Pakistan invoked the spirit of the 1992 World Cup and sent England packing in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy. They followed their disciplined bowling performance with measured batting and won the game with utmost ease .
England were put into bat and were held on a tight leash by their opposition. They lost wickets regularly and couldn’t string a partnership to try and launch a counter attack. They were boxed in during the middle overs by the attacking field-placements set by Sarfraz and couldn’t break free. Hassan Ali continued to pick wickets with his incisive bowling at a miserly rate. The hosts were all-out in the final over of the innings for 211.
England couldn’t get the inital breakthrough to put Pakistan under pressure. Openers Fakhar & Azhar batted with freedom and put their dressing room at ease by adding 118 for the 1st wicket. Both fell after scoring their respective half-centuries but Babar Azam & Mohammad Hafeez polished off the remaining runs to ensure an 8-wicket victory with 13 overs to spare.