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Sarfraz takes Pakistan to Champions Trophy semi-finals

CARDIFF: Sarfraz Ahmed produced a superb captain’s innings following a top-order collapse to see Pakistan into the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy with a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka at Cardiff on Monday.

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Pakistan, chasing a seemingly modest 237 to win, collapsed to 162 for seven.

But an unbroken stand of 75 between Sarfraz, dropped twice on his way to 61 not out, and Mohammad Amir (28 not out) saw Pakistan complete a thrilling win.

Other than the opener Fakhar Zaman, none of Pakistan’s middle-order batsman could perform to capitalise on the strong opening stand provided by Zaman.

Babar Azam, Hafeez and Azhar disappointed Pakistani fans while all-rounders Shoaib Malik and Imad Wasim too could not stay on the pitch for long.

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It was the 75 run invincible partnership between bowler Mohammad Amir and captain Sarfraz which saw Pakistan home.

Pakistan will return to Sophia Gardens for a last-four clash with tournament hosts England in Cardiff on Wednesday.

India will play Bangladesh in Thursday’s second semi-final at Edgbaston, with the final at the Oval on Sunday.

Earlier, Pakistan induced a middle-order collapse as Sri Lanka slumped to 236 all out.

HERE IS THE VIDEO OF THE FALL OF ALL 10 WICKETS

 

Sri Lanka were making steady progress at 161 for three while opener Niroshan Dickwella (73) and skipper Angelo Mathews (39) were at the crease.

But the loss of Mathews sparked a middle-order collapse that saw four wickets lost for just six runs as Sri Lanka slumped to 167 for seven.

Only same late tail-order hitting, with the last three wickets adding 69 runs, got Sri Lanka past 200 in an innings where Pakistan pacemen Hasan Ali and Junaid Khan took three wickets apiece.

Pakistan started their group campaign with a woeful 124-run defeat by arch-rivals India but bounced back to defeat top-ranked South Africa before this success against Sri Lanka.

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SOME UPDATES FROM SRI LANKA’S INNINGS

WICKET! Mohammad Amir gets another break through after dismissing N Dickwella. Sri Lanka 162/6

WICKET! Junaid Khan gets the fifth wicket after sending DM de Silva back to pavilion. Sri Lanka 162/5 

WICKET! Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir bowled AD Mathews. Sri Lanka 161/4

Courtesy: ICC Champion twitter handle

 

WICKET! The debutant Fahim Ashraf gets Chandimal for a second ball duck! Bowled him! Sri Lanka 83/3

WICKET! Speedster Hassan Ali gets the second wicket for his team. Sri Lanka 82/2  

WICKET! Gunathilaka, the first Sri Lankan wicket, falls to Junaid for 13. Sri Lanka 26/1 

Playing-XI: Pakistan

Picture courtesy: ICC Twitter handle

 

Playing-XI: Sri Lanka

Picture courtesy: ICC Twitter handle

Here’s how Pakistan can play Bangladesh in the semi-final

Following are the calculated targets, if Pakistan chase them down in the specified overs, they will top their group and face ‘Bengal Tigers’ in the semi:

Target 350, chase it in 15 overs
Target 300, chase it in 13 overs
Target 250, chase it in 10.4 overs
Target 200, chase it in 8.1 overs.

Stat courtesy: Espn Cricinfo

Pakistan’s national anthem at Cardiff before the match kicks off

 

Congratulations, Shoaib Malik on this milestone

 

Faheem Ashraf makes a debut in the big match!

 

Will the selfie ‘curse’ favour Pakistan today? 😛

 

 

 

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Sarfraz takes Pakistan to Champions Trophy semi-finals

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