ICC Champions Trophy Semi Final Preview

Chris Gayle hopes West Indies get off to a flyer at the Women's World Cup

Chris Gayle hopes West Indies get off to a flyer at the Women's World Cup

The usually big-hitting all-rounder, fresh from his ODI best 102 not out in England's group stage win over Australia, was eventually deceived by Hasan's slower ball and skyed a catch to cover.

Sarfaraz struck an unbeaten 61 runs in the must-win last group game against Sri Lanka, which Pakistan won by three wickets to qualify for the last-four stage.

Surprisingly this will be the first time these sides will have faced off in the Champions Trophy, both teams have featured in every edition of the competition to date.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur (left) and captain Sarfraz Ahmed share a light moment during a training session in Cardiff yesterday. On the other hand, Fakhar Zaman and Sarfraz Khan will be the batsmen to watch out for, with Mohammad Aamer and Hasan Ali being the two most dependable bowlers.

England are considering changing their top order for the Champions Trophy semifinal against Pakistan, captain Eoin Morgan said here Tuesday, indicating that they will replace out of form opener Jason Roy with Jonny Bairstow. Electing to field, Pakistan seamers dished out a superb bowling effort to finish the England innings in 49.5 overs at Sophia Gardens.

The same England batsmen, who batted with flair and finesse through the tournament, came a cropper in a high stake semifinal.

The England vs Pakistan Champions Trophy semi-final Match 1 live streaming will be telecasted on Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD 1, Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 Hindi HD channels. Mohammad Amir and Hassan Ali have been the showstoppers for them Hassan Ali is now placed at the second spot when it comes to highest wickets. Chasing 303, the touring team showed fine spirit as 90 from Sarfraz and 77 from Shoaib helped the team home by four wickets with 10 balls to spare.

Looking to cut the ball, Root nicked it to wicketkeeper Sarfraz, as England were reduced to 128 for three. "England are a very good team".

But Sri Lanka's disintegrated fielding in the last 45 minutes with couple of dropped catches and Sarfraz subsequent half-century saw Pakistan book their place in the semi-finals.

Just another 10 runs were added to England's total with Hasan Ali being the pick of the bowlers as he claimed three wickets for the cost of 35.

England lead the head-to-head battle with a 6-4 record against Pakistan in ICC tournaments.

Chasing a target of 237 runs to win in the virtual quarterfinal clash, Pakistan made a great start to their innings with openers Azhar Ali (34) and Fakhar Zaman (50), stitching a crucial 75-run stand to provide their side to laid the platform.

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