Sri Lanka v Pakistan Cricket: Champions Trophy Highlights


Sri Lanka v Pakistan

Highlights of the final group match of the Champions Trophy, which pits Sri Lanka against Pakistan at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.


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The trophy shared between India and Sri Lanka. The Champions Trophy

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belongs to the Australian team. 2013, India!

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Hello and welcome back to Cardiff for the final group game of the 2017

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ICC Champions Trophy and what a cracker it promises to be. Pakistan

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against Sri Lanka, the winners are almost certain to face England in a

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semifinal on England. The losers go home. Sri Lanka dazzled with the bat

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against holders India last week. Chasing a target of 322, a best for

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this tournament. Pakistan started the competition poorly against

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India, but upset the odds against South Africa in a rain-affected

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match last time out, leaving the Duckworth Lewis stern method

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securing them points. Here's the table:

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An overcast morning. And both sides packing their team with seam

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bowlers. That's Pakistan's only change, all rounder Faheem Ashraf

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coming in. Sri Lanka make a solitary change. This one enforced. Perera's

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hamstring injury keeps him out. On a morning that looks good for bowling

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opted to put their opponents in first. Could Sri Lanka pick up with

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the bat where they left off last week. Winner takes all here at

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Cardiff. Let's join the action.

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COMMENTATOR: Here we go. Swing, lovely start Amir.

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How good is that through the off-side, splendid timing and what a

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way to get off the mark. Just ease into that half-volley and played the

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swing so well. Key to this not trying to hit it too hard. Just have

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a look, just a push. Nice, drifting onto the pads. Well

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timed. It is still a long boundary. We talked about that. The debutante

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hunts it down. Saves one for his team.

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Punished. Put away. This is terrific batting, because you're looking at

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the conditions and you're thinking, oh, I've got to mind my off-stump

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line. That's where the attack is going to be. How well was that

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struck? Some width from Junaid. The wind is

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in the face of Rashid Khan. -- Junaid Khan.

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To the boundary for four. Maintaining good presence at the

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crease and creating some pressure for Pakistan. Good shot considering

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the field on the leg side, just two men in the ring, at mid-on and

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square leg. Once it went past those two fielders, it was always going to

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hit the fence. Goodness me. Early on in the game

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for that. What a clever shot. In the air. Should be taken. Will be

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taken, comfortably. Easy for Shaoib Malik. Pakistan have broken through.

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Clearly a bit of a relief. The batsmen were looking dangerous.

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Malik is the best in the field for Pakistan. Still at age 36 plus.

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Junaid has shown great temperament to get rid of Gunathilaka.

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Lovely, beautiful boundary, straight down the ground to kick off the

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eighth over. It's been a very good opening stand

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between our first commentators. Well played, and the timing there,

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races away. Just on the hip and turned beautifully, quite square on

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the on-side. He's a good player, period. Wonderful timing. Great

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weight transfer into the ball. A back foot shot, but the weight

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always forward, that gets the power. Beautiful timing.

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Oh! A little bit of temper. I'm sure that came from the four.

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Across the seam, different angle. He's not too far out of his crease.

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And quite away away from the stumps. It swung a bit. That's the danger

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when you change the angle. It's interesting, he had the angle

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across, now he's got the angle in, which aids all those strokes. Yeah

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just sat up nicely for the batsman. Another terrific shot. Well played.

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It will run away. Has it got enough on it? That is using the pace. When

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you're not trying to really turn the ball and they're coming out like

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armed balls you have a bit more pace to use. Brilliant play.

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Very well played, smart play from the batsman. Another swinging

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delivery. It's not spin. It's one finger seam delivery from the

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left-arm spinner. Hasan Ali, what can he do? The first

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one is threaded through. Glorious stroke by Mendis. We were talking

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about his on-side play. That's not bad in the off either. That's why as

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this innings grows, want to cope an eye on his wagon wheel as well. Was

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it the short legside boundary at the Oval that got him to play that

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direction all the time? Warm up delivery from the seamer. On the up.

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Oh, yes, sir, what a delivery! Through his defence and he was

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batting so well, Hasan Ali provoids a breakthrough for Pakistan.

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-- provides. Thnchts one went the other way, nipping back sharply.

