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Zaman, Ali help Pakistan storm into Champion's Trophy final

19 Junio 2017, 06:07 | Gerardo Tarin

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Former Pakistani players appreciated their national team after they defeated hosts England to reach the final of the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy on Wednesday.

Many wondered if a tricky chase might nonetheless be on the cards, but openers Azhar and Zaman made a mockery of that notion in a stand of 118.

"There will be a lot of talk about the Cardiff pitch after Pakistan dumped England out of the Champions Trophy". Set just 212 to win, Pakistan finished on 215 for two.

Pakistan - who are the lowest ranked team in the tournament - could now gain revenge over India for their opening-game defeat, but only if Virat Kohli's side can overcome Bangladesh in the second semi-final on Thursday.

Pakistan defeated England to qualify for the final of the 50-over tournament.

"Pakistan did that extremely well and full credit to them".

With ten wickets, Hasan is now the leading wicket-taker of the tournament.

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.

Even usually big-hitting all-rounder Ben Stokes - fresh from an unbeaten century against Australia at Edgbaston - took 64 balls to make a 34 that, remarkably, did not include a solitary boundary. A top edge on the pull and it seemed that the ball would land safely.

Four members of Pakistan's XI on Wednesday - Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan and Rumman Raees - have never played an worldwide match in their own country, and a one-off limited overs series against Zimbabwe in 2015 has been the only taste of home internationals for Azhar, Babar Azam, Imad Wasim and Junaid Khan.

Michael Atherton believes England failed to give a true account of themselves and "fluffed their lines" in their ICC Champions Trophy semi-final defeat to Pakistan. It was a clear mis-match but Pakistan were the superior team.

England didn't manage a single individual fifty in their innings.

He was well supported by left-arm pacer Junaid Khan and Rumman Raees who both scalped two-two wickets and kept the pressure on the English batsmen.

Of his narrow escape, he said: "That time I didn't see the hand of [bowler Lasith] Malinga. Getting England out for 211 is never easy because they have a wonderful balance to their side and we knew if we didn't take wickets they would score heavily", he added. Joseph Root fell when the score was 128 when he was in 46.

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