Asian Heavyweights Lock Horns

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Shikhar Dhawan is the leading scorer in the tournament. Source: AP/dailytelegraph.com.au
World Cup winners India  will bid to keep its unbeaten record in the 2013 Champions Trophy when it faces Sri Lanka  in the second semi-final at Cardiff on Thursday night (AEST).

Going into the tournament there were doubts surrounding India’s ability to deal with the swinging ball in England but they have had no concerns at the top of the order, where Shikhar Dhawan  and Rohit Sharma  have formed the best opening partnership  in the competition with stands of 127, 101 and 58. Dhawan was top scored in every one of his teams matches at the tournament and opened the event with centuries in his side’s victories over South Africa and the West Indies.

Sri Lanka only secured a berth in the last four with a win over Australia in the final group game, when an unbeaten 84 from former skipper Mahela Jayawardene  helped his team to a total which proved beyond the Australians. The ‘big three’ of Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara  and Tillakaratne Dilshan  have all played a part in their side’s wins over England and Australia but are yet to fire in the same match.

India has had the wood on their sub-continental rivals in recent times, winning eight of the eleven most recent matches between the sides including the past three. The last time they met in England was 11 years ago, when India won all three matches between the teams in the NatWest Series.

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