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India defeated Sri Lanka by eight wickets and entered the finals of ICC Champions Trophy 2013 on Thursday, and will play against England in Birmingham.

Only captain Angelo Mathews rose above the mediocrity for Sri Lanka with a defiant 51, having come to the middle with his team on 41-3
after 18 overs and having seen opener Tillekaratne Dilshan hobble off with an apparent calf injury.

India's pacemen excelled in damp, overcast conditions ideal for seam bowling. Ishant Sharma removed three batsmen, including dangerman Kumar Sangakkara (17), while Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 1-18 off his nine overs.

Left-arm slow bowler Ravichandran Ashwin claimed 3-48.

England awaits the winner after beating South Africa in the first semifinal on Wednesday. (Source: Hindustan Times)
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  • Steve Friday, 21 June 2013 12:01 PM

    yeah thats because we are not together....and we dont have the passion for anything whether it spors or country...!!! dont blame others for our poor mentality....

    Bimbo Friday, 21 June 2013 06:48 AM

    True they India have become issue for us not only in cricket in all areas its taking us apart ...

    Dhak Friday, 21 June 2013 07:02 AM

    We are better than them in every aspect

    jayantha silva Friday, 21 June 2013 09:30 AM

    Mathews is highly over rated . Has done nothing to justify his position as captain.

    Santha Friday, 21 June 2013 04:13 AM

    cheers India

    Jaya Friday, 21 June 2013 09:55 AM

    Yep. But this was a sure choke. Early swing is acceptable, But 12 runs in the batting power play! We couldn't hit runs against the 2 spinners like its a 5th day pitch in Galle. Only person who was hitting was Dilshan. Others went in to the shell like in 2009 T20 and 2012 T20 finals.

    Suresh Friday, 21 June 2013 09:55 AM

    A sold match

    lakjay Thursday, 20 June 2013 05:56 PM

    Noondi hathayi.....

    Not a Joke Thursday, 20 June 2013 05:56 PM

    35 overs, match finished. We can't win with India, since we sold the ICC WC Final.

    Band Thursday, 20 June 2013 06:09 PM

    I dont worry as I have given up this gamble sometime ago. Cricket is no more a sport. It's a mutual play for money. We will never beat india until IPL terminated.
    I know this will not publish bcz DM selects news to make diaspora happy

    Dinesh Friday, 21 June 2013 10:07 AM

    Sri Lankan fans need to admit that post Jayasuriya, Aravinda & Ranatunga, their team is absolutely pedestrian. They may keep calling them "lions" and bay for "revenge" with India after the WC finals defeat, but the fact is that the SL team comprises of just chicken which the Indians had for lunch.

    Yuri Thursday, 20 June 2013 06:36 PM

    Congratulation to India!! what else can say..

    benadict Thursday, 20 June 2013 06:49 PM

    Captain & vice cap, are not suit for the post.

    VISHNU RAJ Friday, 21 June 2013 07:28 PM

    YOU SRI LANKANS ARE REALLY GENEROUS. WE INDIANS DO NOT WISH TO PRAISE OTHER COUNTRY LIKE THE WAY YOU PEOPLE DO.REALLY HAPPY AFTER READING THE COMMENTS.BUT SOMEONE HAS HURT ME SAYING THE MATCH WAS SOLD.PLEASE DON'T SAY THAT IF YOU ARE REALLY AVERY GOOD CRICKET LOVER DON'T LOOSE YOUR FAITH IN YOUR PLAYERS.THE SANGA'S THE JAYAWARDANA'S ARE NOT SUCH PLAYERS THEY ARE DEDICATED PLAYERS
    REMEMBER ONE ROTTEN APPLE CAN SPOIL THE WHOLE SHOP.

