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CT17:Pakistan Crush England, Qualify For Final First Time

Cardiff: Wales (June 14, 2017):  Pakistan defeated England by a big margin of eight wickets in the first semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy here at the Sophia Gardens on Wednesday.

Hosts England, who had won their all three matches in Group A, were outplayed in  both batting and bowling by Pakistan who were the lowest ranked side in the eight-team Champions Trophy tournament.

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After being beaten miserably by their rivals India in their first match in the tournament, Pakistan came from behind to defeat top-ranked South Africa and then Sri Lanka, and now emerged victorious against England to march into the final of the event for the first time.

They will now face the winners of the second semi-finals – India and Bangladesh – in the final to be played at The Oval on Sunday.

Chasing an easy target of 212, Pakistan completed their victory with 11.5 overs remaining.

Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez remained not out on 38 and 31, respectively.

Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali provided an impressive start as both batted with confidence to make together 118 runs for the first wicket. This was for the first time in the Champions Trophy since 2009 that   an opening pair was involved in a century partnership after India’s Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.

Fakhar made 57, his second consecutive fifty, from 58 balls with seven fours and a six.

Later Azhar Ali also completed his fifty, 11th in his 49th ODI. Together with Babar Azam, he added 55 runs for the second wicket stand before being got out.He scored 76 off 100 balls with five fours and a six.

Earlier, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and sent England into bat who found it hard to play against an accurate bowling with no batsman making a fifty and the whole team was bowled out for 211 in 49.5 overs.

Pacer Hasan Ali was the most successful bowler with three for 35 while left-arm pacers Junaid Khan and Rumman Raees claimed two wickets each. Leg-break bowler Shadab Khan took one wicket.

Rumman with two Twenty20 Internationals was playing his first One-day International today.

The main scorers for England were Joe Root (46), Jonny Bairstow (43), Ben Stokes (34) and Eoin Morgan (33).

Pakistan Innings (Target: 212 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal Azhar Ali b Ball 76 129 100 5 1 76.00
View dismissal Fakhar Zaman st †Buttler b Rashid 57 89 58 7 1 98.27
Babar Azam not out 38 65 45 2 1 84.44
Mohammad Hafeez not out 31 24 21 3 2 147.61
Extras (lb 1, w 11, nb 1) 13
Total (2 wickets; 37.1 overs) 215 (5.78 runs per over)
Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
MA Wood 8 1 37 0 4.62 28 2 1 (2w)
View wicket JT Ball 8 0 37 1 4.62 30 3 0 (2w)
BA Stokes 3.1 0 38 0 12.00 6 4 2 (1nb, 2w)
LE Plunkett 6 0 33 0 5.50 15 3 0
View wicket AU Rashid 10 0 54 1 5.40 30 2 2 (1w)
MM Ali 2 0 15 0 7.50 6 3 0

Hasan Ali
Is named man of the match for his three for 35. Junaid Khan and the debutant Rumman Raees were terrific too and the spinners gave England nothing.

We’ll have an all-Asian Champions Trophy final
For the first time since 2002 when Sri Lanka and India shared it after the final was washed out.

Pakistan win by eight wickets
Hafeez pulls Stokes’ first ball for four, crashing it between deep backward square and midwicket. He finishes on 31*, Babar 38* and Pakistan end on 215/2 with 77 balls to spare.

37th over – PAK 211/2 (Babar 38, Hafeez 27) chasing 212
Moeen returns and starts with a long hop, scythed with a cut by Hafeez for four, defends two then carves another cut for four. A tap into the gap brings the scores level. He wants two but he’s sent back. We’ll have one more over.

36th over – PAK 202/2 (Babar 38, Hafeez 18) chasing 212
After drinks, Stokes moves up into the front line and begins with a no-ball. Hafeez, therefore, gobbles up the free-hit like the whale swallowed Jonah, slogging it over wide long on with a stand and deliver baseball swing. Stokes keeps coming wide and falling away and sprays a wide down the legside. Hafeez steals a single with a tip and run to extra-cover putting Babar on strike. Stokes tries the Andy Roberts two-speed bouncer strategy. Sadly for him the first is slapped witheringly for four in front of square through the covers. The second, quicker one, hurries him but he manages to shovel a pull short of midwicket.

