Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed celebrates hitting the winning runs in the ICC Champions Trophy, Group B cricket match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, at the Cardiff Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, Monday June 12, 2017. (AP)
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.