India set up Champions Trophy title clash versus England
India entered the final of the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy after dismissing Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in Cardiff on Thursday. India will meet hosts England in the title clash on Sunday.
Opener Kusal Perera bears a striking resemblance to Sanath Jayasuriya but his performances do not match up to the Sri Lankan legend. He managed just 4 after Sri Lanka were put in to bat, before being dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
After the third over of the match, Tillakaratne Dilshan hobbled off with a calf injury when he was batting on 12. Sri Lanka never recovered from the explosive openers departure.
Much was dependent on middle-order batsman Kumar Sangakkara. But the left-hander who has been in good touch in the tournament, scored just 17.
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni handed his gloves and pads to Dinesh Karthik and bowled 4 overs vs Sri Lanka. Dhoni had Mahela Jayawardene trapped leg-before as well, but the decision was overturned on review.
In seam-and-swing conditions at Sophia Gardens, Ishant Sharma ended with figures of 3/33 as India restricted Sri Lanka to 181/8. Ishant picked up the wickets Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne and Thisara Perera to be awarded the Man of the Match prize.
R Ashwin picked up three wickets, while Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma picked one apiece as a brilliant bowling performance set up an 8-wicket victory.
Umesh Yadav emerged without a wicket, but put in an impressive performance. So far in the tournament the Indian batting has flourished, but against Sri Lanka the bowling unit came to the fore.
Rohit Sharma has got starts throughout this tournament, but has failed to convert them in to big scores. Sharma was bowled for 33 but provided a solid platform for the batters that followed.
Shikhar Dhawan carried on with his sensational form, with a 92-ball 68. The left-hander has scored 332 runs in four games in this tournament this far at an average of 110.66.
Virat Kohli has not fired on all cylinders in this tournament so far, but scored a half-century against Sri lanka to take India home with 15 overs to spare. It was his eight half-century to go with his five hundreds against the Lankans.