35th over – PAK 187/2 (Babar 33, Hafeez 10) chasing 212
Ball applies some control but cannot stop Pakistan coasting. Hafeez cuts down to point and Bairstow, no cause is a lost cause to him, hares after it and drags it back from the rope to limit the reward to three.8:57pm
34th over – PAK 183/2 (Babar 32, Hafeez 7) chasing 212
Rashid will bowl out and he deserved another wicket when the rash Hafeez comes down and yorks himself but Buttler messes up the stumping and the chance goes west. To add injury to insult or vice versa, Hafeez then leathers the last ball over mid-off for six.

33rd over – PAK 176/2 (Babar 31, Hafeez 1) chasing 212
‘You’ve opened the door for us there Bally!’ shouts someone who sounds a lot like Johnny Bairstow in full Bert from Mary Poppins mode. Hafeez gets off the mark with a punch to cover. Pakistan need 36 from 16. overs.8:45pm
Azhar b Ball 76

32nd over – PAK 173/1 (Babar 30, Azhar 76) chasing 212
Penultimate over for Rashid goes the way of seven of the ones preceding it. Easy pickings.

31st over – PAK 169/1 (Babar 29, Azhar 73) chasing 212
Ball comes back on with same field Plunkett ended with, with a ring on the offside from point through short cover and shortish mid-on. The batsmen pierce it three times but the only risk they take is off the last ball when a direct hit would have done for Azhar.

30th over – PAK 166/1 (Babar 27, Azhar 72) chasing 212
Babar lofts a drive over cover for three. The game’s long gone and England are helpless to rescue it.

29th over – PAK 163/1 (Babar 24, Azhar 72) chasing 212
Plunkett and Morgan have a short mid-on, short cover for Babar, trying to get him tucked up on his front foot before unleashing the bouncer, but he gets away with a single to cover to make sure the plan gangs a-gley. Azhar ends the over with a sizzling straight drive past the bowler, so beautifully timed that he can’t resist holding the pose.

28th over – PAK 157/1 (Babar 23, Azhar 67) chasing 212
Babar devours a Rashid drag down, swatting the long hop for four. Pakistan need 55 from 22, precisely 2.5 an over with nine wickets in hand.

27th over – PAK 152/1 (Babar 19, Azhar 67) chasing 212
Simon Doull thinks England have become too predictable, Plunkett in particular bowling straight and back of a length. He says the bowler should target the corridor and then throw in the odd variation rather than just plugging away.  It’s all a bit doom and gloom considering where England were 28 months ago. And despite what happened today, they are a fine batting side. Pakistan simply bowled magnificently.

26th over – PAK 149/1 (Babar 18, Azhar 65) chasing 212
Babar and Azhar are determined not to throw this away with a rush of blood and are content to work the ball into the gaps on the offside, milking five singles and a two. Anything to disrupt the rhythm? Ball round the wicket and into Azhar’s hip?

25th over – PAK 142/1 (Babar 13, Azhar 63) chasing 212
Morgan shuffles the pack, his deck loaded with twos and threes today, and calls up Plunkett. He has bowled well this summer so far but looks innocuous on this worn pitch. They steer and nudge four singles.8:17pm
24th over – PAK 138/1 (Babar 11, Azhar 61) chasing 212
Babar uses his feet with a jaunty chasse to wallop it back over Rashid’s head for six. Too may cheap singles into the offside are being surrendered too, four in total off the over.  To their credit they have batted nearly as well as they bowled.  Here’s the wicket:

23rd over – PAK 128/1 (Babar 3, Azhar 59) chasing 212
Morgan perseveres with Wood for his eighth over. Pakistan, having obliterated  all scoreboard pressure, play him with aplomb, check-pulling, pushing, flicking him for singles,

22nd over – PAK 122/1 (Babar 1, Azhar 55) chasing 212
Too much, too little, too late?  Lovely follow-up too from Rashid, whose slider foxes Azhar and he bottom edges it into the pitch then has to pirouette and volley it away with his right boot as it jagged back towards the stumps.8:04pm
Fakhar st Buttler b Rashid 57Fakhar came down the pitch, misread the delivery and Rashid did him with a googly. He was out by two feet so walked even though Marais Erasmus dutifully asked for TV confirmation. FOW 118/1

21st over – PAK 118/0 (Fakhar 57, Azhar 52) chasing 212
Azhar posts his fifty with a cut that flies off the bottom edge and scuttles through the slips for four. Wood is a genial fellow but he isn’t impressed with that, the ‘not out’ and being called wide for a bouncer that whizzes past Fakhar’s nose.8:01pm
And not out it was
It hit his thigh pad on the way through to Buttler.

England review
Fakhar for a strangle? Given not out.

