Champions Trophy: Pakistan opt to field against Lanka

"England is a very good team, a very, very good team", Sarfraz said. It was Dickwella's knock with Kusal Mendis and Angelo Matthews that got the Lankans on track.

Sarfraz won the toss and Junaid got the early breakthrough, removing Danushka Gunathilaka for 13, before Kusal Mendis (27) and Dinesh Chandimal (0) fell in quick succession. Indeed, England could just as easily been playing Sri Lanka on Wednesday, something the latter will rue for some time to come.

Mathews' side briefly regathered as Asela Gunaratne and Suranga Lakmal forged an important partnership of 46. Against South Africa in their last game, the bowlers also delivered with Hasan Ali bowling a terrific spell which helped his side take five wickets for 58 runs to restrict the Proteas to a manageable score. Despite a strong start, Sri Lanka's offense sputtered out due in part to incredible performances by Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan. Sarfraz was dropped twice in the closing stages from the bowling of Lasith Malinga, but rode his luck to finish unbeaten on 61 from 79 balls, having found a reliable partner in Aamir (28o from 43) as the Pakistanis reached their target of 237 with 31 balls and three wickets to spare.

Babar Azam only made 10 runs before falling to Pradeep, while Mohammad Hafeez mustered one run before he was sent packing by Thisara Perera. It was the first wicket of the tournament for a resurgent Amir.

Shoaib Malik will be representing Pakistan in his 250th ODI.

Dickwella was caught brilliantly behind by Sarfraz off Amir.

Sarfraz and Amir stayed cool; Perera at mid-on then dropped a sitter after Malinga had duped Sarfraz, the biggest and most decisive mistake of an error-strewn yet rather magnificent match. "A see-saw kind of a game". It was a bit of a amusing wicket.

"We all know he is coming back after a while and if you look at the India match, he gave us the break through picking Rohit Sharma when they were batting really well. And the bowlers did their job, but we didn't hold on to our catches", he said.

"Proud of the boys". "India proved that they were better than us and even Bangladesh are fielding better than us". Unfortunately, we missed a few chances. "I can't believe it", Sarfraz said.

But an inspired display from Sarfraz, who showed all the qualities a captain needs in a situation like the one he entered, ripped any ideas of a Sri Lankan win away. If we took it to the 40th over we would win. He didn't mind riding his luck at times, an outside edge burst through slips for four while a top edge flew for six, and when he was dismissed - caught at long leg - he had scored 50 off 36 and Pakistan were sitting pretty at 74 for 1 in 11.2 overs.

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