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ICC Champions Trophy Semi-Final: England vs Pakistan – Probable XI

Shoaib Malik Babar Azam

The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 has now reached its business end with the first semi-final set to be staged between England and Pakistan on 14 June in Cardiff. The names in the final four in this year’s edition of the tournament have shunted many predictions (before the event) which didn’t even give a chance to the likes of Pakistan and Bangladesh making it to the final four.

England are in red-hot form as is evident by the fact that they are the only undefeated team in the tournament. The manner in which they counter-punched an able Australian pace attack after being three-down speaks volumes of the brand of cricket they are playing at the moment. On the other hand, Pakistan have done remarkably well to make it to the final four Stage after being decimated by India in the opening game. Their wins against South Africa and Sri Lanka displayed their grit to succeed. They have a potent bowling attack which has the ability to reign-in the English juggernaut.


Ben Stokes raises his bat


So far, there has been a total of 84 ODI encounters between the two teams of which, England has reigned supreme in 52 contests while Pakistan came good in 30 of those while 2 can’t muster any result. It is interesting to note that the two teams haven’t met yet for a Champions Trophy clash. The last ODI encounter between the two teams was in September 2016 which was the fifth and the last match of the five-match bilateral ODI series which Pakistan won by 4 wickets when they chased down a score of 302 with superb efforts from Sarfraz Ahmed (90) and Shoaib Malik (77). England won the five-match series by a 4-1 margin.

Also Read: ICC Champions Trophy: England Vs Pakistan – Key Players

England vs Pakistan – Probable XI

Let’s have a look at their Probable Xi for the high-voltage clash:

                            ENGLAND                         PAKISTAN
   JASON ROY          55    AZHAR ALI          122
   ALEX HALES          211    FAKHAR ZAMAN          121
   JOE ROOT          283    BABAR AZAM          89
   EOIN MORGAN (C)          235    MOHAMMAD HAFEEZ          105
   BEN STOKES          271    SHOAIB MALIK           68
   JOS BUTTLER (Wk)          155 SARFRAZ AHMED(C&Wk)           119
   MOEEN ALI          30    IMAD WASIM           67
   ADIL RASHID          199    FAHIM ASHRAF           78
   LIAM PLUNKETT          246    MOHAMMAD AMIR           102
   MARK WOOD          152    JUNAID KHAN           142
   JAKE BALL          90    HASAN ALI           198
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