20th over – PAK 111/0 (Fakhar 56, Azhar 47) chasing 212
A ripper from Rashid drifts in to Azhar, pitches then fizzes past the outside edge. That’s the first sustained cry of ‘ooh’ all day from England in the field.  Buttler appeals for a stumping next ball when Azhar crouches to sweep, misses the ball and it cannons off the keeper’s boot back into off-stump. They go upstairs but Azhar hadn’t raised his boot.

19th over – PAK 108/0 (Fakhar 55, Azhar 45) chasing 212
England take drinks and Morgan consults his key lieutenants, Root, Buttler and Stokes. They turn to Mark Wood to bowl his sixth over. He’s been their best bowler all tournament and was instrumental in turning things around against Australia. No immediate return, though and Azhar has been lining England’s pace bowlers up, flicking balls slanted towards middle behind square. He takes two in that fashion.

18th over – PAK 105/0 (Fakhar 55, Azhar 42) chasing 212
England are going to try the off-spinner against the left-hander. He defends the first and brings up the hundred partnership with a push through the covers. Azhar plays with the angle to flick a single of his ankle before Fakhar takes a step towards the square-leg umpire to free his arms and chip a cross-bat chiselling drive over cover for four. What a shot that was.

17th over – PAK 99/0 (Fakhar 50, Azhar 41) chasing 212
No significant turn for Rashid so far. They milk him for four singles, the last of which brings up Fakhar’s fifty. He’s played with great chutzpah and vigour.

16th over – PAK 97/0 (Fakhar 49, Azhar 40) chasing 212
Has the roller and the baking sun drawn the sting of the pitch? I’m not so sure. Plunkett’s line to Azhar is designed to trap him playing across the line but he’s got bat on ball so far, flicking a single down to the square leg sweeper. That puts Fakhar on strike and he feasts on a half-tracker, taking a step forward and crunching a pull through midwicket for four. They have to aim for the earhole if they’re going to bounce him out.

15th over – PAK 88/0 (Fakhar 43, Azhar 37) chasing 212
M’colleague’s prayers are answered. Rashid comes into the attack. Fakhar paddles a wrong ‘un round the corner and runs two, hard. England appeal for a run-out but the opener was home at the striker’s Fakhar hasn’t played spin so far in the CT but looks adept, dancing down one more time to launch Rashid’s googly one-bounce over mid-off for four.

14th over – PAK 81/0 (Fakhar 37, Azhar 36) chasing 212
Much better from Plunkett – he needed a loosener against Australia, too, and then stepped up. Give the spread of the field singles are there for the taking and they take three. Morgan has to turn to a spinner, now, you’d think.

13th over – PAK 78/0 (Fakhar 36, Azhar34) chasing 212
Stokes is taking some tap here, pulled for six by Azhar off the top edge and over Rashid’s leap then drilled through point for four with a lovely square drive. He slides a wide down the legside for bad measure as well.

12th over – PAK 66/0 (Fakhar 36, Azhar 23) chasing 212
Double change. Plunkett is summoned into the attack ahead of Rashid, the man for whom Michael Atherton was advocating. Fakhar ‘back cuts’ down to third man for a single. Always preferred late cut but it seems to be taking over. Azhar flicks a single and Fakhar guides one down to fine leg for four. The ball was angled on to his pads and he glanced it with a a twist of the left wrist. Plunkett pitches up and Azhar ends the over with a checked cover drive that Moeen Ali chases and drags back before the rope with a headlong drive. They run three. England need a wicket in the next three overs or the game will be gone.

11th over – PAK 56/0 (Fakhar 30, Azhar 19) chasing 212
Morgan turns to Stokes as first change, not Plunkett as I thought. Stoke sis generally the first choice when a golden arm is required. Fakhir, as anyone would, likes it short and wide and cuts through point for a single. A dismal long hop bounces slowly up towards Azhar’s hip and the batsman flicks it fine of Rashid at fine leg for four.

10th over – PAK 49/0 (Fakhar 28, Azhar 14) chasing 212
This is all too predictable from Ball. If they’re going to bounce him they need to get the ball up. Fakhar charges down the pitch and clubs a pull through midwicket for four. His bat speed must be up there with Dhawan’s. Here he comes again to a ball that sits up at hip height. He takes two strides towards Ball and swats it through midwicket for two. But the plan almost comes together off the next ball when he top edges a hook that is played with such exuberant force that he resembles a spinning top and top edges high and too fine of fine leg to complete what would have been a steepling chance.7:13pm
9th over – PAK 41/0 (Fakhar 21, Azhar 13) chasing 212
Wood continues and calls up a catcher at 45. They’re going for the bouncer again – which ought to mean Plunkett to come on at the other end. Wood needs to get it up above the shoulder line, though. From round the wicket Wood manages only to get it up as high as the waitsband and Fakhar pulls, instinctively, and swipes it for four over square leg. He had no control over where that was going because the bat handle slipped in his hands on the point of impact.

