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Sarfraz hopes Cardiff run continues in England semi-final

Captain Sarfraz Ahmed saw his side home with the bat as he took control of the game as Pakistan made life hard for themselves in their chase after Sri Lanka scored 236.

Perera could manage just 1 as Junaid picked up his third wicket and Pakistan bowlers made the most of swing on offer to outfox the Sri Lankan batsmen. Thisara Perera dropped a sitter at mid-on in the 39th over.

Pakistan have little more than 36 hours before taking the field again in Cardiff for their Champions Trophy semi-final against England, but will find time to address concerns about their middle order despite the joy of overcoming Sri Lanka to progress to the knockout stage.

Earlier, bowlers helped Pakistan bowl out Sri Lanka for 236.

Junaid Khan (3), Mohammad Amir (2) and Hasan Ali (3) bagged a bulk of Sri Lankan wickets, with Fahim Ashraf picking up an impressive two wickets in his high-stakes worldwide debut match.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews blamed his butterfingered fielders for the three-wicket loss against Pakistan which ended their campaign at the ICC Champions Trophy here on Monday. Only a 75-run partnership between Sarfraz and Amir rescued Pakistan, but they probably wouldn't have won if Sri Lanka had taken their catches. And her latest target is Sri Lanka team captain Angelo Mathews. Medium-pacer Fahim Ashraf also struck on his ODI debut when Dinesh Chandimal played on for a duck. Sarfraz ensured he didn't threw his wicket away as well and kept Pakistan in the hunt by putting on brilliant partnership with Mohammad Amir.

Pakistan has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate against Sri Lanka during its last Group B fixture in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in Cardiff on Monday.

Gunaratne along with Suranga Lakmal put up a valuable 46-run stand for the 8th wicket before Hasan Ali removed Lakmal for 26.

Preview: Zaman starts attacking from this over, getting three boundaries in four deliveries, targeting the off-side on each occasion.

However, wickets continued to tumble on the other end as Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim and Fahim Ashraf departed in quick succession. He hasn't spoken anything about it, but he's been a great servant for Sri Lanka cricket. We hadn't got the runs on the board but we knew we could defend this.

The decision paid off as Sri Lanka collapsed to 236 all out in the Asian rivals' must-win group match.

In the next over, Sarfraz took a brilliant catch diving to his right to dismiss the unsafe Dickwella off Amir's bowling. Sri Lanka weathered the fast bowling with caution at first but got themselves to 82 for one in the 15th, with Dickwella (73) going well and looking to anchor the innings.



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