Pakistan reach ICC Champions Trophy final after surprise victory over England

When the experts had settled down to try and figure out which would be the sides in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, two teams would not have been listed in their estimates.

England were the only team to exit the group stage unbeaten, having won all three of their matches.

The same England batsmen, who batted with flair and finesse through the tournament, came a cropper in a high stake semifinal.

Pakistan, chasing a seemingly modest target of 237 against Sri Lanka, were facing defeat and tournament elimination at 137 for six.

Nevertheless, he was proud of the boys for the way they fought back after the shambolic loss to India and felt that his team will be fine against the tournament favourites on Wednesday. "So I guess it gives a lot of confidence".

Mohammad Amir, who was the hero of Pakistan's previous game against Sri Lanka was all set to play the semi final before getting a back spasm minutes before the toss.

He said, "We've got nothing to lose, yes, but we've always said we're in it to win it".

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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.

"I think it will have to evolve in whatever manner the game does over the next two years in the lead-in to the World Cup, but certainly I think we're moving in the right direction".

Jason Roy has enjoyed a wretched tournament thus far, and was restricted to a minor role at the team's training session on match eve, deep in conversation with coach Trevor Bayliss on the boundary line while Bairstow had a long hit in the nets. And all that was done without their most risky bowler Mohammad Amir, who had to sit this semifinal out with a back spasm. "We are trying to play more and more consistent cricket, we are trying to get better in that department, but it is a tough ride every now and then", Arthur said.

Against one another, England won over Pakistan 4-1 at home and 3-1 in the UAE. "If you are playing a world-class team, definitely, you play more positive cricket, so we will do so against England", he said.

In Ben Stokes, they have one of the world's best all-rounder, who can inflict damage on the opposition with both bat and ball.It was not for nothing the Durham player was paid a handsome Dollars 2.16 million to take part in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) this season.Joe Root is a world-class batsman and is the fulcrum around whom the England batting revolves. Root has featured in 37 ODIs after the world cup and with 1954 runs; he's only 25 runs away from leapfrogging Warner to claim the top spot in the run scoring charts in the specified timeline. They bowled really well, especially in the middle part, starting with Shadab.

"I don't think there was any home advantage", he added. I just told him to play ball by ball.

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