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Pakistan delivered an incredible performance in the semi-finals against England to seal a spot in the finals of the Champions Trophy. As Pakistan secured a magnificent victory by 8 wickets, we take a look at the five talking points from the game which turned the tide towards Pakistan.
England batting collapse
After being put into bat first England got off to a pretty decent start as openers Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow put on 34 runs for the first wicket. Later on for the second wicket another 46 were added. Things were looking pretty good until Bairstow fell with the scoreboard on 80. After that wicket, England batsmen kept on returning on the pavilion at a steady pace. The hosts kept lost a heap of wickets in the middle overs and which ultimately saw them in deep trouble and finish with a total of 211.
Hassan Ali bowling
Hasan Ali’s spell of 3/35 was the turning point of the game. It was his spell during the middle overs that pegged back England a long way and opened the floodgates for the other Pakistan bowlers. Ali impressed everyone with his accuracy in line and length and pace. The youngster extracted movement off the pitch and asked several questions to the batsmen. He was the wrecker in chief and was deservedly awarded the man of the match for his spell.
Azhar Ali’s 76
Azhar Ali made a magnificent 76 runs in the second innings for Pakistan. His innings which came of 100 balls was relatively slow. However, considering the state of the match it became a vital cog in Pakistan’s win. England was wrapped up for a mere 210 and more often than not chasing small totals is a tricky affair. So the job was only half done and it was Alis’ fascinating knock saw Pakistan through to the finishing line.
Young Fakhar Zaman scored a brisk 57 of 58 balls which set up the platform for a big win. His innings which featured seven boundaries and one maximum removed the pressure of chasing as Pakistan raced towards the total and ultimately got there with 13 overs to spare
Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow help to post a respectable total
England had a dramatic collapse in the semi-final. However, among the batsmen, only Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow batted decently to help England post a respectable total. At one point it seemed the scoreboard won’t even reach 200. However, it was Ben Stokes’s knock that saw them progress to 211. England was in trouble but their depth in the batting line-up helped them to get rid of the situation. Allrounder Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow played sensibly and scored 34 and 43 respectively to resurrect the batting.