CT 2017: England have edge against Pakistan in first semifinal


Former captain Gazi Ashraf feels more than training on the pitch, it is the mental preparedness that is key for Bangladesh ahead of their crunch ICC Champions Trophy semi-final against arch-rivals India here on Thursday.

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Sarfaraz struck an unbeaten 61 runs in the must-win last group game against Sri Lanka, which Pakistan won by three wickets to qualify for the last-four stage. That would be quite a heist. This feat was repeated 11 years later in the famous Cape Town Test where South Africa bowled out Australia for 47.For more fun stats and predictions play the newest fantasy-cum-predictions game in the market - Nostragamus.

Joe Root is a world-class batsman and is the fulcrum around whom the England batting revolves. Not so long ago England was the team better suited to low-scoring ODIs.

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"(But) the last thing I want is for us to go away now thinking "we got to a semi-final, we're okay, we've achieved" - because that would be a cop-out in my mind. "The young players are doing a tremendous job for Pakistan. Our system is very good, our age-level cricket is fantastic now they have the opportunity to play cricket".

Morgan admitted Pakistan have a strong bowling attack with Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali in wicket-taking form.

"You look at the crowds at Edgbaston and the Oval".

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who was dropped twice in the 39th and 41st over off Malinga, made good use of the chances to produce a match-winning innings and in company of Amir took the team home.

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Mathews, however, fell when an inside edge off Mohammad Amir gave the elated left-arm paceman his first wicket of the tournament. There is a certain paranoia about playing two spinners in Cardiff because of the short boundary at the Taff End but this may be balanced by England's traditional hesitancy against wrist-spinners (not that they have been that tentative in their recent dealings with Adam Zampa and Imran Tahir).

England will start as favourites after avoiding the rain and romping to three straightforward victories in the group games. The two batsmen rotated the strike quite easily, which not only kept the scoreboard ticking, but also put pressure back on Pakistan.

"I would urge any Indian fans, while it would be great to see them in Cardiff, if they are not planning to turn up to that game to go to the ICC website and resell their tickets at face value to genuine England and Pakistan fans". At times they've showed flashes.

Two years ago during India's tour of Bangladesh, Rahman rose to the limelight by bagging five-wicket hauls in two consecutive matches against the defending champions.

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