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15 August 2017 15:30 (IST)

1st Test,
West Indies tour of England, 2017, Birmingham

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17 August 2017 18:30 (IST)

2-day practice match,
Australia tour of Bangladesh, 2017, Fatullah

Bangladesh vs Australia

22 August 2017 09:30 (IST)

1st Semi-Final (A1 v B2), Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, 14 June 2017

England vs Pakistan

Pakistan 2nd Inn:215/2 (37.1)

Mohammad Hafeez* 31 (21);Babar Azam 38 (45);
Ben Stokes* 3.1-0-38-0; Moeen Ali 2-0-15-0;

Last bat: Azhar Ali

Result: Pakistan won by 8 wkts.

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Pakistan Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Azhar Ali b J Ball 76 100 5 1 76
Fakhar Zaman st Jos Buttler & b Adil Rashid 57 58 7 1 98.28
Babar Azam not out 38 45 2 1 84.44
Mohammad Hafeez not out 31 21 3 2 147.62
Shoaib Malik dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Sarfraz Ahmed(c) & (wk) dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Imad Wasim dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Rumman Raees dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Shadab Khan dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Hasan Ali dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Junaid Khan dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 1, w - 11, nb - 1)13
Total(215 for 2 in 37.1 overs)215 (5.78 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/118 (Fakhar Zaman, 21.1 ov.) 2/173 (Azhar Ali, 32.2 ov.)  
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Mark Wood 8 1 37 0 4.63 (2w)
Jake Ball 8 0 37 1 4.63 (6w)
Ben Stokes 3.1 0 38 0 11.99 (2w)
Liam Plunkett 6 0 33 0 5.5  
Adil Rashid 10 0 54 1 5.4 (1w)
Moeen Ali 2 0 15 0 7.5  
               

England Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Jonny Bairstow c Hafeez & b Hasan Ali 43 57 4 0 75.44
Alex Hales c Babar Azam & b Raees 13 13 2 0 100
Joe Root c Sarfraz & b Shadab Khan 46 56 2 0 82.14
Eoin Morgan(c) c Sarfraz & b Hasan Ali 33 53 4 0 62.26
Ben Stokes c Hafeez & b Hasan Ali 34 64 0 0 53.13
Jos Buttler(wk) c Sarfraz & b Junaid Khan 4 7 0 0 57.14
Moeen Ali c Fakhar Zaman & b Junaid Khan 11 14 2 0 78.57
Adil Rashid runout ((sub)Ahmed Shehzad) 7 13 0 0 53.85
Liam Plunkett c Azhar Ali & b Raees 9 14 1 0 64.29
Mark Wood runout (Sarfraz) 3 5 0 0 60
Jake Ball not out 2 5 0 0 40
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 1, w - 3, nb - 2)6
Total(211 all out in 49.5 overs)211 (4.23 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/34 (Alex Hales, 5.5 ov.) 2/80 (Jonny Bairstow, 16.3 ov.) 3/128 (Joe Root, 27.3 ov.)
4/141 (Eoin Morgan, 31.4 ov.) 5/148 (Jos Buttler, 34.1 ov.) 6/162 (Moeen Ali, 38.3 ov.)
7/181 (Adil Rashid, 43.3 ov.) 8/201 (Ben Stokes, 47.4 ov.) 9/206 (Liam Plunkett, 48.5 ov.)
10/211 (Mark Wood, 49.5 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Junaid Khan 8.5 0 42 2 4.76  
Rumman Raees 9 0 44 2 4.89 (2w)
Imad Wasim 5 0 16 0 3.2  
Shadab Khan 9 0 40 1 4.44  
Hasan Ali 10 0 35 3 3.5 (1w)
Mohammad Hafeez 8 0 33 0 4.13  
               
All|Overs 1-50
6

Wood to Fakhar Zaman, SIX, top-edge and six, Pakistan will not mind as to how the runs come, this is the first maximum of the day. Banged in short and just outside off, Fakhar swivelled across on the pull, didn't get hold of the shot, gets a fat top-edge that sails over the keeper's head, sails all the way over the ropes for a maximum

4

Ball to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, Fakhar will fight fire with fire, charged down the track, Ball drags the length short. He wasn't in complete control over the pull, manages to get it into the gap past square leg and into the fence

