Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

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


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England laboured to 211 all out in the face of another probing display from the Pakistan attack - this time missing the injured Mohammad Amir - before the target was knocked off with almost 13 overs to spare.

Pakistan outplayed their English opponents in all departments to clinch an easy eight-wicket victory in the first semifinal of the Champions Trophy on Wednesday.

"Mohammad Amir did not play but Rumman Raees came and bowled really well", said Sarfraz after Pakistan's stunning win.

Pakistan, the lowest-ranked side in the tournament, lost heavily to India in their opening match but victories over South Africa and Sri Lanka sent them into the last four.

After their humiliation against India, Pakistan haven't looked back and their bowlers stepped up to the task for captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

Besides Ali (3/35), the other bowlers who impressed were Junaid Khan (2/42) and debutant Rumman Raees (2/44).

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And Arthur did not look satisfied with the manner Pakistan emerged victorious and said that he was expecting a better performance from his boys.

Hitting boundaries proved hard, however, and a clearly frustrated Hales, on 13, spooned Rumman Raees to cover with a loose drive.

Captain Eoin Morgan and Joe Root added 48 runs for the third wicket before the latter departed for 46.

"They played brilliantly." Morgan added.

Roy was replaced by Test wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow, who has scored three fifties in his last four ODI innings.

If Hasan was man of the match, Stokes was likely the most disappointed player in the Welsh capital.

England managed to hit only 15 boundaries in their innings and only one in the last 11 overs - and that was an edge.

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Openers Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) made it a comfortable chase from the start as Pakistan reached 215/2 in 37.1 overs in reply to England's unimpressive 211 all out - from 128/2 - with one ball left. However, Pakistan crumbled as middle-order batsmen Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik fell cheaply only to be rescued by an unbeaten 75-run stand between skipper Sarfraz and tail-ender Amir.

"Credit goes to the bowlers and the batters who finished it very well", said Sarfraz at the presentation ceremony.

"Every game is a knockout game and I told my boys to play their game and not worry about the result".

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

The winners executed the flawless game as they chased down their opponents' opening total, and they comfortably won the match by eight wickets in Cardiff, Wales.

"Two hundred and fifty or 260 would have been a good score and then it would have been a different run chase".

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