Familiar foes India and Sri Lanka in semi-final shootout

Some will roll their eyes at the thought of another India v Sri Lanka ODI contest, but for the two teams set to clash on Thursday in Cardiff the second semi-final of the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy is a huge game. In fact, it is the biggest they’ve played in the 50-over format since April 2, 2011 when India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in Mumbai to lift the World Cup. The winners will move on to the final of the Champions Trophy, in its last instalment, thus having a shot at signing off the tournament with their names engraved on it.

Since the 2011 World Cup final, India have won 28 of 47 ODI contests. Sri Lanka, in the same time, have won just 25 of 60. This period has seen disappointment in plenty for both sides, especially India who were whitewashed in England, failed to make the finals of the CB Series and Asia Cup and then lost a three-match series to Pakistan. Both teams are very familiar with each other – they’ve played 40 ODIs since July 2008 – and on Thursday at Sophia Gardens will have to rely on all that experience in an attempt to win Read more
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