India vs Srilanka Live Score Champions Trophy 2013 2nd Semi Final
India vs Sri Lanka Live Scorecard and ball by ball commentary of ICC Champions Trophy 2013, 2nd Semi Final Match on June 20th played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, Wales.
Indian skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and opted to bowl after rain delayed the scheduled start by 30 minutes but did not lead to a reduction in overs.
Indian retained their winning composition while Sri Lanka included Jeevan Mendis and Thisara Perera in place of Dinesh Chandimal and Shaminda Eranga
Both sides must bat for a minimum of 20 overs for a result to be declared.
The wet outfield delayed the toss by 40 minutes. The rain had stopped before the scheduled start time of 10.30 am (0930 GMT) but the covers were still in place over damp patches on the outfield.
If this game is washed out, India will go through to the final as they come into the knockout stages as the toppers of their group.
India will be the fancied team on paper but the Lankans are also on a high after defeating both England and Australia en route to the semifinal, which would be a repeat of the 2011 World Cup final in Mumbai.
While India were the first team to make the last four from the tournament's Group of Death with an all-win record, Sri Lanka grabbed the last semifinal berth on Tuesday after warding off a late challenge from Australia.
The 20-run win against the Aussies at The Oval enabled the Lankans to finish level on points with England, but an inferior run-rate pushed them to No. 2 and earned them a date with India at the Sophia Gardens.
For the Lankans, the clash against India will be a grudge game of sorts. In the final of the 2011 World Cup at the Wankhede, India outclassed the co-hosts by six wickets, easily chasing down a 275-run target, with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni laying the coup de grace with a towering six off Nuwan Kulasekara.
India and Sri Lanka clashed in the Champions Trophy final in 2002 in Colombo, not once but twice. On successive days, rain played spoilsport and for the first time in the history of a major ICC tournament, the title had to be shared.