Pakistan overcome Sri Lanka to advance to Champions Trophy semi-final

Azhar Ali survived a drop and a run-out chance in the opening two overs, but he and Fakhar scored freely, the latter reaching 50 in 34 balls before falling to Nuwan Pradeep (3-60), who claimed his second scalp when Babar Azam (10) picked out midwicket. It was an unexpectedly one-sided semifinal as two-time finalist England continue their quest for a global 50-over title in any tournament.

England comes into this Semi Final with an unblemished record in the tournament thus far and will be looking to be the first team to qualify for the Final at The Oval. They looked like a team that wanted to win the championship, winning all the group stage match easily but in the end, when it mattered the most, they failed, simply outplayed by Pakistan. "We are always like that, and I love it", he said. And having watched the game against Sri Lanka, we actually didn't think it was that bad. But thanks to Allah - you know, thanks to Allah today. Things looked settled for the Island nation before Hasan Ali came up with a fiery spell, in which he troubled Mendis with pace and bounce before eventually bowling him out.

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi says he expects the Men in Green to fight hard in the semi-final of 2017 Champions Trophy against England on Wednesday at Cardiff.

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"I think we played very good".

Pakistan are also considering changes with coach Mickey Arthur planning to meet captain Sarfraz to discuss whether he should bat higher after his unbeaten 61 saw them home against Sri Lanka. "Obviously he's our main bowler".

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Hasan's wickets are also the most by any Pakistan bowler in a Champions Trophy, going past Saeed Ajmal's eight wickets in 2009. But they did their best to lose to Sri Lanka, and for a while it was a contest between who was worse.

While Morgan had reservations about the conditions, he agreed that Pakistan had simply adjusted better and faster than his side did. It was an opportunity missed, as Pakistan's openers went on to add 74 off just 68 balls. They bowled really well, especially in the middle part, starting with Shadab. "I'm proud of them". Joe Root and Bairstow tried to get the inning back on track but Bairstow could not convert a good start into a big score. "If we'd won the toss we would have looked to bat first. I just said to Amir play your normal game", said Sarfraz, who kissed the ground after hitting the winning runs. Mark Wood (0-37) started the bowling for England with a wide and was then hit for six in the same over by Fakhar Zaman.

Mohammad Amir and Fahim Ashraf shared two wickets each.

Their opposite number Bairstow - brought in to open for the first time in global cricket in place of the out-of-form Jason Roy - had responded with a battling 43, but on a used pitch that precluded fluent strokeplay as the ball swung too, England could never get a foothold and folded tamely in their attempt to set a defendable total.

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