Pakistan vs England Match Prediction: Who Will Win CT Semi-Final 1
Jun 16 2017 by Dustin Murphy
On Sunday India thrashed the ICC ODI top-ranked team, South Africa, by eight wickets, assuring the top spot of the group and a spot in the last four.
He asked it twice before the press conference started officially.
Sarfraz said that after winning the toss, he thought that restricting England to 260 would be good for Pakistan, but he did not think that Pakistan would bowl England out for 210 or so. "We knew that we were going to play on a used wicket at some stage in this tournament and we found out the other day that this would be on a used wicket".
However, England coach, Trevor Bayliss echoed Morgan's sentiment that the direction of travel remained positive. Today as well they told us to not think about the match and just play the natural game.
Pakistan will now play the victor of Thursday's second semi between India or Bangladesh in Sunday's final at the Oval.
Mohammad Hafeez (31 not out) hit Stokes for a boundary to seal the win, sharing a 42-run partnership for the third wicket with Babar Azam (38 not out).
In the first semifinal, England, who topped Group A, will take on the second-placed team in Group B, Pakistan, on June 14th at the Sophia Gardens, in Cardiff.
England made a solid start as they reached 128-2 but they suffered a collapse to lose eight wickets for the addition of just 83 runs.
Joe Root and Eoin Morgan continued to score at about five runs an over against accurate Pakistan bowling and tight fielding.
Hasan's 10 wickets are the highest in the tournament, as well as the best for a Pakistan bowler in one edition of the Champions Trophy.
You might not want to give the batsmen credit for their performances, but after their bowlers set a platform, Pakistan batting lineup did show the intent sans the India match.
Anything is possible in sports and that's exactly what happened when Pakistan face-off against tournament favourite England. "They boosted us up really well".
They have always been an unpredictable side but England, the only undefeated in the league stage, were expected to get past the sub-continent squad with little difficulty.
England have won 49 out of the 81 games played between the two countries while Pakistan emerging victorious on 30 occasions.
"And after that match, everything - we bowling well, feeling well, and now today also batting clicking as well".
On a Cardiff ground where they chased more than 300 to beat England in an ODI past year, Pakistan completed yesterday's pursuit with a mammoth 77 balls to spare when Mohammad Hafeez pulled Stokes for four.
It is something they appreciate more than most after a 2009 terror attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore turned Pakistan into a "no-go area" for the world's top teams, with the United Arab Emirates now their adopted "home".