KXIP vs KKR Live Score

Fans who no longer plan to attend the Champions Trophy semi-final between England and Pakistan in Cardiff on Wednesday have been urged to put their tickets on the official re-sale site in a bid to prevent empty seats at the ground.

Hosts England have not lost a match in the tournament.

It was just the start Pakistan needed and though Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali played and missed countless times at Mark Wood during his opening spell, they stuck around.

Pakistan will now contest the final on Sunday (June 18) at The Oval in London against either India or Bangladesh, with these two teams playing the second ICC Champions Trophy semi-final tomorrow at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

The winners executed the flawless game as they chased down their opponents' opening total, and they comfortably won the match by eight wickets in Cardiff, Wales.

They will be up against a Pakistan side in good form and full of confidence from their wins over South Africa and Sri Lanka. Pakistan did that well and played better. Not a single six was hit in their innings.

In contrast, Pakistan plundered runs freely against an attack that offered too many opportunities to score.

England are in danger of making a habit of folding in big games when they are under pressure - like their inability to defend 19 off the final over in the World T20. They looked like a team that wanted to win the championship, winning all the group stage match easily but in the end, when it mattered the most, they failed, simply outplayed by Pakistan. They had been handily placed on 128 for 2 in the 28th over when Joe Root fell to Shadab Khan, but the rest of the batting could barely hit the ball off the square.

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From there, though, Pakistan were imperious.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl, Pakistan took the early wicket of Alex Hales for 13 and that set the tone for the England innings.

Ben Stokes, usually one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket, needed 64 balls to scrape together 34 runs and he failed to muster a single boundary on a pitch Morgan described as hard to bat on.

Meanwhile, spinners, with their one-off wickets also helped the team when they were called on. The swinging ball at the 4th stump line is England's weakness. Finishing third or fourth, I think that's about right where we sit in world cricket at the moment [they are ranked fourth]. In fact, that tournament yielded two memorable encounters between the teams. As well as England have played to reach this stage of the Champions Trophy as the only unbeaten side, would it really be a surprise if Pakistan pulled another Pakistan?

"I think, going into today's game knowing that we were going to play on a used wicket potentially brought Pakistan's game closer to their home", added Morgan.

For England, don't get complacent.

It was a near flawless performance by Pakistan as they outclassed England in every department of the game to book a ticket to the final. We knew if we restrict them we could easily chase it down.


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