Pakistan beat England by eight wickets to reach their first-ever ICC Champions Trophy final. Pakistan Innings:21.39 IST: Pakistan dressing room erupts in joy! Coach Mickey Arthur, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed are all pumped up. This shows how much this win means to them. They have knocked out the hosts and boy, they did so in an emphatic manner. After winning the toss and putting England into bat, their bowlers did a fabulous job to restrict them to a low total. The odds were in their favour and a good start was what they needed. Young, Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali started off in electric manner with the former going great guns.???#ENGvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/0FvKivirvm- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 2017?? The winning moment! #CT17 pic.twitter.com/tGb6j5Nvpf- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 2017Pakistan beat England by 8 wickets to reach the final of the Champions Trophy! #CT17 pic.twitter.com/ngzkxmJpDs- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201721.38 IST: FOUR! That’s it! Pakistan are through to the finals. Hafeez finishes it off in style, short ball on the stumps, the batsman rocks back and pulls it through square leg for a boundary. Pakistan beat England by eight wickets to reach their first-ever ICC Champions Trophy final. (Azhar 76, Fakhar 57)21.38 IST: FOUR! POOR LENGTH! Short and wide outside off, Hafeez cuts it through for another boundary. 2 required now. Srafraz Ahmed is all smiles at the balcony.21.37 IST: FOUR! Short ball outside off, Hafeez cuts it through cover-point for a boundary. Pakistan are one hit away now.21.35 IST: 36 overs gone. PAK 202/2. Need 10 runs to win. advertisement21.34 IST: FOUR! CLASSY SHOT! Full outside off, Azam drives it through covers. 200 up for Pakistan they need 12 more now. 21.31 IST: SIX! BANG! Bowls a short ball outside off, Hafeez tennis bats it over mid on for a maximum. A biggie on the free hit.21.27 IST: 35 overs gone. PAK 187/2. Need 25 runs to win.21.23 IST: SIX! TOP SHOT! Rashid gives it a lot of air and bowls it full, Hafeez lofts it over mid off for a maximum. PAK 183/2 from 34 overs. Need 28 runs to win.21.16 IST: Ball to Azhar OUT! Azhar Ali departs after a very good innings. He has turned the match Pakistan’s way. Bowls a very short bouncer on leg stump, Ali comes down the track and goes for the pull but gets an inside edge onto the stumps. It is too late for England. Pakistan need only 39 off 106 balls. PAK 173/2 in 32.2 overs21.04 IST: Plunkett to Azhar FOUR!20.58 IST: Rashid to Babar Azam FOUR! 20.49 IST: Azhar Ali and Babar Azam need 70 runs at the half way stage. PAK 142/1 in 25 oversTwo ODIs, two fifties for Fakhar Zaman!?? WATCH: https://t.co/oLifGcw9NF pic.twitter.com/Xja9EduvU4- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201720.43 IST: Rashid to Babar Azam SIX!20.35 IST: Adil Rashid removes Fakhar Zaman , after scoring 57, Pakistan. Adil serves a lovely googly around middle, Zaman clears his front leg to go big over the leg side but misses as the ball turns the other way. He loses his balance as well and Buttler behind the stumps whips the bails off quickly.WICKET! England finally get a breakthrough, Fakhar Zaman stumped by Buttler off Rashid for 57Pakistan 118/1?? https://t.co/acLuLL3IBn pic.twitter.com/o4D11QywZg- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201720.28 IST: Azhar Ali reaches 51 from 68 balls PakistanFifty for Azhar Ali!Pakistan 115/0 from 20.1?? https://t.co/acLuLL3IBn pic.twitter.com/1NzabqllyL- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201720.13 IST: Fakhar Zaman reaches 50 from 49 balls, bringing up 100 for Pakistan?? partnership for Pakistan’s opening duo!#ENGvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/aDktysacjH- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 2017Back-to-back #CT17 fifties for Fakhar Zaman! #ENGvPAK pic.twitter.com/iYmh4aEB1x- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201719.54 IST: Stokes to Azhar SIX! Azhar Ali takes 12 runs from a Stokes over and Pakistan are cruising #ENGvPAK78/0 from 13 overs?? https://t.co/acLuLL3IBn pic.twitter.com/D02AHLarZx- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201719.52 IST: Plunkett to Fakhar FOUR! 19.42 IST: Ball to Fakhar Zaman FOUR! 19.31 IST: Pakistan need 177 runs in 42.0 oversFakhar Zaman does not mess about! ???#ENGvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/VWCfyCPCfO- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 2017When they bowled Pak did not concede a six in 50 overs When they batted Pak have got a six in the first over of the innings!