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Following a near-flawless demolition of Pakistan in their campaign opener, India will eye another dominant performance to seal a semi-final berth when they take on Sri Lanka in the ICC Champions Trophy in London on Thursday.

Having pulverised Pakistan by 124 runs, India will start as overwhelming favourites against Sri Lanka, who looked in total disarray during their 96-run defeat at the hands of South Africa.

The only worry is the fickle London weather, with forecasts of 40 percent chance of heavy rainfall.
Contrasting performances aside, the sheer difference in quality also puts India a few notches ahead of the cricketers from the island nation.

On paper, the two sides are a total mismatch.

While India ticked almost all the boxes in their victory against Pakistan, the Sri Lankans, in their opening fixture, played like minnows.
Defending champions India have a formidable batting line-up, which is being backed very well by a potent bowling attack.

And therein lay the problem with Sri Lanka, a side that is going through a rebuilding phase for the longest time now.

To make matters worse, the form and fitness of regular captain Angelo Mathews is a cause for concern, while senior opener Upul Tharanga's two-match suspension has added insult to injury.

It's two years since both Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara quit ODIs post the 2015 World Cup but Sri Lanka have not been able to single out even a couple of players, who can show steely resolve.

The likes of Dinesh Chandimal or Chamara Kapugedara have been around for some time but both have been guilty of not realising their full potential till date.
No wonder Sangakkara, in his column for the ICC, has made it clear that Sri Lanka need to show aggression against India while conceding that it may not be easy for them.

For India, playing Sri Lanka before facing South Africa (on June 11) is an advantage as they can go into the final group league game with a free mind.

Rohit Sharma hitting a 91 on comeback is a reassurance while Shikhar Dhawan's positive approach will keep the 'Men in Blue' in good stead.

Skipper Virat Kohli has over the years been Sri Lanka's nemesis and the 81 not out against Pakistan, is just the tonic he needed before taking on the likes of Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep.

Yuvraj Singh was in vintage form at the Edgbaston and a placid Oval pitch will only help get a few more runs under his belt.

Hardik Pandya's power hitting at No 7 and his ability to chip in with quick wickets makes this Indian side more intimidating.The only thing that Virat Kohli would want now is Mahendra Singh Dhoni getting some batting time before the big game against South Africa.

Kohli promoting Pandya ahead of Dhoni is an indication that the skipper is looking to use his former captain more as an accumulator -- in Javed Miandad mould who would rotate strike, frustrate bowlers and launch a furious counter-attack after getting his eye in.

India's bowling unit has been sharp off late. Bhuvneshwar Kumar's controlled swing bowling, Umesh Yadav's fiery pace backed by Jasprit Bumrah's overs at the death has troubled the oppositions.

Such has been the quality that bowlers of Mohammed Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin's calibre are warming the benches.

It is unlikely that Kohli would tinker with the winning combination although one feels for Ashwin, who is India's strike bowler in the red-ball format.

For Sri Lanka, this is a do-or-die match where a lot will depend on how well skipper Mathews plays and the kind of performance Malinga gives while bowling first up.

If the duo fails, one can be sure that Sri Lanka will meet Pakistan's fate against this current India side.

Teams (from):

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickewalla, Chamara Kapugedara, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Sekkuge Prasanna, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Malinga, Asela Gunaratne, Nuwan Kulasekara.

Neroca FC made history on Sunday by becoming the first team from the North East region of the country to play in the final of the prestigious Durand Cup football tournament.

Hindustan University won the girls title in the KCG Verghese Memorial All India Inter Institution basketball tournament held at Hindustan College campus in Padur, OMR. Anju Bobby George, former international long jumper, was the special guest for the tournament.

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has accepted Pakistan's proposal to play three Test matches instead of two in the upcoming series between the two sides in September-October in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). (Javed Miandad slams PCB for 'exhausting' players with hectic training schedule)
An official of the Pakistan Cricket Board said the series would now have three Tests, three One-day internationals and three T20 matches instead of the original itinerary of two Tests, five ODIs and two T20 internationals.
He said the decision was taken on the initiative of the PCB Chairman, Shaharyar Khan, who felt that more importance should be given to the five-day format.
One of the Tests will be a day-night affair with the pink ball, most probably in Abu Dhabi. (Is Pakistan Cricket Board ignoring me because I'm a Hindu? Asks Danish Kaneria)
Pakistan are also due to play a day-night Test in Australia in December.
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"The day-night Test is also on and we have plans to have at least 10 day-night First Class matches in our domestic season this year with the pink ball so that the players can get accustomed to Tests under lights," he said.
Pakistan had earlier proposed a day-night Test when they hosted Sri Lanka in the UAE but the latter had turned down the proposal.
The official said the series has been scheduled in the UAE although they were plans to have it in Sri Lanka. (Mohammad Amir told to behave on England tour)
"But we have still not given up on the proposal to relocate our home series to some other neutral venue as we maintain that the costs of hosting teams in the UAE is high and not cost effective for us as we lose our revenues," he said.
He said Sri Lanka and some other boards had shown keen interest in allowing Pakistan to play their home series in their countries but for this year the idea to host it in Sri Lanka was dropped due to the monsoon rains expected in the island nation in September-October.
Pakistan have hosted their home series since 2009 at neutral venues, mainly UAE, due to other teams refusing to tour the country because of security concerns.

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