Ishant: My strength is the bounce and pace and I stuck to that plan. Bhuvneshwar and Umesh Yadavbowled well up front. I had to bowl in the right areas and execute my plans. The conditions were favourable for me. In my previous tour, the wickets were flat and I had no assistance.
Ishant Sharma is the Man of the Match
MS Dhoni: This seems to be a well-written script. It was a good toss to win. The bowlers set the game up nicely. It was unfortunate for Sri Lanka that they lost Dilshan to injury. The spinners bowled well in the middle overs. It is always important to have good bowlers in the side. If we have good bowlers that exploit the conditions, the opposition thinks twice to give us helpful wickets. There are some areas of improvement and we hope to address them. The ball was still doing something and Bhuvneshwar had bowled for 8-9 overs. There was a choice between me and Kohli as we had to keep some bowlers in the death overs. With Karthik around, I decided to bowl and we had to keep Ashwin at the death as there were some left handers in the team. Raina is excellent in any position and it helps the captain immensely. England are a very good side and in this tournament, any side can be on top on the given day.
Mathews: The toss was crucial. The wicket was two paced and it was assisting the pacers. We did not play well and the batsmen failed to respond. Credit to India for bowling very well. All the younger players need to take responsibility. Thisara Perera was bowling well and we wanted some depth in the batting. The character that we displayed after the first game was commendable.
India beat Sri Lanka by 8 wickets and they go through to the finals of Champions Trophy 2013, this is the third time India have qualified for the finals of the Champions Trophy.
Over 34.6 SL Malingato SK Raina, Boundary!Short ball and outside the leg stump, Raina swivels and pulls it to fine leg for winning runs.
Over 34.5 SL Malingato SK Raina, no runs, gets back in the crease and miss to flicks it down the leg-side.
Over 34.4 SL Malingato V Kohli, 1 run, comes on to the front foot and works it down the leg-side for a single.
Over 34.3 SL Malingato V Kohli, 2 runs, gets across and flicks it to deep square-leg and picks up another couple.
Over 34.2 SL Malingato SK Raina, 1 run, goes across and pulls it to backward square leg and picks up a single.
Over 34.1 SL Malingato V Kohli, 1 run, gets an outside edge that goes past widish gully to third man.
Over 34.1 SL Malingato V Kohli, 5 wides, fuller length ball but he slides it down the leg side, Kohli misses out on the flick and Sangakkara dives to his left but he cannot stop it.