Pakistan punish errant England to enter maiden Champions Trophy final

"The only thing I will say, I know that Bairstow has opened at county level, but he's never done it internationally - and I think that's a different ball game", he said.

Victories over South Africa and crucially Sri Lanka secured their place in the last four and they take their place in this weekend's showpiece thanks to a comprehensive eight-wicket win over England. Then Hassan came in, and he took wickets.

Pakistan have qualified for the final of ICC Champions Trophy for the first time in the history beating England by 8 wickets in the first semi-final at Cardiff on Wednesday.

Nonetheless, it's surely going to be a heated battle, host against the unpredictable Pakistan, anything can happen, predict the unpredictable.

Eoin Morgan's men struggled after being put in on a used pitch as Hasan Ali (three for 35) bowled admirably, and Pakistan were not made to pay heavily for a series of early fielding lapses - or the absence of Mohammad Amir with a back spasm.

While the batting has some belligerent stroke maker like Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan and Joe Root, they have destructive power hitters like Ben Stokes and who can finish games for their side in a blink of an eye.

Fakhar hit Mark Wood for the first six of the match in the opening over of Pakistan's innings and he and Azhar played some delightful strokes in a fluent partnership.

Fakhar's dismissal for 57 in the 22nd over did little to slow down the run rate as Babar Azam (38 not out) and Mohammad Hafeez got Pakistan home with time to spare.

In an all-Asian final, Pakistan will face the victor of India vs Bangladesh on June 18.

Pakistan bowled and fielded tightly to restrict the sluggish hosts who failed to master a lifeless wicket and collapsed from 128 for two in bright and sunny conditions which normally favour batsmen.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed gave full credit to the bowlers for their disciplined yet aggressive display against England.

Hasan Ali continued his great form in the tournament, picking up three wickets while Rumman Raees and Junaid Khan picked up two each.

"We are ready for the final and looking forward to it", he said. But simply the fact that Pakistan had played here, helped them.

"I said after the loss to India if we play good cricket, definitely we will win this tournament".

Morgan believes his side, who had won all three of their group matches heading into this semi-final, will have learned valuable lessons from this campaign as they look to again win their first major 50-over title in two years' time. And having watched the game against Sri Lanka, we actually didn't think it was that bad.

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