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Champions Trophy: Pakistan defeats England by 8 wickets

15 June 2017, 03:38 | Jackie Morgan

A spoof of the Mauka Mauka ad mocking India for its defeats against Bangladesh

A spoof of the Mauka Mauka ad mocking India for its defeats against Bangladesh

Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman put Pakistan in complete control, racking up a 118-run partnership before the latter was finally caught out, stumped by Jos Buttler. England has had a smooth tournament so far, with nearly everything going their way.

In the final, Pakistan will face the victor of the second semi final that will be played between India and Bangladesh, on Thursday.

The final is at The Oval on Sunday.

Now, it's over to India to set up that dream final, which would be the first one between the two teams in an ICC tournament since that unforgettable finale in the 2007 World T20. And having watched the game against Sri Lanka, we actually didn't think it was that bad.

Pakistan's average first-innings score since the 2015 World Cup is 284, so they just need to do a bit better than average to get a competitive total.

Pakistan is riding high after Captain Sarfraz Ahmed guided them to be in this position. Their fielding looked very clinical against Sri Lanka but if they are to beat England, they need to excel in all departments. Electing to field, Pakistan seamers dished out a superb bowling effort to finish the England innings in 49.5 overs at Sophia Gardens.

Root continued his good form with a well-taken 46 while Eoin Morgan added 33 and Ben Stokes 34. His knock comprised 7 fours and a six and gave Pakistan a solid opening start.

Their top-rated bowler Mohammad Amir will not play today due to a back spasm. "If he takes wickets for us in the final that will help us for sure". Since his debut, all of Pakistan's remaining bowlers have a combined seven three-fors.

Well though Sarfraz batted, he needed the support of Amir, primarily a left-arm fast bowler. They bowled really well. "They bowled really well", he said. Jonny Bairstow, 3. Joe Root, 4. "If he takes wickets for us in the final that will help us for sure", skipper Sarfraz Ahmed lavished praise on Hasan Ali after the end of the match.

Morgan said England batsmen could not hit out when needed.

Pakistan: 1. Fakhar Zaman, 2, Azhar Ali, 3.

If Hasan was man of the match, Stokes was likely the most disappointed player in the Welsh capital.

India captain Virat Kohli surpassed South Africa captain AB de Villiers and Australia vice-captain David Warner to reclaim the top spot in the ICC ODI batsmen rankings.

Number three Babar Azam played sensibly for his unbeaten 38 off 45 balls and so did Mohammad Hafeez (31 off 21), who hit the winning boundary to spark wild celebrations. Leg-spinner Shadab Khan has been roped in the line up in place of Faheem Ashraf.



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