praveen,Ishant,etc...Dhoni also was a young captain at that time.They beat a very dangerous Aussi side(including Hayden,Gilly ,Symonds,Lee..)twice to win the trophy.In this series,they are also with same young talents and rise of Dhawan,Bhuvi,Jadeja,Rohit,Yadav,karthik is amazing.Never write off Ishant.He is a dangerous bowler on his day.Although conditions were tough,SL should have played better cricket than yesterday.They lacked attacking ability which Indians had.They failed in all three departments.Hopefully they will correct their mistakes.England are my pre- tournament favorites.But whether win or loss the final,India are the best team of this tournament.They have handled various conditions so well.

Posted by DilumSL on (June 21, 2013, 5:48 GMT)

It's stunning performance by India through out the series. Even though I'm not much of an Indian fan have to say that they deserve to lift the cup. With the performance of this series they totally gain my respect. Good luck India. And had to say something about Dhawan... err wait i have no words. We will see some wonderful stuff from him if he continues to go on like this. For SL i don't think they need to worry too much. they were never the favorites to hold this title. just set up your mind and get ready for the next series in WI. and please please send some youngsters. Dilshan will probably not play due to his injury. Rest atleast one of Mahela and Sanga. And rest Herath. Win or loose does not matter play some good cricket. Thats all that matters :)

Posted by rajapost on (June 21, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

sachin_sss don't try to be oversmart! first aff all, here every indian is polite and cheering for INDIA.. they are giving good wishes and boost for the final, whats the problem you have? here no one gonna eat their words, because as an INDIAN we all are very proud to say - "Beat the british once again, this time on the cricket field, on their own soil.."

Posted by deep6321 on (June 21, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

SL played really bad cricket.I dont know what kind of mind set they were having. Up to the 16th or 17th over they had lost only one wicket and still were not scoring well. That made them loose their wickets and finally the match..

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge you are right mate. Kumar is about as quick as philander who tormented england in their last test series vs SA and bopara he is in the team to work on the ball as they say and we all know what that means. it will be an even contest if the ball swings in the final and toss will play a big role. and if it does not swings, well we all know

Posted by jango_moh on (June 21, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

great by india!!! i dont understand why folks r saying it swung only in the first half... im sure the ppl who said that did not watch the match... yes it swung a bit more in the first half, but all throughout the match, the ball kept swinging.... give credit where its due!!!!

Posted by Hanumall on (June 21, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

In ODIs, perhaps rather more than in the other formats of the game, the first 10 overs of an innings are crucial. You are a strong team if your opening bowling attack can consistently take a couple of wickets in those ten overs and or a good opening batting partnership that takes you through the first ten overs without loss. India at the moment has both, and are proving hard to beat. Best wishes for both teams in the finals. May the team that fights harder and plays better win, without help from M/s Duckworth & Lewis or mere advantage of toss or differential pitch and weather conditions and player injuries!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 21, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

@Javed But. Please check who won the toss in first game.lol. @Front-Foot-Lunge. Very funny comment indeed. The same thing happened in 1st semifinal and it was excellent at that time. Now its not good? Learn to appreciate others efforts.

Posted by Sharath274 on (June 21, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

India's performance in the tournament has been a dream so far.. cannot quite remember any previous championship where they have been so consistent. The only worry now is the case of law of averages. just hope it doesnt catch up with us for 1 more match. Without a doubt, India have been the most consistent team in the tournament and even more important is that they have hardly been tested in any of the matches, except when De villiers and Peterson threatened for a brief while. Just hope Dhoni can add one more silverware to our enviable collection of all other major cups in the shorter format (ODI, T20).. England if they go by history may like a seaming and bouncing track and then it would be better if India get in either Irfan or Vinay in place of Ashwin as conditions may warrant that.

Posted by Kadmin on (June 21, 2013, 5:17 GMT)

Poor performance by SL. Good Luck India. I think India deserve to win the tournament. Dhoni can fill his cabinet with the missing piece here. OH Angi.. you have a long way to go mate. Keep improving, that's the only way. Die hard SL fan.

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 21, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

India have wasted Ishant shram on playing on flat dead wickets. Wile people like steyn and anderson get cheap wicket by palying on juicy tracks, poor ishant tries his hardest on pitches that have absolutely nothing in them. If anderson were to play his cricket career in India, he would have been seriously contemplating retirement now. Look at andersonm's record in India, its PATHETIC!

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 21, 2013, 5:12 GMT)

Even if toss was crucial where was so publicized techniques of great sri lankan batsmen. None of them look comfortable. Credit goes to young and inexperienced Indian openers who haven't played before in englnad , unlike sri lanakn greats who have played more than 300 matches and are playing for 15 years. Rohit sharma is unnecessarily crticized as well.Average of 31 is not bad ( if jaywardene avg is 32). It seems like no matter what Indian team does few people are there to demean their performaces. They must eat a humble pie!

Posted by ifrakurshid on (June 21, 2013, 5:05 GMT)

congratulation to team india as anticipated never thought it will be a one sided affair it was a walk in a park for india to cruise in the final appears paving a way for victory for india to rescue ipl internally and internationaly so that money making continues. cricket loose or win will keep on going good or bad intrest of friends are to be maintain at all cost.

Posted by jimbond on (June 21, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

ICC have to do something about the pitches- the winners of tosses have too big an advantage- we could see that in both the semi-finals. The first semi-final, one got the feeling that had SA won the toss, they would have disposed off England. In this one, if SL had won the toss, the match would have been very interesting. India have looked by far the best side- especially their batting, and would have been fun to see their batsmen trying to counter the tough conditions. In the finals, I hope England win the toss, else its going to be a one sided contest again. And for India's bowling, though Ishant Sharma is bowling well, I wonder what happened to Praveen Kumar? That guy,instead of Ishant would have provided a lot of balance to the side. And why not play Irfan Pathan instead of Ishant on such a good pitch for seamers?

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

yes, weather god helped India but SL was lacking........... They had the indent to win even when they scored 137against New Zealand but for this match??? Where was lasith's morale? Where was his variations? I think he was scared at bowling at Indian team.Was he scared loosing a better bid in next IPL? He also goes in to the same boat of Ajantha Mendis. He should drop himself against India or the selectors should drop him against India same like for Ajantha Mendis.Our batters were scared in throwing their bat outside off!They left so much outside off. Yes, the ball was swinging but where was SL attacking mode.Everything went against SL. when Dilshan tried to attack he was injured. Bad day in office for SL.

Posted by Htc-Android on (June 21, 2013, 4:43 GMT)

Congratz to India for the win. Good luck on your finals. It was Really a poor batting performance from Sri lanka. I know the wicket was difficult for stroke making, but what was Sanga and Thirimanne were doing. Playing a series of maiden overs to Indian bowlers, Why couldnt they try to rotate the strike. We really need to work on this weakness. We batted so negatively throughout the game. I hope correct this mistakes on the WI tri series.

Posted by onlyIndiathebest on (June 21, 2013, 4:40 GMT)

Well This is why everyone wanted AUS in the semis with India. Sad for all the people who braved the weather to see a good game of cricket.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 4:37 GMT)

@Javed Butt : you guys never try to give credit to where its due , do you ???? is it so much difficult for you to praise the team for their very good performance????? conditions were same for both team, pitch was same for both teams, if you have seen match , even lankan bowlers got swing and indians were troubled too, but they played the fearless waiting game cricket, and they have won.... simple as that...... and yes the scenario may be different on sunday, better team will win on the given day......

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

One of the most unimaginative and poor strategy performances by Sri Lanka, perhaps the worst in last decade.Where was the spine, and it looked like the players barring Dilshan had left it in London Oval. What happened to inspirational leadership that was visible at oval? The first 50 took over 120 balls and after fall of Sanga did it ever occur to Mathews to have inspiration and send Kulasekara or Thisara. The way Kula handled Swan in Oval was forgotten and instead Mathews went. And in the end we labored to 181. Had Kula being sent at 42/3 he could have turned things around because he is the only player who hit sixes without leaving the crease.History repeats itself and Lankns did not want to learn from very recent history at the Oval. Familiar scene just as in 2011 World Cup final when everyone saw how we wasted opportunity. Time Lanka appointed a manager who can talk to players about onfield and 0ff strategy and how to work the SWOT analysis and plan strategy and not just do as is

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

Facing Jimmy and Finn is going to be a challenge for the in form Indian openers, unfortunately, the lower order batsmen have not been tested in this tournament.

Posted by RoshanF on (June 21, 2013, 4:16 GMT)

Its that darned toss again. Nevertheless it must be said that even if SL had bowled fisrt the very strong Indian line-up would not have folded like that. But even they would have struggled. As Malinga being negated by the Indians - its the IPL experience they have on him. As for the SL selectors they rarely learn from the past. Kusal Perera is a talent alright BUT he was short on confidence and had failed match after match FOUR times. Surely Jayasuriya should have recalled what happened in 2003 when an woefully out of touch Mahela Jayawardene was continued in the team for seven matches where he scored only 25 odd runs. It put immediate pressure on the following batsman and it handed the momentum to the opposition. Here history was ALLOWED to repeat itself as Sangakkara to all effects played like an opener in all the matches. So shouldn't they have dropped or 'rested' Kusal and opened with Sanga or even Thirimanne. Result - defensive play in all important first 15 overs where SL excells

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 4:15 GMT)

SL batted well except for Kusal who is having a bad patch or even not suited to these wickets. All other batters did well against the swinging ball and if Dilshan was not injured SL could have got around 250 which would have been a good score. Ball was swinging, seaming due to wet pitch and overhead conditions. The ball was not travelling to boundaries due to wet ground. After about 45 overs into the match the conditions became almost normal. So SL could be happy with their batting but not with their fielding and bowling. Bowling I wonder why they did not bowl fuller and in line. Also Sachithra is the better choice in one dayers. We also need to get Angelo Perera and others as backup. We did not have a backup for Batters.

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (June 21, 2013, 4:12 GMT)

I have been watching cricket since 1990, but till now I have never seen Indian cricket team winning so convincingly and specially in group stages India always used to struggle either with runrate or do-or-die situation etc. But here they are far beyond that stage. "Luck with be always with the winning side" this is like "chicken first or egg first " like thing. When you start winning, then luck helps you. Only with luck no team wins the matches so convincingly. The quotation should be "Luck favors both the teams but only winning team utilizes it to the max".SL did not take risks and could not change Indian bowlers length. But Indian openers, took their chances & disturbed SL bowlers. Specially Dhavan who always tries to disturb the bowler either putting his leg back at last second or by coming front foot. Sehwag used to disturb the bowlers with his demolishing shots. No doubt that Dhavan & Rohit is playing a big roles in winning which was lacking with Sehwag & Gambir.

Posted by Otuwa on (June 21, 2013, 4:02 GMT)

An ordinary performance from Sri Lankans.I am really disappointed as a Sri Lankan.Actually we need some consistent.138/10,293/3,253/5,181/8.And i think Jeevan had played for keep his place in the team.Thisara is like a machine trying to attack all the balls over the midwicket.No offside shots in his book.Mathews has long way to go as a captain and player.He doesn't perform neither.Anyway only Sanga and Mahela showed some positives in this tournament.Another failure.Another semi final was gone.But smile from players.But how we can smile????

Posted by AnanthKumarM on (June 21, 2013, 3:56 GMT)

A very good game of cricket, both sides had a very good chance to make it to the finals but the Indian bowlers perseverance, good form of its batsmen and tight fielding saw them through. Sri Lanka batted quite well on challenging wicket, a slightly more aggressive approach would have certainly made the contest a more exciting affair. India are now in a great position to compete against England in what could be an exciting final. However, Sri Lanka deserved to be congratulated as they fought really hard this tournament, especially in the group games. Kuddos to M S Dhoni's men on making it to another ICC 50over tournament finals!

Posted by warneshane on (June 21, 2013, 3:54 GMT)

Harmony111

You are too much optimistic of ENG chances. IND will feel much easier with ENG than SL. This current inexperienced SL can beat current ENG team(having Anderson, Broad ,Morgan, Buttler) 5-0 again if played as of now. The inclusion of Kevin Peterson can't help ENG. Either you are not watching cricket or you are watching only ENG cricket. ENG won because SA played badly which they had admitted. Kulasekara who was bowled yesterday had mauled this high class ENG attack. When Ravi B. smashed SL, people all around the world (Including Brian Lara) had appreciated him for his work. When SL & Kulasekara smashed ENG, nobody even remember Ravi Bopara's batting. Whatever Shan156 had written, it was based on the close observations. Any thing happen in cricket but ENG's defeat in inevitable.

