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England crumble to 211 all out against Pakistan

15 Juin 2017

Nothing and I must say nothing can save Pakistan from Pakistan if they do not come to the field in the mood. Then Hasan came in, and he took wicket.

Nonetheless, it's surely going to be a heated battle, host against the unpredictable Pakistan, anything can happen, predict the unpredictable.

Meanwhile Rumman Raees, in for injured fellow left-arm quick Mohammad Amir, took two for 44 on his ODI debut.

England, however, are set to drop opener Jason Roy, whose latest low score in the victory over Australia last time out means he has now managed just 51 runs in eight ODI innings this season, and replace him with Jonny Bairstow.

After a meek and meagre display in their opening match of the tournament against India, Pakistan were labelled "shambolic" and "terrible" by coach Mickey Arthur but have shone ever since.

Azhar, on 76, dragged a delivery from Jake Ball on to his stumps before Babar (38 not out) and Hafeez (31 not out) guided Pakistan home.

"I was anxious Roy hadn't fired yet because I think he is close to something good", Arthur said.

However, Pakistan is playing the first Semi-final of Champions Trophy against the host team England.

But after grafting to 128 for two to lay a solid platform against Pakistan, they lost eight wickets for 83 runs in an innings which included only 15 fours and not a single six.

While the middle order batting remains a concern, Sarfraz said Pakistan will address it so that the likes of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik click when the situation demands.

England, the only team in the semi-finals with a flawless played three, won three group record, will be favourites on Wednesday and Arthur said: "We've got nothing to lose, yes, but we've always said we're in it to win it".

"Then it's about taking those moments, and running with them, like we did past year here in Cardiff".

Joe Root also sits among the top run scorers in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy scoring 212 runs in three matches with the highest score of an unbeaten 133 against Bangladesh.

Morgan believes his side, who had won all three of their group matches heading into this semi-final, will have learned valuable lessons from this campaign as they look to again win their first major 50-over title in two years' time. We bowled okay. I think we will continue to learn that. Then Junaid Khan, Rumman Raees - all credit goes to the bowlers.

Pacer Hasan Ali, the star of the day, was named the Man of the Match for picking up three crucial England wickets for 35 runs.

As such, No.4 ranked England are firm favourites over No.8 ranked Pakistan.

"I think (Hasan) had a little bit shin problem, but he's okay and bowling extremely well for us", the skipper said.

England crumble to 211 all out against Pakistan