ICC Champions Trophy : Sri Lanka and Pakistan battle for semi-final spot

It will be a do-or-die affair for both Pakistan and Sri Lanka as they lock horns in a Group B in ICC Champions Trophy at Cardiff on Monday.

Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka have lost one match each, Pakistan were thrashed by India in their opener and Sri Lanka went down convincingly to South Africa but the sides’ surprise wins in their second matches means one of them will join England, Bangladesh and India in the last four.

Pakistan  started their campaign on a disastrous note with a 124-run thrashing at the hands of arch-rivals India before punching above their weight to beat South Africa by 19 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis Method.

Sri Lanka also started off with a loss, against South Africa, but stunned India by seven wickets and won their second match. However, both Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be wary of the rain that has disrupted most matches in this tournament.

In the last encounter of Group B, Sri Lanka takes on Pakistan in a must-win game for both the sides and  both the sides are expected to go all guns blazing to secure a spot in the semi-finals.

Squads Pakistan: Sarfraz Khan (captain and wicketkeeper), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammed Amir, Mohammed Hafeez, Shadab Khan and Shoaib Malik.

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (captain), Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella (wicketkeeper), Chamara Kapugedara, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Sekkuge Prasanna, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Malinga, Asela Gunaratne, Nuwan Kulasekara.

Match will start at  3 PM IST 

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