Match Over - Pakistan won by 8 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Pakistan, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
  • Referee: AJ Pycroft
  • When: 14 Jun 2017, 11:30 SAST
  • Winner: Pakistan
  • Man of the Match: Hasan Ali


  • Umpire1: RJ Tucker
  • Umpire2: M Erasmus
  • Third Umpire: CB Gaffaney



Overs: 49.5 / 50.0




Overs: 37.1 / 50.0


"Only Englishmen entertaining today are the commentators on Cricinfo!" Thanks, Uvindu. We'll take that

End of over 36. 13 runs this over. 200/2 after 214 balls.
Babar Azam 37 (43b 2x4 1x6 ) BA Stokes 2-0-32-0
Mohammad Hafeez 17 (14b 0x4 2x6 ) more

"Ordained champions are on their way out. Real cricket is played on the pitch...not in the TV studio," mithers Delboy. On the pitch, between the ears - but definitely not on paper

The umpires then inform Morgan that he had too many men outside the circle, so it is therefore a no-ball... and a free hit

End of over 35. 4 runs this over. 187/2 after 210 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez 10 (11b 0x4 1x6 ) JT Ball 8-0-37-1
Babar Azam 33 (41b 1x4 1x6 ) more

On come the drinks for the final time in this match. Pakistan need 25 to win, with eight wickets in hand and surely even the most battle-scarred of their supporters can't fail to believe they are going to pull this off

Short midwicket and short cover in, England trying (in vain) to squeeze...

End of over 34. 7 runs this over. 183/2 after 204 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez 7 (7b 0x4 1x6 ) AU Rashid 10-0-54-1
Babar Azam 32 (39b 1x4 1x6 ) more

Here's Alan

Rohan: "Andrew, I know you are not gonna like this but YJB brought bad juju with him to the team. Roy was the lucky charm and sometimes you carry low scores for that. Remember Ind won the '83 WC without a significant score from Gavaskar!" YJB. J is for Jonah?

Khalid: "Andrew, you seem hard set on jinxing PK. " They are perfectly capable of jinxing themselves, they don't need any help!

End of over 33. 2 runs this over. 175/2 after 197 balls.
Babar Azam 30 (37b 1x4 1x6 ) JT Ball 7-0-32-1
Mohammad Hafeez 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Adnan Afzal: "I want to read Kimber's article today after Pakistan is through to the final. He's been very critical about Pakistan's performance as of late. " With good reason, I hasten to add. But he will be loving this, I guarantee you!

Taseer: "Here comes the collapse *starts biting fingernails*" Breathe, Taseer. It's going to be okay...

It shouldn't matter. Repeat, it shouldn't matter. Pakistan are utterly bossing it. But Azhar was the rock of their run-chase. C'mon then, middle order. Over to you!

End of over 32. 4 runs this over. 173/1 after 192 balls.
Babar Azam 30 (36b 1x4 1x6 ) AU Rashid 9-0-47-1
Azhar Ali 76 (98b 5x4 1x6 ) more

mulavamsi: "While everyone expected Pakistan to mess up the run chase and give a thriller, they have given us the most stable chase in recent past. Once again living upto their standard of being unpredictable!" I know, only Pakistan can make unpredictable boring!

James: "Not to take anything away from Pakistan, but this is shocking from England. Just shocking." It has been abject, yes. But that bowling spell from Hasan in particular was world-class

End of over 31. 3 runs this over. 169/1 after 186 balls.
Babar Azam 29 (32b 1x4 1x6 ) JT Ball 6-0-30-0
Azhar Ali 73 (96b 5x4 1x6 ) more

So, is there any hope for England whatsoever? Well, my Victoria Park midweek league team, the Camel, fought back from 61 for 1 in six overs to 77 all out last night. So anything can happen in cricket. But, ahem, let's be serious about this!

Azhar: "@huzair please don't say that. Not to mention what happened with Quetta each time in the finals."

