CARDIFF – The two flawed sides of the tournament, No. seventh Sri Lanka nad No. 8 Pakistan will lock horns in the virtual quarter-final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, at the Cardiff.
The winning side will be the fourth team to qualify for the semis and will meet England in the first semi-final.
The match is scheduled to begin atMatch scheduled to begin at 10:30 local time (09:30 GMT | 14:30 PKT).
Pakistan, who were probably the weakest link of the event, raise from the ashes after a loss against India and shocked No.1 side South Africa to bring colours in the black-and-white tournament. Sri Lanka were next to add life in the event by beating defending champions India.
Bangladesh also chipped in and knocked out hot-favourite New Zealand of the tournament. This means, now three out of four teams in the semi-finals will be Asians.
Pakistan, specially Sarfraz Ahmed has golden opportunity to make his mark in the international arena.
Sri Lanka would be worried about the absence of key players. Chamara Kapugedara, Kusal Perera, and Upul Tharanga already unavailable, before a blow to Thisara Perera’s head at training also put him in doubt, though, thankfully, he appears to be fine now.
And a Sri Lanka v Pakistan knockout has so much tragicomic potential that to discuss it beforehand is like giving out spoilers.
Live Streaming Information
ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Live Streaming & TV Information
Australia: Channel 9, Fox Sports.
Afghanistan: Lemar TV, Star Sports India.
Bangladesh: GTV, Star Sports India
USA: ESPN3, Willow TV
Sri Lanka: SLRC Channel Eye, Star Sports India
Caribbeans, South America, Central America: ESPN
South Africa: Super Sports
Middle East: OSN Sports
Canada: SportsNet, WillowTV Paci×c Islands,
Papua New Guinea: Fiji TV, SKY Paci×c
Singapore: Star Cricket Starhub & Singtel
Hong Kong: Star Cricket – PCCW
Netherlands: Fox Sports Wales
Ireland: Sky Sports 2
Rest of the world: Hotstar
Kusal Perera’s exit from the tournament due to a hamstring injury will give Dhananjaya de Silva a place into the middle order. There is a chance Sri Lanka will play Lakshan Sandakan instead of Thisara Perera, but the selectors have generally been conservative, so Thisara could stay. De Silva and Gunathilaka both provide off spin options.
Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 2 Danushka Gunathilaka, 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Angelo Mathews (capt.), 6 Asela Gunaratne, 7 Dhananjaya de Silva, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Suranga Lakmal, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Nuwan Pradeep
There is a chance of fast-bowling allrounder Faheem Ashraf debuting, in place of Mohammad Hafeez. However, Pakistan will perhaps be unwilling to mess with a winning combination.
Pakistan (probable): 1 Azhar Ali, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Mohammad Amir, 9 Shadab Khan, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Junaid Khan