India uproots Sri Lanka and fixes a date with England for Champions Trophy Final

By Saurabh Sahni on Jun 24, 2013 | Champions Trophy 2013
Sri Lanka and India were familiar foes to meet again during the second semi-final of the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. However, the second semi-final of the final edition of the Champions Trophy did not pan out to be the fierce contest which India and Sri Lanka are always known to offer to the cricket admirers. The toss was crucial and M S Dhoni was in luck to win the toss for India. M S Dhoni elected to bowl first and the decision proved fruitful as the pace bowlers of India started to choke the Sri Lankan batsman.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav kept things tight though did not manage to take as much wickets. Tilakratne Dilshan was unfortunate to be injured and remained retired hurt. However, Sri Lankan innings was devoid of any competition by Ishant Sharma, who worked well with the ball to produce a match winning spell for which he was awarded the Man of the Match event. R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja did the rest to restrict Sri Lankan total to 181 in 50 over. Even Indian captain M S Dhoni joined in the bowling brigade to exploit the pace friendly conditions.

Indian chase was once again buoyed by their openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. Though Sharma fell, Dhawan continued his rich form and completed his half century. Kohli continued his good form against Lankans and completed his 8th half century against them. India won by 8 wickets to set up a final date with England.
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