Hasan Ali (3-35) was exemplary as the Pakistan attack performed admirably - despite the key absence of Mohammad Amir with a last-minute back spasm - and with a top-score of just 46 from Joe Root, England fell badly short after being put in on a glorious day.
They lost their last eight wickets for 83 runs, failed to hit a single six on the small playing area, and were unable to make Pakistan pay for a series of early fielding lapses which benefited Jonny Bairstow especially.
Many wondered if a tricky chase might nonetheless be on the cards, but openers Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) made a mockery of that notion in a first- wicket stand of 118.
While England eased to the semis through some wonderful all-round displays, Pakistan had to recover from an opening-game hammering by India and only scraped into the last four with a
Pakistan could face archrivals India in Sunday’s final at the Oval if the titleholders beat Bangladesh in Thursday’s second semi-final at Edgbaston.