8th over – PAK 35/0 (Fakhar 16, Azhar 12) chasing 212
That’s more Azhar’s game, opening the face and square driving Ball for four off the back foot. They’re trying to get him ti nick off and he has given them every encouragement but for the rest of the over discretion masters his attacking impulses.

7th over – PAK 30/0 (Fakhar 15, Azhar 8) chasing 212
To emphasise how wobbly Fakhar can be when bounced, Wood skelps him, striking the crescent on his helmet badge when he tried a no-look hook. That must have rattled his bones but he manages to run a leg-bye wearing a grin of relief. Wood then gives Azhar a searching test outside off, pitching it further up. Azhar can’t resist chasing them and playing and missing wantonly. Calm down man. Fakhar is the dasher, you’re supposed to stick around. Maiden.7:01pm
6th over – PAK 29/0 (Fakhar 15, Azhar 8) chasing 212
Ball bangs one in at 82mph and Fakhar pivots to ride the bounce and cuff it down to deep backward square for a single. Azhar opens the face to play the shot Ian Bell learnt in India and Pakistan, the third-man late cut/dab. That should have been a single but a misfield leaks a second. Ball ends with a peach, perfect length that tails away from Azhar’s wafty drive.

5th over – PAK 26/0 (Fakhar 14, Azhar 6) chasing 212
Fakhar dabs a single down to third man and Wood has the right approach for Azhar, trying to restrict his room with one that jags back from back of a length and arrows towards his midriff. He’s a quality batsman, though, and gets his hands up to stun the ball juts in front of the slips. England know Fakhar cannot keep his pull shots down but they’re bowling too short too often. Hasan bowled a good length most effectively.

4th over – PAK 23/0 (Fakhar 7, Azhar 5) chasing 212
Fakhar Zaman is light on his feet, and skips down the pitch to pull Ball for four off the front foot. Good timing rescues his recklessness and flicks it behind square for four. He looks jumpy and susceptible to the short ball. But if he gets away …6:50pm
3rd over – PAK 18/0 (Fakhar 7, Azhar 5) chasing 212
No need to panic yet for England. The heavy roller has flattened the snakes in this sticky pitch for now but they will be back. Wood defends three, two off the front foot, one off the back, before check-driving wide of mid-off for a single. Fakhr takes the shorter ball on and top-edges down to fine leg, square of Ball. They run one and Wood ends the over with a jaffa that grips and just straightens, fizzing past Azhar’s defensive prod.

2nd over – PAK 16/0 (Fakhar 6, Azhar 4) chasing 212
Good afternoon. Rob Bagchi here, called up late from the armchair where the temptation to watch behind a mask of fingers was all but overwhelming. Jake Ball takes the other new ball and starts with a gift, a floaty loopy legside wide that goes for four. Azhar – who will surely drop anchor – digs out a single into the onside but Ball asserts some control with a tighter line and ties Fakhar down with four dot balls.6:41pm
1st over – Pakistan 10-0 (Fakhar 6, Azhar 3)
England’s bowlers face an uphill task trying to defend this total. The pitch is awkwardly paced; but 211 is a modest total, especially by England’s usual standards.

Mark Wood opens up innings with a first ball no-ball with Azhar turning the resultant free hit away for three runs.

Wood tests Fakhar with a early short-pitched delivery which the Pakistan opener top-edges straight over Jos Buttler’s head for six.