4

Ball to Azhar Ali, FOUR, cracking shot, too short and too wide from Ball. Azhar can afford to stay back as he punches it to the right of point, beats the fielder in the ring and rolls away to the fence

4

Wood to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, England are bleeding runs here, short and just outside off, Fakhar shuffles across and clears square leg with the pull, no one in the deep and it's another boundary for Fakhar

4

Ball to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, cracking shot, too short from Ball, not much venom behind the ball, Fakhar swivels across and pulls it in front of square on the on-side, beats mid-wicket and rolls away to the fence

4

to Azhar Ali, FOUR, that's easy pickings for Azhar, short and angling down the leg-side, Azhar swivels across, rolls his wrists and helps it on its way. Just a few yards to the right of Rashid, but he has no chance

4

to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, poor line from , full and on Fakhar's pads, he gets inside the line and helps it on its way, goes fine and into the fence

6

to Azhar Ali, SIX, top-edge and six, banged in short and down the leg-side, Azhar was swivelling across on the pull - for a change, he doesn't roll his wrists over it, the top-edge went in the air and flying over Rashid at long leg

4

to Azhar Ali, FOUR, wowww! Look at the Pakistani fans dance in the stands. England under serious pressure, tournament favourites mind you. bowls full and outside off stump, Azhar Ali leans forward and cracks a lovely square-drive through point to beat the man sweeping the off-side fence

4

Rashid to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, long-off inside the ring, Fakhar jumps out of the crease, this is Rashid's first over and he is key to England's success with the surface being on the slower side, Fakhar knows that very well and doesn't want to let the bowler settle. He got to the pitch of the ball and thrashed this over the infield for a one-bounce four

4

to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, this lad doesn't have a great technique, but the intensity with which he is batting is helping succeed. Another fine hit to the fence. Shortish from , a nothing ball, Fakhar pulls through mid-wicket and it escapes for four

OT

Rashid to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, fifty for the 27-year-old and it's come off just 49 balls and that too in a knockout game. Well done sir! Gets a great round of applause from the crowd and the dresing room, coach Micky Arthur stands and applauds. This delivery was on the pads, Fakhar works it into the on-side

OT

Ali to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, century partnership gets the Pakistani fans going once again. Full and outside off stump, Fakhar drives it through cover

4

Ali to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, he's teased the bowler by exposing the sticks, Mo went for the stumps and that's exactly what Fakhar Zaman wanted. The length was full and the ball was smashed over cover

4

Wood to Azhar Ali, FOUR, 11th ODI fifty for Azhar Ali - the second of the tournament. Shortish and outside off stump, Azhar Ali waits for the ball to come and guides it to third man, beats the fielder's dive. Another sensible knock from the opener

OT

Wood to Fakhar Zaman, no run, a desperate review from England more than anything else. Shortish delivery angled in, Fakhar Zaman missed the pull, the ball brushed the back leg. "That has hit the back pocket," says third umpire. No evidence of an edge on HotSpot and UltraEdge

W

Rashid to Fakhar Zaman, out Stumped!! Fakhar Zaman is walking. He's dragged his back foot out of the crease he tries to target the mid-wicket fence with a maximum. This wasn't the leggie as Fakhar expected. Spun past him and the momentum of the wild swing got him out of the crease. Buttler was calm and quick to check the bails off. Finally, England get a wicket, only after an excellent 118-run opening stand. Fakhar Zaman st Buttler b Rashid 57(58) [4s-7 6s-1]

6

Rashid to Babar Azam, SIX, down the track and that's a flat hit. He got very close to the pitch of the ball and launched this loft over mid-on, had enough legs to clear the rope, just 78 needed now

4

Rashid to Babar Azam, FOUR, flat and short, the batsman tramples back to plumett the pull away with all his sinews working in tandem. The man at deepish mid-wicket can only escort the ball to the fence

4

to Azhar Ali, FOUR, straight drive, the vintage Ali from the Whites has come out to bat today! That was pitched up and Azhar Ali leant his willow onto the drive to send it screeching down the ground. The bowler tried to boot it but could not

W

Ball to Azhar Ali, out Bowled!! A soft dismissal. A tired one. A slower bumper and the batsman came down the track for the forehanded pull but could only manage to chalk an under-edge onto the sticks. The ball held onto the batsman and he played his shot too early for Ball to get a wicket. Lucky but too late for England to make something out of this. Only 39 needed. Azhar Ali b Ball 76(100) [4s-5 6s-1]