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Brilliant delivery. Hitting the top of middle stump. There's that energy

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and passion that Hasan Ali brings. That is a big wicket. Kusal Mendis

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is a very good player, who is in form and he's gone for 27 now.

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Oh, that's gone. Bowled. Inside edge. Things happening for Pakistan.

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Back-to-back blows and it's the newcomer Chandimal, with a big

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inside edge. You mention he's a bottom handed player. You sense a

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bit of bottom hand that came into this drive. The bat face closes as

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he tries to hit a wide ball through the off-side. Big wickets for

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Pakistan. Two now that has put the brakes on Sri Lanka. Chandimal, a

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very experienced Chandimal gone for a duck, second ball.

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That's his 50. Very good innings. Powering his way to yet another good

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knock, a strike rate of almost 100, he's batted magnificently. It's been

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tough in the last half an hour. He's not thrown it away. He's adjusted,

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changed his gear. Oh, dear. Dear me, no ball. He'll get a free hit. He's

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played that incredibly well. Absolutely, Simon. Jesus, that was

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quick. 137 kilometres an hour, cross seam straight at your head. Not only

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did he play well, he's just hooked it. It goes to show how good he is.

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Watching the ball at this moment. That's very good batting.

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There leg stump, look fog the yorker. -- look for the yorker.

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Angelo Mathews finds the gap. Nicely played. Very good shop. Very wristy.

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Once again a low, full toss, 141 kilometres. It's just a flick off

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the wrist. Just whips it through mid-wicket. No chance for the deep

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mid-wicket fielder. Important runs for Sri Lanka. A boundary after a

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long time. This time using his feet. That is the shot boundary. That goes

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the distance. Doesn't get into the river. It brings the first six for

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the Sri Lankans. They just needed a bit of momentum, the Sri Lankan

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players. Angelo Mathews has given them that. Using his feet. Using the

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bounce and just a flick of the wrist. Good shot. Probably not

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expecting him to run in the first overs. Pressure back on Hafeez.

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Chance. Chance... Hit and out. A direct hit. It was a dive from

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Angelo Mathews. But these are so often out. Very, very close. If you

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ask me, it looks out. Dives, dives, no - he makes it. We are wrong up

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here. He does a good job, the Sri Lankan

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captain. A very important game, a very important part of this game and

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he does well. A dive saves his wicket.

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Lovely. Lovely timing. That will race away. No chance to stop that

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boundary. Good finish to the over. Eight runs from it.

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Once again trying to bowl it flat and quick. Just allowing the ball to

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come onto the bat. Smashed through the on-side, over

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the top, flies away. A couple of really powerful strokes here from

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Angelo Mathews. He's a man in good touch.

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It's just about those wrists. You don't see a big sort of backlift and

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a big swing after he's made the connection, just about the bottom

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hand. Garnett! Again, pace and movement

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off the pitch. This is where Pakistani is such a special team,

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it's their bowling, it really comes to the forefront in the big moments.

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Another one of these dismissals, inside edge, a little bit of pad,

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helps it onto the stumps. The judgment was not great from Angelo

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Mathews. Huge wicket for Pakistan, gone for 39. 161-4.

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Looked back, always a sign he had an edge. Pakistan are on a roll here.

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That was another terrific delivery. We just showed you the example, he

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keeps doing them in the same place, there's subtle movement, trying to

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keep that seam upright. The new batsman with the angle couldn't

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negotiate it. That is a healthy edge. The man who has just arrived

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in the country is departing to the dressing room. 162-5.

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Wicket takers, aggressive bowlers, there's the reaction, no need to

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appeal. The batsman walking away as well. Pakistan have lifted, just

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like they did the other day. Look at them, they're going crazy out there!

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What sort of shot was this? Where was he trying to take it? Click it

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to the on-side, way outside off-stump. What a catch! Absolutely

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brilliant. Pakistan on a roll! Hasn't taken a wicket until today,

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he's got two. 73, Dickwella. Sri Lanka very much on the back foot.

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Drop the... Held onto it, but just as he was taking control of the

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ball, just slipped his glove, as you can see from the reaction, knows he

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hasn't completed a clean catch. They might have a look, there will be a

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soft signal. My first reaction was it seems like he just lost control

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of the ball. Let's see what happened here.

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OK... Keep rolling. Lost sight of that, another angle please.

