Pakistan vs England Match Prediction: Who Will Win CT Semi-Final 1

England and Pakistan battle it out in the first semi-final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

England, perhaps the strongest team in limited-overs cricket, remained unbeaten in the tournament with 6 points winning all the games of Group A.

Morgan, previously unstinting in his praise of Surrey batsman Roy, was not quite so effusive after a win at Edgbaston on Sunday where England slumped to 35 for three before their captain's 87 and Ben Stokes's 102 not out bailed them out, with the duo sharing a stand of 159. During the game against New Zealand, they were 210 for six at one stage, but still managed to post a total of over 300.

Led by Eoin Morgan, England have shown all-round brilliance on the field with Joe Root and Alex Hales shining with the bat and Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett excelling with the ball.

England's test wicketkeeper, brought in to open for the first time in global cricket in place of the out-of-form Jason Roy, responded with a battling 43 - but bereft of a major contribution on a dry pitch that precluded fluent strokeplay as the ball swung, only top-scorer Joe Root's 46 and Ben Stokes' late determination helped drag the hosts above 200. Despite, missing out on Chris Woakes, they still look all bases covered, courtesy the all-round ability of Stokes.

Chasing a below-par 212, the Green Brigade rode on a brilliant 118-run opening stand between Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) before Babar Azam (38 not out) and Ali helped the team with a 55-run second-wicket stand to set their date with the victor of the second semi-final between India and Bangladesh, on Sunday.

This followed a brilliant bowling performance in a win over South Africa, the number one ranked ODI team in the world. Fakhar Zaman could be the only bright spark for Pakistan at the top of the order while skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has the ability to thrive under pressure situations.

Both semi-finalists from Group B were decided in the last two group matches: India vs South Africa and Pakistan vs Sri Lanka. Since then, Sarfraz Ahmed and his team have come back strongly to make their way into the semi-finals.

Just as important for Pakistan is the significance of Hasan's dismissals. In England, the home side have won 26 out of the 41 games and this will be the first time, the two sides will face in a Champions Trophy game.

Pakistan suffered a blow as Mohammad Amir was ruled out of the Champions Trophy semi-final against England at Cardiff.

England: 1. Alex Hales, 2. Eoin Morgan (captain), 5. Morgan and Ben Stokes played slow and torturous innings and were dis missed trying to hit out in frustration.

But Bairstow's luck ran out when a misjudged pull off Hasan's third ball sailed gently to Mohammad Hafeez at deep square leg. Imad Wasim 8. Shadab Khan, 9. Mohammad Amir and Hassan Ali have been the showstoppers for them Hassan Ali is now placed at the second spot when it comes to highest wickets.

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