CARDIFF – Cornered Tigers Pakistan will face down rampant lions England in the first semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, today (Wednesday), June 14, at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
The match is scheduled to begin at 10:30 local time (09:30 GMT | 14:30 PKT).
This would be Pakistan’s golden chance to be amazing. The newly elected skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and a team of youngsters have its chance to become greats.
This tournament can make them heroes of the nation. Any match-winning inning, any game-turning spell can put them into all-time greats.
England skipper, Eoin Morgan has already said that the momentum Pakistan is gaining, they can beat any side they face if it’s their day.
This is the time Pakistan can wash the stain of ‘unpredictable.’
Comparing both sides on paper, Pakistan might not have as strong batting lineup as England have, but they have world’s one of the best bowling attack full variety that can take down any opposition on any wicket.
They have two best left-arm fast bowlers, Junaid Khan and Mohammad Amir, they have nippy, skiddy and quick Hasan Ali, they have finger spin of Imad Waseem, Shoaib Malik, and Mohammad Hafeez, and then they have young leggie, Shadab Khan.
With the solitary exception of the hapless Jason Roy, England’s cricketers are in a formidable vein of collective form. Their batting has depth and resilience – witness the stirring revival from 35 for 3 against Australia – while their bowling, potentially a weak area going into the tournament, has come roaring into form, with Mark Wood’s up-and-at-’em variations providing a priceless cutting edge in the middle overs, alongside Liam Plunkett’s canny deck-hitting and Adil Rashid’s googly-dominant leg-spin.
Live Streaming Information
Pakistan: PTV Sports, Ten Sports, Star Sports India, PTV Sports Youtube
Australia: Channel 9, Fox Sports.
Afghanistan: Lemar TV, Star Sports India.
Bangladesh: GTV, Star Sports India
India: DD National (Only Indian matches), Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports HD2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports HD3, Hotstar, SONYLIV Live Streaming
New Zealand: SkySports, Sky Sports NZ United Kingdom: ITV 1 & 4, SkySports
USA: ESPN3, Willow TV
Sri Lanka: SLRC Channel Eye, Star Sports India
Caribbeans, South America, Central America: ESPN
South Africa: Super Sports
Middle East: OSN Sports
Canada: SportsNet, WillowTV Paci×c Islands,
Papua New Guinea: Fiji TV, SKY Paci×c
Singapore: Star Cricket Starhub & Singtel
Hong Kong: Star Cricket – PCCW
Netherlands: Fox Sports Wales
Ireland: Sky Sports 2
Rest of the world: Hotstar
It seems Morgan has given enough chances to his opener Jason Roy and this is time to bring in Jonny Bairstow. But, where would Bairstow fit in? A like-for-like replacement would make sense. He has only opened on eight occasions, but one of those was a not-insubstantial 174.
England (probable): 1 Alex Hales, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Adil Rashid, 9 Liam Plunkett, 10 Mark Wood, 11 Jake Ball.
Pakistan’s current squad is in a comfortable position, the only probable change might be the return of Shadab Khan in place of Fahim Ashraf who followed in Zaman’s footsteps with a hugely composed debut, claiming two wickets as Sri Lanka.
Pakistan (possible): 1 Azhar Ali, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Mohammad Amir, 9 Fahim Ashraf/Shabab Khan, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Junaid Khan.