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Something behind? Perfect. Mark, that is not out. I repeat, not out.

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Another one! Great bowling, great catching. Junaid Khan strikes once

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more. The support says it all. Pakistan

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have turned the innings around in the field. Brilliant bowling again.

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Got to him quickly, that was a healthy edge, got to him so quickly,

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but he's hung onto it. He's gone for one, 160 7-7.

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Lovely shot. Suranga Lakmal on the front foot and driving powerfully to

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the boundary. Nothing much on that occasion from the bowler, Hasan Ali.

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Well met. Because of the swing, this slight inswinging he's getting, he

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is pushing made of trying to hit the stumps. I think Sarfraz needs to

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have a word with him and go back to what he was doing before.

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Lakmal hanging in there, doing a very good job for his team at the

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moment. 43 overs gone, the 200 up for Sri Lanka. A good partnership

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for Sri Lanka. Looking to come back for the second. Good work, very good

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work on the fence. Took three runs the Sri Lanka. Pitched up again, and

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he whacks it again, this time to defence, on the shorter side of the

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ground, towards the River Taff End. All-important runs for Sri Lanka. It

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is excellent, good batting. He's waited, he's gone past Gunaratne. 15

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of 30, but it's all about this partnership. 42 at the moment. This

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time trying to hit through mid-wicket and Hasan strikes. Just

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hitting the off-stump. As we said, Gunaratne needs to be there. Slower

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delivery, good pace, just the top rail. That's why Lakmal didn't

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realise. Another wicket for Hasan, another wicket for Pakistan when

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they required it the most. Yes, very good slower ball. Suranga Lakmal

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goes for 26. A chance of a run out, he was gone

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if he could have hit. Didn't even try to dive or put his bat in. Over

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the top of the keeper. One bounce to the boundary for four. He was in no

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position to pray that shot but still went through with it stop you how

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good was it? I don't know how he managed to get that ball to that

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part of the ground from that angle. Just stood and lobbed it over the

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keeper. Unbelievable stuff. No initial movement, just taking his

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eye off the ball and just making sure it goes over the keeper's head.

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It could have gone anywhere. That hit him on the head, that's a

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quick bouncer. A very good shot. Will it go down to

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the deep square leg fielder? Yes, it does. Once again Hasan Ali comes

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back into the spell and once again he takes an important wicket. This

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time of Gunaratne. Slower delivery once again, a slower off-spinner,

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and he picks the man at deep square leg. Along the boundary and he

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doesn't make any mistake there. Wicket number three for Hasan Ali.

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That is up in the air, and that's the second wicket. Sri Lanka getting

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dismissed for 236. It's been a terrific bowling performance from

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Pakistan. Good work. Dismissed, leading-edge, and Fahim picks up

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another. Nicely done by Pakistan, high fivess all around. Bold it had

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into the surface, maybe a cross seam delivery, looped back to him. Too

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easy. Excellent bowling performance from Pakistan, now can they back it

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up with the bat? Supporters of Pakistan have been in good voice

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today. They will be pretty happy with where their team sits at this

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point in time. STUDIO: It was all looking so good for Sri Lanka,

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scoring freely after 30 overs or so with just three down but for quick

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wickets for just six runs tore apart their middle order. A minor recovery

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from Lakmal batting at nine, but his dismissal saw fairly low-key end to

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the innings. Opening Dickwella was the highlight, a well constructive

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73 for him. Captain Angelo Mathews chipped in with 39, including the

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only six of the innings but the Sri Lankans couldn't recreate those

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batting fireworks from last time out. Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali the

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pick of the Pakistan bowlers, three wickets each for them. Mohammad Amir

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was key to a devastating spell in the middle of the innings and a

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brace on his debut fit Fahim Ashaf. Pakistan looked to have the

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advantage at the halfway stage. Mohammad Amir with us. A trained

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target because of the gush of brilliance in the middle of the

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innings. I think we bowled well as a unit. The team plan was according to

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the situation. Early on, the wicket was a little bit slower, but I think

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we stuck with a line and length and I think that's why we were

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successful. This shouldn't be a tough target for you guys? I don't

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think so. The wicket looks very good and if that... The opening

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partnership is very crucial, I think we have a good chance. A below par

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score for Sri Lanka. Pakistani just 237 to seal a semifinal place

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against England. Sri Lanka need an inspired performance with the ball.

