ICC Champions Trophy

Sarfraz Ahmed is proud with his young bowlers’ spirited performance

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is very happy with his young bowlers’ performance against in the high-voltage semi-final in Cardiff where Pakistan defeated England by eight wickets on Wednesday.

Pakistan, the lowest-ranked side in the tournament, lost by 124 runs against India in their opening game but victories over South Africa and Sri Lanka ensured their semi-final qualification.

“After the first loss we were very down, but credit goes to the team management,” Sarfraz told a news conference. “They boosted us up really well. I’m very happy about how my youngsters are performing.”

Pakistan’s23-year-old pacer Hasan Ali took three wickets to win the Man-of-the-Match award. Ali’s bowling helped Pakistan to bowl out England for 211.

“Credit goes to the bowlers,” Sarfraz said. “They bowled really well, especially in the middle part. Hasan is improving day by day.”

Sarfraz is confident about Pakistan’s chances in their first Champions Trophy final on Sunday when they will face local rivals India or Bangladesh.

“I said after the loss to India if we play good cricket, definitely we will win this tournament. Now we are in the final,” he said.

Sarfraz is hoping Amir will be fit for the showcase game at The Oval.

“I think he (Amir) has a little bit of back spasm,” Sarfraz said. “Hopefully, he will recover for the final. He’s our best strike bowler.”

After bowlers had done half of the job, batsmen Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali led Pakistan on the brink of the victory and led them to their maiden Champions Trophy final. Now, they will meet the winner of India versus Bangladesh match at Edgbaston on Thursday, (June 15).

While Fakhar scored his second fifty in Champions Trophy, Azhar Ali scored finely poised 76 to ensure Pakistan’s eight-wicket victory.

Since, Pakistan’s defeat to India, the team management has done a terrific job to fix the problems.



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