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Pakistan manages a comfortable win over England in 1st semi

CARDIFF: English cricket team was completely out-classed by green shirts on Wednesday in First semi final of Champions Trophy 2017 as Pakistan managed a comfortable 8 wickets win over England chasing 211 in a mostly one-sided match.

Supported by the 100 partnership of openers Azhar and Fakhar Zaman, Pakistani batsmen matched their bowlers and reached 211 in just 37 overs with 8 wickets remaining.

Pakistan will now meet the winner of tomorrow’s semifinal between India and Bangladesh in final on Jun 18.

England was restricted to 211 in the all-important Champions Trophy semi-final against Pakistan in Cardiff.

Hasan Ali finished with 3 wickets for 35 and became the highest wicket taker in Champions Trophy 2017.

Ben Stokes tried to resist but was caught on 22 by Muhammad Hafeez on a tricky delivery by Hasan Ali in 48th over.

All six Pakistan bowlers acquitted themselves impressively, backed up by combative fielding. The wicketkeeper-captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, attacked where he could and helped himself to three catches along the way. Halfway through the game and Pakistan had produced a show where you marvel at their natural talent. But the curtain had still to rise for the second half.

Hasan Ali picked up Bairstow’s wicket in the 16th over. He got Bairstow to lodge the ball towards deep square leg, where Mohammaz Hafeez was positioned to take the easy catch.

Rumman Raees got his first ODI wicket in the fifth over of the game as Hales came down the track lodging the ball straight towards Babar Azam at cover. Hales wrapped up his knock adding 13 runs to the England scorecard.

Pakistan won the toss and chose to bowl in the first semi-final at Cardiff against England. This is the first time Pakistan will take on England in this tournament. Eoin Morgan’s side are undefeated in this tournament while Sarfraz Ahmed’s side are missing the services of Mohammad Amir. Catch live cricket score of England vs Pakistan semi-final here.

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