Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfraz believes that the team is confident and will perform well in the Pakistan Vs England Champions Trophy 2017 semi-final to be held at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
Pakistan’s bowling and fielding have remarkably improved since the defeat against Indians. Pakistan managed to make a comeback after a humiliating defeat by Indians by defeating the world’s number one team South Africa by 19 runs and further advancing to quarter-finals to defeat Sri Lanka quite impressively. The question, however, is how well will Pakistan perform under the immense pressure of elimination and facing such a strong contender in the Pakistan Vs England Champions Trophy 2017 tie? According to the captain,
“We played the last ODI here. We win that time, we chased 300, so definitely our confidence is very high playing in Cardiff.”
Pakistan played a series against England last year at the same venue, is successfully able to chase down a target of 303 runs and appear victorious and prevent a 5-0 series whitewash. England, however, has upped its game, England has won 11 of its 12 games at this level. Sarfraz further mentioned,
“England is a very good team. If you are playing a world-class team, definitely you play more positive cricket, so we will do so against England.”
This proves that the morale of the players for the Pakistan Vs England Champions Trophy 2017 is very high. Pakistan has an incredible bowling line with stars such as Hassan Ali and Junaid Khan that conceived only 40 and 43 runs in 3 overs respectively putting an end to the Sri Lankan dreams of reaching the semi-finals.
England Cricket Team Team
England may or may not drop Jason Roy in the Pakistan Vs England Champions Trophy 2017. Roy has only managed to make 68 runs in his last 9 ODI matches, chances are England reserve him for the T20 series against South Africa later. En, however, ever has Johnny Bairstow, though he hasn’t opened in ODIs yet, he made an impressive 174 runs in a domestic 50-over match this year. Nonetheless, England seems confident and ready. Mark Wood commented,
“It’s great to be part of a team with so many game-changers, so many match-winners, with bat or ball.”