Pakistan thrashed England by eight wickets in Cardiff on Wednesday to book their place in the Champions Trophy final.
Pakistani bowlers produced another professional performance to restrict the formidable England batting line-up to 211 after Sarfraz Ahmed opted to bowl on a used surface.
The star with the ball was once again pacer Hasan Ali, who ended up with a three wicket-haul for the third time in as many games.
Pakistan will now play the winners of Thursday’s second semi-final between India and Bangladesh at Edgbaston in Sunday’s final at the Oval.Set just 212 for victory, Pakistan finished on 215 for two, with Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) sharing an opening partnership of 118.
When Mohammad Hafeez pulled Ben Stokes for four, Pakistan had won with a whopping 77 balls left in their innings.But the real damage was done on the field as Pakistan held tournament hosts England, the only side who won all their three group games, to just 211 all out.
Hasan Ali took three for 35 in an innings where England didn’t manage a single six and none of their batsmen made fifty after Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and sent them into bat on a used pitch.
You make us proud team Pakistan! What a stunning comeback after first loss, silencing/shocking critics. Such a joy. Pakistan Zindabad 🇵🇰
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 14, 2017
Congratulations to our Pakistani team on making it to the finals…
well done #proudpakistani #gogreensgo 🇵🇰@RealPCB_Live
— Umar Akmal (@Umar96Akmal) June 14, 2017
So they were saying it would be 1 sided match & Eng will be through to the finals. They were partly right 😊.#ENGvPAK #CT17
— Javeria Khan (@ImJaveria) June 14, 2017
Celebrations everywhere #PAKvENG #TeamGreen #pakistan pic.twitter.com/jyX06AApMq
— Siasat.pk (@siasatpk) June 14, 2017
Reaction from around the world
Pakistan are giving an exhibition on how to bowl on a slow wicket … when they are hot they are bloody boiling … #ENGvPAK #CT17
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 14, 2017
The lowest ranked team becomes the first to seal a final berth. The game of glorious uncertainties .. Brilliant for #CT17 #EngvPak
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) June 14, 2017
and the funny one, shared by Daren Sammy,
The Pakistani fans will have @waqyounis99 feeling atm…🕺🕺🕺 #ENGvPAK #OSNCT17 #CT17 pic.twitter.com/UfOh54Pjcj
— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) June 14, 2017