Pakistan upset England to enter maiden Champions Trophy final

  • Pakistan upset England to enter maiden Champions Trophy final

Pakistan upset England to enter maiden Champions Trophy final

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 will take place on June 18th at the Oval, in London.

"We would have batted first anyway", said England captain Eoin Morgan at the toss.

"I think it was [the best]", he added.

Pakistan had collapsed to 162 for seven chasing 237 against Sri Lanka but, two days on, there was no repeat of that batting slump. Whether him and (Shoaib) Malik need to bat higher up is something we will discuss.

Joe Root top-scored with 46 off 56 balls before being caught behind off Shadab Khan, but England's innings - for once in this tournament - never really accelerated.

Half-centuries from Fakhar Zaman (50) and Sarfraz (61 not out) got the job done after Hasan Ali (3-43) and Junaid Khan (3-40) did well to restrict Sri Lanka to 236 all out.

Ben Stokes, usually one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket, needed 64 balls to scrape together 34 runs and he failed to muster a single boundary on a pitch Morgan described as hard to bat on.

Pakistan come into this match having secured four wins in their last five ODI outings (L1); losing four on the trot immediately before this run.

Many of his subsequent answers provided significant indication that it will be Bairstow who is asked to face the new ball against Pakistan left-armers Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan.

Muhammad Amir developed a back injury during yesterday's practice session and is not part of the playing eleven today.

Talking about Hasan Ali's performance, Sarfraz said, "He's very impressive, hopefully he will do that in the final. He's our best strike bowler". Their bowlers bowl good lines, use the reverse swing well, the captain knows when to use which bowler, all the traits which are taught to you when you start cricket at the professional level.

"I felt like we were trying to take a positive option against them", said Morgan. The wicket came after both England openers had survived early LBW scares by the Pakistani pace attack.

Alex Hales' attempt to up the ante had already ended in a faulty chip to cover, advancing to Rumman Raees to give the one-day worldwide debutant his maiden wicket. Just off the previous delivery, Hasan had found Morgan's outside edge with one that shaped away.

A good start was needed from the home bowlers for them to stand any real chance of victory, but after Mark Wood's first ball of the innings went down the leg side to be given as a wide, the tone was set.