#ENGvPAK #CT17- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) June 14, 201719.07 IST: M. Wood to F. Zaman Six! Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali will open the batting for Pakistan. Mark Wood will bowl with the first new ball. He has two slips in place.England Innings:Brilliant performance from Pakistan with the ball…can they chase these down now?- Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) June 14, 2017What an effort with the ball by Pakistan! ????advertisementTheir fans certainly appreciated it! ???#ENGvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/XHINVXT0sn- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 2017Last time England did not have a single six in an ODI innings that went in to the 50th over was 4 years ago- v NZ at Lord’s.#ENGvPAK #CT17- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) June 14, 2017What a bowling display from Pakistan!Only three boundaries conceded in last 20 overs, no six at all!#ENGvPAK #CT17- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) June 14, 201718.37 IST: Junaid to M Wood OUT! England have been bowled out for 212! Short ball on middle, Jake Ball misses his attempted pull shot and blindly tries to steal a bye. Sarfraz collects the ball and has an underarm shy at the striker’s end. He hits and Mark Wood was nowhere in the frame.18.30 IST: R Raees to Plunkett OUT! Liam Plunkett looks to pull but doesn’t get enough behind the shot. The ball travels towards deep square leg where Azhar Ali takes a fine catch.18.25 IST: Hasan Ali to Stokes OUT! Ben Stokes’ struggling knock comes to an end! Hasan Ali once again changes the pace, hurls a length ball on leg, Ben Stokes once again gets trapped as he looks to go across the line. The ball lobs off the leading edge towards covers and Mohammad Hafeez settles safely under it. Exceptional from Ali as he now becomes the leading wicket-taker this year.18.22 IST: England reach 200 in the 48th over. 18.04 IST: Rashid Run Out! Rashid misses the ball from Hasan Ali and is hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards covers but Hasan is busy appealing for an LBW. The umpire shakes his head and the batsmen look for a leg bye. In the meanwhile, Ahmed Shehzad (sub) charges towards the ball and has a shy at the bowler’s end and he hits. They take it upstairs and replays find the English leggie short. ENG 181/6 in 43.2 overs17.42 IST: Junaid to M. Ali OUT! Junaid digs in a short one on middle, Ali goes for a pull but gets a top edge down to deep backward square leg. Where Zaman makes great ground to his left, keeps his eye on the ball, stretches his hand out and takes an absolute blinder. Junaid Khan celebrates it in unique way. England have lost their 6th wiht only 162 on the board. ENG 162/6 in 38.3 overs 17.39 IST: Hafeez to M. Ali FOUR! 17.24 IST: Junaid to Buttler OUT! Junaid khan bowls a lovely length ball on middle which moves away off the deck. Buttler tries to run it down to third man but gets a faint outside edge to his opposite number. England are in trouble here. They have half the side back in the hut. Pakistan are all pumped and the crowd is going ecstatic. ENG 148/5 in 34.1 overs17.10 IST: Hasan Ali to Morgan OUT! A tad fuller outside off, Morgan comes down the track and slashes at the ball. Gets an outside edge to the Sarfraz. They all go up and the umpire gives it. What a bowling change by the captain Sarfraz. The in-form Morgan has to depart. He is now the join highest wicket taker in the tournament. ENG 141/4 in 31.3 oversadvertisement16.59 IST: Shadab to Morgan, FOUR!16.52 IST: Shadab to Root, OUT! c Sarfraz Ahmed b Shadab Khan. England have lost their third wicket. Extra bounce does Root in! Shadab Khan has gotten a big fish here! Bowls a loopy leg break outside off and it turns away with a bit of extra bounce. Root looks to cut it through the line but gets a feather to it. Sarfraz behind the stumps gobbles a sharp catch and goes up almost instantly. They appeal and this time umpire Rod Tucker raises his finger. Root stays rotted inside the crease as he misses out on his half century. A vital 48-run stand comes to an end. ENG 128/3 in 27.3 oversWICKET! Shadab Khan with the breakthrough as Joe Root edges behind for 46England 128/3?? https://t.co/acLuLL3IBn pic.twitter.com/Z4AGhi5gDD- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201716.46 IST: Shadab to Morgan, FOUR! That’s drilled! Morgan spoils the over for the leggie. A googly but it’s a bit overpitched, Morgan makes room and drills it through extra cover to end the over with a boundary. ENG 123/2 in 26 oversAn elite [email protected] passes 5,000 ODI runs for @englandcricket – only the 3rd batsman to do so! ???#ENGvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/5kgjUiFjqz- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201716.37 IST: Hassan and Shadab have have slipped in a few quiet overs after the fall of Bairstow’s wicket. ENG 111/2 in 24 overs Love watching the Pakistan seamers bowl … Very unpredictable … Reverse swing will be arriving soon as well … !! #CT17 #ENGvPAK- Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 14, 201716.23 IST: England 93/2 in 20 overs. Run rate – 4.65. Root 31*, Morgan 5*16.06 IST: Hassan to Bairstow, OUT! c Mohammad Hafeez b Hasan Ali for 43 (57 balls). In the air… gone! Hasan Ali strikes in his very first over. And then the celebration – both the arms aloft and then punches downwards. A short ball, angling in, Bairstow looks to pull but doesn’t get enough meat behind the shot. It goes straight to Hafeez at deep square leg who makes no mistake. ENG 80/2 in 16.3 overs WICKET! Jonny Bairstow picks out Hafeez in the deep off HasanEngland 80/2?? https://t.co/acLuLL3IBn pic.twitter.com/RCYXlfWzPZ- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201716.03 IST: Shadab to Bairstow, DROPPED! There was a slip place for that and Babar Azam has spilled one. Nicely tossed up around off, Bairstow looks to drive without any foot movement and gets an outside edge. Azam at first slip fails to hold on to that one and Hasan Ali from short third man comes running in to take it but the ball falls short of him. Sarfraz can’t believe it. But give it up to his captaincy. Bairstow gets another reprieve. ENG 80/1 in 16 overs15.59 IST: Bairtsow and Root have already added 40 runs off 50 balls for the second wicket.What do you think so far?We are 65-1 after the first 12 oversFollow ?? https://t.co/MtcKzN5loP pic.twitter.com/0Olo9naua3- England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 14, 201715.51 IST: Shadab to Root, FOUR! POOR LENGTH! Drags it short on the stumps, Root has ample of time and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.15.46 IST: End of the first powerplay, England 52/1 in 10 overs. Bairstow 29*, Root 10*15.38 IST: Raees to Root, FOUR! POOR LINE! Bowls it on the pads, Root flicks it past square leg for a boundary. ENG 44/1 in 8 overs15.35 IST: Imad Wasim’s first over goes for just three runs. ENG 37/1 in 7 overs15.32 IST: Successful over from Raees, a wicket and 5 runs came off it. ENG 34/1 in 6 oversMust go for an all-out attack and banish fear of losing https://t.co/AoNRDCFJfd- Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 14, 201715.29 IST: Raees to Hales, OUT! c Babar Azam b Rumman Raees. The debutant strikes. That would settle his nerves. He nearly got him in the previous over but the review saved him, but there is doubt this time. Bowls it on a length on off, Hales comes down the track and tries to go inside out. Does not get the elevation he wanted and hits it straight to covers. Where Babar Azam takes a simple catch. Hales has to depart. Pakistan get their first Rumman has a big smile on his face.WICKET! Alex Hales spoons a catch to cover and Raees has his maiden ODI wicket #ENGvPAKEngland 34/1?? https://t.co/acLuLL3IBn pic.twitter.com/zBaT3aYqCi- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201715.27 IST: Raees to Bairstwo, FOUR! LOVELY TIMING! Lands it on a length on off, Bairstow pushes it straight back past the bowler for a boundary. The fielder at mid off does try to dive and stop it but fails to do so.15.25 IST: Junaid to Hales, FOUR! That is a throwdown. Slower ball very full. Hales just hits it through covers for a boundary.This is the BIG GAME! We can’t afford to make any mistakes today. A game as big as the final. Go Green ???? #HopeNotOut- Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 14, 201715.21 IST: NOT OUT! It is all going Englands way. Rumman Raees bowls it full it shapes in a little. Hales goes for the flick but misses and is struck on the pads. Pakistani players go up and the umpire gives it this time. Hales and Bairstow have a long chat in the middle and Hales finnaly decides to review it. There is no insde edge on it. But the ball is pitching outside leg. OH MY! That is the only thing which could save him. A successful review for England. Mickey Aurther the Pakistan coach cannot believe it. ENG 24/0 in 4 oversEngland survive two close LBW shouts to reach 29/0 from 5 overs #ENGvPAKFollow live ?? https://t.co/acLuLL3IBn