India takes on Sri Lanka, and England and South Africa will battle it out in the Champions Trophy semi-finals. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the teams and what is expected? James Alter, editor, Cricketnext.com, joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the issue.
Q. Hi Jamie! Let me, for a change, reverse the question for you.India, we all know, are firm favorites to go all the way, but do you suppose Sri Lanka, in the semis,could pose problem? Who, in you view, as an indiviual, is a threat to India's chances in the SFs? Asked by: Mansoor
A. Surely Sri Lanka will fancy their chances against India, especially considering how familiar they are with the opposition. They've played each other 41 times in the last five years, and while Sri Lanka have won just 14 of those they know India's strengths and weaknesses well. If you're asking about an individual, I would say Mahela Jayawardene. He averages almost 47 against India in knockout matches of ODI tournaments (compared to a career average of 33) so that indicates that he lifts his game against this opposition....more
06:48 PM, Jun 18, 2013
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