Pakistan have a good chance to reach the semis, says Afridi

Shahid Afridi believes that Pakistan has a good chance of qualifying for the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy.

Former Pakistan skipper and all-rounder, Shahid Afridi is hopeful of Pakistan’s chances of making it to the knock-out stage of the Champions Trophy 2017.

So far, in this tournament Pakistan has lived up to it’s unpredictable label. They started their tournament with a dismal performance against arch rivals India. After such a disappointing performance, almost everyone had written off Pakistan from the tournament. Their 2nd group stage match was against South Africa, who are currently ranked number 1 in the ODI rankings. Everyone expected Pakistan will lose and will be eliminated from the tournament.But Pakistan showed up that day with all guns blazing and upstaged the number 1 side with a shock victory.

Pakistan are scheduled to take on Sri Lanka in their final group stage match,on June 12 at Cardif. And the equation is simple for both the sides. Whichever side wins will qualify for the semis and the losing side will board the next flight back home.

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Like all other Pakistan cricket supporters, Afridi is geed up with his sides impressive performance against South Africa.In his column for the ICC, he wrote that he wants Pakistan to take confidence from the last victory and play with the same positive approach.

“I would say that Pakistan now has as good a chance of reaching the semi-finals as it could have hoped for at the start of the tournament. The side must now be oozing with confidence after its remarkable turnaround in the match against top-ranked South Africa as it prepares to take on Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Monday,” said Afridi.

Afridi thinks that both the sides are going to give it all they have and it will be a thrilling encounter.

“I expect the Pakistan-Sri Lanka encounter to be an absolute cracker with both teams giving it their absolute best; let’s hope that the game turns out to be a thriller which ends with a Pakistan win,” said Afridi.

    Ashfaq Niloy,Correspondent,