End of over 30. 3 runs this over. 166/1 after 180 balls.
Azhar Ali 72 (92b 5x4 1x6 ) AU Rashid 8-0-43-1
Babar Azam 27 (30b 1x4 1x6 ) more

huzair: "Sarfaraz has a tendency for leading underdogs to the finals of big tourneys. Quetta Gladiators twice and now his national side. "

End of over 29. 6 runs this over. 163/1 after 174 balls.
Azhar Ali 72 (89b 5x4 1x6 ) LE Plunkett 6-0-33-0
Babar Azam 24 (27b 1x4 1x6 ) more

Salman: "Shot of the day by Azhar Ali." I'll say!

Waleed Irfan: "OMG... Is this really happening? Is Pakistan really headed to the finals? So so so proud of the boys! Wahab's injury proving to be a blessing in disguise, and thankfully Shehzad flopped against India just for Fakhar to get a chance... Oh boy! So close!" It was written in the stars...

Zubair : "Andrew, Ramiz Raja predicted Pak Vs Ind in the final at start of CT2017. Well, that looked silly at that moment but I guess he predicted right." Shabash Ramiz. I trust everyone around him laughed like drains

Breado: "Before this tournament, all the talk was that Pakistan needs to stop playing like it's the 80's or 90's. Their 1st match vs India confirmed that. What the hell happened? I now know nothing about cricket. " It's like Brexit, Trump and the general election. No-one knows anything any more! What a time to be alive!

End of over 28. 5 runs this over. 157/1 after 167 balls.
Babar Azam 23 (22b 1x4 1x6 ) AU Rashid 7-0-40-1
Azhar Ali 67 (87b 4x4 1x6 ) more

Real: "Only saving grace this tournament has been the upset, else all matches have been dud one sided, longest one won with 8 balls remaining and 7 wickets, that easy." Oh come off it, that's a bit like saying the only saving grace of a summer holiday is the sunshine

End of over 27. 3 runs this over. 152/1 after 162 balls.
Azhar Ali 67 (87b 4x4 1x6 ) LE Plunkett 5-0-27-0
Babar Azam 19 (17b 0x4 1x6 ) more

Ameer Bakht: "Pakistan is just a sleeping Lion, when it roars nothing stands in the way. " Lion? Tiger? Ocelot? I can't keep up

Out of the box : "The only way England can win this is by taking hat-trick - thrice. " This is about the measure of it

Zafar: "Isn't Panicistan panicking?" Not even a mild yelp on the horizon

Sabbir Chowdhur: "Is this like the team that won them the WC1992? The situations are pretty much similar!" They couldn't be much more similar, except if they'd been facing each other in the final

End of over 26. 7 runs this over. 149/1 after 156 balls.
Babar Azam 18 (16b 0x4 1x6 ) AU Rashid 6-0-35-1
Azhar Ali 65 (82b 4x4 1x6 ) more

Guru: "Andrew, never count Pakistan out of losing the game in any situation EVER." Spoken like a pro

Dewan Bhutta: "This match is turning out to be a one-sided affair. As expected. Just roles reversed " This is also true. Though I thought I hedged my bets with aplomb in the preview!

End of over 25. 4 runs this over. 142/1 after 150 balls.
Babar Azam 13 (12b 0x4 1x6 ) LE Plunkett 4-0-24-0
Azhar Ali 63 (80b 4x4 1x6 ) more

Chandan Tahasil: "This will test England's metal. Throughout the series they were never in this position. Do they have the skill and will to bounce back?" Err ... I somehow doubt it!

Hussain Cheema: "Required rate under 3 now.. Just need one run off every 2 balls" What. Could. Possibly. Go. Wrong? No...seriously!

End of over 24. 10 runs this over. 138/1 after 144 balls.
Azhar Ali 61 (78b 4x4 1x6 ) AU Rashid 5-0-28-1
Babar Azam 11 (8b 0x4 1x6 ) more

Yash: "India easily dismantled Pakistan when they were unsettled. If they happen to meet in the final, I wouldn't hesitate to say that Pakistan could be favourites, given their inspired comeback. I can only hope their nerves get to them if they play India in the final. " They certainly have absolutely nothing to lose ... they thought they'd already lost the lot!

