An all-around Pakistan registered a landslide eight-wicket victory over England with 12 overs to spare thanks to some resolute batting by Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57). Earlier, a stalwart Pakistan bowling attack, led by Hasan Ali, restricted the in-form hosts to a mediocre score of 211.
Pakistan won the all-important toss in the first semi-final of the tournament and elected to take the surprising decision to bowl first as the pitch was expected to slow down in the second innings. England brought in Jonny Bairstow to replace Jason Roy, who had been disappointing throughout the tournament, while Pakistan
English batsmen start steadily in a bid to score over 300 yet again
Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales started the proceedings for England and looked to dominate the Pakistan bowling from the word go. The Englishmen succeeded partially but debutant
Pakistani bowlers outclass the in-form English batsmen
England once again looked like they would score a competitive target as Root and Morgan were comfortably rotating the strike. However, 18-year old Shadab Khan came to Pakistan's rescue when he dismissed a menacing looking Root for 46 and brought a halt to Root and Morgan's at the 48-run partnership. Pakistan
Pakistani openers start in attack-mode
The duo of Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali, just as they had done against Sri Lanka, started the Pakistani innings on high as they started dominating the English bowlers right from the offset as the former smashed Wood for a six in the very first over. The openers kept rotating the strike well and put the occasional bad ball away for a boundary to end the first powerplay with a score of 49-0, which was above the required run rate. However, the English pace attack tried to counter by bowling short, a strategy that had reaped huge rewards for Sri Lanka in the last game, to the batsmen but their strategy did not pay off as the Pakistani duo continued to score at a rapid pace to reach the 15-over mark with a score of 88-0 on the board.
Pakistan seal a berth in the final at the Oval
Fakhar Zaman brought up his second ODI fifty of the tournament and helped Pakistan get to the 100-run mark in the 18th over with all their wickets in hand. Azhar Ali followed suit as the former Pakistan captain reached his 11th ODI fifty. Pakistan looked solid in the low-target chase but England finally got the breakthrough they so desperately needed, courtesy Adil Rashid who tempted Fakhar Zaman to leave the crease on a
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