Cardiff (June 14, 2017): Pakistan and England will face off in the first semifinal of the ICC Champions Trophy-2017 at Sophia Gardens today. The match is scheduled to start at 2:30 pm.
Standing in England’s way is the formidable presence of Pakistan and it’ll be doing everything it can to spoil the home team’s party. England will be considered big favourites, but that’s what makes this match-up so interesting.
For Pakistan, its unpredictability could be considered as its biggest strength. The home side won’t know what it is going to be up against and if Pakistan play to the levels of which it’s capable, then it’s going to be one hell of a match.
Pakistan can beat anyone when it is in form, we all know that. And given England’s position as the home team, in form, with everyone backing them, Pakistan will be even more dangerous. It’ll have nothing to lose and will go out there throwing caution to the wind.
In the first semi-final between England and Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy, it would be fair to think the home side hold the upper hand while Pakistan would once again look to stutter over the winning line.
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