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Champions Trophy 2017, England vs Pakistan: As It Happened

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21:52 (IST)

Hasan Ali, who won Man of the match award: England are a big team and we have bowled well. The way I bowled against South Africa, I tried to bowl the same way today. Against India, things did not go well in the last few overs but Azhar Mahmood helped me and I stuck to my plans. Eoin Morgan was my best wicket today. It's my brother's birthday tomorrow, so I dedicate this award to him.

21:51 (IST)
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21:41 (IST)

PAKISTAN WIN! Great victory for them, nobody gave them a chance to reach the semifinal! But now they have reached the final with a convincing win over England, fully deserved on the day. England just had an off day at the wrong time. But Pakistan won't mind..celebrations will be wild tonight in the streets of Karachi and Lahore!

21:38 (IST)

FOUR! Just six runs required now, Hafeez cuts strongly to the boundary, Brilliant shot that. Mickey Arthur looks happy and rightly so..

21:35 (IST)

FOUR! Glorious shot from Babar Azam, the perfect cover drive and no fielder had a chance to stop that. Dominating performance from Pakistan this.

21:32 (IST)

SIX! Hafeez arrogantly swats it away for a six. Superb timing, stand and deliver stuff from the Professor! Goes over the long on boundary for the maximum

21:23 (IST)

SIX! Hafeez stands and deliver on the next ball, hits it straight over long off for a huge six! 

21:23 (IST)

MISSED STUMPING! Hafeez came down the wicket, and yorked himself. Missed the ball, but Butler fails to collect it. Tough chance..

21:16 (IST)

WICKET! Slower ball does the trick, Azhar Ali departs, charges down the wicket but the slower ball gets him. All he manages is an inside edge straight onto the stumps, second wicket falls for 173. Ball gets the wicket

21:11 (IST)
The fans have started celebrating already...
21:05 (IST)

FOUR! The required target comes below 50, Azhar Ali hits the perfect straight drive past the bowler Plunkett. Not looking to hit too hard, just times it perfectly straight down the ground.

21:02 (IST)

Morgan has a short mid-off now, England captain building on the pressure with aggressive field settings. But you gotta feel its a bit too late for them..

20:59 (IST)

FOUR! Short ball from Rashid, and Babar Azam pulls it away towards the deep mid-wicket boundary. Poor bowling, and easily dispatched away from Azam.

20:57 (IST)

150 up for Pakistan. Just 60 more runs required now..Surely all over for England, English fans can stop expecting a miracle now, or is it still possible?

20:44 (IST)

SIX! Azhar just comes down the wicket, and hits Rashid for a six straight over mid on. Made it look so easy, great shot from Azhar!

20:43 (IST)

Six runs from that over, the boundaries might have dried up but the runs are easily flowing for Pakistan. They will coast home easily at this rate, Rashid looks to be the main threat.

20:37 (IST)
20:35 (IST)

WICKET! Finally a breakthrough for England, Fakhar goes for the big shot but loses his shape a bit. He came down the wicket, and Buttler was quick to whip off the bails. Will there be a twist in this tale? Rashid gets the wicket.

20:32 (IST)

REVIEW! England lose their review as well, Erasmus gave the correct decision there. Ball hit the thigh pad and went through to the keeper. Buttler and Wood looked confident, but correct decision from the on field umpire.

20:29 (IST)

50! Azhar Ali reaches his 50 now, cross seamed delivery, and Azhar looks to guide it past the slips. Didn't look comfortable, but result was effective there. Another boundary!

20:27 (IST)

NOT OUT! Third umpire is called into action for a stumping as ball deflects off Bairstow's boots onto the stumps. Azhar Ali is safely in the crease though. Rashid was the bowler.

20:23 (IST)

Good over that from Wood, only 3 runs. But Pakistan won't mind, they are way ahead of the run rate. Only wickets can keep England in the game from here

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100 is up for Pakistan, and the next ball goes for a boundary.,Fakhar exposes the stumps and times it over the covers for a boundary.

20:13 (IST)

50! Fakhar reaches his second consecutive half-century, off just 49 balls. What an innings from the 27-year-old, surely Pakistan can't screw it up now?

20:11 (IST)

Four. Crunched and another boundary. This time towards mid-wicket, another short ball and Fakhar gets on top of it, and hits it in some style. 

20:09 (IST)

Pakistan are cruising home here, easily finding the boundaries and England not being able to build any pressure at al as the partnership approaches 100.  They need a wicket soon to stay in the game.

19:57 (IST)

Four. That was just a good shot, on the front foot and Azhar Ali shows the drive. Another boundary and Pakistan are scoring at over 6 all of a sudden.

19:56 (IST)

Six. Frustrating for the bowlers but Pakistani fans won't mind. Top edge from Azhar Ali and it goes for a six over Adil Rashid. That's the shortest boundary in the ground, just 69m but it goes all the way

Champions Trophy 2017, England vs Pakistan: As It Happened

LATEST UPDATE: Pakistan produced an all-round show to thrash hosts England by eight wickets to enter the final.

ENG vs PAK PREVIEW: Having swept aside all opposition in the group stage, hosts England are expected to face a strong pace attack when they take on Pakistan in the first semi-final of the Champions Trophy cricket on Wednesday. The Pakistan bowling attack comprising pacers Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali and their lone spinner Imad Wasim will look to test the strong England batting line-up as well. Junaid Khan and Mohammad Amir were in excellent form in the previous match against Sri Lanka and will aim to recreate some of that magic against the hosts. Some of the deliveries by the duo against Sri Lanka were almost unplayable and a similar performance at the same venue on Wednesday could prove to be ominious for England. If Pakistan do manage to upstage the hosts, it will be their first appearance in the final of a 50-over International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament since losing to Australia in the title clash of the 1999 World Cup.

CONDITIONS: Even though the weather played a pivotal role at the start of the tournament, things are finally brightening up as far as the weather gods are concerned. It should be a quality show in Cardiff with both teams having quality batsmen to back their top-class bowling attack. But with the game getting the same wicket as the Pakistan versus Sri Lanka match, it could be slightly on the slower side.

SQUADS: England Playing XI: Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan*, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Jake Ball
Pakistan Playing XI: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed*, Imad Wasim, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan