ICC Champions Trophy, Highlights: England (ENG) vs Pakistan (PAK)

Updated: 15 June 2017 12:48 IST

Highlights and ball-by-ball commentary from the 1st semi-final match between England (ENG) and Pakistan (PAK) at the Sofia Gardens Stadium, Cardiff on Wednesday.

ICC Champions Trophy, Highlights: England (ENG) vs Pakistan (PAK)
ICC Champions Trophy, Highlights: Pakistan beat England to book their berth in final. © AFP

Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zamam's solid opening stand set up Pakistan's easy 8-wicket win over England in the first semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Wednesday. This win ensures Pakistan a final berth in the tournament where they await the winner of the second semi-final between India and Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Thursday. While Fakhar was stumped after he completed his second ODI half-century to bring an end to the partnership, Azhar continued with Babar Azam till the time he was bowled by Jake Ball in the 32nd over. He departed for 76. Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez remained unbeaten on 38 and 31, respectively to take Pakistan to the final. 

Earlier, a brilliant effort in the field helped Pakistan bowl out England for 211 all out in 49.5 overs. Fast bowler Hasan Ali was the star of the show, taking three wickets for 35 runs in his 10 overs. Junaid Khan and Rumman Raees also bowled well and took two wickets each. England started off well with Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root putting England in a strong position. Eoin Morgan and Root consolidated the hosts' position but once the duo were dismissed, England fell like nine pins. Pakistan kept picking wickets at regular intervals as England lost all momentum in the end and had to settle for an under par score. (SCORECARD)

When and Where to Watch Highlights: England (ENG) vs Pakistan (PAK)

India: TV: Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1HD (English, Hindi, Tamil). Live Streaming: Hotstar.

UK: TV: Sky Sports 2. Live Streaming: Sky Go and Watch Sky Sports.

Bangladesh: TV: GTV and Star Sports.

USA: TV: Willow TV. Live Streaming: Willow TV Live Online.

Australia: TV: Fox Sports. Live Streaming: Foxtel.

New Zealand: TV: Sky Sport 1. Live Streaming: Sky Go NZ.

South Africa: TV: SuperSport 2. Live Streaming: SuperSport Live Video.

Middle East: TV: OSN Sports Cricket. Live Streaming: OSN Play.

Singapore: TV: Star Cricket.

Highlights: ENG vs PAK

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That is it from today. The highly unpredictable side has toppled the tournament favorites. Kudos to Pakistan for bouncing back after suffering a massive defeat against their arch rivals. Tomorrow it's the battle of another Asian Giants - India vs Bangladesh in Birmingham for the second semifinal. Whoever wins is another thing, but one thing is guaranteed. It will be two teams from the subcontinent fighting it out in the finals. Will India storm through yet again or will the Tigers cause an upset? Join us at 1030 local (0930 GMT) to find out. Until next time, it's goodbye from us. Cheers!

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Pakistan skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed thanks the Almighty first. Credits his bowlers for doing the job. Lauds Rumman Raees for filling in the shoes of Amir. Thanks the team management for backing them after a disappointing loss against India. On the toss, he opines they knew how the pitch would play and hence the decision. Further adds he told the boys to play freely. On the possibility of an India-Pakistan semifinal, he replies that both Bangladesh and India are playing some good cricket and they would not mind facing any of them. On how important is Hasan Ali's contribution to them? He praises him by saying that he is very energetic and an impressive bowler. Feels he is a wicket-taker and hopes that he delivers yet again in the finals.

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England skipper, Eoin Morgan says they did not adapt to the conditions coming from Edgbaston. Credits Pakistan for doing so and outclassing them. Admits they did not manage to adjust to the wicket and feels 200 wasn't a competitive one, 250-260 would have been. On what he feels regarding the used pitch, he opines that's how the tournament is. Adds they would look to learn from such defeats. Ends by saying adapting to the conditions in a knockout game is very important and that they will be learning from this.

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Man of the Match, Hasan Ali thanks the Almighty first. He says his last three overs were not good enough against India, but credits Azhar Mahmood to help him work on his bowling. Says that he will cherish the wicket of Eoin Morgan the most. He finishes by dedicating the award to his brother who has his birthday tomorrow.

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England will be really bewailed with their performance today. They were clear favorites to win this one but who would have thought they would be befuddled in all the departments today. Their batsmen didn't get going while their bowlers too couldn't create much of an impact as they didn't have much to defend. As a result, once again after getting so close to lifting the trophy, they have been knocked out. Stay tuned for the presentation...

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Azhar Ali was happy to play the second fiddle in the opening partnership but once he got his eye in, he started to fire as well. The duo accounted for the 118-run first wicket stand and set the tone for the chase. Both scored their fifties but Zaman departed immediately after that. However, this time Pakistan didn't slip. Azhar Ali stood there with Babar Azam and continued the good work. Mohammad Hafeez towards the end provided the finishing touch and took his team over the line.

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Pakistan dressing room erupts in joy! Coach Mickey Arthur, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed are all pumped up. This shows how much this win means to them. They have knocked out the hosts and boy, they did so in an emphatic manner. After winning the toss and putting England into bat, their bowlers did a fabulous job to restrict them to a low total. The odds were in their favour and a good start was what they needed. Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali started off in an electric manner and provided them exactly that.

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Ben Stokes to Mohammad Hafeez

FOUR! That's it! Pakistan are through to the finals. Hafeez finishes it off in style, short ball on the stumps, the batsman rocks back and pulls it through square leg for a boundary. PAKISTAN WIN BY 8 WICKETS. They have knocked the favorites out of the tournament.

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Moeen Ali to Babar Azam

Floats it up on off, Azam defends it off the front foot.

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Moeen Ali to Mohammad Hafeez

Bowls it on the pads, Hafeez flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.

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