CARDIFF – Pakistan turns the table on hot-favourite England in the first semi-final of the Champions Trophy 2017, win by 8 wickets to reach the final of the tournament.
Earlier, Pakistan restricts England 211/10 in the first semi-final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at the Sophia ‘s Garden, Cardiff.
Hasan Ali has bowled brilliantly for his 35/3 in 10 overs. He is now the highest wicket-taker of the tournament with 10 wickets in four matches.
Hasan Ali picked up Bairstow’s wicket in the 16th over. He got Bairstow to lodge the ball towards deep square leg, where Mohammad Hafeez was positioned to take the easy catch.
He was brought back in the attack in 32nd over and he removed in-form Eoin Morgan for 33, and then picked Stokes on 34 in his boundary-less inning.
Bairstow was sent back to the dressing room, having scored 43 runs in 57 balls.
Rumman Raees bagged his first ODI wicket in the fifth over of the game as Hales came down the track lodging the ball straight towards Babar Azam at cover. Hales wrapped up his knock adding 13 runs to the England scorecard.
Rumman Raees also bowled brilliantly for his43/2 in his 9 overs.
Pakistani openers took an ever so confidence start of the chase. Their opening pair gave away 118-run stand in pursuit of 212. Talented left-arm batsman Fakhar Zaman scored his second ODI fifty while playing his third international game. He got out on 57 off 58 balls. Babar Azam, one-down, took the game where Zaman had left off. He coupled with Azhar Ali (76) to take the game to …
He got out on 57 off 58 balls. Babar Azam, one-down, took the game where Zaman had left off. He coupled with Azhar Ali (76) to take the game to 173 in 32.2 overs.
Pakistan chased down the target in 37.1 overs to win the game by 8 wickets.
The second semi-final will be played between India and Bangladesh tomorrow at Edgbaston.