Champions Trophy Update Pakistan play England in Semifinal after beating Sri Lanka
This is how it stands after Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in their last match.
Pakistan play England at Sophia Gardens on June 14th and India play Bangladesh on June 15th at Edgbaston.
Here is Pakistan vs Sri Lanka match highlights.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka venue
Played at Cardiff
Pakistan narrowly missed being thrown out of Champions Trophy as Amir and Captain Sarfaraz record partnership for 8th wicket takes them to a win.
The Pakistan bowlers were impressive. Junaid Khan & Hasan Ali shared 6 wickets among themselves to get Sri Lanka bowled out for 236.
Sri Lanka team
Sri Lanka by the 16th over lost Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis & Dinesh Chandimal before Angelo Mathews took them to safety taking them to 161-3.
They were going well when Amir came & took the wicket of Mathews (39) who bottom-edged a pull shot onto the stumps. Junaid came to take the debutant Dhananjaya de Silva’s wicket caught behind for just 1 run.
Pakaistan started to find some movement in the turf. On the contrary opener Niroshan Dickwella gave some stability to Sri Lanka. He paced his innings well, scoring 4 boundaries before he was taken back by Sarfraz’s diving catch off Amir’s bowling. Thisara Perera too did not trouble the scorers.
As Sri Lanka looked to be heading towards a score of around 250, Hasan claimed Suranga Lakmal (26) wicket with a good slower-ball off-cutter which just clipped the bail.
They came to chase 236 and got a great start by debutant Fakhar Zahman scoring his 1st 50 off 36 balls, but then fell with a hook off Nuwan Pradeep to deep square leg.
Pakistan being Pakistan panicked and lost Azhar Ali (34), Babar Azam (10) & Mohammad Hafeez (1) in quick succession. Experienced Shoaib also gave away his wicket to Malinga’s slower ball.
They were soon 162-7 and seemed to go down but here was the unexpected
Sarfraz and Amir recorded the 8th wicket partnership of 75 balls to take them home safely. Amir remained unbeaten on 28 while captain got a good 60+ score to his name.
This game was lost by Sri Lanka as they dropped Sarfraz 2 times.
Sri Lanka firstly did not get the big score, nor did they do well in the field to restrict Pakistan in a game they should have won due to the dropped catches.
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