Posted by Prem2248 on (June 21, 2013, 3:50 GMT)

(being the runner-up of the Best Schoolboy batter of the Year in 2007, and thereafter in Domestic Tournaments, however the Best Schoolboy batter of the same year, 'Nilushan Nonis' has never been even considered for selections (though he had maintained same consistency in the Domestic Tournaments immediately after leaving school) so as many other brilliant schoolboy cricketers of last 2 decades. Mathews was able to make into the side over other quality players, because of his extra abilities in bowling , in contrast the 3 self-centered seniors that don't want to get themselves dropped nor do they have any concern for the future of Cricket(2B CNTD) Posted by Prem2248 on (May 28, 2013, 5:23 GMT) in the Country, didn't have such school careers to boast of, even though they are being employed as front-line bats (the main reason of SL's poor performances since 2007). "

Posted by Prem2248 on (June 21, 2013, 3:50 GMT)

SL's problems & SLan fans are suffering due to ignorance of the J&Ps. There is no way the Country could win a tournament having too many henchmen in the Side. In the yesterday's match, the J&Ps employed 4 proven players only in Mathews, T'manne,Malinga & Kulasekera the other 3 qualty players were asked to carry water for the Henchmen. I'd pleased if you could re-publish a comment I made before the start of this Tournement under the heading: "Champions Trophy 2013Mathews embarks with plenty to prove Andrew Fidel Fernando May 27, 2013"_ " Posted by Prem2248 on (May 28, 2013, 5:22 GMT) What Mathew's needs is a team of quality promising players. The team that has been given is filled with some inconsistent batters and few average bowlers, apart from; MATHEWS, CHANDIMAL, T'MANNE, MALINGA, NUWAN, ERANGA & SENANAYAKE all others are just pilgrims. By the way Mathews has nothing to prove here, he has proved more than enough since his Schooldays

Posted by lakschari on (June 21, 2013, 3:50 GMT)

When Dhoni scored 183 against SL and followed it up with another cautious innings (when India had lost 6 batsmen needing 90 odd runs ), Arjuna Ranatunga hinted that Dhoni is a rare breed and here to stay for a long time. Undoubtedly, Dhawan has been a revelation. He has proved beyond doubts that he is not a 'flat track bully' which is the tag given to all Indians when they have played well in India and are going overseas for a major series or tournament. Ofcourse being from India they will play most of their matches there so I don't understand the statement of some frustrated people. Dinesh karthik is one of the unsung hero's and the 2 consecutive innings he played in the practice matches reinforced the positive attitude of India. England's bowlers will have to make plans for each Indian batsman now. Hope to see a good final

Posted by Smack-DAT on (June 21, 2013, 3:49 GMT)

@MH19: Be there in airport to welcome your team, and @Franckie Fingga and many others who never fails to criticize Indian bowling, dono why!!, instead of having intimidating bowlers, its better to have Useful bowlers who can deliver instead of shooting looks to batsmen, people who bashed India for dismal performance overseas in last couple of year forgot that the same team won across globe, and how well India recovered to form a good side, still not tested in test matches but in ODI the road to mission 2015 is already look very bright. Well played India..and all the very best for final..

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (June 21, 2013, 3:39 GMT)

Pre-match, every match that India is going to be involved in, it appears it is going to be a close encounter. But during and after the match, we see that it all turns out to be a damp squib one-sided affair. It happened with WI, Pak and even SA to a certain extent and now against SL. What is still fresh in our minds is the drubbing that we got against Eng in Eng, Aus in Aus and Eng in Ind. Our mind refuses to believe that the current Ind team can actually perform so well.

Now the finals again appears to be a close thing. England having all the ammunition to trouble India. I do hope that atleast this time it is for real.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (June 21, 2013, 3:36 GMT)

It's the opening pair of Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, combined with balanced bowling attack and excellent fielding, that has taken India to the finals. Apart from the individual players, a lot of credit goes to the Indian selectors for dropping non-performers like Sehwag, Gambhir and 10dulkar, and to Dhon,i for keeping faith in Rohit Sharma. If we still had the above mentioned non-performers in our team, we would have crashed out of Champions Trophy long time ago.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 3:35 GMT)

India without their best batsman (Pujara) have won 6 (2 practice matches in a row now. But, in the final, it may all depend on who bowls first in muggy conditions. Conditions improve for the team batting second.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

One more to Go......... England. Such a dominant performance right from the warm up matches.. Srilanka, Australia, SA, WI, Pak.. Did not get chance to play with NZ..

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 3:06 GMT)

we respect india's talent.however pitch has changed dramaricaly whn india start chasing.if the conditions were the same we would have posted a defendable target and we might be in the finals.well played s/l.if not sl it shd be india.cngts india on finals.

Posted by siri12345 on (June 21, 2013, 3:04 GMT)

Till today i had the perception that keeping wickets in hand in odi cricket should be the ultimate goal even if one scores at a very very slow rate for the first 35 overs becoz with wickets in hand a team can back itself to score as many as 120-135 in the last 15 overs or so.but we completely lost the plot at the end.after mahela was out we should hav sent thisara perera to take full use of the powerplay and we would have reached atleast 230 from where mahela left and should hav given something to our bowlers to defend.i would call it a poor tactical thinking.and dilshan got injured at an absolute wrong time.had he been there runs would have flown and sanga would hav been under less pressure and things might hav been different but anyways with a new skipper i will take the 3rd place in the tournament anyday.cricinfo publish

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 3:02 GMT)

happy to see soem of fans from srilanka baseballsucks, and other fans from all over the world congratulating india instead of repeating same old excuses ( except some here and there )..... thanks to baseball sucks the attitude of lankan fans have changed..... i think all the critics have been answered here, indians cant play away from home, cant play on REAL cricket pitch, cant play swinging ball, cant play except on flat tracks.... hope all the fans got their answers.... and we can get even more answers on sunday....

this is just what doctor orderd for india as for as to begin the new cricketing season is concerned.... now indian team dont have the pressure of bringing back the seniors,

this is what addition of some YOUNG blood will do to a team......congrats india.....

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 2:58 GMT)

The article seems too 'pitch oriented'. Of course, it was a great toss to win, but then the Indian bowling was on the spot, hardly a ball straying onto the pads or wide of the off-stump.

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (June 21, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

I think the Indian fans should move on rather than respond to the Lankan fans who are in a state of denial. Let's talk about the finals where India is facing the second best team of the tournament.

Posted by pinn on (June 21, 2013, 2:53 GMT)

Utter dominance. Fortune favors the brave, hence the missed chances. Rohit is showing his class, still need to convert them to a bigger one to keep the critics of the bay. Otherwise a fine effort from everyone.

Dhoni is the super all rounder now, started bowling too. I remember a WI keeper in the mid 90s, became a left arm spinner in later part of his career. Can Dhoni be ?

Posted by winlotus on (June 21, 2013, 2:52 GMT)

Indian side should be restricted to ten players to make contest on equal footing in the final.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (June 21, 2013, 2:26 GMT)

What a damp squib this semi-final has been! Hope we will have some decent opposition in the finals in the form of England. This is getting boring now, the way India is thrashing Sri Lanka again and again and again..........as expected, of course. So, is it safe now to say that India ended the career of that Kusal guy? Lol.. cheers ;-O

Posted by Sadiq1952 on (June 21, 2013, 2:26 GMT)

Well done team India. You have kept the pride of South Asia alive. In Engand you face a formidable competition. I hope you don't choke and pay your best. I am looking forward to a challenging competition at the final. Hope neither team will disappoint and also the weather gods will oblige.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 2:24 GMT)

Now just waiting for big final.

Posted by landl47 on (June 21, 2013, 2:19 GMT)

The two semi-finals were very similar. The teams that won the toss elected to field, got the opposition out for 175/181, got the runs for 3/2 wickets in the 38th/35th over.

India has looked the pick of the teams throughout this tournament. The batting has been stellar, the bowling balanced and varied, the fielding excellent and Dhoni has captained the side brilliantly (although I hope he will decide to bowl against England in the final!). England has been less consistent, with very efficient performances against Aus and SA, less convincing against NZ and good batting let down by poor bowling and fielding (and not too clever captaincy) against SL. Still, their last performance was their best and hopefully that will carry through to the final.

As an analyst, I have to say that India looks the better team and must be favorites. As a fan- I hope England prove me wrong!

Posted by bhavesh__j on (June 21, 2013, 2:17 GMT)

Wonderful Bhuvi has redefined some of the mathematics equations.

i.e. Bowler X Batsman X slip fielder = Edge and caught at slip. Here, Bowler = Bhuvi, Batsman = Left hander and slip fielder = Suresh Raina

Alistair Cook, please be aware.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (June 21, 2013, 2:08 GMT)

Again my predictions have come right. This current india team is increasingly looking really formidable. Too early to predict that they will retain the world cup. Fans ,just focus on this series. The final will be interesting i guess. I am gonna support england,the team which looks just a little weak out of these two. Lankan fans have come out with excuses blaming the toss,ipl and rain. Lanka is becoming india's bunny day by day.

Posted by Gamaraala on (June 21, 2013, 2:01 GMT)

It was very hard to come back to cricinfo after yesterday's match. My heart goes to all in the Sri Lankan team. We all are sad but can imagine how they feel.

Ifs, could have's and would have's aside, CONGRATULATIONS. Well played India. The smallest worry you had was in bowling and you showed us that you had corrected that issue yesterday.

I'll be happy with any team lifting the trophy. If India win, ok the trophy goes to Asia once again, and if England win, good to see India get beaten by a team we beat at group stage, so in my fantasy world, all three are equal. ;)

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 1:48 GMT)

those weren't the pitch invader i'm afraid

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 1:36 GMT)

I am a big jadeja hater, but I must admit the wicket of Mahela was massive. Had he stayed on he could have easily took Sri Lanka to 260+, as he is one guy that has shots all around the 360 degree playing field. Although mahela played an ordinary shot, credit goes to the spinners and dhoni for keeping it tight. the way he destroyed zaheer in the world cup, his wicket was match winning, as well as ishant's wicket on Sanga. Well played India. Sri Lanka I believe should be above Australia in ODI rankings, infact they would have won the ODI series had the 4th ODI not been unnecessarily called off.

Posted by Stat1977 on (June 21, 2013, 1:33 GMT)

Well, Poms have the chance again to get their hand on a cup.Bring back the memories of last tour, India in England.Anderson and Broad are lethal with the ball in english conditions.Cook,Trott and Bell can easily play weak Indian bawling attack.If the conditions are right its going to be poms' day,bring it on!

Posted by CandidIndian on (June 21, 2013, 1:31 GMT)

Shan156 - Thanks for the kind appreciation of Indian team. For me England have an upper hand as they are well aware of these conditions and also they have lot of experienced players with Cook leading from the front. Anyways whichever team wins , the final should be exciting and not one sided like semis, best wishes.

Posted by bhavesh__j on (June 21, 2013, 1:29 GMT)

It was really a No#1 justifying show by the young Indian team. Not many would agree. But there wasn't much difference in terms of talent and performance in both the teams, however there was one big plus with India. They had innovator leader who always comes up with ideas "out of the square". Dhoni has yet again shown how unpredictable he could be when it comes to applying the pressure tactics on the opponent. Considering he was running out of overs in terms of fast / medium pace bowling, he took of the gloves and gave a crack of his own medium pace bowling. It was really courageous decision in such high level games. Though Dhoni himself didn't took many wickets but it was the need of an hour to keep the pressure on SL with quicks rather than releasing the same with by bringing in spin. Otherwise, it is unusual that Indian spin would only come in to attack @ 22nd over and Ashwin bowling his first over @ 31st over. Hats off to your planning MS.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 1:28 GMT)

Indeed if the Indian seamers show similar discipline, temperament and bowling intelligence as today then it certainly will be a favourable game for them to win, especially considering that the fast bowlers are backed by Jadeja who's performance during this tournament has been nothing short of stellar, coupled with Ashwin. I say Eng wont have it easy.

Posted by sachin.sss on (June 21, 2013, 1:23 GMT)

@ indian Supporters -- We have not WON THE FINAL YET . So if you guys wanna go on a bragathon, be prepared to eat your words if England wins

Posted by AvidCricFan on (June 21, 2013, 1:21 GMT)

It is not only the Indian batting, but the under-rated bowling has contributed handsomely in all wins. I would give more credits to the Indian bowling. The bowling has created conditions in three matches in this tournament where batting had to chase relatively low score.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (June 21, 2013, 1:04 GMT)

There was no surprise here with India destroying SL after Dilshan hurt himself and Sanga getting out early. Both are so pivotal to SL, and the players after could not pick up[ the pace. Perhaps they missed a trick in not sending Kul'era out again and 181 was always mediocre. The resrt was Dhawan and Kohli really, as SL attack lacked anything. At least though it stayed fine. The two best sides now play the final...as mentioned the best bowling side v best batting, though both sides use the top order much better than anyone else. See you Sunday,Indians!!

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 1:03 GMT)

It was so gratifying to see India playing well in these conditions. At last, India have the right combination from the players we have, and Dhoni is leading them well. We definitely have moved on from Sachin-Dravid-VVS-Ganguly-Sehwag-Gambhir--Kumble-Bhajji-Zak era, for ODIs. Hope, similar bold moves can be expected for test matches too, from the selectors.

However before we get overboard with our exuberance about this particular match, just for a moment, imagine this was finals, and this was the pitch, England won the toss, and had inserted India in! Some balance will creep into our judgement.

In normal conditions too India most probably might have won, perhaps not with 15 overs to spare. Sri Lanka was unlucky. First losing Chandimal. Second, losing the toss. Third, Dilshan's injury. Fourth, the dropped catches. Only UDRS was their friend!

