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CT 2017, England vs Pakistan, Semi-Final : Pak beat Eng by 8 wickets, qualify for finals

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Cardiff, June 13 : Amazingly chasing an easy target of 212 runs Pakistan beat England by 8 wickets to qualify for finals in the Champions Trophy 2017.

Earlier, England were anticipated to face a strong pace attack against Pakistan in semis but visitors bowled fantastically and changed the scenario by setting an easy target of 212 runs for themselves.

Lets see, now who will made its spot in finals as its all depends on strikers and bowling of England.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl first against England in the race to enter in finals.

Here are the Updates : 

  • Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow began the proceeding for England, while Junaid Khan bowled the first over for Pakistan.
  • In the maiden over, England scored 5 runs.
  • Big blow for Pakistan, as they dismissed Alex Hales just for 13 runs.
  • England at 52 fo 1 Score after 10 overs.
  • After 20 overs, Eoin Morgan led squads at 93 with loss of two wickets.
  • At the end of 30 overs, England’s score 136 with 3 on stumps.
  • England at 169-6 in the end over 40 overs.

England : 1 Alex Hales, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Adil Rashid, 9 Liam Plunkett, 10 Mark Wood, 11 Jake Ball.

Jonny Bairstow replaced Jason Roy as Alex Hales’ opening partner.

Pakistan : 1 Azhar Ali, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Rumman Raees, 9 Shadab Khan, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Junaid Khan.

Rumman Raees is the replacement of Pak’s flamboyant player  Mohammad Amir as he is out due to back injury, while Shadab Khan has replaced Fahim Ashraf.

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FIFA 2018 World Cup: Belgium ride Lukaku brace to blank Panama 3-0

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Sochi, June 18: Belgium rode a second-half brace from Romelu Lukaku to blank Panama 3-0 in their Group G opener of the FIFA World Cup 2018 at the Fisht Stadium here on Monday.

After a barren first period, striker Lukaku scored in the 69th and 75th minute to ensure the victory after wide midfielder Dries Mertens drew first blood in the 47th minute.

The result means Belgium now have three points from one game while Panama are still to open their account. Belgium take on Tunisia next on June 23 while Panama face England the next day.

After a barren first period where minnows Panama looked to be punching above weight, it took Mertens two minutes into the second period to break the deadlock as the fleet-footed Napoli winger volleyed a crisp right-footer from the edge of the box into the left corner.

Soon after the goal, Panama’s Michael Murillo then drew a smart low save from Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as Roman Torres headed wide of target moments later.

Edgar Barcenas also came close to equalising before Lukaku doubled the tally for Belgium with a powerful header from close after being teed up beautifully by Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.

Six minutes later, the burly Lukaku got on the scoresheet once more, making the most of a quick counter-attack that saw Eden Hazard set up the Manchester United marksman who bulged the centre of the net with a left footer.

It was all Belgium from there on as they controlled ball possession and the game although Panama did not relent and kept looking for options to break.

The impressive Fidel Escobar tried to pull one back for Panama towards the dying minutes of the half as their coach Gomez Hernan brought in Gabriel Torres and Ismael Diaz to increase their attacking options. In the end, they failed to score as Belgium logged full points.

Earlier, the first half was all about Panama’s tenacity as their little-known defenders denied the star-studded Belgium team space.

Goalkeeper Jaime Penedo made three crucial saves to keep Roberto Martinez’s men at bay, the most vital being Hazard’s stinging right-footed effort saved acrobatically by the 36-year old, diving low to his bottom right corner.

Hazard missed a few more chances and so did Mertens. Lukaku had fewer touches of the ball than the two goalkeepers to sum up Belgium’s misery inside the box.

Panama failed to register a single attempt on target.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Sweden pip South Korea 1-0 in Group F clash

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Nizhny Novgorod (Russia), June 19: Sweden kicked off their FIFA 2018 World Cup campaign on a winning note as they pipped South Korea 1-0 in a Group F showdown at the Novgorod stadium here on Monday.

It was Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist’s 65th-minute penalty conversion which created the difference between the two sides. Granqvist took a penalty following a video review and slotted the ball into the bottom right corner, with the goalkeeper diving the other way.

