Press Esc to close
Friday 27 February 2015
News updated at 2:47 AM IST
Weather
Max: 31.7°C
Min : 16.9°C
In Bengaluru
clear sky

India storm into Champions Trophy final with crushing win

Cardiff, Jun 20, 2013 (PTI)
Ishant Sharma (R) celebrates after dismissing Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara (not pictured) as Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene looks on during the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final match at Cardiff Wales Stadium in Wales June 20, 2013. REUTERS

A ruthless India today stormed into the final of the ICC Champions Trophy with an emphatic eight-wicket victory over a hapless Sri Lanka, relying on a clinical all-round display to put themselves on course for yet another world title.

The Indians put in a disciplined bowling show to restrict Sri Lanka to 181 for eight and then overhauled the target with as many as 15 overs to spare to set up a summit showdown with hosts England on Sunday.

The 2011 World Cup champions maintained their unbeaten track record in this edition of the tournament winning all the four matches and are now gunning for their second Champions Trophy title having shared it with Sri Lanka in 2002.

While Ishant Sharma (3/33) and Ravichandran Ashwin (3/48) were the bowling heroes for India on a cloudy and chilly day at the Sofia Gardens, in-form Shikhar Dhawan (68) and Virat Kohli (58 not out) were the notable contributors with the bat in what turned out to be a completely lop-sided encounter.

Dhawan scored his second ODI half-century and his 77-run opening stand with Rohit Sharma (33) set up the easy victory. In a tournament where India have flexed their batting muscle, it were the bowlers who came to the party today after India decided to chase.

Even as the afternoon remained overcast, the Sophia Gardens wicket eased out considerably and Lanka's spearheads Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara were barely threatening. There were a few times when the ball missed the edge of the bat, but Dhawan and Rohit were never in great discomfort.

Sharma gave the Indian innings a breezy start, punching Kulasekara through covers and Dhawan matched him with a similar stroke off Malinga, who struggled to find his bowling form on a big day. Malinga actually suffered a bit of humiliation when Dhawan upper cut him for a six at backward point.

As has been a feature in this tournament, Dhawan held one end up and except for lives on 18 and 62 – Kulasekara was the luckless bowler -- the left-hander was a picture of confidence. His 50 came off 73 balls and was laced with six fours and a six.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Students march and light flares during the second day of student strike in Madrid, Spain...

Students march and light flares during the second day of student strike in Madrid, Spain...

Indian Weightlifter Kailash Sarma and Modhusmrita Baruah displaying their gold medals...

Indian Weightlifter Kailash Sarma and Modhusmrita Baruah displaying their gold medals...

Bollywood actor Shatrughan Sinha and singer Sonu Nigam during the success party of the later's album

Bollywood actor Shatrughan Sinha and singer Sonu Nigam during the success party of the later's album

Church attack at Ullal, Mangalore...

Church attack at Ullal, Mangalore...

The Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered plane, flies over the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi...

The Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered plane, flies over the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi...

Abihimanyu Mithun during a Ranji Trophy Semi-final match at KSCA in Bengaluru...

Abihimanyu Mithun during a Ranji Trophy Semi-final match at KSCA in Bengaluru...

An Indian ragpicker waits for a train to pass by as he tries to cross railway tracks in New Delhi...

An Indian ragpicker waits for a train to pass by as he tries to cross railway tracks in New Delhi...

People travel at the doorway of a crowded local train on the outskirts of Kolkata, India...

People travel at the doorway of a crowded local train on the outskirts of Kolkata, India...

An Indian passenger sits on the lap of another man as he travels in a crowded local train...

An Indian passenger sits on the lap of another man as he travels in a crowded local train...

.Indian passengers hang from the doors of the coaches of a crowded local train...

.Indian passengers hang from the doors of the coaches of a crowded local train...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523