Shock win - Pakistan through to Champions Trophy final

  • Shock win - Pakistan through to Champions Trophy final

Shock win - Pakistan through to Champions Trophy final

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Imad Wasim, Fahim Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan. Azhar Ali smashed Stokes for another six and a four in the 13th over as Pakistan moved to 78-0.

In his absence debutant Rumman Raees bowled superbly, taking 2-44 as Pakistan's entire attack limited England to just 211 - a total Sarfraz's team knocked off easily.

Rumman Raees, in for injured fellow left-arm quick Mohammad Amir, took two for 44 on his ODI debut.

Their opposite number Bairstow - brought in to open for the first time in global cricket in place of the out-of-form Jason Roy - had responded with a battling 43, but on a used pitch that precluded fluent strokeplay as the ball swung too, England could never get a foothold and folded tamely in their attempt to set a defendable total.

If Pakistan do manage to upstage the hosts, it will be their first appearance in the final of a 50-over International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament since losing to Australia in the title clash of the 1999 World Cup.

It was the final delivery of the fourth over, when the ball hit the pads and the umpire's finger went up! "Jonny Bairstow is our next man in line". The ball-tracker showed the ball had pitched outside leg and Hales got a reprieve.

Any complaints England might have had about the pitch would quickly have been shelved once Pakistan reached 100 without loss.

With Roy set to make way for Bairstow, Alex Hales will be England's senior opener and it will fall to him to set the tone up front.

He also recalled the Colombo Test where Sri Lanka had amassed 952/6 declared, the highest score in Test cricket, in August 1997 and his 576-run second wicket partnership with Sanath Jayasurya in that game against India.

Still young in his global career, Hasan Ali has already shown that he could potentially be an asset to the Pakistan side for years to come.

England would have been keen to keep their bowling tight in the opening overs and put some pressure on the batsmen in the hope of picking up wickets. Moeen Ali (11) was then caught by a blinding running outfield catch in the outfield by Fakhar Zaman.

Earlier, Pakistan seamers dished out a superb bowling effort to finish the England innings in 49.5 overs at the Sophia Gardens.

They then cruised to their victory target finishing on 215 for two with a massive 77 balls to spare.

Rashid and Ball claimed one wicket each. Zaman scored 58-ball 57 before getting stumped by Jos Buttler off Adil Rashid. He went on with his form in the crucial quarter-final against Sri Lanka and gave a solid start to his team with a fifty to his name.

This was only his 3rd ODI innings.

No England batsmen could complete his half-century.

Mohammed Hafeez cracked Ben Stokes towards the fence to hit the winning runs for his team in the 38th over.

England, who were the first team to qualify for the semi-finals this edition, enter the contest as favourites against Pakistan, who had remarkable improvement in their game post the embarrassing defeat to India in their first match.