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Champions Trophy 2017: Eng vs Pak - Star of the Match - Hasan Ali

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: June 14, 2017, 10:41 PM IST
Champions Trophy 2017: Eng vs Pak - Star of the Match - Hasan Ali

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Speedster Hasan Ali produced a magical spell of pace bowling as Pakistan thrashed England by eight wickets to become the first side to enter the final of Champions Trophy 2017 in Cardiff on Wednesday.

Hasan ended the innings with figures of 3/35 in 10 overs which helped Pakistan in restricting England to a modest score of 211 all-out in 49.5 overs.

The right-arm pacer first broke the budding partnership between Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root. The duo had put on a 46-run stand for the second wicket and were starting to look threatening, but Hasan put breaks on the English innings by getting rid of Bairstow for 43.

Hasan was re-introduced into the attack in the 32nd over of the innings, when Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes were putting on a decent partnership to steady the innings after the initial blows. The pacer straightaway got into the act and got the prize wicket of Morgan for 33.

Hasan then finished his 10 overs by getting rid of the danger-man Ben Stokes (34) in his last over to cap off a brilliant spell of pace bowling. Stokes could have been devastating in the last few over of the innings but Hasan ensured that he wasn't there to do so.

"Credit goes to the bowlers and then the batsmen finished really well. He (Hasan Ali) is very energetic and he is bowling well. If he takes wickets for us in the final that will help us for sure," skipper Sarfraz Ahmed lavished praise on Hasan Ali after the end of the match.
First Published: June 14, 2017, 10:23 PM IST

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