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8th Match Group B, London, Jun 8 2017, ICC Champions Trophy
321/6
(48.4/50 ov)322/3
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
player of the match
Kusal Mendis
Sri Lanka
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• The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Mendis, Gunathilaka anchor highest Champions Trophy chase to keep SL alive

Fifties from Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews kept Sri Lanka in the hunt for a semi-final spot after their win over India at The Oval threw Group B wide open

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Scorer: Thilak Gowda
Commentator: Alagappan Muthu
Scorecard summary
India321/6(50 overs)
Sri Lanka322/3(48.4 overs)

6.30 pm So, it was about time the Champions Trophy bucked up. Hopefully New Zealand and Bangladesh can keep your appetites whetted and there's tons of fun to be had. It was lovely bringing the coverage to you, lovely to read your comments as well, please keep sending them. But for now, lets all get outta here.

"It's one of the top wins, to beat India. It was a fantastic wicket. The bowlers did brilliantly to restrict India to 321. it's a very chaseable target," Mathews says, "I tried to hit as many balls in the nets as possible, it makes you feel good and that helped me come back from injury. Wasn't easy for Gunathilaka to walk into the side and bat like how he did. Kusal is a great player, and Kusal Perera also batted really well. Those partnerships were crucial. It's a must-win game for all of us in the group. Not many people expected us to win and that took a lot of pressure off us. [Turning point?] I thought the second-wicket partnership. They set us the platform"

"We felt we had enough on the board, we trusted out bowlers, but Sri Lanka were pretty good. They kept the momentum through the innings, they picked their areas to hit and executed really well," Kohli says, "There's always hindsight. I thought we bowled decently. But when you don't execute properly, there is always food for thought. Here you have to give credit to the other team. In a tournament like this especially."

Kusal Mendis is the Man of the Match for his 89 off 93. "Very good wicket. India had a good start, with Dhawan making a hundred. But for us, Danushka supported me very well. It was my first game against India and I'm happy to have contributed. Very bad [about causing Danushka's run out] but after Angelo and Kusal batted, I was very happy"

6.20 pm More good news for Sri Lanka - Kusal Perera having retired hurt with a troubled hamstring is feeling good enough to walk down the stairs himself. He played an important hand through the middle of the innings, ensuring the platform set by top order didn't go to waste. And who put on that stand? A batsman all the rage back home, Kusal Mendis, and a man who was on the standby list until a few days ago, Danushka Gunathilaka. 322 is the largest target Sri Lanka have chased in ODI cricket It is also the ninth time that Sri Lanka have chased 300 - all of which have happened away from home. But this one will be special - it came in an ICC tournament and it was set up by players they will look to moving into the future. And so the remaining games in this group become quarter-finals - India v SA and Pakistan v SL

Saain: "A clinical performance with the bat, youngsters came to the party and guided to the victory by the Man himself, Angelo Mathews. Siri Lankan's will cherish this for long long time"

Prasanna S: "India lose their first CT game after a sequence of 7 wins starting from their last game in 2009 against WI. Someday this sequence should end and SL completely deserved this win."

Uday: "Srilanka chased 324 in 2006. 322 is not their highest chase, I believe." They got to 324, but the target was 322.

48.4
1
Yadav to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

short ball, helps it away to long leg and Sri Lanka have thumped India. Mathews makes a gesture that I will find hard to describe but I'll do so anyway. He puts his bat over his head, handle pointing at his name perhaps on his jersey

48.3
4
Yadav to Angelo Mathews, FOUR runs

races down the pitch and thumps a length ball down the ground to bring up his fifty. Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, ladies and gentlemen. His team is in splits in the dressing room and the flags are high and proud

48.2
1
Yadav to Gunaratne, 1 run

this is a slower short ball, Gunaratne backs away and slices it to deep third man

48.1
2
Yadav to Gunaratne, 2 runs

shortish delivery, pulls it to deep square leg for a couple

Here's Umesh

end of over 485 runs
SL: 314/3CRR: 6.54 RRR: 4.00 • Need 8 from 12b
Asela Gunaratne31 (19)
Angelo Mathews47 (43)
Jasprit Bumrah10-0-52-0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar10-0-54-1

Faisal suleman: "Yesterday world no 1 team stunned by world no 8 team and today world no 2 team stunned by world number 7 team." Only nine runs away...