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Opening the batting is Ali and is our man. COMMENTATOR: First ball.

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Good line. Just a little bit of an angle.

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There we go... He's dropped it! Straight to the fielder. The last

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thing you need, the last thing you need when you've got a moderate

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total on the board. Ghat width, Azhar Ali, looked to force it away

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into the on-side. -- got width, Azhar Ali.

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Now, that's another close call. Had he collected the ball, the fielder

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running in, they may have beaten the batsman. Same fielder. Couldn't

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gather the ball. If he does pick it up, I think that's out. Pick it up

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there, throw it there, ball hits there, out. Tried the slow delivery,

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well played by the left-hander. It's going to be four.

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Yes, that's an intentional slow delivery, deliberate undercutting.

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This time he's rolled his fingers under the ball. Same direction and

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same result. Good for Pakistan here, a couple of boundaries.

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Lovely cricket. Lovely batting this, from Fakhar. Yes, beautiful timing.

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Half volley again, he leans into it nicely. Nice two eyed of the bowler.

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Has to be four, just a good reaction from the batsman. 19-0.

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Well played. Saw the ball short, plenty of time. He just pulled it

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away. Certainly Lakmal not finding his line and length.

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31-0 Pakistan, a sedate start from Azhar Ali... Until that point! A

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change of commentary, a change of approach, Azhar Ali down the pitch

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and into the River Taff. That's more like it. Azhar Ali normally a very

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sedate operator at the crease, and this was down the track.

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This time it's Fakhar. I think they like the fact Perera has come into

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the attack. Gentle pace and I quite fancy him. They like the fact Fakhar

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Zaman is opening for Pakistan. Very good and a natural time of the ball.

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Edge, but short of slip and gone through. More frustration for Sri

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Lanka. More cheers from the Pakistan fans. There he goes, high and this

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is towards the river as well. Over the side into the River again.

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It's gone miles! Yes, he was sitting on that off-stump and tried to work

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it away towards mid-on and mid-wicket. It was supposed to come

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down straight back, it went high in the air and out of the ground.

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That's the kind of line he's trying to bowl but bowling a little too

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straight on that occasion. Fine leg is inside the circle, another four.

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Sweetly played. This is excellent batting. To go from a situation

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where you're looking to take the attack to the seamers, now we're

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into the second phase of this game. A spinner comes on. He's changed

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out-and-out regression with a little bit of cute deftness. 50 it is. Huge

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cheers for this enterprising, left-handed opener. He goes through

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to his first ODI 50 in 34 balls. Eight fours, one six. He's given his

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team a fantastic start. Top edge. Pulled firmly, might be

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gone this time. It is gone. Disappointment for Fakhar. A much

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needed wicket for slankament Yeah, he -- Sri Lanka. Yeah, he could have

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carried on easily. Some relief for the Sri Lankan fans. He took this

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cleanly. Always this chance of him waiting for the bait. He's a square

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leg posted as well. Good, pressure catch. This is what Sri Lankans were

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hoping for. Fakhar has injured them quite badly with a 50. Out. Out!

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Caught at mid-wicket, hit well, straight to the man. Very nicely

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timed. Let's lock at it, how nicely he

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times it. He just picks the fielder in front of square leg. Pakistan

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lose another wicket. It's not over yet. 92-2.

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Straight in the air. The most simple of catches. On that occasion, in an

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ugly potion, just keep it simple. Trying to hit through the on-side

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and an easy catch to mid-on. Pakistan lose wickets in quick

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succession. They've lost three in the span of just 21 runs. Out for

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one. Shaoib Malik playing his 250th one-day international. Only the

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second player to achieve that. It has been a stellar career.

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Oh, that's just dished up to the open area. What a gift. Trying to

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play the bluff. He pitches the ball up. Very good strike.

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Nicely played. They persist with these short balls. Haven't seen it

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though, I'm surprised he's persisted with that, because he's played them

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very well. This time on the off-side. It allows it to come and

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helps it over the keeper. Gone! Another one. Sri Lanka now,

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they are definitely back in this match. Do not go anywhere. Terrific

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bowling change. Good field positions. Wicket number four for

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Sri Lanka. Just a bit of bounce. Trying to play down to third man,

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surprising him. A good catch. It sticks with the left hand. Sri Lanka

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are right back in this game. 34 off 50 deliveries.

