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Summary

  1. Pakistan face England in semi-final in Cardiff on Wednesday
  2. Sarfraz & Amir share tournament record 8th wicket partnership of 75
  3. Pakistan had fallen from 92-1 to 162-7
  4. Sri Lanka made 236 after stumbling from 161-3 to 167-7
  5. Junaid 3-40, Hasan 3-43, Ashraf 2-37
  6. Extended highlights on BBC Two at 23:15 BST (23:45 in Wales)

Live Reporting

By Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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I'll leave you with this, the winning moment from the best game of the competition. Bye for now.

Pakistan's winning runs

So we know the semi-final line-up. England will take on Pakistan on Wednesday, followed by India-Bangladesh on Thursday. All set for an England v India final, or will this tournament throw up another surprise?

Simon Hughes

BBC Test Match Special commentator

Sarfraz Ahmed played so skillfully. There's a hint of Javed Miandad about him - he's combative, pugnacious and always up for the challenge. Today was a match-up between two hard-nosed captains and Sarfraz emerged the victor.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed: "All credit to the bowlers, they played very well - Junaid and Amir. I'm very impressed with Fakhar, he is a good prospect for Pakistan."

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews: "It was a see-saw game. Pakistan held their nerve, so credit goes to them. They deserve it.

"It was a funny wicket, the ball was stopping. We knew we hadn't got the runs but that we could bowl well. Our bowlers were brilliant. Unfortunately we dropped catches and that cost us the game.

"I'm very proud of the boys. We gave it our all. It was quite a good tournament. We fought really hard."

Simon Hughes

BBC Test Match Special commentator

Pakistan's bowling attack made this possible. Sri Lanka were primed for a big score and the turning point in the innings was when Angelo Mathews was clean bowled by Mohammad Amir. Sri Lanka never really had enough and although they bowled well, their fielding was flawed and they didn't deserve to win.

Man of the match Sarfraz Ahmed: "I said to Amir to play your game, to not worry. If he scored 20 runs, which he did, we would win.

"It was very tough. Amir played confidently and I felt pressure. Thanks to him, he played very well."

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And now we know who England will play in the semis. Pakistan will be back on the same ground in less than 48 hours. After this, are they dangerous, or just a tiny bump in England's road?

An embrace for Amir, then a kiss of the Welsh turf. Sarfraz and Amir added 75 for the eighth wicket - a Champions Trophy record.

Pakistan win by three wickets

Pak 237-7

All over! Pakistan are into the semi-finals! Sealed with a guide to the third-man boundary, then Sarfraz is off on a victory lap. Cardiff erupts. A wonderful, wonderful game of cricket, the best of the tournament so far.

Pakistan's winning runs

Dan Norcross

BBC Test Match Special

A three is far too much running for Sarfraz.

Pak 233-7

And two more! Sarfraz is blowing. He'll need oxygen at the end of this.

Pak 231-7

Two more, worked behind square by Sarfraz. We could be done in this over.

Pak 229-7

One more. Amir behind point. Pakistan coach Micky Arthur rocks back and forwards. He's being tortured.

Simon Hughes

BBC Test Match Special commentator

The wheels have fallen off for Sri Lanka - they even look sloppy when the fielders return the ball to the keeper.

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Pak 228-7

Wide! A bouncer too high. Single figures...

Pak 227-7

Malinga back. Sarfraz takes a single to square leg. 10 required.

Pak 226-7

Need 11 from 36 balls

Mathews is trying everything. Gunaratne back to bowl his odd off-cutters. He has the habit of pulling his trousers up before he delivers each balls. Short single! Sarfraz dives to make his ground. Shot! Mohammad Amir comes over all David Gower and belts through the covers for four. Just two blows needed by Pakistan.

Pak 220-7

Need 17 from 42 balls

Dhananjaya de Silva. Thrown into the tournament, now thrown the ball. "Get me a wicket". The carrot is dangled but Amir is wise to the game. Three singles from it. That's plenty for Pakistan. They are almost home and hosed.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Sarfraz has played with some fortune but he's a terrific cricketer. The only thing he can't do is run fast, which makes him even more endearing.

