Don't worry about the score': Sarfraz thanks Amir for match-winning partnership

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Expect roads there to be deserted at about 3:30pm local time on Thursday, though. We drop simple catches.

Although the hype in social media has grown out of proportion, this game has already provided a big advertisement for the ruling body of the game. So much so that a Bangladeshi newspaper posted a photo of Indian batsmen with their heads shaved and Mustafizur Rahman holding a barber's knife, after the pacer had rocked the tourists with some superb bowling in a historic series win for the hosts. "This is what we have been dreaming for".

Pakistan will now take on England in the first semi on Wednesday.

Cricket is Bangladesh's most important sport - "the people, they eat and sleep cricket; they do everything for cricket", Bashar says - so the country with a population of 160 million can not wait for Thursday. Champions Trophy is now truly headed for a reunion of the batch of 1947.

Vaughan added: "When I look at the visual of empty seats around a ground I think it's awful for the game. Each and everyone will see this game".

Opener Niroshan Dickwella (73, 86b, 4×4) and skipper Angelo Mathews (39, 54b, 2×4, 1×6) had put on a display of resolute batting before Amir scalped the latter to trigger the collapse at Sophia Gardens.

Pakistan, chasing a seemingly modest 237 for victory, were on the brink of defeat at 137 for six. But being exposed to the game's best players, combined with improved domestic structures and coaching, saw Bangladesh gradually pick up significant wins here and there.

Bangladesh, led by Mashrafe Mortaza, defied all odds to make it to the last-four stage after beating New Zealand and then seeing England get past Australia in Group A.

"I can't believe it", Ahmed said.

"Then it s about taking those moments, and running with them, like we did past year here in Cardiff".

File image of Pakistan cricket captain Sarfraz Ahmed. They wanted me to do something else. "If you are playing a world-class team, definitely, you play more positive cricket, so we will do so against England", he added. And we have good structure now. The event was captured on camera and later the photographs were shared on the official Facebook page of the Indian Cricket team. Any cricketer thrives on these opportunities. Shakib and Mustafizur Rahman played in the lucrative IPL this year, and Bashar predicts more will do so in the coming years.

Sri Lanka did not require a second invitation to go for the jugular, giving themselves sight of an unlikely win before it was taken away from them by an inspired captain's innings, securing the win with 5.1 over to spare. "I dream of Bangladesh playing the final".

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