CARDIFF – Pakistan has won the Champions Trophy match against Sri Lanka today at Cardiff in a crucial Champions Trophy fixture that would send one of the teams packing out of the tournament.
Pakistan achieved 237 runs off 44.5 overs with seven wickets lost. Sarfraz Ahmed is declared man of the match.
Sri Lanka’s total of 236 seemed like a reasonable chase at first, but with seven Pakistani batsmen in the dressing room at the 35 over mark, the match shaped up to be a nail-biter.
Perera claimed Fahim Ashraf’s wicket as a shot played by Sarfraz Ahmed flicked off Perera’s fingers and went on to hit the bowler’s stumps while Fahim’s bat was still in the air. With this wicket, Sri Lanka was looking more in control of the match.
Sarfraz played along with Mohammad Amir, as Perera and Malinga looked to claim the remaining wickets.
Pakistan would face England in the first semifinal on June 14, while India will play with Bangladesh in ICC Champions Trophy’s second semifinal on June 15.