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ICC CT 2017: 1st Semi Final, England vs Pakistan
The match is scheduled to begin on June 14, 2017. 10:30 local time (9:30 GMT), (14:30 PKT).
England: EJG Morgan*, MM Ali, JM Bairstow, JT Ball, SW Billings, JC Buttler†, ST Finn, AD Hales, LE Plunkett, AU Rashid, JE Root, JJ Roy, BA Stokes, DJ Willey, MA Wood
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed*†, Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fahim Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik
Even though the wicket is expected to be conducive for seam bowling, England are likely to retain legspinner Adil Rashid for this semi-final game as he was impressive in both the matches he played. Sam Billings could be drafted in as replacement for an out-of-form Jason Roy to partner Alex Hales at the opening slot.
Alex Hales, Joe Root and Jos Buttler had all hit fifties at Cardiff in the group game against New Zealand. Root is currently the leading run-getter for England this Champions Trophy with one hundred and one fifty and he will be the key man with the bat. Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid have been the pick of the bowlers. The former troubled the Kiwis with his pace at this ground. He is the second-best bowler of the tournament with 8 wickets and England will back him to do some early damage to the Pakistani batting lineup.
England have finished at the top of their group with six points having won all three of their matches. It has been an allround performance from the team so far and they now have 11 wins in their last 12 one-day internationals.
Fahim Ashraf who did a good job with both the bat and ball in the last game is likely to retain his place in the side. Fakhar Zaman is proving to be a good find for Pakistan. He scored a brisk fifty against Sri Lanka at Cardiff and one can expect another fine innings from him against England at the same ground. Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed too knocked off an unbeaten 61 in that game and his contribution down the order is going to be crucial for the team. Hasan Ali and Junaid Khan took three wickets apiece to restrict Sri Lanka to a modest total. The two are doing a good job with the ball for Pakistan and are definitely the bowlers to watch out for.
Pakistan have done surprisingly well to bounce back into the tournament after being whacked by India in their opening fixture. With wins in their following two encounters against South Africa and Sri Lanka, they have made it to the semis as the second placed team in their group with four points.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl.
Pakistan won by 8 wickets (with 77 balls remaining).
Player of the match: Hasan Ali (Pakistan)