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England may replace Roy with Bairstow for Champions Trophy semi

16 June 2017

Their opposite number Bairstow - brought in to open for the first time in global cricket in place of the out-of-form Jason Roy - had responded with a battling 43, but on a used pitch that precluded fluent strokeplay as the ball swung too, England could never get a foothold and folded tamely in their attempt to set a defendable total.

Pak skipper Sarfraz, too, knows well the opposition they are up against.

Misbah also praised Sarfraz's captaincy on a sports channel where he appears as an expert.

Pakistan Sarfraz Ahmed on Wednesday credited the support staff for keeping the team in good spirits after heavy loss against India, following which the side staged a sensational turnaround to reach the Champions Trophy final. India's fielding has improved with every match in this tournament and was the crucial factor in the virtual quarter-final against South Africa. We bowled okay but 200 was well under par.

Fakhar's share was past 50 in only 49 balls as he powered the century stand - and although he got greedy against an Adil Rashid googly to be stumped aiming high over long-on and Azhar eventually chopped a slower bouncer from Jake Ball on to his stumps, their departures amounted to no more than minor postponement of the inevitable. On a Cardiff ground where they chased more than 300 to beat England in an one-day global previous year, Pakistan completed Wednesday's pursuit with a mammoth 77 balls to spare when Mohammad Hafeez pulled Ben Stokes for four.

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But Pakistan had the game all but won at 173 for two.

Pakistan turned the run chase into a formality.

Pakistan came into the tournament as the eighth-ranked team and are highly unpredictable, only just qualifying for the last four by beating Sri Lanka by three wickets in a see-saw game Monday.

England didn't manage a single individual fifty in their innings. Roy, though, has not been in the best of form and could be replaced by Jonny Bairstow for the last-four clash. England, who were 128 for two, lost their last eight wickets for just 83 runs.

Pakistan has a potent bowling attack in Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali with Faheem Ali adding a fourth dimension.

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Pakistan will be boosted by its skipper's match-winning knock against Sri Lanka.

Roy's place at the top of the order has appeared in jeopardy after a terrible run that has seen him make just 51 runs in eight one-day worldwide innings this summer. "Whenever he comes on he's getting wickets".

England captain Eoin Morgan, who made 87 in a win against Australia last time out, fell for 19 when he charged down the pitch to a wide ball from Hasan and edged behind.

The spinners kept things tight in the middle overs with big hitting Ben Stokes unable to find the boundary in over 60 balls.

Morgan tried to dominate Hasan at the start of his second spell, but instead edged behind from up the wicket when the seamer pushed the ball wider.

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