About the Match
Even after every combination possible in last group game, we see an incredibly common match between India and Sri Lanka in 2nd Semifinal on June 20, 2013 at Cardiff. This might be a usual matchup, but is expected to be a thriller by all means. Before heading to the Caribbean Islands for tri-series, this would be the final time these two teams will face each other. In previous five years, India and Sri Lanka have met 40 times with India being victorious on 24 occasions and two times match didn’t yield a result. Sri Lanka would be keen to take revenge of 2011 World Cup final whereas Indians would be looking to carry the momentum forward and make it to yet another final.
The Men in Blue are placed at first place in ICC rankings, and they’ve played like champions in this Champions Trophy. Including practice games, India have won all five of their matches and that too quite convincingly. The main architect of their victories in group games has been Shikhar Dhawan who has scored two centuries in three games. Rohit Sharma played excellent role as an opening partner to Shikhar Dhawan. Dinesh Karthick carried his IPL form into this tournament which has improved Indian batting immensely. With his swinging and wobbling deliveries, Kumar has troubled every opposition batsmen. The spinners have done well too. Although Umesh and Ishant have bowled well in patches, they haven’t looked to be as effective as they should be. With excellent batting and good enough bowling, India is a side that any team would avoid facing in a knockout game.
Sri Lanka hasn’t played as brilliantly, but they’ve performed reasonably well. Winning two of their group games with third one going down to the wire, they’ve clearly sent a message showing that they too are a difficult force to deal with. So far, Sri Lanka has ridden largely one man show for all of their matches. Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene are in superb form. Their bowling has done well thus far with Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara leading the attack. Rangana Herath too is bowling well and can be a dangerous bowler in assisting conditions. Sangakkara has already scored a century and is the second highest run scorer in the competition after Dhawan. Dilshan and Perera performed brilliantly in the practice game against India. With excellent mix of experience and youth, Sri Lanka is a side that can never be taken lightly.
There’ve been so many India-Sri Lanka games in the recent past, but this game is different. It is a knockout game with winner going to Birmingham to play final and the loser flying home. Sri Lanka would be desperate to take revenge of their 2011 World Cup loss
. Can India prevent them from doing so? India has been in tremendous touch with Ravindra Jadeja and Shikhar Dhawan amongs the wickets and runs respectively. India has won each and every game convincingly. Indian batsmen play Malinga and spin well and that could turn the game in their favor. The Indians are firm favorites to win this game.
India, 1.59 @ Bovada
Indian opening pair has troubled bowlers of the teams they’ve played against in this Champions Trophy. They’ve had two century stands in three matches. Both Dhawan and Sharma have looked in sublime touch and have been difficult to get out. Sri Lankan opening pair isn’t short on talent, but they’ve failed to produce the result on field. I think the Indian opening pair is likely to score more than that of Sri Lanka.
Highest Opening Partnership:
India, 1.67 @ William Hill