Cricket Betting Tips for ICC Champions Trophy 2017
England vs Pakistan -1st Semifinal at Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground in Cardiff
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England vs Pakistan
Match Up Analysis
The first semifinal game of the Champions Trophy 2017 will be played on 14th June at 15:00 IST.
An in-form England take on Pakistan in the first semifinal of Champions Trophy. England have won all three games in the round robin stages and brushed easily good teams like New Zealand and Australia to become the first side to qualify for the semifinals. Pakistan did suffer a major setback after their defeat against India but quickly brushed all the mistakes to beat South Africa and Sri Lanka to qualify for the last four of the Champions Trophy.
The pitch for the game will be the same used by Sri Lanka vs Pakistan one played on Monday. The surface is quite a good pitch for batsmen and does offer help to bowlers. The weather is set to be fair for the game.
England (Total games 3 Won 3 Lost 0 Tie 0 NR 0)
England will be pretty confident of beating Pakistan as they look unbeatable at the moment with batting scoring runs consistently and bowling producing in clinical performances in the three games played in Champions Trophy so far. Ben Stokes and Joe Root will be the key as they are in-form players who must score runs if England wants to qualify for the finals of the competition. Eoin Morgan’s form has been revelation as Captain has chipped in with scores in all games played this season. Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood have superb as frontline seamers while Jake Ball has been decent. Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali will offer spin options for the side against Pakistan.
Ben Stokes will be our pick for this game against Pakistan as talisman has growing in terms of performances for his side over past six months. Mark Wood will be our pick among bowlers for England to get wickets upfront with new-ball.
Pakistan (Total games 3 Won 2 Lost 1 Tie 0 NR 0)
No one give Pakistan a chance to come this far in the Champions Trophy but mercurial side has surpassed all expectations as they showed resilience and character to brush aside teams like South Africa and Sri Lanka in back-to-back games. Fakhar Zaman and Sarfaraz Ahmed have been only in-form batsmen for the side while Azhar Ali, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik need to score runs if Pakistan wants to run England close in this game. Faheem Ashraf looked good as an all-rounder while Imad Wasim has been decent with the ball in hand. The pair of fast bowlers Junaid Khan and Mohammad Amir have been menacing with the ball as they showcased superior skills to derail Srilanka in the last game.
Sarfaraz Ahmed is our pick for Pakistan to score runs while Mohammad Amir is the bowler who will take 3 or more wickets against England.
Head to Head record: Total games 81: England 49 Pakistan 30 Tied 0 NR 2
Record in Champions Trophy: The sides have yet to play each other in this competition. But Sarfaraz Ahmed has won all the games against England in his captaincy stint.
Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy/Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Ben Stokes, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Jake Ball
Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Muhammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain and wk), Faheem Ashraf, Junaid Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Muhammad Amir.