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LIVE: Amir out as Pakistan opt to bowl first against England

Pakistan and England are set to begin their quest for a place in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in Cardiff on Wednesday.

Pre-tournament favourites England, who are the only unbeaten team in the competition, will be eyeing another final on their home ground in the mega event with another impressive performance.

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On the other hand, the Men in Green are pushing for a spot in the final of the Champions Trophy for the first time and will be eager to continue their good form.

In their previous five meetings, Eoin Morgan’s men clearly have an edge over their rivals with 4-1 win record.

However, in the ICC 50-over tournaments, Pakistan clearly have an edge over England, as they have yet to lose against the three Lions.

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Be it England beating Pakistan for the first time in ICC mega event, or be it Pakistan qualifying to the Champions Trophy final for the first time, history will be made today.

So do stay with us for all the live action, right here!

Teams: 

England: 

JM Bairstow, AD Hales, JE Root, EJG Morgan (captain), JC Buttler (wicketkeeper), BA Stokes, MM Ali, AU Rashid, LE Plunkett, MA Wood, JT Ball

Pakistan: 

Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain/wicketkeeper), Imad Wasim, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan

UPDATE: Pakistan’s premier pacer Mohammad Amir to miss the semi-final due to back injury.

TOSS: Update from the middle is that Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has won the toss and decided to bowl first.

Pitch report: Ricky Ponting reveals that the same pitch will be used for this match which was used for Pakistan-Sri Lanka match. The pitch looks dry and the weather will stay clear throughout.

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