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CT 17:Sarfraz leads by example, takes Pakistan to the semis

19 Juin 2017

The India Vs Bangladesh, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 2nd semi-final match will be played at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Pakistan won the toss and chose to field first with Rumman Raees making his debut in the place of injured Mohammad Amir.

Meanwhile, England coach Trevor Bayliss reckoned a semi-final exit was consistent with an ODI ranking of fourth.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed: "Credit goes to the bowlers and the batters, who finished it very well".

"I felt like we were trying to take a positive option against them, but obviously, given the conditions, it didn't allow is to do that".

Speaking about what led to the turnaround after the India game, he said, "After India, every game was a knockout game, I said to the players to just play your game".

Now England's wait will continue until at least 2019 - when they stage the next World Cup.

"I was not expecting us to bowl them out for 210, but we thought if we won the toss, elected to bowl first, [we could] restrict them to 260, 270. 250/270 would have been".

"One of the huge contributing factors towards topping our table and playing very good cricket in the group stages is that we've stayed true to what we believe in and what's worked for us the last couple of years, and I think that's the continued formula for the future", he said. If England had played there, instead of Cardiff, I bet they would be in the final.

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Instead of bludgeoning runs in the middle section of the innings, England allowed pressure to build and, despite Stokes hanging around until the final few overs, he failed to find the boundary.

The dashing Fakhar completed a 49-ball fifty to follow his 50 against Sri Lanka.

Q. Ben Stokes, 60 balls and no fours kind of tells its own tale, doesn't it?

On a Cardiff ground where they chased more than 300 to beat England in an one-day global previous year, Pakistan completed Wednesday's pursuit with a mammoth 77 balls to spare when Mohammad Hafeez pulled Ben Stokes for four.

A breakthrough finally came when Jos Buttler stumped Zaman for 56 off Adil Rashid's bowling, but a partnership of 55 between Azhar and Babar Azam kept the pain coming for England. Don't wish to get into the details on who won them the games.

Midway through the England innings, the game was delicately poised.

Medium-fast Rumman Raees took 2-44 off nine overs on an impressive ODI debut, being called up late to replace Mohammad Amir. JM Bairstow with 43 runs and JE Root with 46 runs remained the main scores from England side.

He eventually holed out to cover when deceived by Hasan's slower ball. "You guys have been thrashed fair n square by Pakistan", Younis tweeted. It is something they appreciate more than most after a 2009 terror attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore turned Pakistan into a "no-go area" for the world's top teams, with the United Arab Emirates now their adopted 'home'.

CT 17:Sarfraz leads by example, takes Pakistan to the semis