Pakistan galloped to Champions Trophy final today beating England in Cardiff amid speculations and criticisms from many home-based and overseas commentators that it may not be able to make it.
But it did. Defying all odds, Pakistan humbled England by 8 wickets to reach the final of the Champions Trophy — for the first time ever and to the delight of a packed stadium with millions watching the high-wired match on TV in Pakistan and worldwide.
— ICC (@ICC) June 14, 2017
Before the start of the tournament Pakistan ranked at number eight, way below England.
Pakistan will meet either India or Bangladesh in the Champions Trophy final.
Pakistan’s Hasan Ali starred the match as England folded for 211 in Cardiff. Ali was declared man-of-the-match for his outstanding performance with the ball, taking three wickets in this crucial game.
Thereafter, Pakistan got off to a strong start to their 212-run chase against the home team. It was a do-or-die match with victory in mind.
With 35 overs gone, Pakistan was at 187 for two; 29 runs away from qualifying for the Champions Trophy final.
The 212-run target looked easy due to strong partnerships between Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam.
Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (w + c), Imad Wasim, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan
England: JM Bairstow, AD Hales, JE Root, EJG Morgan (c), JC Buttler (w), BA Stokes, MM Ali, AU Rashid, LE Plunkett, MA Wood, JT Ball