Pakistan upstage England to reach ICC Champions Trophy final

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

Pakistan have a potent pace bowling attack in Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali with Faheem Ali adding a fourth dimension to the triumvirate.

England has reached the Semi-finals by winning all the three league matches against Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh in Group-A. On the other hand, Pakistan crawled into the semi-finals by beating South Africa and narrowly triumphing over Sri Lanka after losing to arch-rivals India in their opening game.

In England, the home side have won 26 out of the 41 games and this will be the first time, the two sides will face in a Champions Trophy game.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said before the semi-final that if his side played their "best game" they could "put pressure" on England.

"Coming from Edgbaston which was a good wicket to a used wicket, we didn't adapt very well", Morgan told Sky Sports. They found it hard to keep the scoreboard ticking and losing wickets at regular intervals made life tougher for them.

Eoin Morgan (33) and Ben Stokes (34) had both impressed during the tournament - the latter scoring a century last time out against Australia - but it was not to be their day as England wickets began to tumble. Pakistan who barely made it into the tournament and were placed at No.8 in ICC ODI Rankings before the tournament proved everyone wrong with their fightback. If youre playing a world class team, definitely, you play more positive cricket against England, ” Sarfraz said.

Azhar and Babar Azam kept the runs flowing with a 55-run stand before Azhar was clean bowled by Jake Ball for 76 off 100 deliveries, which included five boundaries and a six.

Here are the expected teams for Wednesday's knockout round face-off, with struggling Jason Roy sitting out as the only change for England.

As well as England have played to reach this stage of the Champions Trophy as the only unbeaten side, would it really be a surprise if Pakistan pulled another Pakistan?

"We certainly didn't want to be just making up the numbers in this competition, and we've shown that we weren't", said the South African, who took charge of Pakistan just prior to their tour of England a year ago.

But Eoin Morgan, the England captain, was confident of plenty of support on Wednesday.

Pakistan managed to bundle out a formidable Sri Lankan batting line-up for 236 runs in their last Group B match after deciding to bowl first at the Cardiff Wales Stadium here on Monday.

Unable to find the breakthrough, English skipper Eoin Morgan got Adil Rashid back into action, and the leg-spinner delivered on the very first delivery of his fourth over with the wicket of the risky Zaman, stumped by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.



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