England vs Pakistan: Champions Trophy preview

Shastri also spoke about the second semi-final between India and Bangladesh which will be played at Edgbaston on Thursday.

The introduction of Junaid Khan helped Mohammad Amir put more pressure on opposition while Hasan Ali was always there to provide breakthroughs to his captain. England were seven down for 181 in the 44th over. While the batting has some belligerent stroke maker like Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan and Joe Root, they have destructive power hitters like Ben Stokes and who can finish games for their side in a blink of an eye.

England has made a tremendous resurgence after woeful performance in 2015 CWC, and Joe Root has been the consistent force behind the team's success in the last two years.

But Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, dropped twice, struck a superb 61 not out and received excellent support from Mohammad Amir (28 not out) in an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 75 that sealed a tense three-wicket victory.

Hitting boundaries proved hard, however, and a frustrated Hales, on 13, spooned Rumman Raees to cover with a loose drive. "We win that time, we chased 300, so definitely our confidence is very high playing in Cardiff", Sarfraz told reporters after Monday's triumph. "Obviously, we won't announce the team until the toss, but there's a chance there could be a change", said Morgan. "Throughout the competition, this pitch has shown to be better to set a target than chase one".

Left-hander Fakhar hit a six-something England didn't manage in their entire innings-when a top-edge off fast bowler Mark Wood flew safe. "If you are playing a world-class team, definitely, you play more positive cricket, so we will do so against England", he said.

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England is now in fabulous form and Pakistan need to do something extra ordernary to win 1st semi-final match at Cardiff on Wednesday because English team is way better than Sri Lanka.

Amir was replaced by fellow left-arm seamer Rumman Raes, making his ODI debut. Leg-break bowler Shadab Khan took one wicket. They've won 11 of their past 12 matches at this level, a far cry from their woeful first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup, and Eoin Morgan's men were the only side to exit the group stage of the Champions Trophy with a flawless played three, won three, record. The mass hysteria associated with Bangladesh's semi-final qualification is something that Hathurusingha is well aware of and that's the reason his outsider's (not being a Bangladeshi) perspective can work as a calming influence for his team amidst the unimaginable media frenzy. It was England's first appearance in the final of a global tournament since their world cup victory 51 years ago.

  • Julie Sanders