England vs Pakistan semi-final: Pakistan knock England out with power punch

Pakistan beat England by eight wickets in the first semi-final of the Champions Trophy and reach the final for the first time in the history of the tournament. Chasing a modest target of 212, Pakistan chased it down in the37th over.

By: Express Web Desk | Cardiff | Updated: June 14, 2017 11:34 pm
pakistan, pakistan vs england, champions trophy Hasan Ali impressed with the ball for Pakistan. (Source: Reuters)

England picked a wrong day to be out of colour. In what have been an impressive run since the 2015 World Cup loss to Bangladesh, England were called the favourite to lift the ICC Champions Trophy before its start. But, England were strangled by the impressive Pakistan bowling and later the home team bowlers were thrashed by Pakistan batsmen in the semi-final on a dry Cardiff pitch and were dumped out of the Champions Trophy.

Pakistan rode on disciplined and aggressive bowling which bowled out England for 211 and later the batsmen, led by fifties from opener Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali, chased down the total with eight wickets and 12.5 overs remaining. Pakistan reached their first ever Champions Trophy final and will take on the winner of the second semi-final between India and Bangladesh.

In a Pakistan unit which was not seen until Wednesday in the Champions Trophy, the team clicked in all three departments of the game. The impressive bowling was backed by the fielders who, despite a couple of chances, held on to catches and even caused a run-out. The batsmen later completed the performance with a calculated chase in which they hardly looked in trouble.

England, who have reached 300-plus scores in one-day internationals more than any other team in the past 12 months, struggled with the bat. They called up Jonny Bairstow to replace a struggling Jason Roy as an opener. He opened the innings with Alex Hales but after putting up 34 runs for the first wicket, Hales was dismissed by debutant Rumman Raees.

Bairstow survived two chances, a dropped catch and an agonisingly close leg-before call, before he fell for 43. He tried to play a front-foot pull shot to Hasan Ali but could not control it. He was caught at fine-leg.

Mohammad Amir was ruled out of the game just before toss but Pakistan did not need him. Joe Root and Eoin Morgan were looking to rebuild the innings and they did put on 48 runs for the fourth wicket. But, spinner Shadab Khan had Root caught behind for 46 to break the stand.

As the ball got softer, Pakistan bowlers got it to reverse. Morgan was finding it difficult to time the ball and charged in desperation on wide Hasan delivery only to edge it behind to Sarfraz.

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    Mohammad Dar
    Jun 15, 2017 at 2:55 am
    Get ready hogs of hinduism show off, for some hindrance to truth hinduism impaledon a rod of truth , in a real professional style, by the true champions, known as Team of stan, no need to run away in a hindu half a ss lungi, stay and play, to learn life without a hindu immoral hinduism show off, in the absence of lions of stan.
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      Razik
      Jun 15, 2017 at 2:00 am
      Who is this imran he dont want to say what indian muslim do?
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        Imran
        Jun 15, 2017 at 3:30 am
        See you in Sri Nagar. Unite Muslims in your locality and tell them to rebel against India. Let's fight the Hindu Army and break India into 35 pieces.
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        Imran
        Jun 15, 2017 at 12:51 am
        Muslims of India unite and rebel against the Indian state. Lets take up lathis and stones and go to Kashmir from all over India to fight against the Indian occupation army. Let's make Hindu army eunuchs by cutting their genitals and let them be sodomize by cows and bulls. Let's penetrate Modi butts and make him scream nude with pleasure on Door Darshan. Let the next Mann ki baat an x rated blue film of Modi. Muslims of India rebel and crush India with your power . India should be history
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          kashif
          Jun 15, 2017 at 12:48 am
          Aaagaya bengali chaagaya bengali.west stan need east stan to win against good indian team.pak will have less chance in final against bharat.yaar sports ko sports samjho.kashmir, kargil ,etc ko side pe rakho.kya hogayaa aap logon ko. i predicted pak bd final when pak lost to bharat in the first game. indians are in good mental condition vs stan team.we need healthy rivalary d vs pak hockey bhi hai 18 ko. india is 6th n pak is 13th.i remember during my school days when gavaskar saheb,vishy saheb, vengsarkar sb,amarnath mohinder,arun lal , kapil paa jee all came to stan n we appreciated them n took autographs. hockey players like sumayaa, mohammad shahid,zafar iqbal,topno,surjeet singh etc were regular visitors.they were fierce compe ors in the field yet very friendly outside with pak fans. During my bombay visit i went to adhe as india was playing england. have good memories aap sabb loag bachon aur vulgarity ki tarah behave karte ho tou dukh hota hai.grow up plz
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            Ramakrishnan Iyer
            Jun 15, 2017 at 12:23 am
            What Kashmiris are rooting for stanis. I would have been surprised if they were for India. This is because Kashmiris are able to survive due to help from Indian gov generosity. If we give somethimg to someone free of cost it does not have value and they will expect it every day. When they become indebted they will root for India. Normally beggars do this. I do not want my brothers to be beggars
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              Imran
              Jun 15, 2017 at 12:52 am
              Muslims of India unite and rebel against the Indian state. Lets take up lathis and stones and go to Kashmir from all over India to fight against the Indian occupation army. Let's make Hindu army eunuchs by cutting their genitals and let them be sodomize by cows and bulls. Let's penetrate Modi butts and make him scream nude with pleasure on Door Darshan. Let the next Mann ki baat an x rated blue film of Modi. Muslims of India rebel and crush India with your power . India should be history
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              indian man
              Jun 15, 2017 at 12:01 am
              What Pakstn?? Pakstn has already sold itself to China. Just wait when China extends its hold over entire Pakstn. Then these coward Pakstn people will ask India for help.
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                k 4329
                Jun 15, 2017 at 12:12 am
                Dude we are discussing Cricket not China.
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                  Imran
                  Jun 15, 2017 at 12:53 am
                  Let's sodomize this Indian Man and rape his family in the rape capital of the world Delhi. Muslims of India unite and rebel against the Indian state. Lets take up lathis and stones and go to Kashmir from all over India to fight against the Indian occupation army. Let's make Hindu army eunuchs by cutting their genitals and let them be sodomize by cows and bulls. Let's penetrate Modi butts and make him scream nude with pleasure on Door Darshan. Let the next Mann ki baat an x rated blue film of Modi. Muslims of India rebel and crush India with your power . India should be history
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                  kashmiri
                  Jun 14, 2017 at 11:39 pm
                  Well done P A K I S T A N. Hope you will crush india in final.
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                    indian man
                    Jun 14, 2017 at 11:59 pm
                    What Pakstn?? Pakstn has already sold itself to China. Just wait when China extends its hold over entire Pakstn. Then these coward Pakstn people will ask India for help.
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                      Pagla Dewana
                      Jun 15, 2017 at 12:05 am
                      not help from india. ll ask china lets crush this toitless nation
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                    LeLoLe
                    Jun 14, 2017 at 11:28 pm
                    Katuwe .. ki gotiyan kaat laayenge final mai.... Porkistanis r terrorists
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