Sarfraz, Amir take Pakistan to Champions Trophy semifinals


Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed and tail-ender Mohammad Amir staged a late fightback on Monday to take Pakistan to an incredible three-wicket victory over Sri Lanka at Cardiff.

The win has taken Pakistan to the semifinals of the Champions Trophy for the first time in eight years, and will now face England on Wednesday at Cardiff.

Sarfraz and Amir steadied the ship after the Pakistani middle order collapsed once again in chase of Sri Lanka’s 237-run target in the virtual quarterfinal between the two teams.

The openers added 74 runs for the first wicket, with Fakhar scoring 50 and Azhar adding 34.

But the middle order soon collapsed, with Pakistan losing seven wickets by the 30th over with just 162 on board.

However, a 75-run partnership between Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Amir took Pakistan to an incredible win over Sri Lanka and ensured a semifinal berth.

Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka had to win to join already qualified title-holders India from Group B in the knockout stages of a tournament featuring the world’s top eight one-day international sides.

Pakistan started their group campaign with a woeful 124-run defeat by arch-rivals India but bounced back to defeat top-ranked South Africa before this success against Sri Lanka.

India will play Bangladesh in Thursday´s second semi-final at Edgbaston, with the final at the Oval on Sunday.