Champions Trophy :Big clash between India and Sri Lanka in the semis Today


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Two of the biggest cricket giants  India and Sri Lanka  are up in arms against each other in the second semifinal Today, after slugging it out in the group stage of the ICC Champions Trophy. While Team India has undoubtedly looked to be the best team in the tournament, their counterparts from Sri Lanka have fought hard to make the semifinals.

MS Dhonis men are on a winning streak at the top of Group B with three wins out of the three matches they have played in the tournament. On the other hand, the Lankans made a last minute entry into the semis with two wins and a loss in the Champions Trophy.The front-runners for lifting the trophy, Team India have been exceptional in all three departments of their game. The inclusion of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma at the top order has done wonders for Team India in the tournament. 

On the other hand, Sri Lankans have thrived at the experience of their veteran stars Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. The former Sri Lankan skipper, Kumar Sangakkara, is the second highest run-scorer in the tournament.In the bowling department, Team India have excelled with the services of their newly-found all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja - who happens to be the second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament so far. The young Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav have also strenghthened Team Indias seam bowling alongside experienced Ishant Sharma.

The Lankans boast a lethal weapon in their star bowler Lasith Malinga against India in the upcoming semifinal. Apart from Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara and young Shaminda Eranga have been more than handy for Sri Lanka with the new ball.

It  will be a deja-vu of the 2011 World Cup final as Sri Lanka gear up to end Team Indias three-match winning streak in the second semifinal Today.




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