pic.twitter.com/Hg3Qbuw7k7- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201715.21 IST: Raees to Hales, Alex Hales has been given out LBW. He goes for a review. Looks out to the naked eye. Only pitching can be a concern.15.14: FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries. length ball on middle, Bairstow pulls it over the square leg fielder for a boundary. After a nervy start he is underway now.15.14: FOUR! Bowls it on the pads, Bairstow clips it through square leg for a boundary. That should get him going.15.05 IST: FOUR! Full ball on off, Hales leans into the drive and drives it past mid off for a boundary. Hales hits the first boundary of the day. What an eventful over.15.03 IST: NOT OUT! Drama straightaway. Pakistan have taken a review for LBW against Jonny Bairstow. Has it pitched outside leg? TV umpire is asked for some assistance. Bairstow survives. That was so close. Junaid bowls it on a length, Bairstow goes for the flick but misses it and is struck on the pads, Paksitan players go up for an appeal and the umpire gives it not out. The bowler wanted to review it and Sarfraz Ahmed does take the review. There was no bat involved. It pitched in line, struck him in line but just clipping the top of off. So the on field call remains.Pre-match Updates:14.35 IST: Here is England’s Playing XI for today – Our team for today – come on boys! #EngvPak #CT17Follow: https://t.co/MtcKzN5loP pic.twitter.com/GMPVfv75dp- England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 14, 201714.33 IST: TOSS! Sarfaraz Ahmed wins the toss, Pakistan opt to bowl first vs England. Mohammad Amir ruled out with back spasm, while England have replaced Jason Roy with Jonny Bairstow.Pakistan has won the toss and elected to bowl v England! #ENGvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/6niSPEarEx- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201714.28 IST: This is what the pitch looks like for today’s game.Used pitch. What would you do if we win the toss? #ENGvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/FDpczTjMwQ- England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 14, 201714.23 IST: Latest pictures from Sophia Gardens, courtesy ICC.?? Warming up in #Cardiff! #ENGvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/uEtyBnOobN- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201714.20 IST: The players have arrived at the ground and are all set for the big game.Pakistan ???? arriving for today’s Semi Final! #ENGvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/0INXCwioai- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 2017England arriving at the ground today for a big Semi Final match v Pakistan! #ENGvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/n4scyHvF4p- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 2017Brief 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 tournament here on Wednesday.Pakistan managed to bundle out a formidable Sri Lankan batting line-up for 236 runs in their last Group B match after deciding to bowl first at the Cardiff Wales Stadium here on Monday.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.The last time they qualified for a 50-over ICC tournament was at the 2011 World Cup when they lost a thriller to arch-rivals India in Mohali.However, Pakistan’s power-packed line-up of fast bowlers is offset to some extent by the lack of too much firepower in their batting.Most of the Pakistan batsmen have struggled during the group matches. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and opener Fakhar Zaman are the only Pakistan batsmen who have shown some kind of form in this tournament.Sarfaraz struck an unbeaten 61 runs in the must-win last group game against Sri Lanka, which Pakistan won by three wickets to qualify for the last-four stage.England, on the other hand, were the dominant team in Group A. They dominated teams like Australia, Bangladesh and New Zealand in home conditions for an all-win record in the group stage and will look to maintain their winning streak.England’s batting line-up, boasting the likes of Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morga, Ben Stokes and Jos Butler, has looked to be in an impressive form but is expected to face a stern test against the Pakistan bowling attack.The bowling department for England has also looked good, trying to provide an equal balance to the side under the likes of pacers Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Jake Ball, Ben Stokes and their spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali who have consistently delivered for their side.