Posted by heathrf1974 on (June 21, 2013, 1:01 GMT)

India's cricket has been very impressive. Dhawan's innings was very mature.

Posted by   on (June 21, 2013, 0:45 GMT)

If the birmingham pitch is flat deck then the one player India should be wary about is cook, since heas the ability to play long and fast innings more than others in the English batting line up. If he strikes then England could think of making 330 above, which would be a challenging total for India.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 21, 2013, 0:37 GMT)

Two average perfromances from both teams in today's contest. Sri Lanka folded and threw their wickets away after some early accurate pressure from Kumar, who is about as quick as England's Ravi Bopara. A tasty innings from Dhawan though, but generally it was a weak semi-final match.

Posted by Shan156 on (June 21, 2013, 0:27 GMT)

@Harmony111, we did score 290+ against SL and lost. I know conditions were different but I thought Eng's bowling on that day was bad. I am not sure if Finn would play ahead of Bresnan. I think we should play Finn and not Bresnan but based on some cricinfo articles, it looks like Bresnan will get the nod. And, I think the young Indian batsmen will relish his bowling. As you said, if it swings, then Jimmy would be a handful but so will B.Kumar. Ishant looks like he has improved but based on his past record, he will be either too good or too poor on any given day, more often than not the latter. While I think our batsmen will play Ashwin well, Jadeja will be the key. England have had their fair share of troubles against him with both bat and ball. And, Umesh will be a threat with the ball too. India will start as favorites. Let's hope it will be a great game and not a one-sided one.

Posted by TRAM on (June 21, 2013, 0:06 GMT)

Its heartening to see young India performing ... No more undue praising commentaries "showing his master class" etc Heartening to see the quality fielding as well by India. When did I see 3 slip catches like this at slips (may be Azar was the last). All thanks to the policy of selectors - to drop the oldies and bring the young.

Posted by sensible-indian-fan on (June 20, 2013, 23:52 GMT)

I think the finals is simple. Its Indian batsmen Vs Anderson. Man, that Anderson is scary good. Tredwell is damn good too but Anderson can run through this batting attack.

If Indian batsmen can negotiate Anderson, giving maybe 1 wicket or so, then it would be MOSTLY a cakewalk win for India. If not, well....its going to be a reaaaalllly hard fought match. If its a flat pitch (I heard it isn't), then Indian fans need not worry.

This final is definitely a match between 2 of the best teams in this tournament.

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (June 20, 2013, 23:37 GMT)

India Vs England...time to bury the ghosts of 2011 forever, Come on lads!!! You can do it. Bhuvi...show who is the new "Swinging kid" on the block!!!

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 23:21 GMT)

please someone get rid of ishant and replace him with irfan pathan. what more does irfan have to do? last time he played, he made 29 n got 5 wickets. better fielder, talented bat who can switch roles to suit the situation, and while hes not steyn, he definitely bowls as well as ishant does. Fletcher and Dhoni ru listening?

Posted by yorkshirematt on (June 20, 2013, 22:50 GMT)

Question to indian fans. Where has Dhawan been? Had he played in the India v England Test series I do not think England would have won. India will never have a lack of talent that's for sure, especially if they have the likes of Dhawan lurking in the domestic leagues. I wonder how many more there are like him in the background waiting to be discovered. Scary thought

Posted by giridhar33 on (June 20, 2013, 22:42 GMT)

Why Hasn't Herath Bowled today to his maximum quota???? Why Jevan Mendis given more preferrence??? Can anybody answer me????

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 22:42 GMT)

top class performance india.......

Posted by RM_WLL on (June 20, 2013, 22:20 GMT)

Excellent performance from India. A younger, fitter team has done well. Time for the Sri Lankan selectors to show some vision for the future rather than relying on past greats. Identify 3 senior players for the 2015 World Cup and bid farewell to the others.

Posted by Tweety20 on (June 20, 2013, 22:19 GMT)

As an SL fan, i'm really disappointed that we couldn't make it to the finals. Today everything was going wrong for us (from the toss to the pitch).But i'm extremely proud of how our team fought hard to reach this point and it's a promising prospect for the future games. We know our cricketers did their best to keep our hopes alive afterall they are also human beings. We SL fans stand by our cricketers in whatever they do, supporting them to the end. Don't give up, keep going LIONS...!!! and congrats to India.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 22:17 GMT)

Like to note down many things that went un noticed during the match 1.Most credit of restricting the Lankans goes to Raina for those impressive catches and dives(best of Sangakara) 2. Experience can be beaten by experience ,thats why Dhoni prefers Ishant over Vinay coz his 3 made the match a total one sided contest 3.Dhoni didnt bowl just coz he was short of one fast bowler ,if you saw the match closely he was snizzing most of the time ,he wanted to warm himself(so muscles dont strain when they bat) and Dk just in case they were need for hard hitting latter,and unlike Dilshan injury them self in the process of hitting, also after Sanga 's wicket Dhoni actually knew he had won the match ,you could see the billion dollar smile on his face when he was bowling to verify the fact

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 22:14 GMT)

well done team India!! looking forward to seeing the champions trophy in Indian hands!! cheers!

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 22:09 GMT)

Hi Imsrk may the the best lucky team . So far played 4 games won all 4 tosses.Will see if they lose the toss in the final we may see their true colours.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 22:05 GMT)

I think India should thanks the luck. The coditions were horrible when Sri Lanka played. Had Sri Lanka won the toss results may have been different. Same was the case when they played against Pakistan.If England win the toss on a rainy sunday & put India to bat we may see the real Indian batting strength . At present seems the luck is too much on their side.

Posted by Divinetouch on (June 20, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

Congrats to the sons of BharatMa.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 21:53 GMT)

Final promises to be a good one...the best ODI bowling attack v the best batting side. Come on England

Posted by SmartSAN on (June 20, 2013, 21:49 GMT)

@NP_NY. You missed Dhoni's school of captainship/cool head

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 20, 2013, 21:44 GMT)

Bombay, Hobart, Cardiff, insert any city that has hosted an India-SL match and the result is a foregone conclusion. The chances of a Sri Lankan win is the same as them winning a test match in India, which is NEVER.

Posted by PPD123 on (June 20, 2013, 21:44 GMT)

It is going to be a cracker of a contest on Sunday at Edgbaston. India are firm favorites to clinch this one. Eng will have to dent India early upfront. That is the only way I see India second guessing at this stage. If India is able to get on to a good start (batting wise) then it will be extremely difficult for Eng.

I also think India would do well to chase. Even though it is a final, I think batting 1st in these condidtions is proving to be very challenging, hence bowl first, try to restrict the opposition to a decent total, set up a solid foundation while chasing and then go for the kill. That would be the mantra which would win them the cup... Go India Go....

Posted by AverageJoe2 on (June 20, 2013, 21:43 GMT)

Looking forward to a mouthwatering final between the two best limited overs teams in the world right now. England with home advantage, some excellent bowlers and potentially sound battesr will fancy their chances HOWEVER (and it is a big however) the Indian elephant has looked sure footed and solid throughout the CT so will be difficult to budge. Will it be Anderson or will it be Shikhar TheOne (I thought of the play on Dhawan's name and thought to share it with all) Enjoy the final.

Posted by bijudiya on (June 20, 2013, 21:43 GMT)

England reach 175 with 75 balls remaining WIN by 7 wickets INDIA reach 182 with 90 balls remaining WIN BY 8 wickets sure india have the real batting strenght YES INDIA WILL WIN...........!

Posted by khansa06 on (June 20, 2013, 21:34 GMT)

Stuart Broad better get his nails clipped by "Big Daddy" Chris before the finals. While at it, Chris can clip Ravi B's nails as well.

Come sunday, Stuart will see his recurring nightmare called "YUVRAJ" turn into a reality called "Shikar". And Mr. Anderson get ready for a bitter reality check.

Posted by chetan129 on (June 20, 2013, 21:30 GMT)

@ Shan156, i guess you are wrong mate no Indian fan had any doubt that SL will even come close to competing. I was already making plans yesterday and inviting friends to come to my home and watch the final on Sunday. I really hope India lose the toss, bat first and score a convincing win on Sunday. it means i have to get up at 5:30 AM to watch them bat.

Posted by bijumonssss on (June 20, 2013, 21:26 GMT)

England reach 175 with 75 balls remaining WIN by 7 wickets INDIA reach 182 with 90 balls remaining WIN BY 8 wickets sure india have the real batting strenght YES INDIA WILL WIN...........!

Posted by intrepid_khan on (June 20, 2013, 21:23 GMT)

Congratulation India for a marvelous Win, i am a pak fan but always support Asian teams when they deserved to be and specially against England/ Australia asian teams should perform , Best of luck for the final ! Hope the best team win on sunday ! but seriously India is the clear favorite this time around =) Hats off to your selectors for being so unbiased and for favoring the talent over BIG NAMES !!

Posted by Sudhir65 on (June 20, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

Proud to be an Indian and a Delhiite whose great products are Dhawan, Kohli and Ishant Sharma.

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 20, 2013, 21:12 GMT)

@Shan156: If there was any team I'd not wanted India to play in the finals it would have been Eng. I would be reasonably optimistic of India's chances against any team except Eng. I still hope India win the trophy & brag that India have the capability to do that but as a team, Eng do run India very close & it would be a close tight game I think. My biggest worry is how Indian bowlers would do against Morgan & Butler. These two can totally disrupt their rhythm and if they get going Ishant or anyone else can go for 90 in 10. That will be catastrophic. India also have similar talent but on an avg Eng have a better bowling attack than India have. At least they are smarter. Eng are capable of scoring 270-290 batting first and while India can def chase it, it will be tough against Jimmy & Finn. I'd currently say India have a 55-45 chance but if Eng do win their first ever ICC trophy then I won't be surprised.

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 20, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

India always make the Lions look like Lambs!

Posted by Herath-UK on (June 20, 2013, 21:08 GMT)

It is a case of sheer bad luck that Sri Lanka lost today; it was raining buckets just a couple hours before the game and indian batsmen would have struggled if batted first.Dilshan was striking the ball so well getting about ten in the over when he pulled the muscle and later in the day to add salt when the indians batted the terror in the pitch almost gone. ECB should be ashamed organising such an important tournament in this damp weather where the match is a lottery won at the toss. They have bided successfully to stage the 2020 WC also in June! When the conditions become so unfair to one team, no wonder those players lose heart.Well done Sri Lanka showing their prowess in the game in a world tournament. Hopefully when get some luck like Dhoni one day,Sri Lanka definitely will win a cup somewhere down the line as rest of the skills are in abundance. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 21:08 GMT)

This tournament is Indias' to loose, I don't think even England have it in their batting line to post a total India cannot chase or get.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 20:57 GMT)

Until now there were no exciting games in CT2013. Almost all the matches were one sided. I think toss played a big part in all the games. Indians are playing like a well disciplined side.Should appreciate Srilankan's spirit especially it comes to main tournaments as they reaches in semi's and finals in almost all the main tournaments. They are a side grooming under mathews. This CT2013 deserves either to england or India with the way they played throughout the tournament. The final will be a contest between England bowlers and Indian Batsman. Now words to praise Dhoni, he is a combination of Character, Luck & performer. He makes the term captain" fruitful in all the ways ..Best of Luck Team Indian ..Bleed Blue ...Go Grab it

Posted by Sentryman on (June 20, 2013, 20:54 GMT)

Similarities are too many. India wins world cup in 1983, loses home series to England 2-1, goes on to win B&H WCC 1985. India wins world cup in 2011, loses home series to England 2-1, goes on to ... Champions Trophy 2013? Will history repeat itself?

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 20:53 GMT)

India is justifying their #1 ranking, well done! final would be close contest unless rain plays its part :)

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 20:48 GMT)

Credit where credit's due. Our guy's didn't keep their foot down today and paid the price. Batting conditions were unforgiving, but India pretty much owned the game. Well done, and best of luck for the finals. Lions better start getting their playing together and tighter, and also rethink their use of Kusal Perera at the top. Jarasuriya didn't start at the top either, and maybe this is a sign that he should start down the order where he could wreak some chaos in the last part of the innings.

Posted by NP_NY on (June 20, 2013, 20:36 GMT)

Dhoni indicated yesterday that he is planning for the conditions and not the opposition (because he knows SL too well). And how well did he plan for the conditions! I am sure he had a sold plan in place even if he had lost the toss. What a captain, what a man!

Posted by Shan156 on (June 20, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

As I expected, India have thumped SL. Even some Indian fans were not sure if they would beat SL but ultimately it was proved today that India are a class apart in ODIs. They are the South Africa of ODI cricket. know Pak. beat India in India in December but that was an exception because India were playing Gambhir and Sehwag who were fading forces and they had the likes of Dinda playing some games. The addition of Dhawan, Rohit, and Karthik and the return of Umesh has strengthened the team. I doubt if Pak. would beat this young Indian side if the series were to be played again now.

As an England fan, I can only hope that India have a bad day on Sunday. If both teams play to their best, I think it would be close but India would still win. For Eng. to win, we would need to play at our best and India would need to have an off day. Would England be able to stop the Indian juggernaut? We will know on Sunday.

