Sarfraz steers team to semis
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 19:15
The host cruised through Group A with a ideal record following wins over Bangladesh, New Zealand and Australia to lend further weight to widespread pre-tournament predictions that Eoin Morgan's men are the team to beat.
Pakistan Captain Sarfraz Ahmed hopes to lead his country to its first 50-overs cricket tournament final since 1999.
"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 past year.
Chasing a target of 237 runs to win in the virtual quarterfinal clash, Pakistan held their nerve to come out victorious in this knockout encounter.
Chetan believes a shortened game will be the only chance for Pakistan against an in-form England side, who bat very deep and playing in their own backyard.
But with title-holders India playing Bangladesh in Thursday's second semi-final at Edgbaston, there are concerns that Wednesday's match at the 14,100 capacity Cardiff ground could be blighted by mass no shows.
Amir has been replaced by Rumman Raees.
"I'd have no worries if Jonny has to open the batting", he said.
Morgan will be wary of a side who clearly relish conditions in Cardiff where previous year they chased down a target of 303 to beat England, with Sarfraz Ahmed, their hero against Sri Lanka, hitting 90.
England take on Pakistan at the Cardiff Wales Stadium.
But Root, on 46, nicked leg-spinner Shadab Khan to wicketkeeper Sarfraz and Morgan (33) aimed an expansive drive at the lively Hasan and gave Sarfraz another catch to leave England in trouble at 141 for four. "The whole nation will be with us as they were in our desperate times and good times", Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said after the victory over New Zealand.
When spectators bought tickets for the one-day tournament, they were asked to specify a team preference by the International Cricket Council (ICC).