Pakistan booked place in Champions Trophy final

Champions Trophy final

MNA Sports Desk: Pakistan booked their place in the Champions Trophy final with a crushing eight-wicket win over England in Cardiff on Wednesday.

Pakistan will now face title-holders Bangladesh in Sunday’s final at the Oval if their arch-rivals beat India in Thursday’s second semi-final at Edgbaston.

Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) all but ended previously unbeaten tournament hosts England’s slim hopes of victory with an opening stand of 118.

Paceman Hasan Ali led a disciplined attack with a man-of-the-match return of three for 35 from his maximum 10 overs.

Brief scores

England 211, 49.5 overs (Hasan Ali 3-35)

Pakistan 215-2, 37.1 overs (Azhar Ali 76, Fakhar Zaman 57)

Result: Pakistan won by eight wickets