Amir out as Pakistan field in England Champions Trophy semi

Preview: Having swept aside all opposition in the group stage, hosts England are expected to face a strong pace attack when they take on Pakistan in the first semi-final of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament in Cardiff on Wednesday.

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England captain Eoin Morgan, who made 87 against Australia, fell for 19 when, charging down the pitch to a wide ball from Hasan, he edged behind.

Conditions provided only transient mitigation as Pakistan confirmed a paltry return for opponents accustomed to a benchmark of at least 100 more of late.

Bairstow, dropped twice, accumulated 43 runs through good shot placement and quick running between the wickets before he pulled seamer Hasan Ali to Mohammad Hafeez at deep square leg.

"There's a chance we could make a change". "They boosted us up really well".

Teams (from): England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Alex Hales, Jos Buttler, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Steven Finn. At the start of the tournament, I had said we will play the semis. "We sold just over 13,900 tickets for the capacity on that day [England vs New Zealand] of just over 14,100". Ideally, we'd like to probably get Sarfraz and Malik maybe in a little bit earlier, but that's something that we need to discuss.

When Sourav Ganguly was asked whether he was surprised about seeing the Tigers in the semi-finals, he instantly denied any such though and commended the efforts of the team which played good quality cricket in the tournament. That is what I have been told.

Pakistan will meet Group A toppers England in the first semifinal on Wednesday at the same venue.

This followed a brilliant bowling performance in a win over South Africa, the number one ranked ODI team in the world.

But the way Pakistan collapsed to 162 for seven chasing 237 in their virtual "quarter-final" against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Monday before winning by three wickets would have given England a degree of hope.

A release from the International Cricket Council said, "Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Sarfraz Ahmed's side was ruled to be one over short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration".

Rahman has so far got only one wicket from three matches in the Champions Trophy.

Considering that they are up against a side that is miles ahead of Sri Lanka in terms of both quality and form, Sarfraz said playing positive cricket will hold the key.

"Over the last four years we have sold 98% of our tickets for worldwide matches and we're proud of that fact", said Morris, also speaking on 5 live.

"Funny thing is they are all working extremely hard".

  • Julie Sanders