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Champions Trophy semi-final: Pakistan opt to bowl against England

ANI  |  Cardiff [London] 

won the toss and elected to field against in the first semi-final of the ongoing Champions Trophy here at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Wednesday.

have made two changes in their Playing XI, which played last against Sri Lanka

Mohammad Amir, who is suffering from back spasm, has been left out and Rumman Raees has replaced him. Leg-spinner Shadab Khan has been roped in the line up in place of Faheem Ashraf.

On the other hand, have included in place of out-of-form Jason Roy.

had topped the Group A registering comprehensive wins against Bangladesh, and in its group and thus come into the match as favourites.

On the other hand, have played as per their unpredictable tag. After suffering from a crushing defeat against in their opening match, the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side registered astounding victories against and to enter the last four.

Pakistan Playing XI: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), Imad Wasim, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan.

England Playing XI: Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Jake Ball.

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First Published: Wed, June 14 2017. 15:28 IST