Pakistan pick up up 10 from the ov

6. 35: Start

Pakistan Start Inning with the Hope to Qualify for Final

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England innings (50 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal JM Bairstow c Mohammad Hafeez b Hasan Ali 43 57 4 0 75.43
View dismissal AD Hales c Babar Azam b Rumman Raees 13 13 2 0 100.00
View dismissal JE Root c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Shadab Khan 46 56 2 0 82.14
View dismissal EJG Morgan* c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Hasan Ali 33 53 4 0 62.26
View dismissal BA Stokes c Mohammad Hafeez b Hasan Ali 34 64 0 0 53.12
View dismissal JC Buttler c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Junaid Khan 4 7 0 0 57.14
View dismissal MM Ali c Fakhar Zaman b Junaid Khan 11 14 2 0 78.57
View dismissal AU Rashid run out (sub [Ahmed Shehzad]) 7 13 0 0 53.84
View dismissal LE Plunkett c Azhar Ali b Rumman Raees 9 14 1 0 64.28
View dismissal MA Wood run out (†Sarfraz Ahmed) 3 5 0 0 60.00
JT Ball not out 2 5 0 0 40.00
Extras (lb 1, w 3, nb 2) 6
Total (all out; 49.5 overs) 211 (4.23 runs per over)
Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
View wickets Junaid Khan 8.5 0 42 2 4.75 29 4 0 (1nb)
View wickets Rumman Raees 9 0 44 2 4.88 26 3 0 (2w)
Imad Wasim 5 0 16 0 3.20 15 0 0
View wicket Shadab Khan 9 0 40 1 4.44 28 4 0
View wickets Hasan Ali 10 0 35 3 3.50 36 2 0 (1nb, 1w)
Mohammad Hafeez 8 0 33 0 4.12 23 2 0
Pakistan team


50th over – England finish on 211 all out
Junaid starts the final over of the innings with another front-front no ball.

Jake Ball fails to connect with the free hit, or with the follow-up ball, with both sailing safely through to Sarfraz behind the stumps.

49th over – England 207-9 (Ball, Wood 2)
Raees resumes at the River Taff end. Can the England tail add some valuable runs to give their bowlers a chance?

A boundary! The first since the 39th over! Liam Plunkett steps back to give himself some room and edges a yorker down to the 3rd man boundary.

48th over – England 201-8 (Plunkett 2, Wood 0)
Hasan Ali starts his final over and immediately over-steps to give England a much-apprevciated Free Hit with Liam Plunkett on strike.

Plunkett almost dislocates both shoulders trying to heave the ball over cow corner, bottom-edging the ball down to fine leg for two to bring up England’s 200.

Stokes looks to give himself room outside leg stump but Ali follows him all the way and directs a slow ball in between Stokes’ leg.WICKET! Stokes 34 b Hasan Ali c Hafeez.

The pressure finally tells as Ben Stokes top-edges another slower ball straight up in the air. Hafeez takes the ball comfortably at cover to remove England’s final danger man.

47th over – England 196-7 (Plunkett 2, Stokes 33)
Stokes digs-out an excellent yorker and manages to come back through for two to keep himself on strike.

The crowd rises from their seats as Stokes winds up to cart Rees through the leg side, only to skew the ball straight up in the air. Fortunately no Pakistan fielder is able to get under it and Stokes survives.

Stokes is putting on a masterclass in how to find a fielder, here. He slaps full-toss straight to the man at cover who feigns to shy at the stumps with Stokes desperate for a run.

England still dealing exclusively in singles with Stokes yet to find the boundary.5:45pm
46th over – England 190-7 (Plunkett 2, Stokes 29)
“Some short-pitched bowling coming,” announced Michael Atherton before Hasan Ali aims a yorker at Ben Stokes’ toe-nail.

Stokes again mis-times one, toeing the ball straight to short mid-on for a single.

Liam Plunkett can only hit a full toss straight back at Hasan Ali who gives the Durham seamer a frosty stare for good measure.

Plunkett edges one through the vacant second slip area for one before Stokes nurdles the ball into the leg side to retain the strike.

Another bitty over for England.5:41pm
45th over – England 187-7 (Plunkett 1, Stokes 27)
Ben Stokes is yet to hit a boundary in 52 balls faced. 52 balls! He’s desperately trying to shift through the gears but his timing looks completely off as he mis-hits a pull through the leg side for a single.

Stokes digs out a yorker into the vacant midwicket area and scampers through for a single to keep the strike.

44th over – England 182-7 (Plunkett 0, Stokes 23)
Hasan Ali returns to the attack and immediately goes about trying to knock Stokes’ head off. The big all-rounder manages to fend the ball off to square leg for a single.

WICKET! Rashid 7 run out Shehzad.

Oh dear. Adil Rashid is subject to a speculative lbw shout which is turned down by the umpire. Before he can properly regain his composure the leg-spinner sets off for a cheeky single only for Shedzad to run him out with a superb direct hit at the non-striker’s end.

Liam Plunkett comes in at number nine and takes his place at the non-striker’s end.

43rd over – England 180-6 (Rashid 7, Stokes 21)

Raees returns to the Pakistan attack and immediately beats Rashid’s outside edge with a sharp delivery first up.

Rashid goes fishing at one outside off stump and fails to get any bat on it all, England limping slowly towards 200.

