Champions Trophy: We played with lot of freedom, says Angelo Mathews

Such was the confidence with which Sri Lanka chased down a seemingly tough victory target of 322 that many are rating the Islanders as the favourites to progress to the semi-finals by beating Pakistan in their last Pool B game in Cardiff on Monday.

India started their Champions Trophy campaign by decimating arch-rivals Pakistan by 124 runs at Birmingham.

All four teams have won one match and lost one with India having the highest Net Run Rate (NRR) of +1.272 and South Africa second with +1.000. Tomorrow's game against South Africa is going to be Yuvraj's 300 ODI for India and ahead of that, Virat said,"300 ODI is a magnificent achievement. you have to super skilled in reaching this feat".

India's shock loss to Sri Lanka and South Africa's similarly surprising defeat by Pakistan in their last Champions Trophy outings has thrown open the section and with the weather forecast clear and the surface true, Sunday's clash could be a classic. "So yeah, we'll look to stop not only him but all their batsmen", said Kohli. You win some and you lose some.

"But I'm very excited with this opportunity for the team and for myself on the big stage to go and just enjoy what we do best".

"For Danushka to walk into a game knowing he wasn't even in the 15 until after Chamara got injured is impressive", Mathews said.

After losing by 99 runs against South Africa in their opener, that would be a remarkable turn around for a young Sri Lanka team in the midst of a major rebuilding project. England ran them ragged in the opening Test match last home season, Australia beat them at their own game in Pune - also first Test - but in both instances they fought back brilliantly to register unbelievable triumphs. The weather is not bright and sunny and rain is expected to play a part. You try to find ways to get people out, but it doesn't happen. "As a cricketer, honestly I crave games like this".

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"I think my captaincy is pretty good".

"We are playing against other sides who are also champion sides (in their own rights)", he reasoned. "But yeah, pencil's in your hand, and I unfortunately can't control what you're going to write but in my mind I'm a good captain", he added.

"I think Sri Lanka played well".

"That's why we play cricket, we want to play on the big stage against the big teams and tomorrow is one of those games". "That is what I have experienced in the past". Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

When asked whether Ravichandran Ashwin will get a look in for Sunday's game, Kohli chose to keep the cards close to his chest.

Asked if he was 100 per cent for the match, De Villiers said: "I am, yes". "I'm not going to reveal anything now, but any sort of combination is possible". "Both the teams will play with 120 % commitment and with full passion", said Kohli while addressing a press conference on the eve of the match.

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