Champions Trophy: Breezy start for Pakistan after putting England to bat first

June 14, 2017, 3:06 pm
Champions Trophy: Breezy start for Pakistan after putting England to bat first
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Champions Trophy: Breezy start for Pakistan after putting England to bat first

Champions Trophy: Breezy start for Pakistan after putting England to bat first

In the first semi-final of the Champions Trophy, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has put England to bat at the Sophia Gardens here on Wednesday. The match has been highly significant for both the teams and especially for Pakistan since they have started the tournament on a low note after losing to India pretty poorly.

England: Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Jake Ball.Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), Imad Wasim, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), Imad Wasim, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan.

So Bairstow is England’s only change. For Pakistan, the left-arm quick Rumman Raees comes in on debut for Amir, while the spinner Shadab Khan also returns, in place of Fahim Ashraf.