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CT 2017: Pakistan win toss, ask England to bat

14 Juin 2017

England 77-1 after 15 overs, Bairstow 41*, Root 23*. Legspinner Shabab Khan might come into the side at the expense of Fahim Ashraf to counter England's, Adil Rashid.

Hasan Ali celebrates after taking an England wicket.

For England, don't get complacent.

Hitting boundaries proved hard, however, and a frustrated Hales, on 13, spooned Rumman Raees to cover with a loose drive.

It was no surprise to see Bairstow in the team after captain Eoin Morgan hinted strongly yesterday that Roy would be dropped. Hales wrapped up his knock adding 13 runs to the England scorecard. England's batting looks more solid and compact on account of loads of experience in their top and middle order.

But the Yorkshire batsman was saved by umpire's call, with the ball adjudged to be just clipping off stump.

Alex Hales drove Junaid down the ground for four for his first boundary of the day.

Former Pakistan Skipper Imran Khan wished Sarfaraz and Pakistan team best of luck for today s match.

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Lemar was equally impressive from the left wing, with the 21-year-old netting 14 goals and assisting 17 others in 55 outings in all competitions.

The "Bangla tigers" will now face rampaging Indians in the semi-final at the Edgbaston.

Pakistan may be the underdogs heading into a Champions Trophy semi-final with unbeaten England in Cardiff who have won all three group matches in the tournament.

All eyes will be on how Jonny Bairstow does, opening for the first time in an ODI. England are certainly better placed on paper than Pakistan.

After winning the toss in first semi final of ICC Champions Trophy, Pakistan had made a decision to field first against England.

"I think we've started brilliantly", said Morgan.

Fast bowler Muhammad Amir is not in the team due to back injury as Rumman Raees is included in the team. "It's just we do sometimes make it hard for ourselves".

England's top order collapsed as Pakistan bowlers consistently mounted pressure over batsman to set a target of 212 for them to chase. England were the first team to qualify for the semis on the back of three impressive wins against New Zealand and old foes Australia. Roy has a highest score of 20 in one-day internationals this summer and was left out after his failure against Australia last Saturday.