Champions Trophy: Best OPPO Moments from England-Pakistan game

Champions Trophy: Best OPPO Moments from England-Pakistan game”

It will be Pakistan's second key match at Sophia Gardens in a matter of days after a tense three-wicket victory over Sri Lanka there on Monday saw them into the last four of a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide (ODI) sides.

Pakistan, without their leading fast bowler Mohammad Amir due to injury, bowled England out for 211 with 23-year-old seamer Hasan Ali taking three wickets to earn the man-of-the-match award.

England expected to win the competition after consistent displays in the shorter forms of the game, but Pakistan were always one step ahead as they tactically outwitted the favourites.

Joe Root top-scored with 46 and Jonny Bairstow, recalled in place of dropped opener Jason Roy, managed 43 in an innings without a single six.

With their hard-fought three wicket win over Sri Lanka in what was a virtual quarter-final on Monday, Pakistan finished as runners-up in Group B behind leaders India to make the semi-final of the biennial tournament.

The Green Shirts tremendous win ensures a final berth in the mega event where they await the victor of the second semi-final between India and Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Thursday (tomorrow). "Our unpredictability. We give the guys clear roles, they know what they need to do", said Arthur.

Pakistan have to play creative cricket to unsettle the settled side of the tournament. If both teams end with the same number of runs, they would have to play a Super Over.

Considering the history of the final of the tournament, this would be third ever final to be held in England.

However, Pakistan bowlers hit back and triggered a middle-order collapse before Asela Gunaratne (27) and Suranga Lakmal (26) tried to save the blushes for their side and guide them past 200-run mark.

Pakistan has a potent bowling attack in Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali with Faheem Ali adding a fourth dimension. The hosts started solidly to reach 118-2 in their first 25 overs and then lost eight wickets for 93 runs in the next 25. Sarfraz also credited the support staff for keeping the team in good spirits after the India loss. "We have to discuss what happens", Arthur said, responding to a question about the fragility of the team's batting lineup.

"We revisit it every game, everybody's position, whether it can be changed around, can we do anything better?" "I felt like we were trying to take a positive option against them, but the conditions didn't allow us to do that".

In reply, Pakistan knocked off the target easily, winning by eight wickets with 77 balls spare.

However, Morgan did not think that was the reason for England's demise.

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