Pakistan need 212 against England to qualify for Champions Trophy final

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England, batting first, managed to put 211 runs for Pakistan to chase in the all-important semi-final being played today in Cardiff.

Off to a steady start, the English middle-order crumbled to a fierce pace attack by Pakistan. Eventually, England wrapped up their account with 211 runs.

For Pakistan, the star of the day was Hasan Ali, who picked up three crucial wickets and contributed to England’s sluggish run rate. Rumman Raees, Junaid Khan each got two wickets while Shadab Khan claimed the vital Joe Root wicket.

England’s highest scorer was Joe Root, who made 46 off 56 deliveries. He is followed by opener JM Bairstow, who added 43 off 57 to the 211 run total posted by the hosts.

This is the first time England and Pakistan are playing against each other in a Champions Trophy match.

Last summer England defeated Pakistan 4-1 in a UK home series. The one match in which Pakistan emerged victorious was held in Cardiff, where Sarfraz Ahmed helped his side chase a 300-plus target.

Wickets

Junaid Khan gets Wood out for three runs as Sarfraz swiftly dislodges the stumps while the batting duo try to take a quick single in the 50th over.

Rumman Raees collects Plunketts wicket by having him lodge the ball towards Azhar Ali at deep mid wicket.

Stokes, after a frustrating innings, is sent back by Hasan Ali off a catch collected by Mohammad Hafeez at cover. With two overs still to go, England have lost their eighth wicket half way through the 48th over.

2017-06-14

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