India aim qualification, Sri Lanka battle survival
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 2:45
While their bowling was poor - Jadeja in particular was expensive as Kohli even resorted to bringing himself on - and Sri Lanka's skilled chase was a surprise, the reigning champions ultimately did not compile enough runs on a good pitch.
India, on the other hand, will be relieved if they win this match since it guarantees a spot in the semi-finals.
Sri Lanka won the toss against India in their Champions Trophy clash on Thursday, and made a decision to bowl first in an overcast morning to take first use of the wicket.
In what could be expected as a seam-friendly surface at The Oval, Sri Lanka can expect a stern challenge from the India pacers, especially from Umesh Yadav. A win in either of the two remaining games, either against Sri Lanka or South Africa will confirm them a place in the top four.
"I would personally like this young Sri Lanka side to walk out at The Oval and play with the arrogance and abandon of youth", Sangakkara wrote.
They replace suspended vice-captain Upul Tharanga, injured batsman Chamara Kapugedera, and allrounder Seekkuge Prasanna.
Sri Lanka has lost four of their last five ODI matches, while India's record is the reverse, with four wins out of their most recent five ODIs.
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (C), Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Pradeep. Riding on Shikhar Dhawan's 125 and half-centuries from Rohit Sharma and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India piled up a 321 for 6 only to be stunned by unfancied Lankan batting line-up that produced a splendid batting show to knock off the runs in 48.4 overs.
India and Sri Lanka have met thrice in the Champions Trophy but two of them ended as no results; India won the most recent such encounter in 2013 (by eight wickets).
Contrasting performances aside, the sheer difference in quality also puts India a few notches ahead of the cricketers from the island nation. The live cricket streaming will be available on Hotstar, while the live telecast will be available on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD, along with Hindi commentary on Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD and Tamil commentary on Star Sports 1 Tamil.
Sri Lanka were just beginning to feel good about themselves.
However, for those who would not be around TV sets, they can stream it online as well.
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He is also the epitome of consistency in the Champions Trophy, becoming only the fourth player in the history of the tournament to hit three centuries, after Chris Gayle, Herschelle Gibbs and Sourav Ganguly, and also averages 79 in one-day games in England.