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LONDON – Sri Lanka beat India by seven wickets in their Champions Trophy match on Thursday.
Sent into bat, India set 322 runs target for Sri Lanka in stipulated overs. In reply, Sri Lanka achieved the target in 48.3 overs to avoid a second successive Group B defeat as Mendis scored (89), Danushka Gunathilaka (76) and captain Angelo Mathews (52).
Mathews admitted earlier this week that many experts expected his underdogs to be thrashed by in-form India.
The match started at 02.30 pm Pakistan Standard Time. India will qualify for the semi-final stage if they beat the island-nation today.
On the other hand, it’s a must-win situation for Sri Lanka has they have to beat the defending champions to stay alive in the series.
India started off their Champions Trophy on a strong note, beating arch-rivals Pakistan by 124 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis Method.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka lost its opening game to South Africa by 96 runs.
India Squad: V Kohli*, R Ashwin, JJ Bumrah, S Dhawan, MS Dhoni†, RA Jadeja, KM Jadhav, KD Karthik, B Kumar, Mohammed Shami, HH Pandya, AM Rahane, RG Sharma, UT Yadav, Yuvraj Singh.
Sri Lanka Squad:
AD Mathews*, WU Tharanga, LD Chandimal, N Dickwella†, ANPR Fernando, DAS Gunaratne, MD Gunathilaka, KMDN Kulasekara, RAS Lakmal, SL Malinga, BKG Mendis, MDKJ Perera, NLTC Perera, S Prasanna, PADLR Sandakan.