Pakistan victory sets up Champions Trophy semi-final against England

In the final match of the group stage of this Champions Trophy 2017, the first blow was landed by Pakistan, who won the all-important toss and asked Sri Lanka to bat first.

Pakistan were helped as much by Sri Lanka's fielding mistakes as they were by the tenacity of Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Amir.

Pakistan won the toss and made a decision to bowl first.

Sri Lanka had lost four wickets for six runs in 25 balls, leaving them with a Herculean task to post a competitive score and keep alive any realistic semi-final hopes.

Pakistan will now face England on Wednesday while the second semi-final will be between India and Bangladesh on Thursday.

Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Sarfraz Ahmed's side was ruled to be one over short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration.




As Mohammad Amir bowled to Asela Gunaratne, the Sri Lankan edged it before Sarfraz dived to catch the ball.

It was the first wicket of the tournament for Amir and it came at a crucial time for Pakistan.

Junaid swiftly added the wicket of Thisara Perera (1) with a fuller ball swinging away that took the thick outside edge of the batsman's expansive drive through to slip.

Chasing 237 to book a spot in the semi-finals, Pakistan were off to a solid start before quick wickets dented their progress. Junaid sent back new man Dhananjaya de Silva (1) and Amir returned to dismiss Dickwella, who fell to a sensational low catch by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Despite his team's increasingly perilous looking position - particularly when Fahim (15) became the seventh wicket to fall, run out when dozily backing up too far out his crease at the non-striker's end - Sarfraz, unfazed, patiently ticked off the runs required.

Pakistan have now beaten Sri Lanka in 10 of the 11 matches they've played against one another in ICC One-Day International tournaments, and it's little wonder when the latter crumbles such as they did on Monday. Sri lanka could not stem the flow of runs and Sarfraz managed to get to a well-worked half-century.

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