Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli & fans look ahead to England

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England have played some excellent cricket in the ICC Champions Trophy so far, having qualified for the semi-finals with three wins from their three matches in the group stages.

They are the only team still unbeaten in the competition as they sailed into the semi-finals with three victories on the trot in the group stage.

First Meet in Champion Trophy - 0 No. of times Pak and Eng played each other in Champions Trophy, before today.

Led by pace bowler Hasan Ali, who took 3-35, and backed up by some tigerish fielding that improved after Jonny Bairstow (43) was dropped twice, Sarfraz Ahmed's team squeezed the host nation.

In the absence of Amir, Rumman Raees, his replacement stepped up nicely, picking up two wickets, with Junaid Khan chipping in with a couple as well. "Mohammad Amir did not play but Rumman Raees came and bowled really well", said Sarfraz after Pakistan stunned England in the first semifinal here today. Also the first time they batted 25+ overs without a six in this period.

After the Surrey batsman's miserable form extended to 51 runs in eight innings with his latest failure in the weekend win over Australia at Edgbaston, it appears the captain has changed his mind - even if he declined to confirm it at his pre-match press conference.

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The three-wicket haul helped Hassan pass Australia's Josh Hazlewood in the list of highest wicket taker of the tournament.

"If they want it to be completely neutral ground and bring all the teams into (it)..." Mark Wood (0/37) started the bowling for England with a wide and was then hit for six in the same over by Fakhar Zaman.

Indeed, India were one of those sides, when they failed to cope with a brilliant Sri Lanka batting performance, and Virat Kohli's side can not have another off day. "England are a very good team".

Pakistan: Sarfraz Khan (c and wk), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammed Amir, Mohammed Hafeez, Shadab Khan and Shoaib Malik.

Throughout the tournament, England has been unbeaten and up to the expectations but it is Pakistan which has surprised the World.

Ahead of the high-voltage India-Bangladesh clash in the second semi-final match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, former captains of the Bangladeshi cricket team are confident that their team will ditch the underdogs tag and reach the finals especially after their valiant performance in the last few matches.

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