Pakistan, Sri Lanka eye semi-final berth in final group stage game - Match Preview

Sri Lanka during a practice session ahead of the game against Pakistan
Sri Lanka during a practice session ahead of the game against Pakistan
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Match details:

12th Match, Group B - Sri Lanka v Pakistan
12th June, 10:30 local, 09:30 GMT, Cardiff

The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 has reached the final game of the group stage and it will be Pakistan taking on Sri Lanka in a virtual quarter-final at Sophia Gardens on Monday.

Both Sri Lanka and Pakistan will take a lot of confidence into the game after defeating India and South Africa respectively in the previous round and a win on Monday will take them a step closer to the title. Just as Sri Lanka lost Chamara Kapugedara due to injury, now they will be without Kusal Perera, who suffered a tournament ending hamstring injury during the game against India. Dhananjaya de Silva has been drafted in as replacement. Follow all the action at our Live Cricket Scores section or look at the latest cricket betting odds on our betting section.

What looked the pleasing part for the Sri Lankans is the way they counter-attacked the Indian bowlers, who have bowled out every opponent in the tournament including the warm-up games. The inclusion of Thisara Perera provided them an additional cushion in the bowling with Asela Gunaratne and Danushka Gunathilaka set to fill out the fifth bowler quota in the absence of Angelo Mathews, the bowler.

Pakistan came with a different outlook against South Africa as they tied them down with some quality spin bowling upfront and then Hasan Ali delivered with a three wicket haul. The two changes they made for the game against Proteas paid huge dividends as Fakhar Zaman on his ODI debut showed great character in attacking the South African seamers. Even though, he managed only 31 runs, his innings set the tone for their chase. Junaid Khan, who replaced injured Wahab Riaz also had a good outing in the previous game.

Head to Head record:

Pakistan have a comfortable 84 match winning record from 147 games while losing 58. In the Champions Trophy, the two teams have met each other thrice with Pakistan winning two and losing one.

The winner on Monday's game will face England in the first semi-final.

Probable Team:

Sri Lanka: 1. Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 2. Danushkha Gunathilaka, 3. Kusal Mendis, 4. Dinesh Chandimal, 5. Angelo Mathews (captain), 6. Asela Gunaratne, 7. Dhananjaya de Silva, 8. Thisara Perera, 9. Nuwan Pradeep, 9. Suranga Lakmal, 11. Lasith Malinga

Pakistan: 1. Fakhar Zaman, 2. Azhar Ali, 3. Babar Azam, 4. Mohammad Hafeez, 5. Shoaib Malik, 6. Sarfraz Ahmed (wk) (captain), 7. Imad Wasim, 8. Hasan Ali, 9. Shadab Khan, 10. Mohammad Amir, 11. Junaid Khan

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