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LIVE: Pakistan draw first blood after England's solid start

June 14, 2017 10:03 AM
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LIVE: Pakistan draw first blood after England's solid start

Pakistan and England are set to begin their quest for a place in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in Cardiff on Wednesday.

Pre-tournament favourites England, who are the only unbeaten team in the competition, will be eyeing another final on their home ground in the mega event with another impressive performance.

On the other hand, the Men in Green are pushing for a spot in the final of the Champions Trophy for the first time and will be eager to continue their good form.

In their previous five meetings, Eoin Morgan’s men clearly have an edge over their rivals with 4-1 win record.

However, in the ICC 50-over tournaments, Pakistan clearly have an edge over England, as they have yet to lose against the three Lions.

Be it England beating Pakistan for the first time in ICC mega event, or be it Pakistan qualifying to the Champions Trophy final for the first time, history will be made today.

It’s Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow to open for England, whereas Junaid Khan to start for Pakistan.

UPDATE: Pakistan’s premier pacer Mohammad Amir to miss the semi-final due to back injury.

TOSS: Update from the middle is that Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has won the toss and decided to bowl first.

Pitch report: Ricky Ponting reveals that the same pitch will be used for this match which was used for Pakistan-Sri Lanka match. The pitch looks dry and the weather will stay clear throughout.

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June 14, 2017 10:04 AM

congrats team Pakistan! Great resilience and comeback! Now stay focused and disciplined and don’t get emotional or carried away. The mission is to win the Trophy!, no matter who we meet in the finals at Oval. If its the Indians, then work mentally hard to get rid of the apparent “mental block” when it comes to matches with India: no enthusiastic body language, a feeling of despair and nervousness, etc. Forget that! Be confident. Just face them like you would face any other team – no more psychological dimensions that are undermining our performance against India. And if Bangladesh are in the finals, still stay focused. Discipline is the key gentlemen.


June 14, 2017 10:03 AM

How come a premier fast bowler like Amir developed a back pain at last and this much crucial stage? I don’t think Pakistan has left with any chance now.