Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed struck a fine 61 not out from 79 balls to take his side into the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy. Coming in to bat when Pakistan were 4 down for 110 in 19.2 overs, Sarfraz relied on the ones and twos. He was dropped twice, however, in his search for boundaries off Lasith Malinga’s bowling during the crucial stages of the match. He batted on 38 in the 39th over when Thisara Perera put him down. The second time, he was on 40 in the 41th over when Seekkuge Prasanna put him down at deep square leg. Captain Sarfraz played the winning stroke a few overs later, off the same bowler, as he nudged a length ball for four to the third-man boundary.
Junaid Khan bowled an impeccable line and when he was recalled for a spell after the drinks break before the 32nd over. His bowling accounted for the wickets of Dhananjaya de Silva and Thisara Perera. He had removed Dhanuska Gunathilaka in his first spell. He would have picked up four, had Sarfraz Ahmed cupped an edge off Asela Gunaratne’s blade.