'Soft dismissals a concern' - Sarfraz

“We have regained our rhythm at the right time”: Sarfraz sets his eyes on CT semi-final

“We have regained our rhythm at the right time”: Sarfraz sets his eyes on CT semi-final

If they can overcome England in Cardiff, Pakistan will contest their first Champions Trophy final on Sunday. With their performance the Pakistani team managed to win over the Srilankans by three wicket.

Although Pakistan players have a whole new host of challenges approaching them, they have good reason to celebrate on Monday.

According to Sangakkara, both teams made plenty of mistakes, but it was Sri Lanka who made mistakes at crucial junctures and missed too many opportunities.

Coach Arthur added that he want players to do more, instead of being complacent after reaching the semi final.

Chasing 237 for a win, fast bowler Mohammad Amir (28 not out) showed great resolve to stitch together an unbeaten 75-run stand with Sarfraz for the eighth wicket to help his side register the win in a see-saw battle.

Two wickets in three balls, however, did not bother Sri Lanka much as Dickwella remained solid at the other end and soon completed his half-century with a single off Mohammed Hafeez. The risky Dickwella departed for 73 as the middle-order collapsed at the feet of Amir and Junaid, leaving Sri Lanka now struggling at 167-7. Pakistan bowlers were inspiring yesterday with Hasan and Junaid claiming 3 wickets each and Amir along with Ashraf secured 2 wickets each which means there were no run-outs at all. They'll hope to take their momentum into the semifinal match-up with England, polish the mistakes that they made, and ultimately capitalize on the opportunity they've earned to reach the Champions Trophy finals. "I suppose they have variation, but certainly we do have plans against all of them", he said.

However, if we recall the past 12 continuous days of action packed group stage games, we will come to know that it has been hit by the rain on numerous occasions besides including multiple washouts. They held their nerves and are deserved winners.

Gunaratne holed out, caught just inside the mid-wicket boundary by Zaman off Hasan Ali, who had bowled Lakmal, for 27, before Pradeep gave Ashraf an easy caught and bowled as Sri Lanka's innings ended two balls into the 50th over.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka looked vulnerable batting. "We were awful", said Arthur.

Pakistan was brilliant with the ball and was able to restrict Sri Lanka at a mere 236 in 49.2 overs.

It left Sri Lanka with a rebuilding job entrusted to Dickwella and captain Angelo Mathews and they did it impressively, adding 78 for the fourth wicket in relatively trouble-free fashion. "So I think just continuing to play our own game and reinforcing that our own game works". "I'm incredibly proud of how we pulled ourselves off the canvas after India". The last time Pakistan qualified for a 50-over ICC tournament was at the 2011 World Cup when they lost a thriller to arch-rivals India in Mohali.

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