Posted by bleed_blue007 on (June 20, 2013, 20:34 GMT)

We should really applaud selectors, first for outing non-performers or so called seniors and secondly, for their belief in young players in such a prestigious tournament. From past many years these younger players were not getting chances, now they got and they rocked the world. This team has the temperament and a relentless heart. They got everyone's respect (even outside India)….who cares if India loses the final (which I am pretty sure not going to happen…!) Believe me India has more talented players than this playing 11. Just need to search and groom them. I wish Varun Aaron will join this team soon.

Posted by NP_NY on (June 20, 2013, 20:31 GMT)

@Sridhar Voorakkara: Very cool observation about Shikar indeed sir!

Posted by NP_NY on (June 20, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

Srilanka, welcome to the Shikar school of batting, the Ishant school of bowling and the Raina school of fielding/catching. Oh, and I am sure you've already been introduced to the Kohli school of cricket many a time. Go India!

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 20:28 GMT)

sri lankan cricket board has to learn many things from BCCI look at the way they cultivated young guns with organised training and accademies.look the progress of indian nder 19 teams progress since lat ten fifteen years.there is lot of player like rahane,gauti/ rasool on the queue to get a chance .it shows future of indian cricket is much brighter

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 20:28 GMT)

We lost it when so many dot balls appeared in the innings. It was like a test innings and where was the fighting spirit? Something wrong in addition to pitch and the weather or did I have unrealistic expectations. Any way ,well played to India as they are definitely the deserved winners.Thanks for the entertainment and pride given until up to this point for SL team. In win or loose ,we are with you and that will not change .

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 20:27 GMT)

Congratulations India! The better team on the day, if not the best team of the tournament, won, and deservedly so. I am a Sri Lankan supporter and am disappointed at yet another loss and it is very tempting to dish out excuses such as the advantage of winning the toss (India) and Dilshan's injury. But the fact of the matter is that this Indian team is in such superior form and have such great talent that they are a league apart of the rest of the world right now, and it is no disgrace to lose to this team. England have absolutely no chance in the final and the ICC may just as well present the trophy to India right away. I also salute the Sri Lankan team for qualifying for the Semi's yet again which is a great honour and proves that we are no pushovers.You showed great attitude after losing the first game to NZ, to win the nest two and qualify. Commiserations! You tried your best against the best and came up short, which is nothing to be ashamed of. All the best for the final to India.

Posted by legfinedeep on (June 20, 2013, 20:27 GMT)

So yesterday, everyone was talking about how SA choked? Is it fair, now, to say that SL choked, too?

Posted by Munkeymomo on (June 20, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

@Madan, not sure who is underrating the Indian batting, it has been immense since they arrived in the UK. I picked them as the team to win before it all started. I'm stoked England will challenge them in the final. Best of luck to both teams.

Posted by Sudhir65 on (June 20, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

The winning of toss helped India a lot today but I think in all 4 matches they did or would have gotten past 300. Great achievement.

Posted by Sudhir65 on (June 20, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

The spin of a coin should not be a deciding factor in any important match. That is why ICC should look into getting rid of coin tosses and let teams alternate in deciding to bat or bowl first. For example, if India decided to bowl first today against SL, then in the next game let SL decide what they want to do first.

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

By far india is best team in thw tournament and truly deserved the trophy

Posted by sanjaycrickfan on (June 20, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

Congratulations to Indian team. They have played fantastic cricket since the start of this tournament and looked great in all facets of the game. Their bowling, fielding has vastly improved along with their batting which has always been their strength.

Today it was a great effort by B Kumar and Ishant which gave them the advantage, backed up well by spinners Ashwin and Jadeja.

182 was a well under par score on this pitch though it did help bowlers. I thought Sri Lanka were too tentative and never really took on the bowlers and never put them under pressure. I suspect they were looking to keep wickets and score in last 15 overs. But good effort by Indian bowlers to not allow them to do that.

Shikhar has been in superb form and did his job splendidly again. He was a bit patient early on but made sure to score the odd boundary and keep the scoreboard ticking. Kohli too played a fine hand.

England is another fine team who are good enough to beat India. Looking forward to a good game.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (June 20, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

Yet another powerful performance by India who will start the Final deserved hot favourites. Enthusiastic fielding sets the tone and the rest follows.

Posted by NP_NY on (June 20, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

@Raveendra Ranganatha: "Win the toss and win the match". Yawn. Same old boring excuse. How about Play well and win the match? At this rate, India can play SL with 7 players and still win. Toss and conditions ain't got noting to do with it.

Posted by andrew27994 on (June 20, 2013, 20:03 GMT)

Magnificent performance from India in all 3 departments of the game. Very pleased to see everyone contributing well. This is probably the first time India has ever played a tournament without being challenged. Though the winning margin against SA was not so big, SA had very few moments in that match. Shikhar Dhawan has shown a lot of maturity and has been a revelation in this tournament. Hope he gets picked for the tour of South Africa. Another reason India have done so well is because of the discipline of their bowlers which was never the case in previous tournaments where 1 or 2 bowlers could get targeted.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 20, 2013, 19:59 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks: Wonderful comment from you finally lol. SL gave it their best shot. Better luck for the future. I hope you will agree that Sanga and Mahela aside, SL look poor. Their young players need to step up which is exactly what the young Indian players have done. Also, I don't think Angelo Mathews is captaincy material. Perhaps, they need a new direction. How about Chandimal captaining in the future ? Lot of questions for SL.

Posted by mar2000 on (June 20, 2013, 19:58 GMT)

Same results for the finals . CRUSHIBG win for India.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 20, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

It is refreshing to see some nice comments from Pakistani and SL fans here. Thank you for the heart warming wishes. We hope you will cheer for India in the final. INDIA have been the best team in this tournament and have won all their games with true skill, passion, and fairness. Anyone trying to belittle this wonderful young team will only end up looking silly in the eyes of others. Those of you who still continue to question India's dominance need a reality check. Do not let jealousy, and misery cloud your common sense. Accept the truth with humility and move on.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

Wow ! Dhawan was the top scorer in either side for 4th time in a row. Must be a world record. If the test match is added, that's 5 international matches in a row he was the top scorer. I hope I am not jinxing him.

Posted by bleed_blue007 on (June 20, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

We should really applaud selectors, first for outing non-performers or so called seniors and secondly, for their belief in young players in such a prestigious tournament. From past many years these younger players were not getting chances, now they got and they rocked the world. This team has the temperament and a relentless heart. They got everyone's respect (even outside India)….who cares if India loses the final (which I am pretty sure not going to happen…!) Believe me India has more talented players than this playing 11. Just need to search and groom them. I wish Varun Aaron will join this team soon.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

good win for india everyone contribute in every game equally

Posted by PAKisTANeee786 on (June 20, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

Well, Kudos to India as they thoroughly deserved this win today, while salute to the Sri Lankan team for playing spirited cricket every time they step in a big tournament. They need a lot more respect form int'l cricket than they get, because it is small, but very jubilant country who keep producing match-winners and world class players. Today, was just not their day i guess...it didn't seem like they came to win, i might be wrong. However, this sets up a good final between India and England, lets see who brings it home. Quite honestly i think India deserve it more than anybody in this tournament as they've outclassed everyone in every department of the game. So the better team may win on the day. Cheers:-)

Posted by PakCricSpin on (June 20, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

Win the toss and you win the game. :)

Posted by Danufur on (June 20, 2013, 19:49 GMT)

Congratulations to India! That was royal thumping to say the least. The better team clearly won and there is no doubting that. Back to the drawing board for us. A lot to take away from these last few games. The positives would be Kulasekera's all round performance and Thirimanne's innings the other day. Many negatives, but the glaring ones being Kusal Perera's tournament average of 3.5 and the below par performances of almost all the younger players in the squad. Will be interesting to see what chances happen in the side if any, heading to the West Indies. I would personally like to see all the veterans left behind. And take a younger squad across. Might as well put up average performances with new faces rather than old. I believe it's time to take a page out of India's playbook. Good luck to India for the final.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

indiancoolguy no ways england aren't the 2nd best odi side,though i agree with you re:india

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

After watching cricket for 20 years (right from my childhood), I never saw an Indian team dominate any tournament as they are doing now.

Congrats and keep rocking.

Posted by SmartSAN on (June 20, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

@Thiwanka Dodanwela: I would agree #2 to #5. Not #1. It is not pure luck. Do you think any one have guts to get into the business they normally dont do (MSD Bowling)? That is MSD.

Posted by trueanalyst on (June 20, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

@gurusinghe or whatever,From April 2 2011 On wards India won 9 matches against Sri Lanka & lost 2 Matches . India played only the worldcup final at home all others matches being played in Australia,SriLanka(4-1 for India) & Dhaka.India has won against your Team at ur home,In Australia,In England & In Dhaka.India lost the Toss 7 times.Please ask your captain to make the right decision after winning the Toss as Tosses win the matches :)

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

Good win for India and it hardly came as a surprise.More like a stroll in the park than a competitive match. @Baseball-Sucks - What a contrast in your comments and its sad that NONE of your predictions came good (latest being - Rohit Sharma getting a duck as you predicted in pre match preview). I'm afraid you need to wait some more time to bash Indian team again.For now - its team India all the way. @Akila_Gurusinghe - Yes India was lucky and you are spot on.India is also lucky that - Poonam Pandey didnt promise any thing for Srilankan team. India is lucky that BCCI can influence weather and coins in a cricket match. Most importantly India is lucky that Malinga is playing for the SL team :)

Posted by andrew27994 on (June 20, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks : Nice to hear that you've finally decided to acknowledge when your team has been beaten. Win or lose you must always support your country but always acknowledge the team which has won without giving any excuses like luck or other factors. That's the spirit of a true cricket fan.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (June 20, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

@IndianCoolGuy ; Ok. lets not get carried away here. Shall we ??? My comments simply based on TODAY's match. India played better cricket today n we didn't. So I accepted it n gave you all the credits you deserved with my best wishes for the final. So just be cool n enjoy your victory,will ya ?

Posted by rohan8579 on (June 20, 2013, 19:42 GMT)

First of all...What a thumping win..Kuddos to these NEW LOOK / Approach / Attitude / Young team...what a fantastic performance through out the tournament...now one WIN is away from the CT13 Cup...but lets see how Indian Team fared during this tourney....according to some "So called Critic".. *Warm up match--again SL..oh we have go 4 wickets in less than 50 runs...so what Kohli performed or Dhoni performed...we could have won it had it not been Kohli or Dhoni??? aint they from Team India??? and yea we dint bowl with our main bowlers we were just testing it and dint take that seriously coz it was warm up??? Against Aussies...same excuses...of not taking this match seriously? still guys 65 all out???? you must be kidding me.. * Against SA..before match..lets see what flat track bullys do against mighty SA..even withour styne it would be difficult to score...330 on board and excuses changed...yea pitch was flat..coz Indians could score and without styne SA are nothing...really? cont....

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (June 20, 2013, 19:41 GMT)

@ Akila_Gurusinghe, LOL what else are we missing here .. Ball was too round, Kookaboora ball only swung for Indian bowlers, English weather was too biased in India favour, The Grass on the outfield was too green, Indian players jerseys were too light, Indian fans in the stadium were too loud.. and finally Jayasuriya was watching from the stands instead of playing...Phew- did i miss something?

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

Well if you say Dhawan got lucky because of the dropped chances - All it means is that SL are not a good fielding unit & that Dhawan puts a price on his wicket and makes it count after every dropped chance......there are no ifs & buts and nothing hapens due to luck......u'r fielders are just not good enough............We could say Sri lanka were lucky to get both "reviews" in their favor.....accept it mate....India are a way better team....in all departments

Posted by La_Bangla on (June 20, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks, You can't unnecessorily criticize SL team. I think SL fought hard and did all they could. It's just that Indian team is just too good. And only so much SL could have done to stop this mighty talented Indian team.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

India played superbly, their bowling was tight,fielding was sharp& their batting was fearless. Pleasant to watch. This new look indian team has forgotten the big names of Shewag,Tendulkar,Gambhir,Yuvraj, Harbhajan,Zaheer..Today 3 quicks bowled splendidly, I thought Ishant/Umesh might be replaced by Irfan/Vinay, but both of them proved me wrong. In final they should bat carefully against Anderson,Finn,Tredwell/Swan.They can fancy to score to other guys. Good luck to team India.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

Sri Lanka to beat India... 1. We need a better luck (Currently luck is with MS). 2. Need a left arm fast bowler. 3.Need Two spinners who can toss up the ball.(Rangana is more suitable for TEST) 4.At least Two specialist batsman who can hit the ball very hard without any fear. 5. Malinga should not play against India anymore.

Posted by Putty1978 on (June 20, 2013, 19:32 GMT)

@Kamran Mirza : Grow up and try to appreciate a good win by an excellent team. Weather conditions were similar to both the team and India has won batting first in this tournament, so all your arguments are either judgmental and biased.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

Well played India. Sri Lanka it's time to assess the strength of our side. SLC & selectors it is in your hands to improve the game. Not to have a good time with the board finances visiting every touring country in the world.

