Ali stars as Pakistan restrict England in Champions Trophy SF

Posted June 15, 2017

Here are the four things that they did right in the semi-final.

Pakistan will await the victor of tomorrow's second semi-final between India and Bangladesh as they crushed England to progress into the Champions Trophy final.

The final will take place on June 18th at the Oval, in London. Hasan's 39 wickets are the most for a Pakistan bowler after 20 matches; Sarfaraz Nawaz had 36 after 20 games.

"I don't think there was any home advantage", Morgan said.

England, the only team yet to be beaten in this tournament, are seeking to continue their remarkably one-day transformation since exiting the 2015 World Cup at the group stage.

"The wicket was obviously slow and low and hard to get away to start with", Morgan said. Since his debut, all of Pakistan's remaining bowlers have a combined seven three-fors. After winning the toss and deciding to bowl first, England bundled out Pakistan for just 74 runs with Ian Botham, Derek Pringle and Gladstone Small rolling through the Pakistani batting-line up.

Root fell when well set after an edged cut off leg-spinner Shadab Khan was well held by wicket-keeper Sarfraz. Electing to field, Pakistan seamers dished out a superb bowling effort to finish the England innings in 49.5 overs at Sophia Gardens.

Half-centuries from Fakhar Zaman (50) and Sarfraz (61 not out) got the job done after Hasan Ali (3-43) and Junaid Khan (3-40) did well to restrict Sri Lanka to 236 all out.

It began a regular fall of wickets around Ben Stokes, who failed to find the boundary in a 64-ball 34.

When batting first, they have won 11 of their past 12 ODIs, and scored more than 300 five times in their past six.

Their top-rated bowler Mohammad Amir will not play today due to a back spasm.

Talking about Hasan Ali's performance, Sarfraz said, "He's very impressive, hopefully he will do that in the final".

Soon, Sarfraz felt disappointed on one aspect and you will go ROFL after knowing the reason. "I thought they bowled really well". It was a similar tale when West Indies beat them in the World Twenty20 decider past year. When Morgan and Joe Root were together sanity prevailed. Then Hasan came in, and he took wicket.

Junaid Khan and Rumman Raees shared two wickets each.

"So it's important that tomorrow we pick what we feel is our best XI to win the tournament". The final partnership of Mark Wood and Jake Ball only lasted another handful of balls as the former was run-out and England were left with a paltry 211 as their innings ended with a ball to spare and just 15 boundaries.