Bilal Athar: "Last Champions Trophy was England's best shot at a 50 over international trophy but they fell victim to an all time great in Ishant Sharma." Something like that...

End of over 23. 6 runs this over. 128/1 after 138 balls.
Azhar Ali 59 (76b 4x4 1x6 ) MA Wood 8-1-37-0
Babar Azam 3 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Harshal: "So is the pitch as bad as England made it out to be in the first innings, or is this poor English bowling?" It wasn't bad so much as receptive ... to traditional old-school 90mph howling-banshee Pakistan reverse swing!

RandomFan: "Pak tend to lose wickets in clumps, and we all know what happens at a sccore of 123... #hope" it's 126 now... #despair

Have to say, there's no sense of Pakistan, unlike the Sri Lanka chase. Maybe that shambolic match has anaesthetised all nerves ...

End of over 22. 4 runs this over. 122/1 after 132 balls.
Azhar Ali 55 (73b 4x4 1x6 ) AU Rashid 4-0-18-1
Babar Azam 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Sandeep Jawahar: "England has to go with a crazy strategy now to get them all out, coz this is becoming too predictable now." I tell you, Joe Root is the man

Is it too little, too late? It is surely too little, too late. But how's your nerves, Karachi?

End of over 21. 6 runs this over. 117/0 after 125 balls.
Fakhar Zaman 56 (56b 7x4 1x6 ) MA Wood 7-1-30-0
Azhar Ali 52 (69b 4x4 1x6 ) more

hamad: "This is exactly the type of innings I want from azhar - score at a strike rate of 70-80, rotate the strike and dull out the opening bowlers!" Exactly. He was a major factor in Pakistan becoming the No. 1 Test team last year. Fakhar is the perceived dangerman, but England cannot unless they dislodge Azhar ...

Anupam: "@Carl Whyte: This is not a choke, this is a superb performance by an inspired team. England choked only in 1992 final, post that they have always been rubbish till 2015 WC. They did not choke in T20 WC final, they were Braithwathed!!" This is much closer to the truth

End of over 20. 3 runs this over. 111/0 after 120 balls.
Azhar Ali 47 (67b 3x4 1x6 ) AU Rashid 3-0-14-0
Fakhar Zaman 56 (53b 7x4 1x6 ) more

carl whyte: "Nothing new, another choke in a major ODI event, even with home turf advantage AGAIN, by the POME...chortle" To be fair, England tend not to choke. They tend to be rubbish in the first place. This is subtly different to the norm

End of over 19. 3 runs this over. 108/0 after 114 balls.
Azhar Ali 45 (62b 3x4 1x6 ) MA Wood 6-1-24-0
Fakhar Zaman 55 (52b 7x4 1x6 ) more

It's all too easy for Pakistan. England have failed to find anything like the assistance from the conditions. That said, Hasan Ali and Junaid in particular bowled stunningly well, with swing, pace and aggression.

Umar Farooq, our Pakistan correspondent, has the lowdown on his country's man of the moment. "He was born in Katlang - a small town in Mardan District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - before moving to Karachi at the age of 16 to join the Pakistan Navy. He had a year-long schooling at Pakistan Navy School Bahadur in Karachi, where he learned how to survive the seas before parting ways to embrace cricket formally. His team-mates call him fauji (soldier)."

End of over 18. 6 runs this over. 105/0 after 108 balls.
Fakhar Zaman 55 (52b 7x4 1x6 ) MM Ali 1-0-6-0
Azhar Ali 42 (56b 3x4 1x6 ) more

It's time for drinks in Cardiff, England are supping theirs in the last-chance saloon. You can read up on Fakhar Zaman with this piece from Umar Farooq and then send your best to Miller, who's going to ride the bronco through the middle overs...

