Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Aamer took Pakistan to victory against Sri Lanka    Getty Images
Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Aamer took Pakistan to victory against Sri Lanka Getty Images

Post Pakistan‘s nail-biting victory over Sri Lanka in the must-win match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, captain Sarfraz Ahmed praised Mohammad Aamer‘s batting efforts. Pakistan, chasing 237, collapsed to 162 for 7 from 74 for 1. Sarfraz, along with Aamer, played responsibly afterwards, seeing the side through. Sarfraz remained unbeaten on 61 with Aamer on 28 as Pakistan entered the semi-final of the tournament. Earlier, Aamer was successful with the ball too, bagging 2 wickets. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Match 12

“I think this is a very important knock for me,” Sarfraz said in the post-match conference. “As the Pakistan team captain, if you play that type of an innings, it really boosts you up. Importantly, it was a great win for us and we’re very confident. I was thinking that if I play 50 overs, we would win. Credit goes to Aamer, he played really well. I just told him to play ball by ball. ‘Don’t look up, don’t look at the scoreboard’. I told him to just play his game. We just played our normal games,” he added.

“When Imad Wasim got out, I felt the pressure. He can bat and bowl, he is a good batsman and we were confident when he was there. But hats off to Aamer! The way he played was outstanding. When we had 40 to win, I was feeling the pressure but Aamer was calm. We just played our natural games. Yes we were lucky with dropped catches but we held our calm,” Sarfraz added.

“The credit goes to all the bowlers, especially Aamer, Junaid Khan and Hassan Ali,” he said. “Youngster Fahim Ashraf also bowled really well. They were playing really well at one stage and they got us back into the game,” he added.

Aamer, however, credited his captain for the knock. “He was calm. Normally he is not. But he was at that time and credit goes to him. He played really well. Everybody can feel pressure but he played an outstanding knock. He was guiding me every ball. It was a crucial time when I went in. Sarfraz told me I had to play according to the situation. We were looking for only three runs per over and we batted according to the situation,” Aamer concluded.