Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has vowed to go on the offensive against England in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy after they secured their progress with victory over Sri Lanka yesterday/on Monday.
Sarfraz’s unbeaten 61 helped Pakistan to a nervy three-wicket win in an absorbing match in Cardiff, after seamers Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali had taken three wickets apiece to dismiss Sri Lanka for 236.
That secured second place in Group B behind India and a clash with England, also in Cardiff, tomorrow/on Wednesday, with the skipper conceding they will need to take the contest to the tournament hosts.
“England is a very good team – a very, very good team. They’ve been playing really good cricket for the last two years,” Sarfraz said.
“If you are playing a world-class team, you play more positive cricket. So definitely, we will do so against England.”
India meet Bangladesh in the other semi-final, at Edgbaston on Thursday, with the final at the Oval on Sunday.
A Champions Trophy record eighth-wicket partnership of 75 between Sarfraz and Mohammad Amir helped Pakistan over the line with five overs to spare, after a middle-order wobble had threatened their run-chase.