The lowest-ranked team in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy takes on the tournament favorite as surprising Pakistan faces host England in the first semifinal match on Wednesday, a match that will live stream from Cardiff, Wales, with a shot at the second-most prestigious prize in cricket on the line. The winner faces either India or Bangladesh — who meet in the second semifinal — in the Champions Trophy final match on Sunday.
Pakistan entered the 2017 Champions Trophy as the eighth-ranked ODI side in the world — last of the eight teams qualifying for the tournament. After opening the tournament with a humiliating 124-run defeat at the hands of arch-rival India, Captain Sarfraz Ahmed and his Men in Green regrouped and scored a jaw-dropping upset over the world's top-ranked ODI side, South Africa, followed by a nail-biting three-wicket win over Sri Lanka that featured a remarkable 75-run partnership between Sarfraz and Mohammad Amir — the highest eighth-wicket partnership in Champions Trophy history.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the England vs. Pakistan 2017 ICC Champions Trophy cricket semifinal match, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. First ball is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. British Standard Time at Sophia Gardens cricket ground in Cardiff, Wales, on Wednesday, June 13. In Pakistan, the match starts at 2:30 p.m. Pakistan Standard Time, while in India, the live stream gets underway at 3 p.m. India Standard Time.
Cricket fans in the United States can catch the live stream early in the morning on Wednesday, starting at 5:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 2:30 a.m. Pacific.
While Pakistan overcame a sluggish start, England enters the semifinals as the only team in the Champions Trophy competition without a loss, defeating Bangladesh, New Zealand — each by comfortable margins — on their way to the semifinals. middle-order batsman Joe Root scored 212 in those three games, while Ben Stokes recorded a century against the 2015 World Cup champions Australia, as the England batting lineup has ticked along like a machine.
Watch the preview of the England vs, Pakistan semifinal match courtesy of CricBuzz in the video below.
Here are the expected teams for Wednesday's knockout round face-off, with struggling Jason Roy sitting out as the only change for England.
England: 1 Alex Hales, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (captain), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Adil Rashid, 9 Liam Plunkett, 10 Mark Wood, 11 Jake Ball.
Pakistan: 1 Azhar Ali, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (captain, wicketkeeper), 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Mohammad Amir, 9 Fahim Ashraf/Shabab Khan, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Junaid Khan.
Can Pakistan continue their searing form after their stunning upset of South Africa and a solid win over Sri Lanka, to upset the tournament favorites and advance to the final match of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy? Or will England, the tournament host who are widely expected to win the second-highest prize in international cricket, continue their perfect run after winning three group stage matches, cruising into the Champions Trophy championship match?
To find out, watch a live stream of the England vs. Pakistan 2017 ICC Champions Trophy first semifinal match from the 15,600-seat Sophia Gardens cricket ground in Cardiff, Wales, on Wednesday, using one of the following live stream options.
For fans in Pakistan, PTV — the Pakistan Television Corporation, that country's state-owned TV network — will carry the dramatic Champions Trophy semifinal showdown live on PTV Sports — and will make a free live stream of the crucial match available as well — for viewers inside of Pakistan only. The PTV stream can be accessed by fans with internet IP addresses in that country with no login information required by clicking on this link.
In the United Kingdom, a live stream of the England vs. Pakistan cricket match will be available to Sky Sports subscribers using the Sky Go streaming service, which can be accessed at this link.
In India, Hotstar Sports will live stream the England vs. Pakistan Champions Trophy knockout showdown at this link, offering both a simultaneous live stream for subscribers as well as a free live stream option available with a five-minute time delay.
In the United States, the best way to watch a live stream as the Pakistan Men In Green face the Lions is through Willow TV, which is available via this YouTube link with a monthly subscription fee, as well as on Willow TV's own site, accessible by clicking here.
But the most reliable method to live stream the semifinal cricket match in the United States is to use the week-long free trial of Sling TV's International Sports Package, which includes Willow TV and the England vs. Pakistan 2017 ICC Champions Trophy cricket match on Monday. Information on how to sign up for the free and legal Sling TV offer can be found by clicking on this link.
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