Pakistan beats England and knocks it out of the tournament. Excellent bowling, brilliant batting, and stunning fielding pave way for Pakistan to the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Pakistan won the Toss and decided to bowl first. Who could’ve thought this would be such a disastrous decision for England. A team that remained undefeated throughout the tournament was bowled out at an impressive score of just 211 runs. Pakistani bowlers spared no mercy and thrashed the English players out of their own tournament. Prior to the toss, Pakistan was faced with an important decision of replacing Amir who had been injured after sustaining a back injury during the warm-up and ultimately ruled out. Pakistan chose wisely and made the replacement. Moreover, Shadab Khan replaced Faheem Ashraf while Rumman Raees played his first ODI for the men in green. Hasan Ali once again stole the show with excellent bowling, conceiving 3 wickets at the expense of just 35 runs in 10 overs. Junaid Khan and debutante Rumman Raees are equally appreciable taking 2 wickets each. Moreover, Pakistan beats England in 37 overs, once again proving that Pakistan can not and should not be underestimated.
Pakistan And England’s Performance
Unfortunately for England, their batsmen were no match to the brilliant bowling line-up of Pakistan. Joe Root managed to score the highest of 46 runs off 56 balls. Ultimately the whole team was bowled out for 211 runs. With just 212 runs required to qualify for the finals, Pakistani batsmen remained confident. Openers Fakhar Zaman and Harris Ali boosted the opening score with an incredible individual scores of 57 runs and 76 runs off 58 and 98 balls respectively. Pakistan lost one wicket but from there onwards, it was a smooth sail for Pakistan towards victory.
Pakistan beats England, the most dominant team of the tournament. Despite constant criticism, Pakistani players did not loose morale and made a beautiful comeback after being defeated by the India. Pakistan has defeated 3 teams which are at a better position in the top 10 ODI rankings proving that success is not measured by numbers but hard work. Pakistan beats England and will play the final on Sunday against either India or Bangladesh at The Oval.