Pakistan limit England to 211 in Champions Trophy semi-final

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Pakistan's Hasan Ali took three wickets as England collapsed to 211 all out in their Champions Trophy semi-final at Cardiff on Wednesday.

The 2017 ICC Champions Trophy moves into the semi final stage, with England, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh making it through to the last four. They were helped by Sri Lanka's poor showing in the field when the dropped Sarfraz twice and also missed opportunities to run him out on a few occasions.

Lakmal and Gunaratne batted well towards the end to propel Sri Lanka to a decent total before removed the pair.

This means, Sarfraz will be available for Wednesday's crucial semi-final clash with England.

Pakistan bowlers would have to make regular inroads if they are to restrict England's free-flowing batting line-up. In an interview agter Pakistan reached the semis, Sarfraz Ahmed said that even he did not expect Pakistan to qualify. "I said to Amir to play your game, to not worry".

Pakistan have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate against Sri Lanka during their last Group B fixture in the ICC Champions Trophy at the Sophia Gardens.


This was the first time the two teams had met in a knockout match at a major tournament since Pakistan's memorable victory in the 1992 World Cup final. England, on the other hand, have made it to the finals of the tournament in 2004 and 2013.

Morgan, previously unstinting in his praise of Surrey batsman Roy, was not quite so effusive after a win at Edgbaston on Sunday where England slumped to 3-35 before their captain's 87 and Ben Stokes's 102 not out bailed them out, with the duo sharing a stand of 159.

Azhar, on 76, dragged a delivery from Jake Ball on to his stumps before Babar (38 not out) and Hafeez (31 not out) guided Pakistan home.

England's test wicketkeeper, brought in to open for the first time in worldwide cricket in place of the out-of-form Jason Roy, responded with a battling 43 - but bereft of a major contribution on a dry pitch that precluded fluent strokeplay as the ball swung, only top-scorer Joe Root's 46 and Ben Stokes' late determination helped drag the hosts above 200. "They will have to overcome all of their mistakes", he said. We know that realistically England are playing unbelievably well.

Pakistan beat England by four wickets in the only completed ODI to have taken place between these nations in Cardiff (September 2016).

Sarfraz played a stellar role in Pakistan's three-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in a virtual quarterfinal, which yet again exemplified their unpredictable side, before managing to scrape through.

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