6

Rashid to Hafeez, SIX, that was as easy as baking a pie is! Just went aerial down the ground. The backlift into the stroke and the ball went over the long-off region for a well timed sixer

6

to Hafeez, SIX, and it has gone all the way over long-on. Was a slower short ball and Hafeez waited before slapping with a forehand, clears the fence

4

to Babar Azam, FOUR, that's as authorative as Pakistan's display today. Was a half-volley just outside off and Babar Azam leaned into it and then cracked past cover. The ball races to the sweeper fence

4

Ali to Hafeez, FOUR, short ball that turns in, Hafeez goes back and then cuts through cover. No one in the deep and Pakistan trudge closer

4

Ali to Hafeez, FOUR, room again, cut again. Manages to find the gap once again, this time square on the off-side. There is no protection near the fence

4

to Hafeez, FOUR, short ball. Pulled to the deep backward square leg fence. This catapults Pakistan into the final. An 8-wicket win. As authoritative as a win can get.

OT

Khan to Bairstow, no run, second ball we have a review. Not given for lbw. And Sarfraz after talking to Khan goes up. No inside edge onto the pad. Ball-tracking is next - two reds and it is umpire's call on clipping. Since Erasmus didn't give it, Pakistan will lose a review. In the first over. Now they have to get through the innings without one. The reactions from both camps say it all. Khan and Pakistan can't believe it. Bairstow meanwhile heaves a sigh of relief. That was very close. Pitched in-line, rushed past the flick and hit the pad near the kneeroll. Bairstow was trying to play across the line and is very very lucky to be out there. Another umpire and that would've been out

4

Khan to Hales, FOUR, Khan went full and Hales drove that wide of mid-off. High elbow and the full bat face presented and it raced away. Once he beat the mid-off fielder, it was always four. First test of the outfield and it passes with flying colours

4

Khan to Bairstow, FOUR, aims to unsettle Khan's length by shuffling across. Went to off and then flicked it over square leg. Too far a chase for long leg. First boundary for Bairstow

4

Khan to Bairstow, FOUR, sits back and then short-arm jabs the short of length delivery on the stumps over mid-wicket. Connected well and he will get successive boundaries. That was just all wristwork

OT

to Hales, no run, given out lbw by Rod Tucker. Hales has a chat with Bairstow. And reviews. "Looks like no bat" says the third umpire. Could be umpire's call at worst. Let's see. Waiting for ball-tracking. Everyone are looking at the big screen. It has pitched outside leg. So Hales will survive. Micky Arthur shakes his head. Is very unhappy. That swung in the air, and beat Hales's flick. But pitched marginally, ever so outside leg and that's why Tucker's decision will be reversed. Two lbw calls that haven't gone Pakistan's way. The luck is with England at the moment. "Millimetres" says Nass on air. Micky Arthur put his head down as soon as the decision came

4

Khan to Hales, FOUR, the slower delivery goes wrong. Gave Hales width outside off and the option to free the arms. Too full and smashed wide of mid-off

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, he wants to get forward at every chance and this one has been driven straight of mid-off. Lots of bottom-hand in that stroke and it raced away past the dive. Need to have the mid-off and mid-on a lot straighter. To me they are a bit wide

W

to Hales, out Caught by Babar Azam!! Big smile from . He has his revenge and his maiden ODI wicket. Well deserved too. He has bowled well than Junaid and reaps the rewards now. Hales wanted to dominate - that's how he plays, but this time the bat turned in his hands as he came down the track, looking to go over cover. Finds the man at the edge of the ring. Easy catch and Pakistan break through. Hales c Babar Azam b 13(13) [4s-2]

4

to Root, FOUR, anything on the leg-stump for Root and he will put you away. This is just a well-timed shot off the pads and it has gone past mid-wicket in a flash. Races away

D

to Bairstow, 1 run, great effort by Azhar Ali at mid-wicket. Had he hung on, would've been the catch of the tournament so far. The pull came off the toe end, but still had enough meat to hit the top of the hands of Azhar. Leaping to his fullest height. Since he was airborne and the momentum wasn't there, he couldn't grab the rebound which fell a few paces behind him. Looks disappointed, but that was a tremendous effort just to put in the leap in the first place

