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Mathews wins toss, invites India to bat

Mathews wins toss, invites India to bat

Sri Lanka batsman Chamara Kapugedara was ruled out of the Champions Trophy on Wednesday after hurting his knee in training.

Stand-in skipper Upul Tharanga would not be playing against India and the veteran off-spinner feels his absence will hurt the islanders the most.

Sri Lanka has lost four of their last five ODI matches, while India's record is the reverse, with four wins out of their most recent five ODIs. "We addressed those things and asked the guys to be ruthless and finish games off".

The triumph, by 19-runs using the Duckworth-Lewis scoring method, ranks as the first upset of the 2017 Champions Trophy competition. "We are happy to walk in as the underdogs. Not many people expected us to win and that took a lot of pressure off us". "It was pathetic. I call it pathetic because of the whole team, and the captain was warned several times, and there's no excuse at all but to take responsibility for that because nobody else can take responsibility on it", Mathews said.

"I must admit that I was a little surprised by India's underwhelming display in the field".

The players received their match fees for the three home series against New Zealand, England and Australia held last season.




Pandya got out after flicking Perera for a six but Kedar Jadhav ensured that India finished their 50 overs with a score in excess of 320.

Sri Lanka are still a team in transition, and it would be a hard one as they look for in able replacements for Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. "We are slowly rebuilding, but surely, we will come up with a good performance", the skipper said.

Dhoni wrestled back the momentum for India as he got off the mark with a bludgeoned six, setting the stage for an awesome display of power hitting. The next game against South Africa will be a virtual quarter final on Sunday with the team winning advancing to the semis. Ashwin was seen batting alone at the nets when the other members of the team were put through the fielding drills at another place.

"We ve got to make it happen, and we ve got to make it happen soon". We are waiting for the doctor's report.

The ICC said its event technical committee had approved Danushka Gunathilaka as a replacement for Kapugedera in the Sri Lanka squad for the tournament.


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