Pakistan elect to bowl against England


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Stokes had to rein himself, taking 30 balls over his first 10 runs.

"Then it's about taking those moments, and running with them, like we did previous year here in Cardiff".

Zaman and Ali add 45 runs together for the first wicket, with the former scoring the bulk of those runs. England reviewed the decision in fourth over when Hales was given out against Raees.

Morgan, whose 87 together with Ben Stokes's 102 not out saw England recover from a top-order collapse against Australia, would not confirm England's XI on Tuesday. Yet Bairstow, opening for the first time in ODI cricket, had a narrow lbw escape second ball and was dropped on 27 and 42. England looking to rebuild, going steady at the run rate of 4.65 with captain in the middle.

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Down the order, Kusal Perera (44 not out) gave some resistance but Sri Lanka lost wickets in a heap to be all out for 203 in 41.3 overs.

Alex Hales drove Junaid down the ground for four for his first boundary of the day. The mass hysteria associated with Bangladesh's semi-final qualification is something that Hathurusingha is well aware of and that's the reason his outsider's (not being a Bangladeshi) perspective can work as a calming influence for his team amidst the unimaginable media frenzy.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has insisted his side will not settle for simply reaching a Champions Trophy semi-final against England as he urged them to go "one step further".

Will the absence of Mohammad Amir be a blow for Pakistan or can debutant Rumman Raess, a fellow left-arm seamer, trouble the England batsmen? "We win that time, we chased 300, so definitely our confidence is very high playing in Cardiff", Sarfraz told reporters after Monday's triumph. Their bowlers haven't found much assistance early, so Pakistan, in particular Fakhar Zaman, need to attack from the start.

Their top-rated bowler Mohammad Amir will not play today due to a back spasm.

Azhar, on 76, dragged a delivery from Jake Ball on to his stumps before Babar (38 not out) and Hafeez (31 not out) guided Pakistan home.

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The toss is just 10 minutes away and we will bring you the result of that as soon as it happens.

England are the only side in the competition to have won all three of their group stage matches, with victories against Bangladesh, New Zealand and Australia. But with the game getting the same wicket as the Pakistan versus Sri Lanka match, it could be slightly on the slower side.

"What I will say about Cardiff is it's the best wicket because it provides the best contest between bat and ball". Although he has never opened in ODIs, Bairstow did make 174 at the top of the order for Yorkshire against Durham in a domestic 50-over match this season.

Nothing and I must say nothing can save Pakistan from Pakistan if they do not come to the field in the mood. "I certainly believe we're in a good position at the moment as a batting unit, and if Jonny does get the opportunity, I'm sure he'll take it with both hands".

England were the only team to exit the group stage unbeaten, having won all three of their matches.

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