4

Khan to Root, FOUR, another half-tracker, too easy for Root to rock back and pull. Beats deep square with ease to his left. Had to choose his spot and did so with disdain

4

Khan to Bairstow, FOUR, brutalised by Bairstow. He has seen the tossed up delivery outside off and smashed it just wide of Tucker's right. Good job that the umpire got out of the way of that one. Bairstow didn't hold back and it was all bottom-hand on the stroke. Races to the fence in a flash

D

Khan to Bairstow, 1 run, dropped by Babar at slip and Hasan Ali at short third man on the dive can't catch the rebound. Khan is a disappointed lad. Brilliant captaincy by Sarfraz to get the slip in and put pressure on Bairstow. A slash from Bairstow and the edge went at a catchable height. Burst through the reverse-cupped hands. The rebound was there to be taken as well. But the dive wasn't enough. Lands in front of the pacer. That's three close shaves for Bairstow till now

W

Ali to Bairstow, out Caught by Hafeez!! No more luck for Bairstow. He holes out. Went back to pull a short of length delivery, but short-arm jabbed it. The fielder at square leg was halfway from the boundary. Easily held. Had Bairstow gone for the full-blooded pull, would've cleared Hafeez. A good innings, but just when he should've kicked on, has thrown it away. Bairstow c Hafeez b Ali 43(57) [4s-4]

4

Ali to Eoin Morgan, FOUR, was there glove on that? Yes there was. Sarfraz was a bit slow on the dive to his right. Shortish and angled into the ribcage, Eoin Morgan gloved the pull and the ball escaped under the right mitt. Didn't even touch it I think. Will go down as a half-a-chance. Sarfraz was definitely slow there

4

to Eoin Morgan, FOUR, trifle short from , Eoin Morgan picks it and goes back to pull, beats deep mid-wicket to his right. Didn't time it as well as he would've liked to. But a pressure-releasing boundary

OT

Khan to Eoin Morgan, no run, given out caught at slip. Eoin Morgan immediately goes for a review. Was there glove? Or just straight off the forearm? No bat for sure. Missed the top edge. UltraEdge in and no glove. Off the forearm. They are checking for the lbw as well. Two reds but going over. The third umpire going through all the protocols checking for possible modes of dismissal. Brilliant. Eoin Morgan went for the reverse sweep and the bounce ensured it missed the glove. It looped to slip. But since England had a review, Morgan will stay. Tucker thought it was off the glove, but replays proved him wrong

4

Khan to Eoin Morgan, FOUR, "nayi" is the shout of anguish from Sarfraz. After Khan overpitches outside off, no-one sweeping on the off-side. The googly went too full and Eoin Morgan timed the cover drive past the fielders

W

Khan to Root, out Caught by Sarfraz!! Again Tucker has the finger raised. This time Root waits for the call and then walks off. Clear edge and Khan roars in delight. Root walks off smashing the bat into the turf in disgust. This leggie bounced more than Root anticipated, went for the booming cut and a fine edge, clear audible nick as well and well held by Sarfraz. will be more confident after that wicket. Replays show that Root was a tad slow in transferring the weight on the back foot. Back issue could be the reason. Root c Sarfraz b Khan 46(56) [4s-2]

4

Khan to Eoin Morgan, FOUR, takes the reverse sweep option and gets it over backward point. Pitched around leg and he got it aerially over the fielder's head. Hit well too

W

Ali to Eoin Morgan, out Caught by Sarfraz!! There comes the trademark Ali celebration. Lovely lovely to see. Must be one of the best, if not the best in world cricket at the moment. A vicious fist punch into the air and then swings the arms back to complete the move. Making a sort of irregular shaped 'W'. Sheer frustration from Eoin Morgan, as he was tied down, unable to break free. Wants to increase the scoring rate, and perishes in the process. Rushes down the track, but it is wide of his reach, throws his bat and the thin nick is found. Sarfraz takes it and runs off celebrating. Lands up somewhere near backward point. He doesn't care and the Pakistani contingent are blowing their trumpets, horns off in delight. Big big wicket. Eoin Morgan c Sarfraz b Ali 33(53) [4s-4]