42nd over – England 173-6 (Rashid 5, Stokes 17)
Shadab resumes with his right-arm spin with England limping along at 4/21 runs-per-over.Stokes and Rashid take advantage of a sloppy mis-field at point to scramble through for two runs.

Another good over for Pakistan with just four runs coming from it.

41st over – England 173-6 (Rashid 5, Stokes 17)
Another measly over for England. Stokes resists the opportunity to pull a short-pitched delivery from Junaid and allows the ball to whizz past his left shoulder.

England are working almost exclusively in singles at the moment as Stokes and Rashid rotate the strike.

Junaid tests Stokes, again, with another bouncer. Stokes rocks back and watches the ball sail past his grill. England’s number four manages to dig out a well-placed yorker and scrambles through for a single to maintain the strike.

40th over – England 169-6 (Rashid 4, Stokes 15)
It’s spinner vs spinner here as Shadab resumes with Rashid on strike. The Yorkshireman steals two runs off the first delivery with a deftly executed cut down to third man.

Rashid manages to bring Stokes back on strike but the Durham all-rounder is unable to get Shadab away.
England take their final power play with runs needed, and fast.

39th over – England 165-5 (Rashid, Stokes 14)
WICKET! Ali 11 c Fakhar b JunaidWhat a phenomenal catch from Fakhar Zaman! Moeen Ali looks to pull Junaid’s short-pitched delivery but the all-rounder fails to get all of it. Zaman does brilliantly to make up ground and take a fantastic diving catch 10m in from the boundary.

All the pressure on Ben Stokes now who works the next two balls away for a one and two respectively. Adil Rashid manages to see out his first ball, nudging the ball into the off side.

38th over – England 153-5 (Ali 11, Stokes 10)
Ben Stokes really struggling to find his rhythm as Pakistan throw Hafeez back on at the River Taff end.5:07pm
37th over – England 153-5 (Ali 6, Stokes 9)
Hasan Ali does his best Freddie Flintoff impression. The 23-year-old has been relentlessly brilliant so far.

36th over – England 153-5 (Ali 5, Stokes 8)
Hasan Ali is proving absolutely unplayable at the moment. Moeen Ali looks at sixes and sevens as Ali arrows the ball into his off stump only for it to nip away and beat Ali all ends up.

36th over – England 153-5 (Ali 5, Stokes 8)
Hassan Ali is proving absolutely unplayable at the moment. Moeen Ali looks at sixes and sevens as Ali arrows the ball into his off stump only for it to nip away and beat Ali all ends up.

Hassan Ali over-pitches his fifth delivery and Moeen Ali capitalises, driving the ball beautifully through the vacant covers for four.4:57pm
35th over – Wicket!
WICKET! Buttler ct Sarfraz b Junaid 4

First ball after the drinks break and Pakistan pick up the prized scalp of Jos Buttler! Buttler goes back to a full-pitched ball that he should have come forward to and nicks Junaid through to a gleeful Sarfraz. Too tentative from the England wicketkeeper.

Toilet break
Poor Ben Stokes. The England batsman tried to scamper off in search of a toilet before being directed to the dressing room by a pair of Cardiff groundsmen.

34th over – England 148-4 (Buttler 3, Stokes 7 )
Hassan Ali continues at the River Taff end. He’s been the standout bowler so far today, with figures of 2-21.

England manage just two singles off the over. England’s two most destructive dangermen are at the crease but they’ll need to start accelerating soon.

The umpires call drinks on what is a scorching day in Cardiff (honestly).04:46pm
33rd over – England 146-4 (Buttler 3, Stokes 7 )
Junaid is fired up here. The seamer gives the middle of the pitch a peppering as England continue to re-build following the wicket of their skipper. Jos Buttler has to duck and weave as Junaid directs two well-placed bouncers his way.

32nd over – England 142-4 (Buttler 1, Stokes 5 )
Huge over for Pakistan. Their spinners have managed to dry up the runs nicely and now they’ve taken the crucial wicket of the England captain.

Buttler comes in and works his first ball away through the covers for a single to get off the mark.

31st over – England 130-3 (Morgan 25, Stokes 2 )
Oof! Hafeez resumes and nearly picks up Morgan’s wicket with his first ball of the over: Morgan rocks back to pull through midwicket and the ball somehow misses his leg stump. England happy to tick the scoreboard over with three singles off the over.

