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Champions Trophy 2017, Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: As It Happened

Updated: June 12, 2017, 11:58 PM IST

ICC Champions Trophy, 2017 Match 12, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 12 June, 2017

Toss won by Pakistan (decided to bowl)

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets

Man of the Match: Sarfraz Ahmed

Highlights

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A special mention for the Pakistan skipper who played out of his skin and took this team out of trouble and scripted a stunning vicotry. Also, Amir on the other end provided able support to the skipper and played a massive role in the vicotry.

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That's it then! What a victory this for Pakistan as they beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets to storm into the semi-final. They will now face England in the last four of the competition.

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Sarfraz and Amir are now just taking singles and doubles and inching closer to the designated target. What a victory this will be for Pakistan.

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Four: Mohammad Amir now gets into the act as he bludgeons the ball through the covers for his first boundary of the innings. Pakistan are doing it in style now.

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Four: Lakmal bowls onto Sarfraz's pads and the right-hander flicks the ball on the leg side for a boundary towards the fine leg region. Bad bowling from the pacer.

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Four Byes, Unbelievable! : Rookie stuff this from the wicket-keeper as he lets the ball go in between his pads for free runs behind him. Malinga simply cannot believe what is happening. 

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OH GOD WHAT IS HAPPENING, ANOTHER CATCH DROP: Sarfraz survives yet again off the bowling of Malinga as this time Prasanna drops a catch near the mid-wicket boundary. It's like Sri Lanka don't want to win this match. You ought to feel for Malinga who is bowling his heart out.

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HOW CAN YOU DROP THAT THISARA PERERA: Malinga's slow yorker worked wonderfully as Sarfraz chips the ball straight into the hands off Perera at mid-on. But he drops a sitter and the Pak skipper survives. If there are easy catches then this was even easier than that and Perera grasses it.

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Malinga's slow yorkers will be crucial at the moment as Pakistan are starting to run away with the match. Sri Lanka need wicket and they need them quickly.

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Sarfraz hits a classic straight drive but Lakmal stops the ball from going to the boundary ropes at mid-on. Crucial save this from the Sri Lanka star. This is the kind of commitment that is needed.

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Four: Terrible fielding from Kusal Mendis as he tries to hit the stumps but the ball goes for four over throws. There was no chance of a run-out whatsoever and these are bonus runs for Pakistan. 

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Pakistan are way ahead of the required run-rate and they can afford to take it slow and not take chances. However, they don't have many wickets in hand as they are seven down. But the good part is skipper Sarfraz is still out there. Exciting finish to the match in the offing.

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Pakistan are in dire straits and they only have themselves to blame. The batsmen imploded and threw away their wickets to hand over the momentum to Sri Lanka. As it stands, it is now SL's match to lose.

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OUT: Freak dismissal this as Faheem Ashraf is run-out by the narrowest of margins. But it can be said that Ashraf was lazy in getting back into the crease and Pakistan lose their seventh wicket. 

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Sarfraz and Ashraf are now putting on a decent partnership and Pakistan are slowly and steadily edging towards their designated target. As for Sri Lanka, they need to break this partnership as soon as possible.

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Four: Ashraf again targets that fine leg boundary and this time he hits a four towards that region off the bowling of Nuwan Pradeep. These boundaries will ease some pressure off Pakistan.

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SIX: Malinga bowls a quick bouncer and Fahim Ashraf just pulls it and the ball goes over the fine leg boundary for a huge six. Risky stuff from the southpaw but very effective. 

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Out: Another one bites the dust as Nuwan Pradeep gets rid of Imad Wasim for 4. The southpaw poked at a ball outside the off stump and gave away an easy catch to the wicket-keeper. Pak lose their sixth as Pradeep picks up his third of the day.

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Out: Short delivery from Malinga and Malik tries to work the ball on the on-side but it takes a deflection off his gloves and the wicket-keeper takes an easy catch. Pakistan in a spot of bother as they lose half their side.

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Four: Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is looking like a man on a mission a he hits the ball past the point fielder for his first boundary of the innings. The partnership between Sarfraz and Malik will be crucial now.

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Out: Another set batsman goes as Azhar Ali falls for 34. Pakistan are now in a spot of bother as they lose their fourth wicket of the day and their chase is falling apart at the moment.

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Out: Azhar Ali lets the short ball come to him and then plays an upper cut to lift the ball straight over the wicket-keeper's head for a boundary. The right hander is going strong even if wickets are falling on the other end.

Champions Trophy 2017, Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: As It Happened

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LATEST UPDATE: Sarfraz Ahmed plays a captain's knock as Pakistan storm into the semis by beating Sri Lanka by 3 wickets.

Match Preview: Sri Lanka replacement batsman Dhananjaya de Silva could find himself pitched straight into a winner-takes-all Champions Trophy match against Pakistan in Cardiff on Monday.

Whichever team triumphs in the Welsh capital will join title-holders India as one of the two Group B qualifiers for the semi-finals of a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day international teams.

Sri Lanka are having to shore up their top order after injuries saw both Chamara Kapugedera and Kusal Perera ruled out of the remainder of the Champions Trophy, while vice-captain Upul Tharanga, an experienced batsman, is completing a two-game ban.

Monday's match had the look of a 'dead rubber' after both sides were beaten first up, with Pakistan suffering a 124-run thrashing by arch-rivals India.
But they too bounced back, defeating top-ranked South Africa.

Now Pakistan are just one game away from a semi-final with either tournament hosts England or Bangladesh and a wary Mathews said: "We all know they're a very dangerous team.
"There's no room for complacency in this kind of tournament."

It was Pakistan's attack, a well-balanced mix of spin and speed, that put them in a position to beat South Africa and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed will look to his bowlers to repeat that performance against Sri Lanka.

CONDITIONS

The weather is forecast to be cloudy but dry and rain is expected to stay away. A new pitch will be used for this match. 300 has been about par in the two matches played in Cardiff so far.

Squads
Sri Lanka Team

AD Mathews*, WU Tharanga, LD Chandimal, DM de Silva, N Dickwella†, ANPR Fernando, DAS Gunaratne, MD Gunathilaka, KMDN Kulasekara, RAS Lakmal, SL Malinga, BKG Mendis, NLTC Perera, S Prasanna, PADLR Sandakan

Pakistan Team

Sarfraz Ahmed*†, Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fahim Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik

Team Rankings

RankTeamPointsRating
1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
4 England 3362 99
5 New Zealand 3114 97
FULL Ranking