Watch free live streaming of England vs Pakistan ICC Champions Trophy 2017 first semi-final. It is time for knockouts in the Champions Trophy, and in the first semis hosts, England meet unpredictable Pakistan. The PAK vs ENG semifinal match will be telecast live on Star Sports 1/HD and Star Sports 1 Hindi/HD in India. And free live streaming will be available on HotStar. The match will start from 3:00 PM IST onwards with the toss at 2:30 PM. Also Read - England Cricket Team to Travel Pakistan in 2021 After 16 Years for Two-Match T20I Series
After the hard fought group stage matches, Pakistan is one step away from their first place in the Champions Trophy final. The Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan are not only up against a home team but a side that has been unbeaten in the tournament so far. Also Catch- England vs Pakistan, Live Score, 1st Semi Final Also Read - Pakistan Invite England For Three-match T20 Series in January 2021
England, the 2013 runners-up, start as favourites, but it is Pakistans unpredictability that can catch them off-guard in this all-important clash. England defeated Bangladesh, New Zealand and Australia comprehensively to seal the semis spot. The Eoin Morgan side has been doing will in all the departments and will be confident going into this fixture. Also Read - Shoaib Akhtar to Replace Misbah-ul-Haq as Pakistan Cricket Team's Chief Selector, Former Pacer Says 'Discussions On' With PCB
There are unconfirmed reports that England could drop open Jason Roy after his string of poor performances and Jonny Bairstow will finally get a chance in this tournament. Apart from this, no other change is expected in England lineup. Also Read- Semi-final 1 Preview: Pakistan eye maiden Champions Trophy final berth against strong England
On the other hand, Pakistan could go in with spinner Shadab Khan in place of all-rounder Fahim Ashraf as the pitch for this tie will be the same one used during Green Shirts’ game against Sri Lanka.
Interestingly, the last time Pakistan and England met in the ODIs was at the same venue, Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, and the former won that game by chasing 303.
Likely England XI: Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Jake Ball.
Likely Pakistan XI: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan/Fahim Ashraf, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali.