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Pakistan rode on skipper Sarfraz Ahmed's unconquered 61 off 79 balls to recover from a middle-order collapse and pull off a three-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in a virtual quarter-final Group B ICC Champions Trophy clash at Sophia Gardens on Monday to qualify for the semifinals.

Pakistan will now take on England in the first semi on Wednesday. The other last-four tie is between India and Bangladesh on Thursday.

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It will be a do-or-die affair for both Pakistan and Sri Lanka when they lock horns in a Group B Champions Trophy tie at the Sophia Gardens on Monday. Both the unfancied teams are on two points each after identical records of one win and a loss from their previous group matches.

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.

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Sri Lanka rode on a solid batting display to register a seven-wicket victory over India in their Group B Champions Trophy match at The Oval on Thursday.

Set a challenging target of 322 runs, the Lankans rode on half-centuries from Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka to cross the line in 48.4 overs and register their first win the tournament. The duo dominated the Indian bolwers to add 159 runs between them and lay the foundation of a successful run chase.

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The most successful bowler in Tests and One Day Internationals, Muttiah Muralidaran, was today formally inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame by ICC Chief Executive David Richardson during the innings break of the India versus Sri Lanka ICC Champions Trophy match at The Oval.

The retired Sri Lanka spin great was awarded the honour along with Arthur Morris, George Lohmann and Karen Rolton by fellow ICC Cricket Hall of Famers and members of the media. He became the first player from Sri Lanka and the 83rd overall to be formally inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame when Mr. Richardson presented him with a commemorative framed cap.

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A confident India will look to booking a semi-final berth with a win against Sri Lanka, who will be boosted by the return of captain Angelo Mathews, but rain may mar the ICC Champions Trophy Group B encounter at The Oval on Thursday.

India's confidence must be sky high having registered a massive 124-run win over arch-foes Pakistan and the win has kind of set the tempo for the rest of the tournament.

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South African fast bowler, Wayne Parnell, has credited his ability to ‘stay in the moment’ for his turnaround bowling spell in the opening ICC Champions Trophy match against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Saturday. Parnell came under fire in his opening spell going for 45 runs in five overs, but pulled it back impressively to go for nine runs in his last five overs.

The Proteas are in Birmingham preparing for their second Group B match against Pakistan at Edgbaston on Wednesday, and will need more of the same temperament against an ‘unpredictable’ unit.

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Hashim Amla completed back-to-back centuries in ODIs against Sri Lanka to set the Standard Bank Proteas up for a 96-run victory in their opening Pool B ICC Champions Trophy match at The Oval in London on Saturday.

Amla had made 154 in his previous match against Sri Lanka in the final Momentum ODI at SuperSport Park earlier this year and this latest edition was his 25th three-figure score in this format, placing him fifth on the all-time list. It almost goes without saying that he is the fastest to this mark.

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