Pakistan through to semi's after beating Sri Lanka

The victor of Monday's clash will qualify for the semi-finals but both teams -Sri Lanka and Pakistan are beaming with confidence following their shock wins against India and South Africa respectively.

Neither team was ideal on the day, with Sri Lanka setting too modest a target considering the competition they faced, although Pakistan will consider this a performance to build from, too, as they chase the finished product. Zaman was out after top-edging to Asela Gunaratne on the boundary off Nuwan Pradeep (3-60).

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews blamed his butterfingered fielders for the three-wicket loss against Pakistan which ended their campaign at the ICC Champions Trophy here on Monday. They added 46 crucial runs for the eighth wicket.

"Well... yeah, I am anxious about it", he said when asked about the gameplay of the team's middle order, which, once again, failed to capitalise on a good 72-run start given by openers Fakhar and Azhar.

At that point, there was no reason for Pakistan to panic but as Sri Lanka's bowling attack, spearheaded by Pradeep, built their confidence wickets began to fall at regular intervals. 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.

Yet the captain was able to ignore what had proceeded his entrance and when Fahim Ashraf was run out at 162-7, he managed to lead his team to victory with a patient, if somewhat nervy, spell at the crease.

Perera also made a telling contribution before having to retire hurt, and Mathews said: "It's a shame to lose Kusal, he batted extremely well - but Dhananjaya de Silva is also a very good player". Despite a strong start, Sri Lanka's offense sputtered out due in part to incredible performances by Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan.

Hasan Ali then removed Gunaratne (27) in the second last over.

Two wickets in three balls, however, did not bother Sri Lanka much as Dickwella remained solid at the other end and soon completed his half-century with a single off Mohammed Hafeez.

Amir gets the breakthrough, Mathews departs for an important knock of 39 (54b).

Four emotionally sapping hours later, Pakistan's batsmen fashioned the win, their mix of brilliance and blunder set to meet England's controlled aggression for a place in the final.

After their embarrassing 96-run defeat in the opener, Sri Lanka rallied around under Angelo Mathews to stun the pre-tournament favourites India by seven wickets to keep their semi-final chances alive.

Two runs later Sarfraz was again given a lease of life when substitute fielder Seekkugge Prassana tried valiantly to catch a mistimed hook, again off Malinga, but to see the ball dropping out of his hands.

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