Hosts England are in a terrific form and having won all their league matches, their eyes would be on winning this match and enter into the final confidently. Whereas Pakistan in their last league match defeated Asian Lions Sri Lanka in a very close match by a marginal difference of 3 wickets to spare with. England’s juggernaut could be stopped today by the ‘unpredictable’ Pakistan, a tag which they have earned more recently in this ongoing tournament.
While Hosts England have been the most consistent of the teams in the tournament winning all three of their group games, Pakistan have had a topsy turvy campaign losing one and winning two en route. With the kind of form these two sides are in, this promises to be a mouth watering clash for fans.
Sophia Gardens is all set to host the first semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. The weather does not seems to be ditchy and overcast, it is sunny out there in the Cardiff and wind is blowing with a pretty decent speed.
English bowling attack seems weaker as compared to the Pakistan pacers, Plunkett’s short balls, Mark Wood is delivering variations with the ball and Jake Ball is also curtailing the batsmen to the crease alongside.
Whereas the Pakistan Team boasts of the likes of pacers Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Hassan Ali along with spinner Imad Wasim who has been truly phenomenal in the last couple of matches.
England batting line-up is currently for sure one of the best line-ups the English side ever had, including the prowess batsmen like Morgan, Buttler, Root and the Durham local Ben Stokes who has even struck a century. Ben Stokes will be surely the key player for the English side and would be worth to watch him on the field cracking up some sky-fires with the ball coming onto his bat.
Eoin Morgan(c), Jason Roy, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(wk), Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Jake Ball, Jonny Bairstow.
Sarfraz Ahmed(wk/c), Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan.