Pakistan will face England in a Champions Trophy semi-finals on Wednesday after a stirring three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Cardiff.
Junaid Khan (3-40) and Hasan Ali (3-43) tender for Pakistan as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 236, losing 4 wickets for 6 runs.
Pakistan also struggled with a bat before captain Sarfraz Ahmed’s dominant 61 saw them to a noted victory.
India will face Bangladesh in a other semi-final during Edgbaston on Thursday.
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Despite creation tough work of Monday’s win, it is a conspicuous quip from Pakistan after they mislaid their opening diversion of a competition to rivals India.
If they can overcome England in Cardiff, Pakistan will competition their initial Champions Trophy final on Sunday.
It is a unsatisfactory finish to a competition for Sri Lanka, who unsuccessful to build on their overwhelming win over India final week.
Sri Lanka collapse, Amir and Junaid bark
After losing Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal before a finish of a 16th over, Sri Lanka recovered to 161-3 with captain Angelo Mathews looking staid during a crease.
However, in a spell of left-arm join bowling that during times was suggestive of Wasim Akram, Mohammad Amir and Junaid incited a diversion on a head.
Amir took a wicket of Mathews (39), who bottom-edged a lift shot to send a round crashing into a stumps.
Dhananjaya de Silva, creation his initial coming of a tournament, was hold behind for usually one after a excellent smoothness from Junaid found some transformation off a turf.
As his team-mates faltered, opener Niroshan Dickwella had supposing some fortitude for Sri Lanka. He paced his innings nicely, scoring 4 bounds before he over for 73 pleasantness of a extensive one-handed diving locate by Sarfraz behind a stumps off a bowling of Amir.
Then Thisara Perera (1) edged Junaid to trip after overhanging extravagantly and Sri Lanka had collapsed to 167-7.
Aside from that game-changing spell in a center overs, it was a veteran opening from Pakistan’s other dual seamers.
Debutant Faheem Ashraf picked adult dual Sri Lankan wickets, while Hasan Ali constructed another glorious bowling display.
As Sri Lanka looked to be streamer towards a measure of around 250, Hasan – a collect of a bowlers in Pakistan’s win over South Africa during Edgbaston – took a wicket of Suranga Lakmal (26) with a glorious slower-ball off-cutter that usually clipped a bail.
Sarfraz and Amir’s record partnership
Pakistan crawled over a line interjection to a competition-record eighth-wicket partnership of 75 between captain Sarfraz and Amir.
Their openers were on a assign in a initial 10 overs of a run-chase, Fakhar Zahman scoring his lass one-day half-century off usually 36 balls.
Fakhar’s interesting strike came to an finish when he bending Nuwan Pradeep to low block leg.
His wicket sparked a duration of panic for Pakistan as Azhar Ali (34), Babar Azam (10) and Mohammad Hafeez (1) shortly followed.
The gifted Shoaib Malik (10) gave his wicket away, advancing down a lane and perplexing to lift a slower-ball bouncer from Lasith Malinga, usually to glove it to a wicketkeeper Dickwella.
At 162-7, Pakistan looked to be streamer towards a rather degrading detriment before Sarfraz played an critical and solid knock, with a assistance of Amir who finished dominant on 28.
Sarfraz was reprieved twice interjection to some sad fielding by Sri Lanka – a Pakistan captain was forsaken on 38 and 41 – though he strike a loot runs with a ramp shot to a third male boundary.
‘All credit goes to a bowlers’ – what they said
Analyst Simon Hughes on Test Match Special: “Pakistan’s bowling conflict done this possible. Sri Lanka were primed for a large measure and a branch indicate in a innings was when Angelo Mathews was purify bowled by Mohammad Amir.
“Sri Lanka never unequivocally had adequate and, nonetheless they bowled well, their fielding was injured and they didn’t merit to win.”
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed: “All credit goes to a bowlers, Junaid and Amir played really well. I’m really tender with Fakhar too. He is a good prospect.”
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews: “It was a see-saw game. Pakistan hold their nerve, so credit goes to them. They merit it.
“It was a humorous wicket – a round was stopping. We knew we hadn’t got a runs though that we could play well. Our bowlers were brilliant. Unfortunately we forsaken catches and that cost us a game.”