Pakistan wins against Sri Lanka by 3 wickets – ICC Champions Trophy 2017
An extraordinary Pakistan victory over Sri Lanka bring them to the semi-finals. In semi-final, they will now play against the host and one of the strongest teams ‘England’. After the victory, Mickey Arthur was elated on the balcony
Pakistan were 162 for 7 and was in the deep deep trouble. Then the twist of 75 runs stands for the eighth wicket gave them a famous victory in Champions Trophy last group stage.
This was not as a whole team performance, but they were helped by Sri Lanka, who dropped two catches of Sarfraz. On both occasions, the bowler was Lasith Malinga. One catch was simple and Thisara was the fielder, who dropped it. Finally Pakistan skipper scored 61 and finished with a top Pakistani scorer. He also let himself in trouble with run outs danger twice. At the end, Sarfraz was the man of the match with his winning knock.
Talking to the media, Sarfraz said, he can’t believe that they have won the match. Pakistani skipper also praised Mohammad Amir of his unbeaten 28 runs from 43 deliveries that were crucial in the chase.
This time, the Champions Trophy might have been lifeless in the English grounds, but this match was entertaining. This is one of the game, which will be remembered due to intense situations. Both teams showed great drama and entertainment. Sri Lanka were ahead in the middle with brilliant bowling performance, but Pakistan with the three wicket victory finished the story.
Sarfraz eleven performance in the game is a gift for the whole nation, who were frustrated after their opening game against arch-rivals India. Now, they will face England in the semi-final, who are also among the favourites with India. On the other side, India has a weak opponent, Bangladesh. It seems, they will easily reach the final of Champions Trophy.