Posted by WonkyBail on (June 20, 2013, 19:30 GMT)

Walk in the park for England and India in semis with 2 very one sided games, this is the final that I would want as an English man. I probably expect India to win as they have a new verve in the field and have looked surprisingly good (to me) bowling, the batting is always strong. Winning the toss may be decisive so let Cook win please tubby Dhonni. x

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

Win the toss and win the match... simple as that

Posted by screamingeagle on (June 20, 2013, 19:26 GMT)

Unfortunately the SL bowlers were not good enough. I think they have a mental block now, when they play India.

Posted by screamingeagle on (June 20, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

@Smiling, absolutely right. The scenrio might have been India winning with 10 overs left and 8 wickets in hand.

Posted by RameshRayaprolu on (June 20, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

Definitely forget Viru, but do we really need Gambhir now :) ?? In any case, I think this is all good until IND plays against ENG. The ultimate "test" is coming up this Sunday !!

The logic is simple: very few ENG players were playing IPL !! So, in the final game, Rohit/Shikhar/Virat/Karthik are bound to be tested by the ENG bowling attack !! Let us see how they survive !! If they do, then I think this Indian team has got back its fame of best opening pair after Sachin-Ganguly .....

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (June 20, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks: First time I have seen you writing the facts. Gentlemen always accept the truth dear. And the truth is INDIA is far more better team than SL, in fact better than other teams also by the way they are playing now. If you see the Cricket ratings, India stands at 1st place, England in 2nd , Australia in 3rd, SA in 4th, SL in 5th. Australia has badluck, otherwise they would have come to semis in place of SL. So overall, the best teams are there at Final. and India is going to lift the final Champions Trophy. All the best.

Posted by sarangsrk on (June 20, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

@Harmony111..what a stinging reply, mate..absolutely loved it. The SL team and fans need to accept that Ind team has been better than SL team for many years now. Some results here and there can't change that. Lot of SL fans are giving excuses about toss and first batting but if you saw the match, the ball didn't swing that much and Thirimanne and Sanga didn't get out driving the ball. Then, Indian spinners bowled beautifully too. I was expecting SL to score against them but they could not. SL once dominated ODI cricket and that too only in sub continent but India were honest enough to admit it. I don't think SL team and fans are made of the same substance and hence, I don't expect them to admit that Ind is a better team overall. I just hope that the final is a full game like today and if Indians play sensibly in first 10 overs even when batting first, Eng wud be looking at a huge total. well played India and stay grounded.

Posted by kanbro on (June 20, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

from world cup final to champion's trophy semi final the sri Lankans had zero or 1 victory against India and still they pretend that they are good against all. After this loose I imagine some damns who support SL will come with great findings but guess it's tooooo early to predict that b'coz the dumps need more time to analysis with co supporters and find damn good reason to hide them self behind their teams lost over India.

Posted by BMDeep on (June 20, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

Well played both teams nd atlast,d better team won.It is not just winning, but winning with complete domination. I dont want to bash some of my fellow commentors here, but ppl r being so cynical wen it comes to Ind winning.wats wrong in giving a team their due credit wer they have earned it? So much talk abt d rain nd Ind's advantage if d match was cancelled. well, wats ther to complain now? @ Kamran, u r saying ther is nthng spl in India's bowling. Who said anythng abt being so spl in bowling? U dont need to b spl to perform ur task. So much talk abt how spl Junaid's, Irfans's nd ajmal's nd look wer they hav been now.Nw for d ppl who complain abt toss, look at d margin of victory. for thise who talk abt dilshans injury,he played 19 matches in eng wid an avg of 29 (check stats sec for conformation). I doubt he wud have played any differently today.for ppl who say dhawan got lucky, blame ur own team. d truth is,Ind played wel nd they won.I dont want to take any credit away frm Sl's.

Posted by lakjak on (June 20, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

If you feel toss is going to decide the course of the match have a plan in place. And still if you feel like you can judgel the pitch conditions only after 10 overs have contingency plan. If you still fell you can't judge the pitch even after loosing 5 wickets and 30 overs at least have a disaster recovery plan.The point is, Srilanka neither had the plan or talent to win this game. If Dhoni would have lost the toss he would have implemented some of his last minute plans, tactics and cool head to get a decent score and defend it.

Posted by RST_99 on (June 20, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

some of the srilankan fans are not accepting their defeats against Team India.To be honest srilanka did not deserve to be in the semis.They were the lucky ones because aus vs nz match got abandoned.Had that match not got abandoned,Srilanka would have been relaxing at home watching semis played by nz or aus.Today their approach was terrible,the ball was swinging... accepted but they werent positive in stroke making at all.Sanga n Jaya are the only players they look for in crisis but they cant win matches depending on these two only.Malinga isnt a new one for Indians and they play him well.It is boring to watch India vs Srilanka because they are playing too much cricket against each other....rather change the opponents..enough..

Posted by Rahul_is_king on (June 20, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

congratulations India - truly have played amazing throughout the series. Just smash England and then let the celebrations begin!!

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (June 20, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

Well played India a comprehensive win which matches their no 1 ranking and world cup holder status. Hard luck to the Lankans, Mahela and Mathews batted well in the conditions . But I think their bowling missed the trick by bowling short , Rohit needs to capatilise his shot to get out was simply nonsense . He has to cement his place by getting more 50 + score atleast . All the best to both the finalist , England could be very tough due to their bowling strength and host country advantage . Dhoni and Cook are also very smart captains . May the best team win on Sunday.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (June 20, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

@an_alcoholic ; The very first comment about Mathews is giving a surprise isn't from me. Its somebody who is pretending to be me.

Posted by kc69 on (June 20, 2013, 19:11 GMT)

Well that was a thumping victory...Team India reminds me of 1983 WC winning team participating in 1985 World Series in Australia. About todays match-Two teams who play each other frequently yet are so different in their approach. One team that has dropped its 2011 World Cup heroes(Sehwag,Gambir,Yuvraj and Zaheer) and still playing like champions with bright young talent and on the other hand Sri Lanka still depending on its heroes of past like Sanga,Mahela and Dilshan with little or no help from youngsters,this looks quite like old team India which used to depend on Sachin,Sourav,Rahul etc to stand up and perform for their team victory. But when a team depends on few good players you may win one or two matches but not the entire tournament.

Posted by thelogicaldude on (June 20, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

@HamzaBoneyM : The 1983 World Cup Final was played on the 25th of June and not the 23rd. You can't just eat up two days out of history to give us an impression of a poetic finish. However, nothing would please me more than India lifting the last ever Champions Trophy. Go team India!

Posted by philipsmgp on (June 20, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

I dont understand if srilankan team has a think tank or not.I thought they were in panic facing india and lost the match even before it started.How is Thishara perera considered to be a specialist wicket taking bowler.They needed to play with 4 specialist bowlers they already have jeevan mendis and dilshan (as part time spinners(he was injured later) and of course mathews as a specialist all rounder.And most of them saying conditions were difficult batting first.Yes it was.But did the srilankan players show any intent to score quickly or to try spoil the rythm of indian bowler.They were in their shell.12 runs in the powerplay35-40 against spinners.And still u blame the conditions.The conditions didnt get any better when india was batting. Look the way kulasekara was bowling it was still difficult to bat.The indians not only showed patience but they were attacking the odd balls showing good intent. They totaly outplayed in class, Temperment and captaincy.

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (June 20, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

With Dilshan, Sangakkara, Mahela retiring probably in the next 4-5 years, with no decent replacements on the horizon, SriLanka seem to be going down real fast. I have not seen Sri Lanka bat this poor since 1996 when Kalu and Jaya transformed opening batting. Aus, Pak, Sri L, looking really weak. I see WI climbing steadily in the next 5 years to top 4 in ODIs.

Posted by hawkeye30 on (June 20, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

Great patience and maturity was at display by India. I thought it was one of the best innings that India had played considering the alien conditions and a few good bowlers. It was a pathetic display by the Lankan's to say the least. The batting did not have any intent, the bowling was average and the fielding at a all time low. All this could change in a matter of a game as it has happen many times before. However when it matters the Lankans falter. I am a Sri Lankan and as much as I would like to find an excuse for the loss it is clear that we have along road to travel before we become a consistently competitive team. India on the other hand have done remarkably well specially with the new comers. Some thing that the Lankan youth can learn from. I have no doubt our guys will bounce back. But that does not mean the issues are done with. We will need to find a lasting solution in the very near future. Congratulations India and hope you thrash England!!

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

This Indian men look like having will and strong desire to get the target(trophy).They look like Australian team between 1996 to 2011......We missed viru and yuvi....but dhawan and rohit sharma made us to think present.....anyway we miss them really...Chakde India

Posted by Lahori_Munde on (June 20, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

A total demolition job by Indians. Well played India!! I must say this Indian team is performing as best as any team has ever performed in such big tournaments. I have watched every game in this tournament inclusing warm ups. And I must say the Indian bowling unit is right up their with the best. I just can't believe the comments here still questioning Indian bowing. Please prove me how Indian bowling is weaker? They uprooted Aussies for 65, the only team to dismiss our two top performers quickly and keep us in 160+ range. Demolished SL today with spinners taking 4 wickets and seamers the other four. None of the team ever seam to sustain momentum against this Indian bowling unit in this tournament. Credit must be given where it's due. Its a sport and lets be fair, regardless which team we follow..

Posted by an_alcoholic on (June 20, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

@ baseball_sucks...respect your comment....though it seem a bit contrsting from ur previous one....mathews surprised india by including parera.....well i really loved this surprise....nyways best of luck for the future.....we dont have to wait too long to meet again...

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

@base-ball sucks.. you come under the few cricket fans i mentioned!! refreshing to see SL fans accepting India played well..

Posted by kahvas on (June 20, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

Ind vs Eng will be a cracking contest. Whoever bats second has a better chance.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks-Sucks on (June 20, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

What utter thrashing! Ouch that's gotta hurt!

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (June 20, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

@Akila_Gurusinghe ; Lets face it man. You guys very well know that I'd be the first one to join the party if our team did anything right TODAY. It was a fair fight n we lost it. Yes, in the morning it was difficult to bat on that pitch (as the moisture helped Indian seamers to move the ball around n when we bowled the pitch had dried up).But thats how it worksBut as professional cricketers, our batsmen should have been able to overcome those factors. I didn't think we even wanted to win the match by watching their body language.

* It doesn't mean we're not talented or anything. Its just we didn't play to our potentials TODAY.

I think Mathews better remember that "HE HAS GIVEN A GREAT RESPONSIBILITY TO CARRY THE LEGACY OF THE GREAT LEADERS LIKE ARJUNA RANATHUNGA AND MAHELA JAYAWARDENE " He better live up to those expectations. We've seen how young Mathews played a few years ago with a great spirit. We want him to mature like good wine, not bad curry. SRI LANKA 4 EVER !!!

Posted by Poda_Pokkai on (June 20, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

I thought I would stop watching cricket after certain people's retirement, but this is THE TIME to watch Indian Cricket.

Posted by Naikan on (June 20, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

Your comment "what really foiled Sri Lanka's plans was the assistance the pitch provided to spin" reminds me of Derek Underwood. He was known to make (or let us say Harvest) a lot of hay when the Sun shone on the drying England pitches soon after the rain. While my intention is not that of comparing Ashwin with Underwood, he and Jadeja have a similar fastish spin in their bowling. In hindsight it might have helped to do some pinch hitting up front against the pacers by sending in Kulasekara earlier today.

Posted by kc69 on (June 20, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

@Kamran Mirza:"In England if you bowl first you win, nothing special about indian bowling". I hope you watched India Vs SA or was that game played outside England???

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (June 20, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

Thank God. The match was not washed out. Otherwise some of SL fans would have cried saying that India has reached finals because match was not happened. No excuses guys. Cricket is gentlemen game. And gentlemen always accepts the truth.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (June 20, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

When it was decided india Sl semifinal fate of the match was also confirmed

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 20, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

@Akila_Gurusinghe: India have been 30 times lucky against SL in the last 5 years or so. India were lucky to win the WC Final vs SL, India were lucky to chase 321 runs in 37 overs vs Sri Lanka, India were lucky to beat SL again in Asia Cup, India were lucky to thrash Sri Lanka 4-1 in their home, India were lucky in every single match that they have won against SL, right?

On the other hand, SL earned their spot in CB Series when they tied a match they should have lost vs India when the umpires failed to count from 1-6. SL earned their spot in CT13 SF when they were bowled out for 138. SL earned their WC 96 win when they chased in heavy dew conditions.

