Sri Lanka sent India to bat first. Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were excellent for the team once again. The opening pair added another century partnership, tenth time in ODIs and four of them in Champions Trophy.
These two shared a 138-run stand in 24.5 overs. Rohit scored his second half-century of the tournament. He was closing-in to hit a century, but missed out on a Lasith Malinga bouncer which left him out for 79-ball 78 with 6 fours and 3 sixes.
MS Dhoni joined Dhawan and made 82-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Dhawan brought up his 10th ODI ton in 112 balls. He hammered 125 runs from 128 deliveries including 15 fours and a six. It was his third hundred in Champions Trophy, equalling Herschelle Gibbs, Sourav Ganguly and Chris Gayle.
Dhoni showed his class in the end with his 62nd fifty. He smashed 63 off 52 hitting 7 fours and 2 sixes. Kedar Jadhav’s cameo 13-ball 25* helped India post 321/6 in 50 overs.
Malinga took two wickets but went for 70 runs. Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Asela Gunaratne and Thisara Perera picked one wicket each.
Chasing 322, Niroshan Dickwella fell for 7 runs to Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the fifth over. Sri Lanka were 11/1 in 4.4 overs. Danushka Gunathilaka, who had been recalled into the side, slowly built a sensible partnership with Kusal Mendis. They kept accelerating as the time went on.
Gunathilaka was the aggressor as he brought up his fourth fifty in 47 balls. He made career-best 72-ball 76 hitting 7 fours and 2 sixes before suffering a run out in the 28th over which ended a 159-run partnership, Sri Lanka’s third highest in Champions Trophy.
Mendis played an eye-catching knock of 89 runs off 93 balls with 11 fours and a six. He was also a victim of run out in the 33rd over. Those two run outs brought all the pressure back on the Lankans.
However, Kusal Perera and skipper Angelo Mathews kept calm and put all those pressure back on India. They added 75 runs. Kusal was retired hurt on 47* off 44 balls with 5 fours.
When Gunaratne joined Mathews, the game started to fade away from India. Sri Lanka chased down the target with eight balls to spare. Mathews remained 52 not out off 45 balls with 6 fours. Gunaratne played a crucial cameo of 21-ball 34*.
This is how the highest successful run-chase by Sri Lanka in ODIs. This run-chase is also the best at The Oval and in Champions Trophy.
India 321/6 in 50 overs (Dhawan 125, Dhoni 63; Malinga 2/70, Gunaratne 1/7)
Sri Lanka 322/3 in 48.4 overs (K Mendis 89, Gunathilaka 76, Mathews 52*; Bhuvneshwar 1/54)
Result: Sri Lanka win by seven wickets
Man of the Match: Kusal Mendis (89)
Here you can watch Sri Lanka’s winning moment
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com