Pakistan defeated England by eight wickets to enter the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 finals.
Pakistan won the toss and decided to bowl first. Pakistan brilliant bowling and fielding restricted the hosts to a total of 211 all out and knocked off the runs in style with a massive 12.5 overs to spare. (ScoreCard)
Pakistan in their chase looked at complete ease and Fakhar Zaman, who has been one of the stars for Pakistan, yet again showed his strength against the short ball, which carried a little more bounce from the pace of Mark Wood. But Fakhar and Azhar Ali were up for the challenge and attacked the bowlers right from the start. Azhar Ali departed after scoring 76, Mohammad Hafeez took over the reins of the chase and made sure that there were no hiccups further. Pakistan easily won the match with all round performance and with 13 overs to go.(ScoreCard)
Hasan Ali becomes the first Pakistani player to win two Man of the Match awards in a single edition of ICC Champions Trophy.
Hasan Ali, Man of the Match: First of all, thanks to Allah that we have qualified. I bowled the same way I did against South Africa. I couldn’t finish off my overs against India but Azhar Mehmood told me the plans and those are working today. Morgan’s wicket was my favourite.
Pakistan will be up against either the two-time champions India or Bangladesh on Sunday.
Pakistan have surprised one and all and became the first team to qualify for the final of 2017 Champions Trophy. Three-time World Cup finalists England have been trying for the past 42 years to lay claim to a trophy in a major 50 -over tournament.
England captain, Eoin Morgan: One thing we didn’t do was adapt to conditions. Pakistan did that well and played better. We did prepare, but Pakistan bowled well and we didn’t adjust and 200 isn’t competitive, 250-270 would have been a good score. We bowled okay but 200 was well under par. We continue to learn, everything we did was calculated, but Pakistan had played on the wicket previously and that helped. You have to adapt in knockout cricket, so it’s an important lesson.
Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed: We bowled very well and after that the batting was good too. Mohammad Amir wasn’t playing but Raees came in and did well. We elected to bowl and chase again. After India, every game was a knockout game, I said to the players to just play your game. (What if they meet India in the final) All the best to both teams, they are playing well, so we will play whoever gets through. (On Hasan Ali’s performance) He’s very impressive, hopefully he will do that in the final. Whenever he comes on he’s getting wickets.
England (ENG) Scorecard
|Jonny Bairstow c Mohammad Hafeez b Hasan Ali||43||57||4||0|
|Alex Hales c Babar Azam b Rumman Raees||13||13||2||0|
|Joe Root c Sarfraz Ahmed b Shadab Khan||46||56||2||0|
|Eoin Morgan (C) c Sarfraz Ahmed b Hasan Ali||33||53||4||0|
|Ben Stokes c Mohammad Hafeez b Hasan Ali||34||64||0||0|
|Jos Buttler (W) c Sarfraz Ahmed b Junaid Khan||4||7||0||0|
|Moeen Ali c Fakhar Zaman b Junaid Khan||11||14||2||0|
|Adil Rashid run out (sub)||7||13||0||0|
|Liam Plunkett c Azhar Ali b Rumman Raees||9||14||1||0|
|Mark Wood run out (Sarfraz Ahmed)||3||5||0||0|
|Jake Ball not out||2||5||0||0|
Pakistan (PAK) Scorecard
|Azhar Ali b Jake Ball||76||100||5||1|
|Fakhar Zaman st Jos Buttler b Adil Rashid||57||58||7||1|
|Babar Azam not out||38||45||2||1|
|Mohammad Hafeez not out||31||21||3||2|