W

Khan to Buttler, out Caught by Sarfraz!! First ball after the break and Buttler is gone. Buttler hung his bat to dry to a length ball angling across. Tiny feather and taken by Sarfraz. Who is very happy. That was a nothing shot from Buttler and he knows it. What a wicket again for Pakistan. Now the onus on Stokes to take them to a defendable total. Buttler c Sarfraz b Khan 4(7)

4

Ali to Moeen Ali, FOUR, in the air, but wide of backward point. Full and wide of off, Moeen Ali threw the bat and connected. Lazy effort from Fakhar at sweeper cover, lets the ball go under his body. Runs away to the fence. Moeen Ali and England needed that. They were under the cosh

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, heaves it away to the deep mid-wicket fence. That area is open and Moeen Ali picked the tossed up delivery to send it there. Long-on and deep square can't cut it off either. A much needed boundary

W

Khan to Moeen Ali, out Caught by Fakhar Zaman!! Can Fakhar get there? Yes he does and what a catch that is. A top edge on the pull and it seemed that it would land safely. But Fakhar sprinted to his left at deep square and held on even as he tumbled to ground. He stretched his hands out and the ball stuck. Moeen Ali falls to the short ball again and my colleague Deepu chimes in with this - "Moeen Ali must be the worst player of the short ball, even Raina is better than him." Hmmm! Moeen Ali c Fakhar Zaman b Khan 11(14) [4s-2]

W

Ali to Adil Rashid, out Adil Rashid Run Out!! Wow. Redemption for Shehzad. He was woeful against India in the field. So many misfields and clumsy moments in the field that day. He was made fun of, trolled and ridiculed. Now he has his moment. Pacy inswinging full delivery, on the pads, Adil Rashid misses the flick, going down and probably the lbw appeal distracted him, is slow to get to the other end. Shehzad from cover rushes in and hits direct. Short by at least six inches and Pakistan are now into the tail. Adil Rashid run out (Ahmed Shehzad) 7(13)

OT

Ali to Plunkett, 2 runs, full and tailing in, Plunkett gets a thick inside edge on the slog. Wants two and had Raaes hit direct, Plunkett would've been walking back. Oohs and aahs all around

W

Ali to Stokes, out Caught by Hafeez!! Now has his hapless man. Another slower delivery, another slog too early to leg. The leading edge is found. Straight up in the air and Hafeez at cover takes it safely. Stokes's disappointment, frustration was there for all to see. He knew that he was done in by some special bowling. Ho often do you see Stokes bat for 64 balls and not hit a single boundary? Tells you the whole story about Pakistan's bowling today. Trademark Ali celebration to end after the catch was taken. Just brilliant, brilliant to see. Stokes c Hafeez b Ali 34(64)

4

to Plunkett, FOUR, that will help. Surely will do for England. Low full toss and Plunkett backing away has found a toe of the bat. To Sarfraz's right and third man is too square to cut it off. First boundary since the 39th over!

W

to Plunkett, out Caught by Azhar Ali!! Slogs and a backtracking Azhar at deep square takes it with both hands. Good catch that one. Cutting short ball, Plunkett was hitting to the bigger part of the ground, didn't have the elevation to clear the man at deep square leg. smiles after the catch was taken. Plunkett c Azhar Ali b 9(14) [4s-1]

W

Khan to J Ball, out Mark Wood Run Out!! They had to go for it and Mark Wood is run out. Ball swings and misses. Sarfraz collects and underarms direct to catch Wood miles short. Almost not even in the frame. Khan didn't go for the yorker, was a length ball which Ball swung wildly and missed. Pakistan have bowled England out for 211. Mark Wood run out (Sarfraz) 3(5)

India tour of West Indies 2017
Date Match RESULT
Jun 23 1st ODI
No Result
Jun 25 2nd ODI
India won by 105 runs
Jun 30 3rd ODI ---
Jul 2 4th ODI ---
Jul 6 5th ODI ---
Jul 9 Only T20 ---
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India tour of West Indies 2017
Date Match RESULT
Jun 23 1st ODI
No Result
Jun 25 2nd ODI
India won by 105 runs
Jun 30 3rd ODI ---
Jul 2 4th ODI ---
Jul 6 5th ODI ---
Jul 9 Only T20 ---
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