30th over – England 136-3 (Morgan 30, Stokes 3 )
Eoin Morgan reverts to the reverse sweep following two dot balls to the start the over. Shadab fields brilliantly off his own bowling to limit England to just six runs off that over. England stalling slightly in these middle overs. Pakistani spin very much on top.

29th over – England 130-3 (Morgan 25, Stokes 2 )
Solid over from Hafeez, just the single conceded. ce.

28th over – England 128-3 (Morgan 24, Root 46)
WICKET!! Root c Sarfraz b Shadab 46 The partnership has been broken. Root clips one to Sarfraz.

27th over – England 127-2 (Morgan 24, Root 46)
A nice sweep-shot from Root ends the over in style. Root needed to create a little bit of improvisation to find the spa

26th over – England 123-2 (Morgan 23, Root 43)
A great dive and get from Shadab draws cheers from Pakistan fans before another piece of sound fielding prevents England from keeping the scoreboard ticking over.

Sarfraz gees up his men and his vocal impact appears to have made an immediate difference. A big shout goes out as Morgan swings at one. The decision is taken upstairs. Did Morgan get a glove on the delivery. The replay suggests not and it’s as you were for the skipper.

A blistering drive to the boundary is the best response from Morgan. 04:10pm
25th over – England 118-2 (Morgan 19, Root 42)
Great fielding denies Morgan from getting one through the field. He tries his luck through mid-wicket on the next and finds a gap for four. Superb running from Morgan as he taps and charges down the wicket.

24th over – England 111-2 (Morgan 14, Root 40)
Shadab sets his own field after conceding a quick single. The 18-year-old isn’t afraid to throw his weight around. The youngster has only conceded two boundaries from his spell so far.

23rd over – England 108-2 (Morgan 13, Root 38)
Morgan strikes through a gap to the covers before the captain picks up a single off a slower delivery from Hasan.

Root works a delivery to the gap for two and that’s seven off the over.

22nd over – England 101-2 (Morgan 8, Root 36)
Four singles and the hundred is up for England. Root has a brief look to the sky. Little cloud cover overhead.

21st over – England 96-2 (Morgan 6, Root 33)
Quick running between the wickets as Pakistan fancy their chances with a run-out. It was never on to be fair. Pakistan continue to bring the run-rate down but Root finds space for a single. Morgan charges down the wicket and slaps at a full delivery but he can’t get it away.

20th over – England 93-2 (Morgan 5, Root 31)
Shout goes up but a massive bottom edge from Morgan won’t see a review brought into play. Morgan clips one to mid-on for a comfortable two.

19th over – England 89-2 (Morgan 2, Root 30)
Root pulls away during Hassan’s run-up and waits for something behind the sidescreen to settle down. Great pace from Hassan again but Morgan swings one to third man for a single. A loopy bouncer is called a wide by the umpire as Root doesn’t make any attempt to play it. He grabs two on the final delivery.

18th over – England 84-2 (Morgan 1, Root 27)
Mohammad Hafeez now on as England’s run-rate slips under 5 to 4.78. Morgan drags one to mid-wicket to get off the mark. Great line from Hafeez pins Morgan into the crease and there’s plenty of vocal support for Hafeez from his team-mates at another solid over.

17th over – England 81-2 (Morgan 0, Root 25)
Morgan taps his bat as Root makes a good call for a quick single. It brings the skipper to face Hassan. Morgan blocks his first ball.

Jonny Bairstow is the next man to depart. Hasan Ali is the man who claims the wicket. He has made an impact as soon as he was brought into the attack. England have lost both their openers now.Bairstow pulls it but misjudges the pace and bounce, it is caught easily by Mohammad Hafeez

17th over – England 80-2 (Bairstow 43, Root 24)
Hassan Ali is brought on and sends down a nippy delivery of 84mph.

WICKET!! Bairstow c Hafeez b Hassan 4303:33am
16th over – England 80-1 (Bairstow 43, Root 24)
Root sweeps one away but can only snatch a quick single while a flat delivery from Shadab keeps the run-rate down. Bairstow edges the next to slip but it’s high again. A goalkeeper save almost hands the second man a chance but it lands short.

15th over – England 77-1 (Bairstow 41, Root 23)
Four off the over with Bairstow edging closer to his half century. Still glorious sunshine in Cardiff. Perfect conditions all round.

14th over – England 73-1 (Bairstow 39, Root 21)
Brute force from Bairstow as he thrashes Shadab’s opening delivery to the rope. He goes for another which bounces before being swift up close to the boundary.

Bairstow nibbles at another delivery but Shadbad ends the over with three dot balls.