SL have earned every win they have had while India have been plain lucky. It just happens that India go in the field and Lady Luck dives into their pockets.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

Superb all-round performance by the young Indian brigade!!! Congratulations to Team India!!! They are on a roll now winning all the matches right from the warm-ups. The top-order batting is rock solid. The youngsters like Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar have grabbed the opportunity with both hands and exhibited their phenomenal talent. The Indian fast bowlers have come off age. In today's match too, they kept a tight leash on the Sri Lankan batsmen, exploited the English bowling conditions to good effect. As a fielding unit, Indians are second to none in this tournament. Really a top class performance by Team India. With England familiar with their home conditions and the Indian juggernaut currently on a roll, we can expect a humdinger of a final on Sunday. ALL THE BEST TEAM INDIA. They should lift the trophy for the sheer consistency that they have displayed over the entire tournament. The only team to remain undefeated so far is an ample testimony for the same.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (June 20, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

India continue to dominate SL this should have been the headline

Posted by FAB_ALI on (June 20, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

SL is a very spirited team and they come up with very spirited wins, makes it to the semis or finals of almost every tournament. But their problem is they celebrate too early...Look at them celebrating after winning against Aussies as if they have won the trophy and look at India, they have not celebrated like that even winning the semi final. Even in WC 2011 final, when they got Sachin out, they thought to have won the World cup and ran all round the park but eventually they were defeated. Remaining awake that the job is still not done is very important and not doing that they become complacent for rest of the match or tournament. Better Luck for the future, you do play better than many other teams.

Posted by dammgood on (June 20, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

i am very happy we weather allowed full game.... we believe in out team..... people will say many things ... keep doing good work...love india <3

Posted by gsingh7 on (June 20, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

come on india . win this last edition of ct2013. Utterly dominant performance throughout the tournament. SL were not able to cope with pressure put by young indian speedsters. Hope rohit sharma score a memorable century in the finals to shut up all his detractors.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

All the best for Final Match

Posted by Young_Hindustani on (June 20, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

Nice to see some positive comments from SL supporters specially baseball-sucks anyways all in all great performance by Team India, total dominance though expected, good luck for finals hope indian jaggunat keeps rolling

Posted by warneshane on (June 20, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

India in the Final. Expected. But SL played much better than SA as comparing to both semis. I saw IND was beaten regularly in 2010 by SL. I saw same thing with SL today which IND lacked and experience in those days Yes, today's IND team members are the best at every position than the other. I am including Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvi, Bhajji also. Same thing is experience in SL team. DILSHAN occupy because no better player, Kausal P no application, thiru promising but req more experience, sling is on retire, Kulasekara ok, herath is there cos no better player available. It looks the bunch of inexperienced youth and 2 good seniors(sanga, mahela). But sanga, mahela are not enough for win against good team. I wrote too many for My IND team earlier but today I feel good fight given by SL. Toss obviously vital but IND must have played better if bat first. Dillu's injury hurt SL badly but I don't think it changed much.

SL, You played better overall by looking at your composition. well done!!

Posted by ArvindKejriwal_mfpatel810rediff on (June 20, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

Indian major victories history in ICC ODI/T20 tournaments

1) 1985 B&H World Championship of Cricket (Australia). India defeated Pakistan in final. 2) 1983 World Cup (in England) .India defeated majestic WI in final. 3) 2011 World cup with India defeating SL in final. 4) Champions trophy 2002 and will it be 2013 too ? 5) India also has won Asia cup most number of times ( 5 times).

Besides India has won tri-nation tournaments held in sharjah 5 times as well as the CB series in Australia in 2008 along with Natwest Trophy in 2002 in England.

Heck forget seniors..even the Ind-U-19 team has won World cup thrice in 2000,2008,2012.

And last not the least India was the first country to with the T20 World cup in 2007 when it defeated Pakistan to lift the inaugural cup and this on bouncy SAfrica tracks.

So now if you could list a list of trophies your team has won in the same period....it would be eye opener for you ............. Enjoy life buddy dont hate

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

India have a solid chance of winning, and I hope they do. But a lot depends upon the pitch and the toss: as England showed against SA, they will be hard to beat if they get first bowl on one of those pitches... But the same team can look ordinary in different conditions, as SL showed when they overhauled England's 293 in the group stages...

Posted by supadupamonk on (June 20, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

As usual Malinga once again clueless against Kohli....

Posted by yorkshirematt on (June 20, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

Another ominously good display from the one day kings. How England are going to make a game of it is anyone's guess. A washout is their best hope but India deserve the trophy outright. Hope England can at least avoid embarrassment

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

congratulations India .... go get the CT-2013

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (June 20, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

Yesterday SA lost to England batting first, and SA have accepted that they could not do well. They are a such a Gentlemen. No Excuses for their defeat, they just accepted that they have not given fight. but SL are not able digest this defeat. Common you have lost to a far better team, so you dont need to worry. If you have lost against NZ, then you should worry like how it happened in your first game.

Posted by FAB_ALI on (June 20, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

Well, people say India dont have good seamers and they will be scored off easily and when India win the toss, bowls first they say it was advantage India as if their seamers were Steyn, Anderson & Southee. Please accept defeat with grace and wins will sure come your way, Stop making excuses!!

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

Sorry to say but yes this is the team which could give south africa a shock in november.On previous visit it was 1-1 but this time it may be in men in blue's favour. Also India are definitely World One Day Champions so definitely they are on high to win the champions trophy.Let's c it on big SUNDAY Final.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

as a pakistani congrats to india, i am extremely happy for the indian team and indian supporters and wish them best for the finals and hope india would win it in style, and i wish that pakistani batsmen could learn something from india's performance and there ruthless bating. best wishes thanks regads haseeb

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

CAKEWALK as expected... bring it on england, only you guys can give us tough fight... lankans were too easy.. what a thrashing.. GOOD LUCK for the finals INDIA, it's going to be a cracker of a match !!

Posted by supadupamonk on (June 20, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

Commanding performance by India against the toothless SL attack...The body language of the SL players were not gud today....they lost the match mentally after posting a low score......Now the two best teams ENG and IND gonna battle it out and it will be a treat to watch...we have performed brilliantly against everybody...and now the real test begins with England..they have some excellent bowling attack especially in this condition their bowling really luks dangerous...

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

india was too strong for srilanka

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

Well played India, absolutely professional performance. Also, well tried to Sri Lanka -- but it was always going to be difficult to beat this Indian team in the kind of form they're in at the moment.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

India vs Srilanka...and my 5yr old boy predicts India's victory. Only if NZ or AUS could sneak through the semis somehow could have made it interesting. In such a blistering form of the Indian team, ENG would have crossed their fingers for SL victory but their bad luck it was not be...how sad :(

Posted by raphael_almeida on (June 20, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

great all-round display by india they should keep this up in the final

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:33 GMT)

Brilliant Performance by India ! india is the best

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (June 20, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

Now its Englan's turn to get thumped. They way India is playing they will win next world cup for sure..

Posted by nilanka.mahesh on (June 20, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

hope england will win.. best of luck england!

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

India won all the matches that it played second by 8 wickets. I surely hope the final stays the same and not open up for middle order that has not got the exposure playing second.

Posted by ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on (June 20, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

Congratulations India ! Deserved finalist & desrve to win the title too...All da best for the sunday's final...

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

@Akila_Gurusinghe : luck is part and parcel of the game... and as you may know there is a saying " fortune favors the brave " ..... india played brave cricket, they had fortune in their way..... more over its srilankan fielders mistake for not to have clinged to the catches they have got..... and dilshan doesnt even know how to play without getting injury...... face it....its dominating performance by india... and indian team trashed you.......

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 20, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

Congratulations and well done INDIA !! Simply, the best team in the entire tournament by miles. SL were simply not good enough. Toss aside, India bowled well, fielded well and batted well. What else can we expect from this wonderful team ? They were thoroughly professional. It is a fitting finale between two good teams (IND & ENG). BUT, I feel India are slightly better than England and look favourites to lift the trophy on Sunday. But then again, England have some good players too. It will be a wonderful occasion in Edgbaston no doubt. Bring it on England and COME ON INDIA !!

Posted by Big3BOSS on (June 20, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

30 years ago..........India on june 23rd 1983 won the World cup in England.........the first Asian team to do so........Now on june 23- 2013 will it become the first Indian team to win to win Champions trophy (Ignore shared trophy of 2002)

Posted by yvivekcb on (June 20, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

Champions Trophy 2013 is for the Champions! Champions trophy 2013 is ours, Go India Go!!!!!

Posted by Natesan333 on (June 20, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

Goodness me, what utter dominance, both ball and bat. I think those protesters had a better chance of slowing India down than SL!!

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

as much as i am happy to see india win, but its sad to see angelo mathews captaincy in this match...... for srilanka to be able to go further in cricket they SHOULD improve on fielding, and whats with angelo's attitude for the review he asked for dhawan's decision??? i mean there were 2 senior players, he dint even dare consulting them and straight away went for review......i think he gave up after 10 overs of indian battting innings..... for a guy who saw captaincy of ranathunga , mahela and sanga ( to some extent ).... for me angelo is nowhere near to captain any team......

Posted by ThyrSaadam on (June 20, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

@Akila_Gurusinghe, how are the grapes tasting? You can only play the opposition, and play the weather conditions that you have in front of you as a player. Dilshan in swinging conditions, nobody knows how much he could have scored. Indian batsmen showed application which none of the SL batsmen did barring Jayawardene. All subcontinent batsmen cant play swing, but the Indian batsmen showed they were able to adapt, and grind it out. 180 after 35 with 15 overs to go, who knows if India were batting first perhaps they would have made 125 more, and then given SL a 250 target to chase? Just have to toughen up and admit that India were the better side today. I also under no illusions that Eng start as favorites in the final.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

Apart from the 2 legends Mahela and Sanga , SL team no fire power, Ranatunga may blame IPL for this

Posted by Temuzin on (June 20, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

This Indian win may have send many critics to seek shelter and find some alibi. Maan what a win, 15 overs remaining with 8 wickets in hand on seeming spinning pitch in England. Absolutely phenomenal. Go Dhoni go.

Posted by an_alcoholic on (June 20, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

not expecting such a boring semifinal....again SL showing no intent.....completely outplayed...they were never in the game....i wonder how they make to semifinal....malinga once again was clueless

Posted by JustIPL on (June 20, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

As expected, the second semi final also remained one sided as the first one. Final should be a different story with both sides have good seam attack with english having upper hand. Spin department india are upwards while batting india also have the upper hand. Let's see if english are able to stop the rampage by indians.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

In style... India are in final..yahooo..

Posted by Rahul17_1983 on (June 20, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

On this wicket too India wuld had chased 280+.Look at the runrate and wickets in hand.next 15 overs atleast 100 runs.This batting line up culd compete with the world XI batting line up of present countries.

Posted by kahvas on (June 20, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

@Akila Gurusinghe Doesnt matter. Dilshan is no way a player that could have played well in these conditions. If Mahila and Sanga couldnt bat on this surface, someone with Dilshan's technique couldnt have done much. In fact if Dilshan wouldnt have been injured he would have played slow in seaming conditions and eventually threw away his wicket

Posted by Smiling on (June 20, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

As has been typical for this tournament, the toss decides the game. It will be the same for the final in Birmingham. Whoever wins the toss will win the match. Sri Lanka may not have won but they have done us all proud. It is far tougher out there than 90% of the people watching know. If Sri Lanka had won the toss and Dilshan not injured, we would have been looking at a different scenario. Apart from that isn't Dharwan an amazing player? What took the Indians so long to find this out?

Posted by rock.rockyin on (June 20, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

@ ALL Who are saying India won due Toss -

GREAT TENDULKAR took extra time in writing a letter to ICC to make ODI's into 2 innings 25 overs each to AVOID any advantage of TOSS , overcast conditions, D/L etc .

ICC rejected it .

So guys take chill pill it's not India's problem if other team loses as they couldn't win toss. Appreciate this DOMINANT / ONE SIDED match.

If TOSS decides the result of match on Sunday it is India who has to feel

Posted by popped on (June 20, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

what a performance by India, surely they will win the trophy from here they should stick with this team. whatever said and done India should be overwhelming favorites I have to question SL's performance against India,dropped catches , malinga conceding runs at epic proportions understand it happening even 6-7 times out of 10 but this happens almost every time

Posted by Smiling on (June 20, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

As has been typical for this tournament, the toss decides the game. It will be the same for the final in Birmingham. Whoever wins the toss will win the match. Sri Lanka may not have won but they have done us all proud. It is far tougher out there than 90% of the people watching know. If Sri Lanka had won the toss and Dilshan not injured, we would have been looking at a different scenario. Apart from that isn't Dharwan an amazing player? What took the Indians so long to find this out?

Posted by Muzamilm on (June 20, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

So finally again SL loses and India wins with ease. Where are SL fans now, now they would be blaming the pitch. Please appreciate the dominant indian side and acept the defeat with humility. Those who forget history will tend to repeat same mistakes, history is not to be forgotten but to cherish and learn so as to not to repeat those mistakes again. Indians are the KIngs of ODI's. No doubt about it.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (June 20, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

Congratz India !!! It was a very good performance by the Indian team in all three departments. After having won the toss, Indian bowlers took the full advantage of the juicy pitch n managed to keep the SL batsmen at bay. It was a fair fight n India came out victorious on this day. So I wish u all the best in the final.

I'm so disappointed by the way our batsmen took the challenge. Yeah, It was a difficult pitch to bat on in the 1st innings n the moisture helped the Indian bowlers to move the ball around quite a bit. But I didn't see any aggression from any of our batsmen except Dilshan n Mahela. It was like they simply didn't care if it was a semi final or not.