End of over 17. 4 runs this over. 99/0 after 102 balls.
Azhar Ali 41 (53b 3x4 1x6 ) AU Rashid 2-0-11-0
Fakhar Zaman 50 (49b 6x4 1x6 ) more

"Being in US and work hours, really missing Pakistan playing like this. It's been a long while. Thanks cricinfo for bringing the action live to us!" Drink it in, Awais. However improbable, your boys are back

End of over 16. 7 runs this over. 95/0 after 96 balls.
Fakhar Zaman 48 (47b 6x4 1x6 ) LE Plunkett 3-0-20-0
Azhar Ali 39 (49b 3x4 1x6 ) more

Donald J. Trump: "Despite the constant negative attitude covfefe, Pakistan have turned it around. Enjoy" More proof that the Donald is a cricket fan

End of over 15. 7 runs this over. 88/0 after 90 balls.
Fakhar Zaman 43 (43b 5x4 1x6 ) AU Rashid 1-0-7-0
Azhar Ali 37 (47b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 14. 3 runs this over. 81/0 after 84 balls.
Fakhar Zaman 37 (38b 4x4 1x6 ) LE Plunkett 2-0-13-0
Azhar Ali 36 (46b 3x4 1x6 ) more

"Where is the original Pakistan team and what have you done with them?" demands Funkypyjama... India burned them so hard in Birmingham that they were forced to regenerate, phoenix-like

End of over 13. 12 runs this over. 78/0 after 77 balls.
Azhar Ali 34 (44b 3x4 1x6 ) BA Stokes 2-0-19-0
Fakhar Zaman 36 (33b 4x4 1x6 ) more

"England losing the plot here. Moeen Ali should have been introduced by now," growls Adam. Pretty soon they won't have enough to play with to bowl spin...

Jehangir Iqbal: "England's been covefefeed..." Co ve fi fo fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman?

End of over 12. 10 runs this over. 66/0 after 72 balls.
Azhar Ali 23 (39b 2x4 0x6 ) LE Plunkett 1-0-10-0
Fakhar Zaman 36 (33b 4x4 1x6 ) more

"Pakistan please carry on with this momentum, today no mini heart attacks please," pleads Shabaib Abdulla. I'm making noooooo guarantees

End of over 11. 7 runs this over. 56/0 after 66 balls.
Fakhar Zaman 30 (30b 3x4 1x6 ) BA Stokes 1-0-7-0
Azhar Ali 19 (36b 2x4 0x6 ) more

"Doomaloid : a euphemism for when things go to stink. England's day so far is a bonafide example of Doomaloid." Nice wordage, damian. It's doom and gloomaloid out there (the Pakistan fans excepted)

Here's Alex: "@Daniel, easier said than done; they said for the SA-India game that they tried to prepare a different pitch but with the lack of sun they wouldn't have been able to get it ready in time and were forced into an already used pitch"

One slip in but a couple of men now back on the hook

End of over 10. 8 runs this over. 49/0 after 60 balls.
Azhar Ali 14 (33b 1x4 0x6 ) JT Ball 5-0-27-0
Fakhar Zaman 28 (27b 3x4 1x6 ) more

"Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." That's pretty much what has happened to England so far...

"Azhar Ali should rotate strike better," huffs Sid. "For an opener who is not aggressive he should at least try to give strike to the other batsman"

End of over 9. 6 runs this over. 41/0 after 54 balls.
Fakhar Zaman 21 (23b 2x4 1x6 ) MA Wood 5-1-21-0
Azhar Ali 13 (31b 1x4 0x6 ) more

"Why aren't they using a different pitch to one played on just a few days ago, doesn't make sense," grumbles Daniel. "I may be a stroppy England fan here but it's just ruined this match as far as I'm concerned." Well, it's a questioned of how many the groundsman can prepare... Maybe they are all used. But I don't know the specifics

End of over 8. 5 runs this over. 35/0 after 48 balls.
Azhar Ali 12 (29b 1x4 0x6 ) JT Ball 4-0-19-0
Fakhar Zaman 16 (19b 1x4 1x6 ) more

""Is it wooden ball?" No, Asim Mubeen... It's a leather one like normal' - Alan - He is referring to Wood & Ball." You know what, Satheesh, I think you might be right...

