Pakistan really is the most unpredictable cricket team in the world. From being completely outplayed in the opening game by bitter rivals India, They clawed their was back in the tournament with a brave victory against the South Africans, and have now beaten SriLanka to move to the semi finals of the Champions Trophy.
The game began with Pakistan winning the toss and putting the Lankans in to bat. After a strong start to the innings, and were 130 for 3 at one stage, and coasting along towards a 280+ score. Sarfraz, who had admitted to making tactical mistakes against India in the opening game, brought on his Junaid Khan and Mohammad Amir to get a few wickets, and get wickets they exactly did. The pacers managed to grab two wickets each to reduce Srilanka to a mediocre total of 236.
In reply, much like Srilanka, Pakistan began strongly, as Fakhar Zaman, the explosive left hander who looks like a direct replacement for Sharjeel Khan, scored a quickfire fifty before getting out on a careless pull. Just as Pakistan always do, they made things difficult for them by losing wickets quickly to poor shots, and were 162 for 7, with Amir and Sarfraz at the crease. They managed to put on a 75 run partnership, the highest for the eighth wicket in Champions Trophy history, to get Pakistan home in a thrilling game of cricket!
First of all, thanks to the Almighty. I can’t believe it. Thanks to Amir, he played really well. I just told him to play his game and not to worry about the score. That if we took it to the 40th over we would win. Drop catches are part of the game. Allah helped us and that’s why Pakistan won today – Sarfraz Ahmed
Pakistani awaam, cricketers and celebrities were celebrating like CRAZY!
— Fahad Mustafa (@fahadmustafa26) June 12, 2017
— Mohammad Rizwan (@iMRizwanPak) June 12, 2017
— Inzamam ul Haq (@InziTheLegend) June 12, 2017
Congratulations Team Pakistan, well played boys.
— Saqlain Mushtaq (@Saqlain_Mushtaq) June 12, 2017
— Zaynab wahab (@ZaynabWahabviki) June 12, 2017
Believe in Pakistan! Way to gooooo…
— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) June 12, 2017
— Asim Azhar (@AsimAzharr) June 12, 2017
Disappointing loss. At the end forget @OfficialSLC batting or bowling the fielding let the team down badly. It was there to be won.
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) June 12, 2017
Congrats to Pakistan team ✌☺️well done Sarfraz 11 ❤️✌good luck for Semi final ✌️✌️
— Saeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) June 12, 2017
— Salman Iqbal ARY (@Salman_ARY) June 12, 2017
Pakistan Zinda Baad !! Sarfraz Painda Baad #PAKvSL Congratulations Pakistan
— Iqrar ul Hassan Syed (@iqrarulhassan) June 12, 2017
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 12, 2017
Pakistan will face England in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy. Is a Pakistan India final on the cards? let us know in the comments.