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Nicely played. That will run away. Very good stroke. It looks like he's

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come out in a very positive mind set, the captain. Oh, got him. Yes!

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Not the best delivery from Malinga. But a touch on it from Shaoib Malik.

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Five down, halfway through now. I've never seen Malinga celebrate in this

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fashion. Good catch by the keeper. And look at that. That's rare

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footage. Well done Malinga and Sri Lanka right back in this one.

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Oh, is that another one? Yes, it is! A little outside edge. He went to

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back of a length. He's got three. Pakistan have now lost six. Just the

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right kind of surface. He's a length bowler, loves hitting the depth.

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This is a pitch which encourages these kind of bowlers. Movement off

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the pitch. Bounces well for it to carry to the keeper. Safe catch.

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Pradeep has got his third and Sri Lanka, you've got to say now, in a

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winning position here. He won't. And it will go all the

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way. Takes it on. Finds the boundary. The angle helped. Round

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the wicket. Just held the left-hander with the angle. Then got

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some bat on ball. That one's in the air. It's fine enough. One bounce

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for four. Playing his shots, Fahim. He would have been a goner, by a

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mile at least, if not more. I was just about to say, some of his

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running between the wickets, I've spoken highly about his character

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and attitude, his wiliness, craftiness at the crease, but his

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judgment a run from time to time leaves a lot to be desired. He's

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more worried about his partner than himself. In the end, he was short of

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the crease by a long distance. They've gone for the appeal. It's

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going to be 50/50. Just looking for that touch. Yeah,

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perfect. That's perfect. Thanks Mark. My decision is out, I repeat,

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out. A sloppy piece of cricket from the

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newcomer. He's run out. He's been run out by the narrowest of margins.

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Lakmal into his eighth. More runs. Be hard to stop this. It isn't.

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Out! No! It's been dropped. Has he dropped the match? Wow, there's a

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moment. No way I thought he'd drop that one. But it was all set for

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that. The slower delivery, the previous one, down the leg side.

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Expecting him to chip it to the short midwicket fielder. In and out.

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Whether it's the match or not, we'll have to wait and see. It's the fast

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bowler and look at Malinga. He just can't believe it.

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In the air, a man's coming in. It's down again. It's down again. You

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can't say they're not getting their chances,ament -- Sri Lanka. They're

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blowing every opportunity at the moment. Good thinking, clever

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bowling. Not the easiest, but if you have to play a Champions Trophy

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semifinal, you have to catch them. Mis-field again. They're way ahead

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of the run rate this over. Making it easy. That will run away. Very fine.

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That's four. Did not expect it to go as far. Doesn't matter to Pakistan.

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Oh, it goes! Brilliant strike. Checked it, but timed it.

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Brings up 50 for Sarfraz. A terrific 50 under pressure. How good that

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last shot was. It's not over yet. Slower delivery. Very nicely timed.

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Driven firmly through the gap. That runs away. It's a long boundary to

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the off-side. Amir here has time today beautifully. What a crucial

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boundary that is. Just 11 away now. He accepted it gleefully. It was a

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flighted delivery. Looking for an outside edge. Looking for an uppish

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drive and he found the gap perfectly. Sri Lanka making fists of

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things, bowling beautifully in patches. But the fielding has let

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them down big time. Slower ball. Sarfraz nudge it's away. Sprints the

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first, won't come back for the second - he does! He had a look and

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saw the dive, back for the second he goes.

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Six required, one hit away. Slower again and again Sarfraz nudges it

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behind square on the leg side. It will be at least two. Amir is

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pushing hard. But Sarfraz only wants the two.

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Huge cheers and there it is. Sarfraz has taken his team home, a real

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captain's innings here. It's not a full house by any means at Cardiff.

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But the Pakistan fawns in the -- fans in the ground are going wild.

