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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: India and Sri Lanka square off for record 150th time

India and Sri Lanka squared off for the 150th time in an ODI during the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 encounter. This is a record number of ODIs between two nations.

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 08, 2017 16:19 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times
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India and Sri Lanka square off for the 150th time in an ODI during the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 clash at The Oval, which is the most between two nations in cricket(AFP)

India and Sri Lanka squared off in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 encounter at The Oval. This was a record match between two teams as this was the 150th time that both teams were playing each other in an ODI. This was the first time two teams had played 150 ODIs against each other in cricket. (India vs Sri Lanka Updates)

Before the start of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy encounter, India have won 83 times and Sri Lanka have won 54 times. One match ended in a tie while 11 matches have been a no-result. (India vs Sri Lanka scorecard)

Sri Lanka also feature in the second spot of most ODIs played against one nation, having played a total of 147 ODIs against Pakistan. Angelo Mathews’ side will take on Pakistan in the last league game of the tournament.

The rivalry between India and Sri Lanka began in the 1979 World Cup in England and the Lankans, who had not acquired Test status, stunned the Indian team by 47 runs. The first bilateral series between the two nations took place in 1982/83 and India clean swept the three-match series 3-0.

India’s first ODI tour to Sri Lanka took place in 1985 and the three-match series ended tied 1-1. In that same series, Sri Lanka had secured their first-ever Test win over India.

In the Champions Trophy, India and Sri Lanka have squared off in four games, with India winning the last encounter in 2013 while two other games were abandoned due to rain. The two abandoned matches took place in the final of the 2002 edition and both teams were forced to share the trophy.

India and Sri Lanka have played ODIs in 10 countries, which is the most. They have played multi-lateral and triangular series in the West Indies, England, Zimbabwe, South Africa, UAE, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Australia in addition to bilateral series in both countries. They have not played each other in New Zealand.

First Published: Jun 08, 2017 16:17 IST