Champions Trophy 2017: Sarfraz powers Pakistan into semis


Cardiff, June 12 (TNS): Pakistan has qualified for the ICC Champions Trophy’s semi-finals after defeating Sri Lanka by three wickets at Cardiff.

Pakistan rode on skipper Sarfraz Ahmed’s unbeaten 61 to recover from a middle-order collapse and pull off a three-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in a virtual quarter-final Group B ICC Champions Trophy 2017 clash at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Monday.

Chasing 237, fast bowler Mohammad Amir (28 not out) showed great resolve to stitch together an unbeaten 75-run stand with Sarfraz for the eighth wicket to help his side register the win in a see-saw battle.

At one point, Sri Lanka had their rivals on the mat at 162/7 but had poor fielding and dropped chances to blame for their loss.

A 75-run partnership between Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Amir took Pakistan to an incredible victory.

Pakistan won the toss and decided to bowl first. Sri Lanka set the victory target of 237 runs and Pakistan achieved the target with seven wickets lost.

Pakistan will face England in the semifinals on Wednesday while the losing team has knocked out of the tournament.