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.