Thursday, 20 June 2013

ICC Champions Trophy 2013 - 2nd Semi Final

20 Jun 2013

ICC Champions Trophy 2013 - 2nd Semi Final
(India vs Sri Lanka at Cardiff)

India enter final with crushing win

Sri Lanka vs India
181/8 (50) 182/2 (35)
India won by 8 wickets
Photo © BCCI

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.

India enter final with crushing win (espncricinfo):
Photo © BCCI

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