Vastavam web: Pakistan win with three wickets upon Sri Lanka n a see-saw Group B game at Sophia Gardens to set up a Champions Trophy semi-final.The pakistan will play his semi final with england in Cardiff on Wednesday.The other semi-final will pit Group B winners India against Group A runners-up Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Thursday.
On Monday Pakistan looked to have thrown away their victory chance at several points as their batsmen’s fallibility before the short-pitched ball prompted an astonishing collapse from 74-0 to 162-7.But captain Sarfraz Ahmed steadied the innings, steering them home to 237-7 in the 45th over with a match-winning innings of 61 from 79 balls.”It is an unbelievable feeling. I just said to Amir play your normal game,” said Sarfraz who kissed the ground after hitting the winning runs.Even the captain suffered the occasional rush of blood, however, and was twice dropped on 38 and 40 by Thisara Perera and substitute fielder Seekkuge Prasanna off a disconsolate Lasith Malinga. The same bowler had also seen opener Azhar Ali spilled by Asela Gunaratne in his first over.
Earlier, Sri Lanka had suffered a collapse of their own as superb left-arm pace bowling from Amir and Junaid Khan reduced Sri Lanka from 161-3 to 167-7 in four devastating overs.Junaid (3-40) added to the mid-order carnage as Sri Lanka, who had begun breezily to reach 82-1 from 14 overs, could do little more than see out their overs to post a disappointing 236 all out, with Hasan Ali also weighing in with 3-43.