ICC Champions trophy semi-final between Pakistan and England is just hours away and fans are anticipating a fiery contest between the two teams. England qualified at the top order in group A of the tournament while Pakistan struggled to maintain course for the knock out stage. The match will begin at 2:30 pm Pakistan Standard Time at Sophia Gardens.
Pakistan’s Road to Semi-final
Sarfaraz and company suffered a massive defeat at the hands of their arch-rivals India in their first match of the tournament. Pakistan’s batting order collapsed and their bowling attack was not the same for what it feared across the world. Their second match against South Africa was an impressive performance as they restricted AB de Villier’s men to 219. However, Pakistan won the game by 19 runs by the Duckworth-Lewis method as rain disrupted the match. Their final encounter in the group stage was against Sri Lanka who appeared to be in great form as they chased down over 300 runs against the mighty Indian team. Pakistan’s bowling proved to be yet again delivered to their impression and restricted Sri Lanka to 236. However, Pakistan’s middle order collapsed despite a decent opening partnership between Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman. It was then a captain innings by Sarfaraz who scored a half century and took his side to the semi-final.
England’s Road to Semi-final
England has been a juggernaut in the tournament as the chased down a target of 305 set by Bangladesh in their first fixture. Their batting was again proved to be impressive as they locked in a target of 310 for New Zealand. The bowling attack of the English men also proved to be massive as they bowled out the Kiwis at 223. Their final encounter before the semi-final was with Australia, which they won by 40 runs by the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Head to Head In ODIs
Pakistan and England have played 81 ODIs out of which Pakistan have won 30 matches and lost 49 while two had no result. The semi-final will be a treat to watch as Pakistan’s bowling attack looks to end the dominant run of England in the tournament.
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