Pakistan wins toss, will bowl 1st against England

Published On: June 14, 2017 03:13 PM NPT By: Associated Press

CARDIFF, Wales, June 14:  Pakistan won the toss and chose to bowl first against England on Wednesday in the Champions Trophy semifinals at Sophia Gardens.

Two-time runner-up England made one change from the team which beat Australia in the group stage, bringing in Jonny Bairstow for out-of-form opener Jason Roy. Bairstow, who has an average of almost 40 from 26 ODIs, is set to open the batting for England for the first time.

Three-time semifinalist Pakistan made two changes from the team which survived a batting collapse to beat Sri Lanka on the same pitch in Cardiff on Monday. Left-arm quick Mohammad Amir is out after a back spasm, replaced by medium-fast Rumman Raees, and legspinner Shadab Khan comes in for seamer Fahim Ashraf.

India plays Bangladesh on Thursday at Edgbaston in the other semifinal match.



England: Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (captain), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jake Ball, Mark Wood.

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

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