Pakistan vs Sri Lanka highlights ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Pakistan will face England in the semi-finals of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy after they defeated Sri Lanka by three wickets at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Monday.

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka highlights ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka highlights ICC Champions Trophy 2017
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka highlights ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Sarfraz Ahmed sent his side into the last four of the tournament after helping piece together a big comeback for Pakistan, who were chasing down a rather feeble-looking Sri Lanka score of 236.

Neither team was perfect on the day, with Sri Lanka setting too modest a target considering the competition they faced, although Pakistan will consider this a performance to build from, too, as they chase the finished product.

By beating Sri Lanka, Pakistan became the fourth and final team to advance to the semis of this year’s competition, with Bangladesh set to clash against India in the other fixture.

Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan

Pakistan (Ahmed 61, Pradeep 3/60) bt. Sri Lanka (Dickwella 73, Khan 3/40) by three wickets.

Monday’s meeting pitted two of cricket’s heavyweights against one another in search of the last semi-final place, and although it produced great entertainment, it was, in some ways, for the wrong reasons.

Niroshan Dickwella’s 73 off 86 balls was Sri Lanka’s highest individual score by some distance, and commentator Harsha Bhogle commented on their lack of big batting figures aside from him and Angelo Mathews

Unfortunately for them, both batsmen were out by the time they reached 162 runs, and the second half of the order proved inconsistent by comparison, adding only another 70 runs or so more following their exit.

A successful Pakistani chase was on the cards by all accounts, a campaign that was boosted by the form of their early openers, with Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman combining for 84 runs at one and two in the order.

Tensions did rise for Pakistan when Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez and Ali all fell within 18 runs of one another, and coach Mickey Arthur’s side hit a mid-match lull in tempo that threatened to throw off their pursuit.

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