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PAKISTAN DEFEATS ENGLAND IN CHAMPIONS TROPHY

England struggled on a slow pitch against some brilliant Pakistan bowling and fielding, mustering only 211.
Fakhar Zaman's 57 launched Pakistan's chase, while Azhar Ali made 76 as victory was sealed with 12.5 overs to spare.
Pakistan will play India or Bangladesh in Sunday's final at The Oval.
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 thrilling defeat of Sri Lanka on Monday.

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.




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