It’s England v India in Champions Trophy final after Dhawan and Kohli beat Sri Lanka.England to face India in Champions Trophy final after ruthless Dhawan and Kohli lead the way in Sri Lanka hammering.India booked a Champions Trophy final appointment with England by facilitating an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in Cardiff.
Having asked to bat first, Sri Lanka never really a slow start as an excellent bowling Ishant Sharma (three for 33), Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (one for 18) and Umesh Yadav restricted their batsmen.Only captain Angelo Mathews (51) and Mahela Jayawardene (38) never really seemed at ease at the crease, and a total of 181 for eight never looked like being enough.
All the question marks on the level of difficulty of the drummers in the wet and overcast conditions have quickly responded by India opens Shikhar Dhawan (68) and Rohit Sharma (33), who played much more positive than their counterparts in Sri Lanka.
Dhawan gave two lives on 18, when Sangakkara and Mathews bombed off chances bowling Nuwan Kulasekara, as the pair put on an opening wicket stand of 77 before Sharma was bowled by Mathews. Excellent strike Dhawan ended with victory in sight, as he was stumped off the bowling Jeevan Mendis, leaving Virat Kohli (58) and Suresh Raina (seven) to complete the task with 15 overs remaining and ensure repeat their 2011 world final victory over Sri Lanka Cup.
England v India in Champions Trophy final
only problems in India in March was the final two sets of invaders ground running on the ground twice. Cardiff on a surface with a lot of moisture, stitched ball rebounded sharply and substantially, and the Indian bowlers were all over Sri Lanka after winning the toss. In the afternoon, the Indian openers continued their run of impressive stands, adding 77 through a bit of luck and some interesting shots, and India cruised home with 15 overs to spare.
It would have reminded India their first day international cricket in 2010-11 tour of South Africa when they were inserted on land that had absorbed a lot of rain and were bowled out for 136 in similar conditions. Looking at the first innings of the match, it seemed Sri Lanka had done well not be renewed for 136 themselves. The conditions were three quicks first line of the first juicy India bowled 22 overs, even MS Dhoni had a bowl and beat India or the bat or the edge of success on 68 occasions.