PTV Sports Live Pakistan vs England 1st semi-final cricket streaming
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 19:01
Earlier, Hasan Ali ended Jonny Bairstow's innings (43) as Pakistan continued to keep the English batting on the back foot. Courtesy a sloppy fielding performance by the Sri Lankans, Pakistan became the 4th team after England, Bangladesh and India to reach the Champions Trophy semi-finals.
Hitting boundaries proved hard, however, and a frustrated Hales, on 13, spooned Rumman Raees to cover with a loose drive.
It's a clash between favourites and surprise package which makes the game impossible to predict, if it was a series then England would come on top easily but this is a matter of just one game and everybody knows what Pakistan is capable of doing on its day.
"We would have batted first anyway", said England captain Eoin Morgan at the toss.
"Obviously, on their day, they (Pakistan) can beat any team in the world.They're very risky".
"I think it's been reassuring that we've got to the semi-final by playing in our own way", said Morgan.
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.
"They are a strong side and an unpredictable side, which makes it hard", said the England skipper, quoted BBC.
For Pakistan, pacer Mohammad Amir suffered a back spasm and was replaced by Rumman Raees while leg spinner Shadab Khan came in for all rounder Faheem Ashraf. He has also taken 123 wickets in 42 first-class matches.
But we must discuss the batting situation a moment, as England have broken with the party line and made a form-based selection change, the horribly out of sorts Jason Roy making way for Jonny Bairstow.
Tournament hosts England are the only unbeaten side left in an event featuring the world´s top eight ODI sides, having won all three of their group games. The last time Pakistan defeated England in an ICC event was in 1996.