Hats off to Dilshan for coming back (limping) n batting at the end with an injury. He is a fighter n he has always been one. It was unfortunate he got injured as he started to attack. But that's Cricket. But we played bad Cricket .

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

Sri lanka playe well but Indians are just to good for us it was clearly men vs boys

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

Unbeaten INDIA Will lift the CT.

Posted by Usman_Jilani on (June 20, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

Quality performance once again from the Indians! Go and win the Trophy, and let it rest in Asia forever! All the best, from Pakistan

Posted by maddy20 on (June 20, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

A bit surprised how easy it was. Honestly I expected a bit more fight from the Lankan bowlers, but barring Kulasekara none of them were able to use the conditions well. Malinga was put to the sword once again. No wonder, he averages 42 against us. Should be a pretty good final between two teams that have played quality cricket. I believe the odds are slightly stacked against England due to the batting strength of India. We looked good to score 300(considering the fact that batting power play was left and going into the slog overs with many power hitters to come). We just gotta repeat this performance one more time. Good luck to both teams.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

After losing to NZ ..SL had no Chance in the tournament unless they beat Might England and Great Oz. I don't think anybody gave a chance in these conditions but they surprised everyone and came to semis, but things went wrong from the word go, sad but it's all part of the game.All the best For Indian team for the finals and if England to become champions they can't imagine a better team to beat than Indian Team . SL fan

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

Good win for India. It was important to negate Malinga the danger man, and the openers did well to see him off. SL have been a really strong team but their middle order barring the two greats is just not in the same league.

Posted by Rahul17_1983 on (June 20, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

those who r still bashing they just want to see india getting defeated because they cannot digest india winning.If ndia wuld had won by batting first they wuld had talked abt batting second.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (June 20, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

What a damp squib this semi-final has been! Hope we will have some decent opposition in the finals in the form of England. This is getting boring now, the way India is thrashing Sri Lanka again and again and again..........as expected, of course. So, is it safe now to say that India ended the career of that Kusal guy? Lol.. cheers ;-O

Posted by FAB_ALI on (June 20, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

SL fans were hyping about Malinga and KJ Perera....Malinga thrashed again and poor KJ Perera was blown away in the storm he was supposed to bring to the game.

Posted by Alexianl on (June 20, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

As Long.......as bhuvneshwar kumar.....performs........India shall remain at the top.....coz ...only weakness Indian team has forever is......bowling department.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

All india win by 8 wickets

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

So clinical preformance by Team India !!

Now most of the Lankan fans will come with excellent reasons..

But true cricket fans(including SL fans) will accept India played well and SL were outplayed!!

Go ahead INDIA!!

Posted by LankaGod on (June 20, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

Congratulations India on a well deserved win! If there was one team I wanted SL to avoid in this tournament, it was India, I have not seen a more dominant Indian team before. As a team, we would need to look at this tournament to realize that we were in the semis only because Sanga and Mahela carried us through. Too much dependence on these two legends in the twilight of their career does not bode well.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

England all the way to win CT .. Common England!

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

India has simply been the best team. Just look at their dominance against all the teams. They have beaten Sri Lanka twice including the warmup game. india batting 1st put up big totals and chase with complete ease. I think they have been tested in all the departments.Even the middle order batsmen well tested in the warmup games. England have not been that dominant. So I think the champions trophy is coming to india

Posted by csekartik on (June 20, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

Brilliant Performance by India !!! I do not recall any tournament where India have looked so solid !!! SL was always going to be easy because India have had upper hand in recent battles with them !!! SL never had a chance whatever analysis is done !!! :-)

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

Dejavu : Last time they went into a world tournament as World Cup winners in 85' , ind was completely unstoppable ... Now this after the 11' World Cup win

Posted by Akila_Gurusinghe on (June 20, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

India were really lucky in this match. Otherwise Lanka would have won this. First of all Dilshan got injured. He was in prime form today. Had he stayed, things would have been different. Also, when Indian openers were batting there so many close calls, edges falling short, missing outside edges, lucky bat-pad that saved LBWs. Couple of early wickets and things would have been different.

Posted by ThyrSaadam on (June 20, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

It must be really disturbing when the chief selector or whatever role Jayasuriya has says the team has met it expectations just by reaching the SF, that too from a weaker group. Shows lack of ambition. Same issue with Pak, Misbah at start of tournament mentioned that winning against India was ll important, clearly showing lack of vision, heck they didnt even win a game let alone beat India! However England should be the favorites to win the final. Good baby steps taken here by India replacing the experienced campaigners, but there is no need to get carried away, however lack of bowling options still remains a concern.

Posted by santhoo24 on (June 20, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

to SL team, well played, hard luck though. Congrats team India, you made us proud. Good luck for the final. And to some SL supporters who always wish ill for India, suck it up, and to rest od SL fans, your team is amazing, some luck here and there, and SL could have ended up being the winners.

Posted by ramz30380 on (June 20, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

Way to go India...... Convincing win...... Time to fly to Edgbaston and win the trophy.... the only missing silverware from MSD's cabinet

Posted by Temuzin on (June 20, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

Sop Even swinging pitch and menacing malinga could not dent Indian batting might. Top order has been so solid that likes of Dhoni and Jadeja are not required to bat in last three games. Great.

Posted by tony122 on (June 20, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

Early today when SL were battiing, SL fans were saying 180 will be enough on this pitch. Where are they now?

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

on a typical english pitch india won with 15 overs to spare and 8 wickets..... just what the non indian fans wanted to see from indian players.... hope now they will agree that india is dominating ODI cricket now..... go india...... JAI HIND......

Posted by Temuzin on (June 20, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

Super win. They beat Lanka with such an ease that it was kind of no contest. Lankans surrendered meekly. Go India go.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

malinga finally went for economy of 6+ yet again against india...... i was afarid that india will pay some respect to his bowling..... maling not going for runs against india????thats not going to happen in this era of cricket.....

Posted by deejay217 on (June 20, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

Yes ..... India Won ! What a dominating peformance

Posted by Batmanindallas on (June 20, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

Kamran...it seems like a lot sour grapes in your case....

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

Great game, with frequently meeting teams. I think SL has great talent but it was India's day again. Good game alltogether. Well Played both the teams.

Posted by Karthik78 on (June 20, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

@Kamran Mirza, why are you crying? when India batted well, the weather is good and when India bowled well, the weather is bad. What a joke, man! Be professional! playing high class tournament where only top ranked teams are present and winning every match consistently as well comfortably, is not due to luck by weather or any.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

@Kamran Mirza..as an indivudual indian bowlers may not be that good but as a team the attack is doing very well,atleast they r complimenting their batsman and helping the team to wins matches whether on flat pitch or on swing pitch in CT..its time to stop picking negative points and try to appreciate a team which is doing so well or is it so difficult to PRAISE a team?

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

@Krishna Gopaul : ha ha well said dude.....

@Kamran Mirza : england batted first in one match against lanka.... and guess what even LANKA chased it down......when india batted 1st two times, none team won.....

Posted by KingAjmal on (June 20, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

There have been many great semi finals in ICC Trophy history but this one has to be the most boring in my view. Hopefully the final with good weather will a great game.

Posted by yorkslanka on (June 20, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

I have to go to a meeting and will not see the end of the match live but i wanted to congratulate India on a impending deserved win. We were pegged back in our innings and whilst the toss was very important, they still had to bowl well-and they did. The injury to Dilshan was a big blow to us also but that's the way it goes. Our bowlers bowled too short and did not make use of the conditions as well as India. Good luck in the final.

Posted by KingAjmal on (June 20, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

Another very one-sided match. It seems India are too good for Sri Lanka these days.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

So many people just love criticizing the sl team. Ok the team had a bad day and assessed the situations poorly. How about some of the other teams in the so called best 8 teams? Australia failing to win a single game in the qualifiers as well as the other teams. India are a great outfit at the moment and are definitely the team to beat. Remember that the with the ipl a lot of their cricketers also have international exposure which many teams like Pakistan don't have. Sl is a country with a population of 20 million people and I am proud we made it to the semis. To all Indian fans. Sri Lankan fans are not going to complain about the weather, playing conditions nor injuries. We lost the game and we know how to move on with our lives. When u lose to England in the finals hope u learn to do the same! Cheers!

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

@Kamran Mirza : yes nothing special about indian bowlers, you are right... thats because thats been the case in this whole CT13... INDIAN bowlers walk through every batting line up they faced.... they literally all out every team they played.......ni if's and buts in gentelmen's game dude.....

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

WRONG !!! The toss should be removed from the game ,if teams want to stay at the top of world cricket ,let them bat first in these conditions .too many matches are tipped in one teams favour because of luck .let england bat first in these conditions and then we'll see how good thier batsmen really are

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

Well done india. Congrats. The inform team won but wish they had provided a more ODI friendly wicket for the game so the fans could enjoy the batting of the teams. Not too concerned about SL as a SL fan. We punched above our weight again with none of the batsmen in form but hope SL persist with the young cricketers. I bit too much over coaching from Atapattu seems to have blunted Chandimal and Kusal. SL batsmen of the past have always been aggressive and we love that brand of cricket. Just let them have fun and results will come. India looks in form but if a pitch like this is served up for the finals England bowlers might have the final say.

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

Gaurav I mean when the weather conditions are bad not when it's good and you are batting first. Well England Rocks.

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

No interest in watching the match...its like india playing against one county team..

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

Nothing special about indian bowling and it has never been. Flat bowlers. Good captaincy from Dhoni going for bowling first. Knows the pitch. Like I say India batting first cannot win the tournament. Lol.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

@Kamran Mirza::::When India batted first against Australia & SA they scored 308 & 334.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

@Praveen Shavindra Muthuthanthri..the pitch did not changed its character even in the 2nd innings..so no excuses for the way SL struggled

Posted by tony122 on (June 20, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

@Kamran Mirza- Really in England if win the toss and bowl first you win? As simple as that? Of the 11 results in this year C trophy. 5 wins have gone to team batting first,6 wins to team batting second and one tie. Now you still think it is that uneven?

Posted by reality_check27 on (June 20, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

well @kamran mirza u seem to be from pakistan . Well just to remind u pakistan did bowl first against southafrica but they still lost the match and india did bat first against southafrica and they won the match so stop coming up with resons that dont make sense ur team is already out of ct so relax.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

India is too good for SL. Sl almost defended the score against NZ , not against India.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

This is a pitch where you win the toss you win the match, so much moisture in the wicket which puts the team batting first out of the game

Posted by partyanimal on (June 20, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

two best side in the final

Posted by rock.rockyin on (June 20, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

@Kamran Mirza

If you want to watch India batting first .. Watch the highlights of India Vs SA lolll.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

@Kamran Mirza : so are you suggesting that TOSS should not be a part of cricket???? you win toss or loose, you have to go and play their..... no if's and but's.... its a game, and all 22 players play on the same pitch on the same day....

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

This match belongs to India, Their bowlers used the conditions well and Lankan Batsmen didnt have a plan to execute. It Looks like Srilankan Team is without a Captain and also without a tactics or a strategy and just playing hard, sometimes win matches. Angelo may need time, but just dont see captain material in him.

Best Luck to India, who have become a long way from previous "Best Batting Team" label to be a superior alround outfit.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

I wanna to see India chasing 300 scores with buggy hits

Posted by partyanimal on (June 20, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

India will get the winning runs without lost single wicket.

Posted by Narbavi on (June 20, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

Ok so one more thrashing dished out, the big question is what are the excuses we are going to see this time around?

Posted by vsroc on (June 20, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

Posted by Venkat Sraman on(June 20, 2013) Our pace bowlers bowled well utilising the conditions well.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

I wanna see India batting first. It's all bad about bad pitch early on.

Posted by partyanimal on (June 20, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

Ii wonder how come Srilanka come this far?

Posted by rajcan on (June 20, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

@John_Geo, you are right, I too wonder how an experienced proven batsmen who have played World cup and given solid opening partnership was not included in this important series and Kushal was given a chance???

Kushal hasn't played in England condition enough. If he is in superb form like Dhawan for India even if Kushal doesn't have enough experience, it is ok to give a chance. But when he fails continuously, isn't it wise to replace him with another? It looks very suspicious to me why he was given opportunity for entire series.....were they expecting one time miracle???

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

In England if you bowl first you win, nothing special about indian bowling. Pitch is helping bowlers in first innings through out the tournament. More wins on bowling first.I would love to see India batting first. India has just got lucky in winning tosses but surely making good decisions to bowl first taking full advantage of bad pitches. If England bowls first in the Final surely India is going back home crying.

Posted by rajcan on (June 20, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

SL team selection is not always based on performances, it is always something to do with some politics and influences too.

I could not understand why Kushal Perera was opening every match despite his failure and adding pressure to his partner Dilshan and no.3 batsman Sankakara. K. Perera is backed by Sanath Jayasooriya who is a chief Selector.

They had plenty of option for opening pair, with Dilshan, Thirimanne or Mahela could have opened. Leaving K. Perera from playing XI and including Chandimal (better batsman against moving ball) would have been the right choice.

