Pakistan won toss, invite England to bat in 1st semi-final

However, the young side managed to turns things around and surprised everyone with a stunning win against World no.1 side South Africa and then defeating their sub-continent opponent Sri Lanka. They maintained the highest winning percentage (62.79 percent) across all teams since the 2015 World Cup.

In an interview agter Pakistan reached the semis, Sarfraz Ahmed said that even he did not expect Pakistan to qualify.

Three of those have come from the bat of Jason Roy but the opener could lose his spot to Jonny Bairstow at Cardiff after scoring just 51 runs in eight innings.

Hosts England have not lost a match in the tournament.

Pakistan have a serious problem if England bat first.

Amir had not only been a risky pace bowler - despite having just the one wicket for the tournament he had been economical - but was also involved in the match-winning innings with Sarfraz that saw them overcome Sri Lanka to reach the semi-final. They held their nerves and are deserved was a bit of a amusing wicket.

While Roy has failed, every other batsman has hit form with Alex Hales (151), Joe Root (212), Eoin Morgan (175) and Ben Stokes (150) among the top 11 tournament run scorers. England's batting looks more solid and compact on account of loads of experience in their top and middle order.

The 25-year-old Rumman, originally summoned as an injury replacement for Wahab Riaz after the fast bowler suffered a tournament-ending ankle injury against India, has represented Pakistan in two Twenty20 Internationals to date.

Former captain Mohammad Ashraful added that it is normal for Bangladesh to play the semi-final as they have been playing good cricket over the last two and half years.

"We certainly want to come out and put our best game forward and win, and we want to go to London".

- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 2017England arriving at the ground today for a big Semi Final match v Pakistan!

President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, and Director General ISPR have congratulated the Pakistani team over its splendid victory against England.

"We certainly didn't want to be just making up the numbers in this competition, and we've shown that we weren't", said the South African, who took charge of Pakistan just prior to their tour of England previous year. 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. "I know that people back home always pray for us and we will try not to let down the nation", said Sarfraz.

  • Julie Sanders