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Champions Trophy: Pakistan shock hosts England in ruthless eight-wicket win

15 June 2017

19 - England have now played in 19 ICC ODI events (11 World Cups and 8 Champions Trophy) and are now the only top-eight side to not have won a single such tournament. Mark Wood (0-37) started the bowling for England with a wide and was then hit for six in the same over by Fakhar Zaman. Fakhar completed a 49-ball fifty to follow his 50 against Sri Lanka.

"But certainly today it was - coming from Edgbaston, it was obviously a big jump in pace and bounce and too much of an ask for us to adjust to really", he added.

Root came in to join his county colleague and the pair started to open their shoulders, but both had a life - the former lucky not to see a leading edge off Imad Wasim fall safe, the latter dropped by Azhar Ali when trying to pull Raees.

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Pakistan will now play the victor of Bangladesh and India second semi-final game in the final on Sunday.

Paceman Hasan returned excellent figures of three for 35 in 10 overs. Pakistan are a very unpredictable tournament and they have surprised one and all with their brilliant gameplay after their demoralising defeat in the first match of the tournament.

While they walked in as the lowliest ranked team in the 2017 Champions Trophy, they are now going to compete for the coveted Champions Trophy silverware after beating till-now unbeaten England comprehensively by eight wickets on Wednesday.

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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed: "Credit goes to the bowlers and the batters, who finished it very well". Looking to extend the England run rate, the opener played a loose shot straight Mohammad Hafeez from Hasan Ali. "They adjusted to conditions extremely well", he said. Azar Ali (76) led from the front as he and Zaman (57) raced to 118 without loss from 21 overs. "I think the best thing about Pakistan cricket is that we can bounce back from any performance", Azhar Ali said after Wednesday's outrageously one-sided win.

The all-rounder played circumspectly without hitting a boundary in his 64 ball innings and continued to pick out the fielders after Adil Rashid was run out by a direct hit from substitute Ahmed Shehzad. "I thought they bowled really well". And all that was done without their most risky bowler Mohammad Amir, who had to sit this semifinal out with a back spasm. And after that match, everything is on its course to improving - we are bowling well, feeling well, and now today also batting as well. The 25-year-old Rumman, originally summoned as an injury replacement for Wahab Riaz after the fast bowler suffered a tournament-ending ankle injury against India, has represented Pakistan in two Twenty20 Internationals to date. "Whenever he comes on he's getting wickets".

Nevertheless, the score initially looked like a defendable one on a worn and tricky pitch, especially with Pakistan having struggled with the bat recently and faltering with previous run chases. Roy was replaced by Test wicket-keeper Bairstow, who has scored three fifties in his last four ODI innings.

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Champions Trophy: Pakistan shock hosts England in ruthless eight-wicket win