End of over 7. 1 runs this over. 30/0 after 42 balls.
Azhar Ali 8 (25b 0x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 4-1-15-0
Fakhar Zaman 15 (17b 1x4 1x6 ) more

Meanwhile, here's some pics of the action so far...

End of over 6. 3 runs this over. 29/0 after 36 balls.
Azhar Ali 8 (20b 0x4 0x6 ) JT Ball 3-0-14-0
Fakhar Zaman 15 (16b 1x4 1x6 ) more

"Is it wooden ball?" No, Asim Mubeen... It's a leather one like normal

odrivel: "The chances of this being published are probably less than zero but, `who is this [redacted]?'" Just caught it...

End of over 5. 3 runs this over. 26/0 after 30 balls.
Fakhar Zaman 14 (13b 1x4 1x6 ) MA Wood 3-0-15-0
Azhar Ali 6 (17b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"England need to ball right and not try to overdo," murmurs Pprasadd. "The pitch will help only if you are disciplined."

End of over 4. 5 runs this over. 23/0 after 24 balls.
Azhar Ali 5 (13b 0x4 0x6 ) JT Ball 2-0-11-0
Fakhar Zaman 12 (11b 1x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 3. 2 runs this over. 18/0 after 18 balls.
Azhar Ali 5 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) MA Wood 2-0-12-0
Fakhar Zaman 7 (9b 0x4 1x6 ) more

"Before the match started, everybody thought it is a cake walk for England. But now match is on," roars Dhilip. "They need to bowl really well. Pakistan bowled really well. I am looking for India versus Pakistan final. "

"Pakistan had 6 extras the whole of englands innings and england have 6 extras in the first 7 balls," observes nick roots. They've gone to pieces already...

End of over 2. 6 runs this over. 16/0 after 11 balls.
Fakhar Zaman 6 (7b 0x4 1x6 ) JT Ball 1-0-6-0
Azhar Ali 4 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Steady, steady... We've got a long way to go

"First six of the game..." notes Skander, of Zaman's skier

End of over 1. 10 runs this over. 10/0 after 5 balls.
Fakhar Zaman 6 (3b 0x4 1x6 ) MA Wood 1-0-10-0
Azhar Ali 3 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Here's CCB: "Hey, I've been trying to get you to use the phrase 'knock on Wood' a few times in reference to the Mighty Mighty Bosstones' hit 'The Impression That I Get' as an in-joke that maybe five or six or your readers will get. But you're not playing along. Any chance you could make a nervous England fan happy just this once? Talk to you soon!" What a tune... Pakistan knocked on Wood a couple of times in that over

Here's Kiran: "Not the English score, but I can definitely see Pakistan winning this match (at least if they do their basics well). Keeping the rain interrupted matches aside, all matches (except 2) are won by teams chasing. The two lost chases are because of batsmen not putting enough value on the wicket and not taking it deep. If Pak batsmen take it easy and not push panic button even if they are able to reach 80/2 in 30 overs, they can definitely win."

Azhar AliB JT Ball761291005176
Fakhar ZamanSt. JC Buttler AU Rashid5789587198.28
Babar Azamnot out 3865452184.44
Mohammad Hafeeznot out 31242132147.62
Shoaib Malik -
Sarfraz Ahmed -
Imad Wasim -
Rumman Raees -
Shadab Khan -
Hasan Ali -
Junaid Khan -
Total 215/2
MA Wood8.013704.63
JT Ball8.003714.63
BA Stokes3.1038012
LE Plunkett6.003305.5
AU Rashid10.005415.4
MM Ali2.001507.5