The match could go in either ways; it hailed once to Pakistan and once to Sri Lanka till the penultimate moments of the game until Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed stole the show with a three-wicket victory to seal a semifinal berth for his country.
Pakistani bowlers were clinical bowling out Sri Lanka for a reachable total of 236 runs but afterwards their Lankan counterparts especially Malinga and Pradeep spread lots of troubles in the way of Pakistani batsmen.
The 74 run opening partnership between young Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali almost assured Pakistani supporters to gain a big win.
But as soon as Fakhar Zaman got dismissed, Pakistan found themselves tottering at 137 for the loss of 6 wickets at one stage.
Though Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Amir keep their calm, the result could have been go otherwise if Sri Lankan fielders would not be butter fingers dropping crucial catches at the crucial moments.
After the match, former cricketers and cricket analysts have come out trolling Sri Lanka’s pathetic fielding effort in a vital contest.
Eminent commentator Harsha Bhogle said, “There is a great sense of co – operation on display here. Pakistan offering the match and Sri Lanka politely declining.”
Here are other twitter reactions to the match.