50 for Sarfraz Ahmed

Pak 217-7

It's been a wonderful knock by Sarfraz Ahmed, a real skipper's effort. He goes to a half-century with a dreamy cover drive. 11 from the over. Only 20 needed for victory. Remember, though, those two lives...

Pak 211-7

Runs coming quickly now! Sarfraz tickles fine four four. The Pakistan fans are delirious. Angelo Mathews looks ready to swing for someone.

Simon Mann

BBC Test Match Special commentator

They've got grease on their hands! Normally it's the batsmen deceived by Malinga's slower ball but this time it's the keeper. Nothing is going Malinga's way.

Pak 206-7

Target 237

Malinga has returned and created chances. Sri Lanka have catchers in place, but they just can't cling on. Butter on the fingers. If they lose this match, they will look back on those drops. Now there's four byes! The wheels are coming off for the men in blue. Here's the Perera drop. It's a shocker.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Malinga is doing everything to get his side through to the semi-final but his fielders aren't backing him up.

Sarfraz dropped on 40

Pak 199-7

Down again! Sarfraz again! This one is much, much harder. The sub fielder Seekkuge Prasanna comes in from the square leg fence and dives full length, but he just can't cling on. Hard, but has to be taken...

Pak 198-7

Can Sri Lanka find something? Suranga Lakmal's mullet, a bouncer to Mohammad Amir, but no drama. Tight over, only two from it. I've just seen another replay of the drop. Angelo Mathews was shaking his head so much it nearly came off.

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Pak 196-7

Need 41 from 66 balls

Somehow Lasith Malinga is smiling again. If I was him I'd never smile again. Thisara Perera looks like he wants to cry. You know the feeling, when you've been told off by the teacher at school and feel like everyone is looking at you. Cheeks burning, sore throat, eyes welling. Angelo Mathews can't even look at him.

Simon Mann

BBC Test Match Special commentator

If you want to get to the semi-finals, you've got to take chances like that.

Simon Hughes

BBC Test Match Special commentator

Have Sri Lanka dropped the Champions Trophy there?

Sarfraz dropped on 38

Pak 194-7

It's an absolute shocker! Thisara Perera has dropped the Ashes! Think Herschelle Gibbs in the 1999 World Cup. An absolute dolly at mid-on. Your gran could catch it in her pinny. Sarfraz survives. Lasith Malinga, the bowler, looks ready to lamp someone.

Pak 193-7

Need 44 from 72 balls

It's a cracker, it really is. The sun is shining, the stands are noisy and the cricket is more absorbing than triple-ply toilet paper. There are gaps for Sarfraz. If he survives, Pakistan are favourites. Lasith Malinga is getting loose. Sri Lanka might need a Sideshow Bob special from the slinger.

Pak 192-7

Cut for four by Sarfraz! An eruption in the stands. This is the best game of the tournament so far...

Dan Norcross

BBC Test Match Special

Mohammad Amir is playing like a left-handed Michael Atherton. Sarfraz has got his game head on and won't play any shots unless he gets width.

Pak 188-7

Target 237

It just feels like the tide may have turned. Runs a little easier to come by, Amir looking sturdy, Sarfraz remaining busy. Mathews rolls the dice with Pradeep's final over, but every ball that Amir keeps out is cheered by the Pakistan fans. This seems a little while ago now...

Dan Norcross

BBC Test Match Special

Sri Lanka can't afford to give away over-throws. They could become hugely significant. Perera is remonstrating with the fielder. He can't believe the fielder has done that!

Pak 184-7

Need 53 from 84 balls

Sarfraz remains. Can he win this one for his team? Even if he remains unbeaten, he could run out of partners. A nice drive for a couple, a hook for a single, then stand at the non-striker's end and pray Amir can hang on. Buzzers! Amir gets five from a single on the off side. That's the first thing that's gone Pakistan's way in a long time.

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