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Sarfraz rightly runs to his partner, Amir, who has played beautifully for

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his 28 and this partnership of 75 sees Pakistan home and into the

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semifinals. What a game. A heart racing thriller. It's Pakistan who

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win by three wickets. What a cricketer he is. Pugnacious, little

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wicket-keeper, took a brilliant catch earlier in the day, moving

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sharply to his right. For a long time, it looked as though Pakistan

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would make this run chase easily. They were 74 without loss. Then

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110-4, 131-5, 137-6 and in deep trouble, 162-7 was the score when

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Amir joined Sarfraz. One or two blips along the way, two important

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kachedz put down and some atrocious fielding from Sri Lanka. Take

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nothing away from that man, Sarfraz, who has taken his team into the

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semifinals. They'll know they'll have to improve. There are serious

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flaws in this batting line-up. One thing you cannot doubt is the

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captain's temperament under pressure. Yeah, what a moment. A

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choice end to some real hard work put in by Sarfraz and Nicki finally

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gets up. Yeah, it was a tense battle for him as well. Just watching

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everything from the side lines, never easy, if you don't have the

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temperament. Pakistan will give you such moments, of highs and lows. At

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the end of it all, he looks exhausted. Must have taken a lot out

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of him. Energy sapping innings. But what a knock under pressure. If

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catches win matches dropped ones can lose them. Ali's reprieve in the

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first over proved costly for Sri Lanka. Fielding errors that could

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have turned the game. An opening stand of 74 proved to be a decent

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platform. Fakhar Zaman going on to make 50, the second quickest ever by

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a Pakistan player in this competition. Wickets fell regularly

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but Sarfraz played a great innings. A partnership of 75 with Mohammad

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Amir to see Pakistan home by three wickets with five overs to spare.

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Sri Lankan's bowlers will rue those dropped catches as much as the field

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is involved. Three wickets for Pradeep, the standout performance.

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Malinga, Lakmal and Herrera chipped in with one each. The Sri Lankan

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attack never quite got on top of the Pakistani batting and the errors in

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the field proved costly. There is, Sri Lanka's 236 never really looked

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like being in. Pakistan made it hard work for themselves and used up

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three of their nine lives surviving those dropped catches but it is

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Sarfraz's side who progressed to the knockout stages. A bitter pill to

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swallow after that finish today. Yes, a bit of a seesaw kind of game.

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Credit to Pakistan, they held it together towards the end and they

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are and they deserved winners. The fielding probably let you down in

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the end. At half-time what did you say, what were you talking to the

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bowlers about? It was a bit of a funny wicket. We knew we had got the

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runs on the board, but we still knew we can bowl well and restrict them.

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The bowlers were brilliant. They batted brilliantly as well, credit

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should go to them and unfortunately we dropped a few catches which cost

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us the game. Sarfraz, will go back to the start, how happy were you

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with the bowling? I think that all the credit should go to the bowlers,

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they bowled really well. After Junaid Khan and Ahmed bowled well.

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Quite a bit of movement around for the seam bowlers? Yes, a bit more

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momentum and when the sun came out, the pitch looks better. How proud of

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the way your boys for back-up Internet are you? Very proud, we had

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236 only to defend. They came out and gave it all they had and I'm

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very proud of the guys, very proud of the bowlers. Unfortunately we

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missed a few catches but very proud. Throughout the tournament you have

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unleashed some new talent, there is some elder statesman in the side

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like yourself. The tournament as a whole, how have you fell? It was

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quite good, even the first game we had some chances but we collapsed in

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the middle. Today we got ourselves to a very good place, 160-3 and lost

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our way a little bit. But proud of the boys, the way they handled

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themselves, in a big tournament like this, they fought really hard.

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Inexperienced team and very proud. How impressed with you with Fakhar

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Zaman? Very impressed. Today he played a great innings for us and a

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good start. I think he's a good prospect for Pakistan. Finally,

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Angelo, thank you for the way you guys have performed throughout the

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tournament. Wish you the best for the rest of the summer. Hope all the

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boys travel well, thank you very much. A final look at the group B

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table. Confirmation Pakistan take second place with today's win and

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will meet England in the first semifinal here on Wednesday. India

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topped the group and play Bangladesh and the other semifinal at Edgbaston

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on Thursday. We will bring you all the action from those games, but in

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the meantime, goodbye from us in Cardiff.

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'A party of French schoolchildren...'

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He's 16, does he know what's happened yet?

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Highlights of the final group match of the Champions Trophy, which pits Sri Lanka against Pakistan at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.


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