This was South Korea’s first loss in their World Cup opener since 1998, reports Yonhap news agency.

South Korea put on some early pressure before Sweden turned the tide in their favour. For all their superior possession numbers early, South Korea made just one shot attempt, and none on target, in the first half, while Sweden had eight attempts, with two on target.

South Korea had a 4-3-3 formation to start the match, with a couple of surprises. In goal, Jo Hyeon-woo made his World Cup debut over supposed starter Kim Seung-gyu.

Kim Shin-wook, the tallest South Korean player at 197 centimetres, also got the nod as a starting forward up front, though he had been seen as a possible option off the bench. He was flanked by Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan.

Captain Ki Sung-yueng was the deeplying playmaker in midfield, with Koo Ja-cheol, captain at the 2014 World Cup, and Lee Jae-sung assigned attacking roles.

Kim Young-gwon, a center back from the much-maligned back line four years ago, was back in the same position, with new partner Jang Hyun-soo next to him this time. Park Joo-ho got into his first World Cup contest as the left back. Lee Yong, another returnee from four years ago, started on the right side.

South Korea spent most of the early moments in the Swedish zone, though they didn’t test Robin Olsen in net.

Sweden had the first real chance in the 17th minute, with center-back Granqvist jumping in on the attack following a Marcus Berg setup, only to have Kim Young-gwon make a solid clearance.

Then about four minutes later, Jo made an outstanding save to deny Marcus Berg from point-blank range at the left post, after the bouncing ball in a scramble landed on the Swedish forward’s foot.

After the ensuing corner, Pontus Jansson saw his header bounce wide of the target.

South Korea caught a tough break in the 26th, when Park Joo-ho went down with an apparent right leg injury after trying to keep a long, cross-field pass in play.

He landed hard on his right leg and grabbed the back of his thigh in pain immediately. Kim Min-woo replaced Park on defense.

Son tried to start something for South Korea in the 35th minute, charging down the right wing past multiple defenders, but his cross from deep in the box went nowhere.

Sweden kept the pressure on, but Jo made a fairly routine save on Granqvist’s shot from just inside the box in the 44th minute.

In stoppage time, Viktor Claesson soared to meet Mikael Lustig’s cross but missed the net to the right.

South Korea had a promising opportunity in the 52nd minute, when Koo, moments after getting stepped on by Sebastian Larsson, recovered to put a header to the side of the net.

Jo had to make another brilliant save in the 56th to keep the match scoreless, denying Ola Toivonen on a header following a Larsson free kick.

Jo and South Korea finally cracked just past the hour mark. Kim Min-woo would have gotten away with his tackle on Claesson in the past, but with the VAR in use for the first time, he couldn’t escape 33 cameras in the 65th minute. Granqvist converted the penalty kick from 12 yards out.

With Lee Seung-woo entering the match for Kim Shin-wook, South Korea switched to a 4-4-2 formation, but it did little to swing the pendulum.

South Korea’s last chance to draw level came during stoppage time, when Hwang Hee-chan’s header missed the net to the left.

South Korea kept buzzing around the Swedish net, with nothing to show for their effort. Second-half sub Lee Seung-woo, making his World Cup debut at 20 in the 73rd minute, failed to spark the stagnant offense.

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Australia slip to 34-year ranking low; placed 6th in ICC’s latest ODI Rankings

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Melbourne, June 18: Australia slipped to a 34-year low, dropping to the sixth position on the ICC’s latest ODI rankings table after losing the opening two fixtures of the ongoing five-match rubber against England.

The Kangaroos will need to win at least one of the three remaining games in the series to climb back above Pakistan to fifth.

According to cricket.com.au, the last time Australia found themselves in sixth position was way back in January 1984.

It has been a swift fall for the defending world champions in the recent past.

Less than two years ago, they were ranked No.1 heading into an away series against South Africa, where they were whitewashed 5-0.

Australia’s rankings situation reflects their downturn as an ODI side since beating Pakistan in a home series in January 2017. Thereafter, the five-time world champions have lost 13 of their 15 completed ODIs, in which time they have lost three successive bilateral series – to New Zealand, India and England – and exited the Champions Trophy at the group stage.

England, India and South Africa currently occupy the top three spots in the ICC One-Day International (ODI) rankings.

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