“Captains knock from Sarfraz Ahmed help Pakistan to beat Sri Lanka & Pakistan will play against England in the semifinal”

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Match 12
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan
It was an important match for both teams to qualify for semifinal. As Pakistan beat South Africa and Sri Lanka beat India in their previous match so both teams wanted to continue their performance in last group match. Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bowl first. Pakistan add one more pacer debutant Fahim Ashraf in place of spinner shadab khan. It was a big task for Dickwella & Gunathilaka to play against Mohammad Amir & Junaid Khan. In 6th over Gunthilka got out while playing big shot. Then Kusal Mendis & Dickwella extend the total to 82 but in 3 balls Sri Lanka lost two big wickets of Kusal Mendis & Chandimal. After loosing two wickets in quick succession it was difficult to Mathews & Dickwella to rotate strike as well. But after some overs Mathews back in to his class but in 32th over Mathews got out after scoring 39 and Sri Lanka lost 3 more wickets including Dickwella (73). That was an amazing spell by Junaid Khan & Amir. After that Gunaratne (27) & Lakmal (26) these short innings help to reach 236. Junaid & Hasan Ali took 3 wicket each where Amir & Fahim took 2 wickets each.

Amazing spell from Amir & Junaid that put Sri Lanka on back foot

SL-vs-PAK
Chasing 237 Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman & Azhar Ali gave good start mainly Fakhar was in good touch and Pakistan got good start. Fakhar (50) got out after scoring his first ODI fifty. But after that Pakistan lost three more wickets next 8 overs and Pakistan were 4 for 110 in 19.2. As Malik & Sarfraz Ahmed were in the crease but Pakistan loose two more wickets and Pakistan was in big-big trouble as Sarfraz should get support from lower order. Sarfraz added 25 runs for 7th wicket with Fahim & then unbeaten 75 runs partnership with Mohammad Amir (28*) with that Pakistan chased down 236 in 45th over. Dropping catches & fielding was the difference between two teams. Nuwan Pradeep took 3 wickets where Malinga, Lakmal & Thisara Perera took 1 wicket each. Sarfraz Ahmed awarded by MOM for his 61*(79). With this win Pakistan will play against host England in the semifinal.

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