Press Esc to close
Friday 01 August 2014
News updated at 3:17 PM IST
Weather
Max: 28.4°C
Min : 20.2°C
In Bangalore
Cloudy sky

India rout Lanka, enter final

Madhu Jawali, Cardiff, June 20, 2013, DHNS :
Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot during the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy semifinal between India and Sri Lanka at Cardiff on Thursday. Reuters

India don’t seem to put a foot wrong, do they? Having arrived in England for the Champions Trophy amid raging controversies surrounding IPL VI and skipper M S Dhoni’s alleged conflicts of interest, there were serious doubts about their chances in the meet.

But India have turned all calculations upside down to enter the final of the eight-nation tournament in emphatic style. India subdued Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the second semifinal here on Thursday to set up the summit clash with hosts England at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Sunday.

Put into bat, Sri Lanka limped to 181/8 and India replied with 182/2 in 35 overs. Shikhar Dhawan, who had two centuries and a 48 from three previous matches, once again orchestrated India’s successful chase with a chancy but crucial 68 (92b, 6x4, 1x6). After Dhawan’s dismissal, Virat Kohli, who had failed to capitalise on his good starts in the tournament so far, struck an unbeaten 58 (64b, 4x4, 1x6) as India coasted to another comprehensive win.

While the weather forecast about rain turned out to be false, the predictions that India would emerge winners proved right. The early morning showers did delay the start by 30 minutes but there was no reduction in the number of overs. Having won a good toss, Dhoni had no hesitation in opting to bowl first in overcast conditions. Man of the match Ishant Sharma (3/33), Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav exploited the pace-friendly conditions to the hilt to tie down the Lankan batsmen. The conditions were so conducive that even Dhoni had a ball, literally!


This is the third time that India have made it to the final of the biennial tournament which incidentally will be its last edition. In 2000 India had lost to New Zealand and in 2002 they were the joint winners along with Sri Lanka after heavy rains had washed out the final. Will they be third-time lucky?   

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
An man holds a cycle and wades through a flooded street as it rains in Mumbai. Heavy rainfall...

An man holds a cycle and wades through a flooded street as it rains in Mumbai. Heavy rainfall...

A traditional Teej procession at Tripolia Gate in Jaipur on Thursday...

A traditional Teej procession at Tripolia Gate in Jaipur on Thursday...

Gold medal winner Vikas Shive Gowda of India throws the discus in the final at Hampden Park...

Gold medal winner Vikas Shive Gowda of India throws the discus in the final at Hampden Park...

South Africa's Rhett Halkett, right, vies for the ball with India's Chandanda Nikkin, during...

South Africa's Rhett Halkett, right, vies for the ball with India's Chandanda Nikkin, during...

Arvind Panwar makes his way towards the finish line in the Men's Time Trial during...

Arvind Panwar makes his way towards the finish line in the Men's Time Trial during...

Dipa Karmakar of India performs during the women's gymnastics vault apparatus final at the 2014...

Dipa Karmakar of India performs during the women's gymnastics vault apparatus final at the 2014...

Babita Kumari wrestles with Canada's Brittanee Laverdure during the women's Freestyle...

Babita Kumari wrestles with Canada's Brittanee Laverdure during the women's Freestyle...

People at waterlogged Shivaji Chowk, Bhiwandi after heavy rains near Mumbai on Thursday...

People at waterlogged Shivaji Chowk, Bhiwandi after heavy rains near Mumbai on Thursday...

NDRF personnel with a body of a victim of landslide at Malin village on Thursday...

NDRF personnel with a body of a victim of landslide at Malin village on Thursday...

A crack seen on the highway caused by the erosion due to heavy rains at Kasara Ghat...

A crack seen on the highway caused by the erosion due to heavy rains at Kasara Ghat...

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