47.6
1
Bumrah to Gunaratne, 1 run

full on off stump, drives to mid-off

47.5
1
Bumrah to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

shortish and outside off, Mathews drags it to long leg with half a hack and half a pull

47.4
1
Bumrah to Gunaratne, 1 run

slow, full delivery outside off, pushes it to the left of mid-off

47.3
1
Bumrah to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

full on off stump, Mathews sends it down to long-on

Rox: "What is your guess on the third bowler, assuming Bumrah and Yadav one each? Will it be Hardik? He did well against Bangladesh in the T20 world cup." Good guess. Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan team is all on their feet

47.2
Bumrah to Angelo Mathews, no run

full on off stump, pushes it back down the pitch

47.1
1
Bumrah to Gunaratne, 1 run

it's the slower ball, and he makes him reach outside off to bring short cover in play. Gunaratne though manages to place the ball to the sweeper

Sri Lanka need 13 off 18 balls. They've worked so hard to be in this position, most of which by the youngsters. The physio is out again, treating Mathews' hamstring and Gunaratne's shoulder. Bumrah's last over.

end of over 478 runs
SL: 309/3CRR: 6.57 RRR: 4.33 • Need 13 from 18b
Angelo Mathews45 (40)
Asela Gunaratne28 (16)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar10-0-54-1
Jasprit Bumrah9-0-47-0
46.6
Bhuvneshwar to Angelo Mathews, no run

shortish on off stump, turns it to short midwicket

46.5
1
Bhuvneshwar to Gunaratne, 1 run

back of a length delivery - seemingly holding in the pitch. Gunaratne goes for the pull, then stops midway through the shot. Gets a top edge over fine leg

46.4
1
Bhuvneshwar to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

shortish and outside off, Mathews taps it to the sweeper cover

46.3
2
Bhuvneshwar to Angelo Mathews, 2 runs

full on off stump, Mathews nudges it past the right of short midwicket, and whisks two for good measure

46.2
Bhuvneshwar to Angelo Mathews, no run

shortish and outside off, runs it to point, and also has to send Gunaratne back

46.1
4
Bhuvneshwar to Angelo Mathews, FOUR runs

short, wide, all Mathews has to do is place it to the left of point. He does so with the least amount of fuss you can imagine. Hitting with the wind to the short boundary

James: "Very clever partnership batting from Mathews. Taking the singles, and letting Asela take the risks. Mathews wants to be there at the death." Bhuvneshwar to bowl out. Third man goes back, fine leg is back as well. Midwicket is up

end of over 4611 runs
SL: 301/3CRR: 6.54 RRR: 5.25 • Need 21 from 24b
Asela Gunaratne27 (15)
Angelo Mathews38 (35)
Jasprit Bumrah9-0-47-0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar9-0-46-1

Sri Lanka need 21 off 24 - and if they get that, they'll equal their highest chance is ODIs.

45.6
Bumrah to Gunaratne, no run

this is a yorker, spearing in at the base of middle and leg, signs of those reverse again. Gunaratne plonks the bat down in time

45.5
2
Bumrah to Gunaratne, 2 runs

another very full delivery outside off, another little glide to third man, and he places it so fine he can get two again. Brilliant batting.

45.4
2
Bumrah to Gunaratne, 2 runs

looks for the blockhole again, but Gunaratne is pre-empting that length. He gets low and essentially lets the ball run off the face of the bat to third man

45.3
Bumrah to Gunaratne, no run

goes for the slower ball, and it dips like nobody's business. Leaves Gunaratne gasping as he tries to flick

Best performances - batters
Shikhar Dhawan portrait
S Dhawan
125 runs (128)
15 fours
1 six
Control72%
Productive shot
cover drive
32 runs
5 fours
0 six
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Kusal Mendis portrait
BKG Mendis
89 runs (93)
11 fours
1 six
Control76%
Productive shot
pull
27 runs
5 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Lasith Malinga portrait
SL Malinga
O
10
M
0
R
70
W
2
ECO
7
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Asela Gunaratne portrait
DAS Gunaratne
O
3
M
0
R
7
W
1
ECO
2.33
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Kennington Oval, London
TossSri Lanka, elected to field first
SeriesICC Champions Trophy
Season2017
Player Of The Match
Kusal Mendis
Kusal Mendis
Match numberODI no. 3882
Hours of play (local time)10:30 start, First Session 10:30-14:00 Interval 14:00-14:45, Second Session 14:45-18:15
Match days08 June 2017 - day(50-over match)
Umpires
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Richard Kettleborough
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Rod Tucker
TV Umpire
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Marais Erasmus
Reserve Umpire
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Paul Reiffel
Match Referee
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David Boon
PointsSri Lanka 2, India 0