Pakistan overcame a familiar attack of batting nerves to beat Sri Lanka by three wickets in a see-saw Group B game at Sophia Gardens to set up a Champions Trophy semi-final with hosts England back in Cardiff on Wednesday (14).

The other semi-final will pit Group B winners India against Group A runners-up Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Thursday (15).

Pakistan looked to have thrown away their victory chance at several points on Monday as their batsmen’s fallibility before the short-pitched ball prompted an astonishing collapse from 74-0 to 162-7.

But captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who had already distinguished himself with two fine catches behind the stumps, steadied the innings, steering them home to 237-7 in the 45th over...
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