Tournament favourites India take on neighbours and familiar foes Sri Lanka in the second ICC Champions Trophy semi final. The game is at Cardiff and will decide who challenges hosts England in Sunday's final.


Where to Watch Live

The match starts at 10.30am BST, with Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD providing live coverage in the UK.


India entered the competition as pre-tournament favourites and they have now proven their case by posting five comprehensive wins in a row (including the two warm-up games) in England. The world No 1 have successfully undergone a period of transition, where they replaced their senior players with a much younger but equally talented group.

MS Dhoni's men beat Pakistan by eight wickets in their last game, after restricting their arch-rivals to a modest 165. Skipper MS Dhoni, who led the country to 2007 World T20 and the 2011 World Cup glory, will be keen to add the last remaining piece of ICC silverware to his collection. India have momentum and confidence on their side and go into this tie as heavy favourites.

Sri Lanka

Usual suspects Sri Lanka, on the other hand, always seem to find form at the right time when it comes to major ICC events. The island nation lost their warm-up game against India and opening group match against New Zealand but bounced back strongly by beating England and Australia to book their place in the last four. Sri Lanka, finalists at the 2011 World Cup and the 2012 World T20, will be looking to make it three ICC finals in a row when they take to the field.

Team Form


    • Last Five (competitive matches, most recent first): W W W L W
    • Last Result: India beat Pakistan by eight wickets

Sri Lanka

    • Last Five (competitive matches, most recent first): W W L L W
    • Last Result: Sri Lanka beat Australia by 20 runs

Team News

India:Duncan Fletcher has no injury or fitness issues to deal with and will field the same XI that won all three group games in convincing fashion.

Probabale Line-up: R Sharma, S Dhawan, V Kohli, D Karthik, MS Dhoni (c & wk), S Raina, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, B Kumar, I Sharma, U Yadav

Sri Lanka: Pacer Shaminda Eranga has been expensive and comparatively ineffective in all three group matches and could be replaced by all-rounder Thisara Perera, who impressed in India during the recently concluded IPL 2013.

Probable Line-up:K Perera, T Dilshan, K Sangakkara (wk), M Jayawardena, L Thirimanne, D Chandimal, A Mathews (c), T Perera, N Kulasekara, L Malinga, R Herath