Sarfraz the hero as Pakistan squeeze into Champions Trophy semis

Pakistan were expected to defeat Sri Lanka but they will not be favourites against an in-form England and Sarfraz implied that this would offer his side more freedom as the underdogs.

Unfortunately for them, both batsmen were out by the time they reached 162 runs, and the second half of the order proved inconsistent by comparison, adding only another 70 runs or so more following their exit.

England, the only team in the semi-finals with a flawless played three, won three group record, will be favourites on Wednesday and Arthur said: "We ve got nothing to lose, yes, but we ve always said we re in it to win it".

"Obviously, on their day, they can beat any team in the world, and you've just sort of touched on it, that they have the ability to beat the number 1 ranked side, and on their day, they're very risky".

But an unbroken stand of 75 between Sarfraz, dropped twice on his way to 61 not out, and Mohammad Amir (28 not out) saw Pakistan complete a thrilling win.

"I said to Amir not to worry and play your game", said Sarfraz. The second semi-final is set to take place the next day as defending Champions India are set to face off against Bangladesh.

Sarfraz hoped Cardiff continues to be kind on Pakistan.

"The last thing I want is for us to go away now thinking that we got to a semi-final, we're okay, we've achieved, because that would be a cop-out in my mind".

Pakistan's tightest bowler was Swansea-born spinner Imad Wasim, who went for 4.72 runs per over. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and opener Fakhar Zaman are the only Pakistan batsmen who have shown some kind of form in this tournament.

Pakistan have a serious problem if England bat first. We know that realistically England are playing unbelievably well.

Another round of enterprise at the top by the new man would do Pakistan a world of good.

London, June13:The Champions Trophy ongoing event match yesterday was played between Srilanka and Pakistan at the Sophia Gardens.

Pakistan looked well set to pick off the target and progress easily, particularly as Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman built a telling partnership based on precision placement and quick running between the wickets. Pakistan reached semi-finals after beating Asian neighbours Sri Lanka by 3 wickets in a nail-biter encounter held on June 12. "Yes, we were lucky with dropped catches but we held our calm".

In a partnership of 74 off just 68 deliveries, Zaman had looked the more composed with nine boundaries that took him to 50 off just 36 deliveries, whilst Azhar lingered with a strike rate of 68 after taking 15 balls to get off the mark.

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