Update:Dilshan retired hurt after scoring 12 runs. He had serious problem in taking run and can’t take any weight on his right leg The physio and Eranga help him off the field. It is another big blow to Lanka after Perera’s dismissal. Sri Lanka 18/1 after 5.4 overs
Update: Dhoni wins the toss, decides to field first, but the match will be marred by rains and DL method is expected to come into play
Update: Toss will be done at 10.40am, and the match may start at 11.00am, given there are no more rains
Update: Match delayed due to rain, though rain has stopped, but outfield very wet. May be delayed by half an hour
So far India has remained unbeaten in the tournament and now they are set to face another great team here in Cardiff. The Indian team’s performance has been exceptional in this tournament so far and the youngsters have done their nation proud. But they will have to come strong once again in today’s match as well to propel their team to the final. The winner of the today’s match will have to take on another great side, England who are in terrific form after beating South Africa in a one sided match.
Sri Lanka will like to beat India to take revenge of the ignominy meted out to the team by Indian side in the 2011 World Cup finals. It is the best time to take revenge of the image shattering defeat in the finals of the world cup and Sri Lankan team is fully geared to do just that. After their impressive win against Australia in their previous match, the side is over the moon. Though they know that India is a difficult side, nonetheless they are sure that when they can beat Australia in such an easy fashion, they can also certainly beat India.
In the ICC World Cup 2011 finals India had beaten Sri Lanka while chasing a rather good score of 275 runs. After almost two overs, the Sri Lankan side is playing with almost the same team, with minor changes, though Indian team has come with a new and fresh looking team. The best aspect of the young side is the fact that they have given their captain great confidence in the team and their fielding is among the best in the tournament so far. Dhoni must be the first Indian captain who can rightly claim that his side comes with the best fielding team among all the eight teams who were part of the tournament.
Indian batting is in the best form and out of the five matches that the team has played, they have been able to score more than 300 runs. This cannot be said about any other team in the 2013 Champions Trophy. In the meantime after heavy downpour, the rains have stopped right now and there are sings that the match will finally start on time.