Champions Trophy Match Peek Review: Pakistan into the Semis will face England
Match: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
Date: 12th June
Ground: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Umpires: B.N.J. Oxenford, Australia and M. Erasmus, South Africa
Toss won by: Pakistan and decided to field
1st Team Play: Sri Lanka 236 in 49.2 Overs
– Performers: Batsman – N. Dickwella 73.
Bowlers – Junaid Khan 3 for 40, Hasan Ali 3 for 43.
2nd Team Play: Pakistan 237 for 7 in 44.5 Overs
– Performers: Batsman – Sarfraz Kahn 61 Not Out, Fakhar Khan 50
Bowler – N. Pardeep 3 for 60
Result: Pakistan won by 3 wickets
Man of Match: Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan
– Angelo Mathews and Niroshan Dickwella built a solid 4th wicket partnership of 75 runs.
– Dickwella kept one side safe and partnered with the 4 top batsmen.
– Pakistan fast bowlers did the damage and had the Sri Lankan wickets falling.
– Amir and Junaid made crucial breakthroughs of Matthews and de Silve
– 2 wickets each on the score in 80’s and then 160’s (161 for 3 to 167 for 7) hampered Sri Lankan batsman.
– Pakistan openers Azhar and Zaman gave a convincing start with a solid 74 runs partnership.
– Sri Lankan shook the Pakistan middle order batting line-up till Sarfraz played the captains innings.
– Sri Lankan poor fielding was an advantage to Pakistan.
– Sarfraz and Amir’s 75 partnership did it all.
– Sohaib Malik the Pakistan veteran played his 250th match.
– Fahim Ashraf was a debutant from Pakistan side
Sarfraz Ahmed – Captain
A.D. Mathews, Captain