Pakistan’s confidence is high for England semi-final, says Sarfraz Ahmed

• Captain’s unbeaten 61 leads his side to Champions Trophy last four
• ‘We must play positively against world-class England,’ says Sarfraz

England’s Champions Trophy semi-final opponents on Wednesday will be Pakistan, who contrived a harum-scarum victory against Sri Lanka in Cardiff.

They won by three wickets when chasing a modest target of 237 but they needed an unbroken 75-run eighth?wicket partnership – aided by dropped catches by the Sri Lankans – from the captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, and Mohammad Amir to secure their progress in the tournament. The last time Pakistan played England in Cardiff, in September 2016, they won so Sarfraz declared “confidence is high” before the semi-final.

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