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Champions Trophy 2017: PAK vs SL - Turning Point - Thisara Perera Drops Sarfraz Ahmed

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: June 12, 2017, 11:48 PM IST
Champions Trophy 2017: PAK vs SL - Turning Point - Thisara Perera Drops Sarfraz Ahmed

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There is a perfect saying in cricket that catches win you matches. And the virtual quarter final clash between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy 2017 will always be remembered for the dropped chances more that Sarfraz's brilliance with the bat itself.

Not once, but twice the Sri Lankan fielders failed to take the catch of Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who remained unbeaten in the end for 61 and scripted a famous three-wicket victory to guide his team into the semis.

In the 39th over of the match, a perfect opportunity was presented to Thisara Perera to make a significant contribution in the match, by taking the catch of Sarfraz while he was batting at 38 and threatening to take the game away from their grasp.

Malinga bowled a slower yorker and Sarfraz didn't read it properly and hit it straight towards Perera, who was fielding at mid-on. But the easy catch was grassed by Perera and nobody could believe their eyes.

In the 41st over — off the bowling of Malinga again — Sarfraz was given another chance, as this time he was dropped by substitute fielder Seekugge near the mid-wicket boundary. These dropped catches cost them dearly in the end as Sarfraz took Pakistan over the line with 31 balls to spare.

"Pakistan batted brilliantly, but unfortunately we dropped a few catches. I am proud of the boys as even though we had 236 to defend, we gave it our all," said skipper Angelo Mathews after the end of the match.

First Published: June 12, 2017, 11:48 PM IST

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