13th over – England 67-1 (Bairstow 34, Root 20)
Imad is keeping things tight and not allowing Bairstow an opening. The opener grabs a quick single on the last. That’s better from Pakistan.

12th over – England 65-1 (Bairstow 33, Root 19)
Pakistan bring on an extra spinner in Shabab but Root takes advantage of a shorter delivery by swinging it away to the boundary. Shabab’s fourth delivery is Pakistan’s first dot ball in 16 deliveries. A second dot ball swiftly follows before Root gets England moving again.

11th over – England 58-1 (Bairstow 32, Root 13)
Start of the second powerplay and England in previous games have been around the 48 mark so on schedule at this stage for a decent score.

Six singles off the over keeps the scoreboard ticking along.

10th over – England 52-1 (Bairstow 29, Root 10)
Root pushes one out to third man for two and then grabs another quick single. Bairstow pulls at the next delivery but it’s put down by Azhar Ali It was up above his head but he felt like he might get a second bite at the cherry on the way down. The power did for Azhar in the end.

9th over – England 45-1 (Bairstow 26, Root 6)
A couple of dot balls from Imad before Bairstow gets one away and darts down the wicket. Another call goes up as one clips the top of Root’s pad but there’s nothing doing. A tidy over from Imad.

8th over – England 44-1 (Bairstow 25, Root 6)
Quick running from Bairstow keeps England’s tally ticking along. Perfect timing from Root brings up his first boundary of the day and a nice way to wrap up the over.

7th over – England 37-1 (Bairstow 22, Root 2)
Imad now on to try his luck. Comical fielding from Babar stops one ball from Root getting past before the England Test captain gets up and running with a quick two.

6th over – England 34-1 (Bairstow 21, Root 0)
Root sees out the rest of the over after Hales’ early bow.

6th over – England 34-1 (Bairstow 21, Hales 13)
Bairstow recovers from a swing and a miss to middle a delivery to the boundary off Raees’ short delivery. The debutant looks a tad nervous out there but needn’t be, he’s holding up well given what’s at stake.

WICKET!! Hales c Barbar b Rumman  13

Hales lofts one straight to cover and Rumman has his maiden ODI wicket.

5th over – England 29-0 (Bairstow 16, Hales 13)
Bairstow scoops one in the air but away from danger as Juanaid keeps a good line and length. Bairstow picks up a quick single at mid-off and Hales latches on to a slower delivery and pings it away for four.

4th over – England 24-0 (Bairstow 15, Hales 9)
A quick two from Hales moves him closer to double figures as Pakistan try to stem the run flow. There’s another scare for England as Hales is caught up in a LBW shout. The umpire’s finger goes up. England review it and now Hales is given a lifeline.

3rd over – England 20-0 (Bairstow 14, Hales 6)
England take advantage of a spill in the field from Shadab and then quick running from Bairstow between the wickets earns him a quick two.

2nd over – England 7-0 (Bairstow 2, Hales 5)
Rumman , on his debut, is given the honour at the opposite end. Bairstow takes a single off the first delivery from the left-arm seamer but great fielding at short cover deny Hales from finding the boundary.

1st over – England 5-0 (Bairstow 1, Hales 4)
Bairstow blocks the first delivery, a full yorker from Junaid, but it’s close on the second ball. Did the delivery pitch outside? Pakistan review it but replays show the ball was going down legside but by millimetres. Such drama early doors. It’s a close call but the umpire is given the final verdict. Bairstow has been given a lifeline. How are his nerves now?

Bairstow is finally up and running with a quick single. Hales punches a delivery to the covers and that’s a great end to a tricky first over.Bairstow clips the next delivery and it runs to the covers and away from the outfield. Bairstow jabs another away for four off the front-foot. That’s the way to respond to the first-over near miss. Bairstow has the field on the run for a third straight delivery and collects another two.

England take on a resurgent Pakistan in the semi-final. They were trounced by India in their tournament opener but Pakistan bounced back impressively to beat South Africa and Sri Lanka to land themselves a spot in the semi-final. It is the first time since the final of the 1992 World Cup that Pakistan are meeting England in a knockout of an ICC tournament. At the time, Pakistan, led by Imran Khan, went on to win the match by 22 runs. In this one, though, England are the overwhelming favourites as they come into the knockouts unbeaten but Pakistan have stunned South Africa and defeated Sri Lanka from a losing position. Catch live scores and updates of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 semi-final between England and Pakistan here.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (C, WK), Imad Wasim, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan

England: Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (WK), Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Jake Ball.

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