Champions Trophy: Sri Lanka shut out Australia, set up semis clash vs India

In what turned out to be a three-way battle with New Zealand keeping a close watch, Sri Lanka managed to keep chipping away Australian wickets to eventually post a decisive win.

updated: June 18, 2013 02:00 IST
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London: This match had enough permutations and combinations to keep a mathematics student more than happy. At halfway, Australia knew that they would have to reach the target of 254 in 29.1 overs or less to qualify. For Sri Lanka, a win was enough, though restricting Australia to less than 164 would have ensured top spot in the group and an Oval semifinal against South Africa. Australia went for glory, and Sri Lanka won by 20 runs, but the margin was not enough to avoid India - newly anointed tournament favourites - in the Cardiff semifinal on Thursday (June 20). (Match highlights, as it happened)

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That Australia were going to tilt at the windmill was never in doubt. But they could find neither the quality nor the partnerships to worry Sri Lanka, who picked up wickets every time the run rate looked to be assuming worrying proportions. Until Adam Voges and Matthew Wade added 47 for the sixth wicket, with the 29.1-over mission near impossible, the biggest partnership was 36 for the second wicket between Glenn Maxwell and Phil Hughes. (Read: Australia's attacking approach helped us win, says Mahela Jayawardene)

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