Prime News, International Sports, Cardiff (United Kingdom), June 15:- There’s a reason why Pakistan were being termed as ‘unpredictable’ going into the Champions Trophy and they proved it on Wednesday.
Contrary to everyone’s expectations, Pakistan stunned favourites England by registering a resounding eight-wicket win to enter the finals of the ongoing Champions Trophy here at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Wednesday.
Chasing a paltry score of 212, Pakistan crossed the line for the loss of two wickets and 12.5 overs to spare.
Their chase was spearheaded by Fakhar Zaman (57) and Azhar Ali (76), who laid a solid foundation by sharing a 118-run opening stand.
Earlier, England, who reached 300-plus scores in one-day internationals more than any other team in the past 12 months, struggled with the bat against a disciplined bowling performance of the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side and were bundled in the last over of their innings for just 211 runs.
Pakistan will now play the winner of the second semi-final between India and Bangladesh to be played today in Birmingham.
If India wins Thursday’s’s match, one can expect a cracker of a final between the two arch-rivals on Sunday at The Oval.
-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)