Pakistan thrashed England by eight wickets in the first semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy to be the first side to qualify for the final of the eight-team tournament. Starting the tournament as the least favourites to make it to the next round, the side, often tagged as ‘unpredictable’, defeated the Eoin Morgan-led side that qualified for this contest undefeated.
Fakhar Zaman continued to better his scores in his first-ever ICC tournament against England as he spanked seven fours and a six, off the leading edge, to provide Pakistan a firm start. Chasing 212 in pristine batting conditions, Zaman struck Pakistan’s first first-wicket 100-run partnership with Azhar Ali in two years that helped his side win the match with 77 balls spare.
Hasan Ali topped the chart for most wickets in the tournament after a brilliant display with the ball in the semi-final. On an abrasive wicket, he got the ball to reverse and provided crucial breakthroughs to his side, beginning with Johnny Bairstow’s wicket on his third ball of the match. His scorchers accounted for the wickets of Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes as England managed a meagre 212.