I don't think if Dhawan failed few matches continuously, Dhoni would have kept him in the line up.

Upul Tharanga who is 27 yrs old, a better proven batsmen in alien condition was left out of this tour.

K. Perera may be good in sub continent pitches, not else where.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

India team will win the champion trophy 2013, and players of india team are in good form, past ,present and furture they are the champions in cricket ICC.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

india has looked good in this tournament right from the beginning and a tough side to beat.we would definately chase down this target and in fact i would go a little further by saying that this years champions trophy is ours.Rohit, dhawan, karthik, virat are in super form and r very well supported by our bowling department. Ravindra jadeja has really impressed me by his spin bowling. To sum it up, india should not only win this match but also the tournament.

Posted by John_Geo on (June 20, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

One thing difficult to understand is how come such a ordinary side like Sri Lanka with no proper batsmen, bowlers, fielders, wicket keepers, coach, or for that matter captain come this far in the tournament. Such sorry team - pathetic performance. At least 5-6 players from this team should retire for the benefit of Sri Lankan cricket including Sangakkara, Mahela, Dilshan, Kausal, and Thisara.

Players such as Upul Tharanga, and other youngsters from under 19 should be given a chance.

The Indian opening pair will get this score under 10 overs with eyes closed.

Posted by Manoteja on (June 20, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

All the best India . Need to show your class here and need to tell he world why we are the No.1 team in the world.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (June 20, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

@liz1558 Dhoni bowled because India was at least one pace bowler short. As I mentioned India should have gone with 4 pace bowlers

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

Terrible batting performance by SL even in tough conditions. Being an ardent Sri Lankan its very disheartening to watch performances such as this. Thanks to some rather poor shot selection and several halfhearted prods outside off stump 181 was all we could manage, a total that Dhawan and Sharma must be looking at with glee. Yes, the toss played a crucial role but we have to learn to stop making such excuses and make the best of the situation. With good batting conditions a score of 280+ should be the minimum while in tough conditions such as this at least 220 must be scored if we are to leave anything to our bowlers to defend. Given India's batting strength this is going to be one tough score to defend and unless the frontline bowlers make early inroads cheaply, i'm afraid we've had it.

Posted by Pritt32 on (June 20, 2013, 15:19 GMT)

India is looking a formidable team. They have batted well and shown remarkable improvements in their bowling throughout the championship This is a much improved Indian team, who are full of energy and spirit. India truly deserve to win the tournament, but do not throw away it by playing poor shots in chasing the 181 target against Sri Lanka.

Posted by Haleos on (June 20, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

Rohit's average is more or less similr to Jayawardene. One is termed a great player(which he is in Test cricket) the other one is slammed. I think Rohit needs to be given chances in Test cricket. He will surely be successfull like MJ.

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

keep in mind lions nevr giveup . . .

Posted by NP_NY on (June 20, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

Not a good pitch for a semi-final. Tough to chase this total down on this pitch. I have a bad feeling about this.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

who will be the half champion today? who will be the star? waiting

Posted by partyanimal on (June 20, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

Srilanka need to be expose more outside the subcontinent pitch.

Posted by wanatawu on (June 20, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

Not much better than the chokers score yesterday, only 6 runs.Indai will get this in 15 overs. Bye Sri Lanka

Posted by liz1558 on (June 20, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

why did Dhoni bowl? He will be an unhappy chap if SL happen to win by anything up to the 17 wicketless runs he conceded when he ought to have bowled Ashwin.

Posted by Kiru27 on (June 20, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

Good bowling by indians. if the bowling and batting remains with same quality next wold cup is also for india

Posted by nilanka.mahesh on (June 20, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

Angelo, half a batsmen & half a bowler..... is he good enough for captaincy??

Posted by RKG11 on (June 20, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

I wish one out of Dhawan, Kohli, Karthik score a century

Posted by 65Mango on (June 20, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

Just Imagine if England is playing here..! without any eyebrows raised 182 would have been tough for India. with SL's bowling though.. still anyone's game! come on India!

Posted by paapam on (June 20, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

Tough target. 182 in these conditions! Sri lanka will fancy themselves.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (June 20, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

Sri Lanka is good in defending low scores, and they become fierce lower the score is. A good flow of Adrenaline and Malinga may fire!

Posted by chakay-pay-chaka on (June 20, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

Almost certainly, India will win but the whole series has been dominated by the advantage gained by winning the toss. India deserve to be where they are but they have had the luck of the draw as well. May the best team win.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

On paper this looks a little less formidable - 220 - 230 would have been a cracker of a total.I'm glad that we have matches on such pitches- cricket it supposed to be un-predictable and shouldn't always be played on batting conditions.....such matches once in a while are most welcome.....this is where cricket scores over other global sports - a player has to constantly upgrade his skills not only to beat the opposition but also has to beat the conditions. At half time i think its advantage India but looking at the conditions and also at lanka's bowling lineup - the total will definately take some getting - Srilanka have to nail two the indian openers to make the contest interesting.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

Well a gud total in overcast conditions indians hve to survive the first 15 overs if they sort it out nicely then easy goin for them mathews n co hve to really show wat high spirits they can show in this do die situation

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

182 is not a big total.. but it won't be a piece of cake either..

Posted by cricket_slcsupport on (June 20, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

Cake walk for India, SL short of one fast bowler "Eranga" All the Best SL, Pls don't give up. Match is not over until the last ball is bowled

Posted by SLMaster on (June 20, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

I think this is going to be tuff for India as well if condition stays the same.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

What a test batting performance.Lets see if india can bat like a one day game.

Posted by maddy20 on (June 20, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

@Mohamed Farween If the wickets are flat , you complain that they are flat. If the pitch plays true then you complain about it. Anyway the pitch is not as bad as SL batsmen made it look. It should be an interesting chase though.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

SriLanka lost. mach

Posted by CrICkeeet on (June 20, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

Who said players dont lyk Test cricket now? Just look at this MATCH... mmmm.. 8)

Posted by CrICkeeet on (June 20, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

Mayb These batsmen r d REAL TEST Cricket LOVER! ;) ;)

Posted by spot_on on (June 20, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

@Kashi0127 : Watch the pitch for its turn mate. Why'd you just come up with a statement like that

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

Botg the semifinals are useless...... They say cricket is batsmens game..... Yet they keep these very important matches in pitches like these....

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (June 20, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

Sri Lanka building up to a low total. Whatever it is, India should chase it down comfortably. They are temperamentaly one of the more superior batting teams.

Posted by kickapakibutt on (June 20, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

I am an Indian fan. Unless the pitch dries out, Malinga and Kula will be handfull for our batsmen. Anything over 150 will be tough with a good bowling attack from Sri Lanka. As of now, it is anybody's game. Let's not count the chickens before they are hatched. Good luck Team India (you need it)

Posted by JPrats on (June 20, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

@Kasun Tharaka Jayathilaka: Hello mate I am wondering what is the logic behind that thinking? How can a team get to finals if it does not perform good in semis???

Posted by Myriadmind on (June 20, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

@Kashi0127 Jadeja 10-1-33-1; Ashwin is going at a tad higher at 3.83 after 6 overs. Dhoni at 4.25 an over is the only one who looked expensive! Yadav is inching towards 4 an over and Ishant will probably spray it all over at the death. If form is anything to go by, and the law of averages doesn't catch up, looks like it's India all the way!

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (June 20, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

The pitch's a beauty, turn for the spinners and seam,bounce and swing for the quickies, the occasional one keeps low or rears up. With Kula,Malinga,Herath,Perera,Mathews it could be interesting. Mathews need to attack more with his batting.

Posted by Haleos on (June 20, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

Why is ashwin bowling so fast. I am told he is the best spinner in India. But he is afraid of flighting the bowl even when the opposition is on the mat.

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (June 20, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

@ Kashi0127: Do you really think 180 odd is enough for the Indian batting lineup? are you kidding?

Posted by yogesh.gg on (June 20, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

I fail to understand why people so under-rate Indian bowling. May be it's a boon for us and everyone keeps on under estimating. I wonder what pretext SL fans would come up with for their batting performance ?

Posted by bravetigersmustwin on (June 20, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

they should have picked Irfan instead of Ashwin.... who would have contributed both with bat and ball ... does dhoni hates Irfan pathan :( ?

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

india is a good team @ finals.bt nt in semi finals.SL will lead 2 final and I wish both teams.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

Why aint ashwin bowling ?????

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

I am loving the confidence of SL fans. With wickets failing, their confidence was shifting from one player to another; now it is on their bowler. This is going to go on till the last ball. Great love for their players and country!!!

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

Go India Go

Posted by maria_01 on (June 20, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

srilankan batting is reminding me the way how pakistani batting collapsed, as similar as pakistani batting.....making runs is looking like to reach the top of mount evarest

Posted by ThilankaK on (June 20, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

I told you , India one level above , Good luck England !!!

Posted by Kashi0127 on (June 20, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

@IndianCoolGuy Anything over 180 will be very good score on this wicket. India have missed a trick not having Vinay or Path an. Spinners are useless here.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (June 20, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

I think India have missed a trick in selecting only 3 seamers. They should have got Vinay kumar or/and Pathan considering the conditions. Could have dropped Ashwin or Raina or even Kohli. When spinners come on, they will be flogged by SL in these conditions

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (June 20, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

Sri Lanka's highest scorer in the tournament Sangakkara gone. Their middle order will now be exposed. Do they have the quality to post a good total now? That remains to be seen.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

sri lanka is famous for its chocking against india in knock out stages

Posted by andrew27994 on (June 20, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

Could so see that coming ! As expected, Kusal Perera gets out to Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. Thats what happens when you send an explosive batsman who is inexperienced to face the new ball with a good swing bowler.

Posted by ChanaL on (June 20, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

Think dilshan, Mahela, kumar, malinga and Angelo (IPL players) are scarred by India and don't see SL beating India in the near future in a tournament. The first 4 names are super players (no doubt), but not against India. Wonder why? Hmmm...

Posted by CoolNits2007 on (June 20, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

its gonna b a low scoring game... bad weather n nw d early wickets makin it possible..

Posted by andrew27994 on (June 20, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks : Well mate, whatever I said about SL in this tournament has come true. Kusal has failed in this tournament, Sangakkara is SL's only hope and is the only batsman who will be comfortable, Malinga hasn't had a great tournament except the 1 match against a weaker opposition lineup like NZ and Kulasekara is the only bowler that will look threatening.

And India is giving SL nothing away at the moment. Dont worry buddy, at least you now have a couple of excuses you could make like Dilshan's ankle injury and wet outfields. G'luck !!!

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (June 20, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

Thirimanne out. It's upto the two senior citizens Sangakkara and Jayawardene to rescue them yet again.

Posted by JPrats on (June 20, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

Rather than taking this as a brilliant performance by Indian quicks, we should also say that the SL batsmen are taking time to stabilise their innings! But definitely that does not take the credit away from a good tight bowling by the Indian seamers. So far so good India!

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

another gone 2 down plus dilshan can't stand let alone bat due to injury. india on verse of massive win here

Posted by Sultan2007 on (June 20, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

The conditions neutralise India's batting strength to a large extent. In these conditions SL seamers have to to be disciplined and let the conditions do the rest. Kula and Thisara become key. Malinga will, well.... always be Malinga!

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (June 20, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

What a captain Mathews is, He forgot what was he change in his team? lol. Looks like SL forgot to play shots.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

anything below 330 and india will chase it easily. sl playing at 2.1 rpo now . too slow to post 200 let alone 330

Posted by uksar on (June 20, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

I think I.Pathan should have been included in the team instead of Yadab or I.Sharma. The latter two can't swing the ball and can't bat either.

Posted by Baseball--Sucks on (June 20, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

Vow great Ploy from Mathews - I think he purposefully said he forgot the other change in team during Toss. This will now surprise the Indian Team. THISARA INNNN

Posted by gsingh7 on (June 20, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

IS this kusal guy for real . even 1 innings he played in ipl he was a golden duck by gues who---- bhuvi. he averages 1.66 in england. why sl even take him in team. is he best talent in the WHOLE COUNTRY.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

Indian batting mainly relies on the openers and on a wet wicket its quite difficult 2 chase a target f around 250....

Posted by mar2000 on (June 20, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

let's keep our eyes on the batting surface for the finals . A low scoring game is expected.

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (June 20, 2013, 11:39 GMT)

Indians have more chance now with sl batting first and dilshan, chandimal injured and with the rain looming.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

India are a batting strong side, and with Dhawan, DK, Kohli , Rohit , MSD and Jadeja in the batting dept and Bhuvi and Yadav in bowling in great form they will win convincingly. GO INDIA! A die hard team India fan!

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

Need to get Sanath-Kalu combination back with cool captaincy of Arjuna

Posted by Narbavi on (June 20, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

Lankan fans were right about kusal perera, he makes batting look so easy that in the blink of an eye he is back in the pavilion, doesn't touch double figures again in the tournament!!

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

IND have won the toss,and therefore the match.Unless SL put up 350 and bowl extraordinarily,IND will win quite easily........... from a disappointed SL fan.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

go india go long way to go #1 icc that our destination

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