Pakistan crushed England by a major edge 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 every one of the three matches in Group A, were defeated in both batting and knocking down some pins by Pakistan who were the most minimal positioned side in the eight-team Champions Trophy tournament.
After being beaten wretchedly by their opponents India in their first match in the competition, Pakistan dug out from a deficit to thrashing top-ranked South Africa and after that Sri Lanka, and now rose victorious against England to walk into the final of the occasion surprisingly.They will now confront the champs of the second semi-finals – India and Bangladesh – in the last to be played at The Oval on Sunday. Chasing a simple target of 212, Pakistan finished their triumph with 11.5 overs remaining. Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez remained not out on 38 and 31, separately.
Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali gave a noteworthy begin as both batted with certainty to make together 118 keeps running for the first wicket. This was first time in the Champions Trophy since 2009 that an opening pair was included in a century partnership after India’s Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.
Fakhar made 57, his second successive fifty, from 58 balls with seven fours and a six. Later Azhar Ali additionally finished his fifty, eleventh in his 49th ODI. Together with Babar Azam, he included 55 keeps running for the second wicket remain before being got out. He scored 76 off 100 balls with five fours and a six.
Prior, Pakistan commander Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and sent England into bat who thought that it was difficult to play against a precise knocking down some pins with no batsman making a fifty and the entire group was rocked the bowling alley out for 211 in 49.5 overs.
Pacer Hasan Ali was the best bowler with three for 35 while left-arm pacers Junaid Khan and Rumman Raees asserted two wickets each. Leg-break bowler Shadab Khan took one wicket. Rumman with two Twenty20 Internationals was playing his initial One-day International today.
The principle scorers for England were Joe Root (46), Jonny Bairstow (43), Ben Stokes (34) and Eoin Morgan (33). If India wins against Bangladesh it will be super finals for the audience in the ICC Champion Trophy 2017. So lets hope India beat Bangladesh to meet Pakistan in finals and make ICC Champions trophy 2017 a huge sucess.