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.

Recommended News

  • American student released from North Korea prison is reportedly in a coma

    US officials appeared to brush aside any speculation of a connection between Rodman's controversial visit and Warmbier's release. Rodman has visited North Korea several times over the past four years to promote what he calls "basketball diplomacy".

    Tough rough: US Open conditions can rob drama from a major

    So it set out to trim the thickest rough on the fourth, 12th, 14th and 18th holes. I don't feel like I have to hit balls all day to be a great player.

    Kate meets London Bridge attack victims and hospital staff

    At the hospital, Middleton met with six patients as well as the doctors and nurses who are taking care of the injured victims. Kate was met by Nick Moberly, the hospital's chief executive, and medical director Professor Julia Wendon.
  • Megyn Kelly says important to 'shine a light' on Alex Jones

    Jones has since softened his stance on Sandy Hook somewhat, most recently conceding that "I don't know what happened". Alex Jones , famous for his far-right rhetoric and his conspiracy theories, has been presented with a golden ticket.

    North Korea releases US student Otto Warmbier

    But when speaking with journalists in Beijing on Tuesday, Rodman declined to say whether he consulted Trump about the visit. Despite Warmbier's release, there are still three other US citizens believed to be detained by the North Korean regime.

    Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant look to build a Warriors dynasty

    But in the featured matchup of the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant had his rival in the only area he cared about: wins. The Cavaliers got off to a sizzling start after ripping the Warriors, 137-116 in Game 4 to extend the series.
  • Former NBA bad boy Rodman is back in North Korea

    He said he is "just trying to open a door" on a mission that he thinks his former " Celebrity Apprentice " boss would support. His alleged offense apparently stemmed from having taken a political poster from a building wall in Pyongyang.
    Confirmed: 2 Australians Killed in the London Terror Attack

    Confirmed: 2 Australians Killed in the London Terror Attack

    They also urged people to volunteer or work in homeless shelter on her behalf, saying: "Tell them Chrissy sent you". All eight people murdered in the London Bridge terror attack have now been identified.
    AG Jeff Sessions' testimony will be public, Senate committee says

    AG Jeff Sessions' testimony will be public, Senate committee says

    That's why the reports last week that Sessions offered to resign over a new, incredible strain between the two, was surprising. People are waiting for Sessions' testimony, as his earlier responses to pointed questions do not bode well for Trump.
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify publicly before Senate on Tuesday

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify publicly before Senate on Tuesday

    This cast a new spotlight on Sessions and made him a character to watch in the Russian Federation investigation. He refused to divulge details about the president's promise last week that he would address the issue soon.
    I'm here as long as you want me, May says

    I'm here as long as you want me, May says

    May tried to reassert her shattered authority at the weekend by announcing her new cabinet - with no changes among her top team. Foreign minister Boris Johnson, who was reported by British media to be lining up a leadership bid, insisted May should stay.
    Paul Ryan says everyone should just let Robert Mueller do his job

    Paul Ryan says everyone should just let Robert Mueller do his job

    If President Donald Trump decides to terminate special counsel Robert Mueller , then it's going to get very ugly very quickly. Mueller, who preceded Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, was the longest-serving director since J.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.