    KaluSudha Thursday, 20 June 2013 07:07 PM

    thang ithin akulagenna enda!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    prabath Thursday, 20 June 2013 07:21 PM

    at least we wont get any price hike tomorrow

    Sports Psychologist Thursday, 20 June 2013 07:36 PM

    Believe or not SL need mental strength to beat India & Pakistan more than anything else. Sure today was 'a toss to be won' OR 'win the toss & win the match situation' on this ground where only once the team bowled 2nd have won.

    samsue1968 Thursday, 20 June 2013 07:54 PM

    SL reserved to lose this game. An appalling performance in all areas.

    Saskia Thursday, 20 June 2013 08:27 PM

    Super. Good news.

    Jagath Sumatipala Thursday, 20 June 2013 08:34 PM

    I am sorry to say this Sr Lanka deserved loosing this match

    Our cricketers does not play with a passion

    Bastonian Thursday, 20 June 2013 09:07 PM

    Can we play against someone else next finals? best of luck next time boys.

    kandula Friday, 21 June 2013 03:00 AM

    India was the better team on the day, but SL does not have bowlers to put pressure on the Indian batting.

    Eagle Eyes Friday, 21 June 2013 03:01 AM

    In every defeat there is a lesson for future success. Hope the captain and the team learn from this defeat and play the game with a positive mindset so that we have a strong and experienced team in the future.

    LonwaboTsotsobe Friday, 21 June 2013 03:03 AM

    typical sri lankans heaped praise after the England game
    Heaped praise after the Aussie game. Now they blame the team. This here is the problem of the country there are just too many two faced people.

    Bushel Perera Friday, 21 June 2013 03:05 AM

    When we won the previous match the comments were like we are the capable cricketers.
    No point jeering at them.
    Indian bowling was so lethal. That victory no one can stop. At least we made 180.

    wim Friday, 21 June 2013 05:36 AM

    Sanga & Tirimanne wasted many overs..they all are compleatly failed in frount of young Indian seamers & spinners..INDIA DESERVE TO WIN..

    LonwaboTsotsobe Friday, 21 June 2013 03:05 AM

    It is a big disappointment yes but while team mistakes were there too it was a rather unfortunate scenario. SL had to bat first in terrible conditions. And the in-touch dilshan injured himself. Some resemblance to the ENG SA game where while there was overcast skies and ball swinging SA lost their way then conditions got better for England. Same yesterday.
    This comment is not an excuse but this is just FYI as I'm sure half the people who comment here didn't even watch the match.

    MAHAWELI Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:05 PM

    Crucial toss has made all the difference of the game. Any way congratulations to Indian Cricket team.

    srn Saturday, 22 June 2013 05:35 AM

    It is another sea/shore up and down better try next time with more mental strength

    mail_guy Friday, 21 June 2013 05:47 AM

    Not only in cricket but every category we lose to India but show off like we are perfect than them.

    sach is life Friday, 21 June 2013 11:18 AM

    srilanka is B grade team. india can easily win aganist srilanka in any time,any where.defeating india is yopur dream only

    MagodisThuma Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:18 PM

    It's sad to see our old boys were playing test cricket on one day matches !

    MagodisThuma Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:21 PM

    There is no batman in our team who is brave enough to jump forward & hit a six !

    MagodisThuma Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:21 PM

    Our boys payed test cricket !

    MagodisThuma Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:29 PM

    Our batsmen were scared to play big shots even for poor balls !. Every body was trying to collect runs slowly & remain in the team !

    Peiris Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:41 PM

    were both sides playing on the same pitch?

    weha Friday, 21 June 2013 12:55 AM

    We win a group match after loosing a few and then celebrate and boast like we already won the final.LOL
    Typical Srilankans

    raviraj Friday, 21 June 2013 03:50 AM

    then why do you have a SPL

    len Friday, 21 June 2013 12:56 AM

    [Only captain Angelo Mathews rose above the mediocrity ]

    realy how high

    Sreejit-India Friday, 21 June 2013 06:29 AM

    Sorry for SL. Yesterday was not their day. Good wishes next time.


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