Young spinner Shadab Khan dismissed Joe Root to end a promising partnership between the prolific batsman and Eoin Morgan. "We knew that we were going to play on a used wicket at some stage in this tournament, and certainly we found out the other day that today was going to be on a used wicket", he said.
Jonny Bairstow (43 off 57 balls), Root (46 off 56 balls), and Eoin Morgan (33 off 53 balls) all got starts but none of them managed to make a huge score as Pakistan produced a fabulous bowling display.
"Shadab Khan has that bit of mystery - he can spin it both ways, and we've seen traditionally in this type of cricket, legspinners can do well - but on this ground, Hafeez, who is an orthodox offspinner, could have been targeted". Meanwhile England dropped struggling opener Jason Roy, whose four in the 40-run group win over Australia meant he'd averaged just 6.37 from eight one-day worldwide innings this season, with a mere two double-figure scores.
The green shirts are also excited about the explosive entry of opener Fakhar Zaman, who slammed 50 off 36 balls against the Sri Lankans.
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Bairstow replaced Roy after the Surrey opener had managed just 51 runs in eight ODI innings this season.
As such, No.4 ranked England are firm favourites over No.8 ranked Pakistan.
Paceman Hasan Ali led a disciplined attack with a man-of-the-match return of three for 35 from his maximum 10 overs. He bowled to his field, swung the ball into the right-hander, and his only real fault was to concede a few late extras.
Considering the history of the final of the tournament, this would be third ever final to be held in England. Who will win the Champions Trophy semi-final 1? The experts of cricket would have never expected Pakistan will reach the semi-final but they surprise everyone with their brilliant performance.
The live streaming of England vs Pakistan fixture is available on Hotstar.