Tactics Board: How Pakistan can beat England

In fact, he may be starting to embrace it.

"Sometimes, that's our strength". The English team has been pure unlucky as they have been trying for the past 42 years to lay claim to a trophy in a major 50 -over tournament.

Pakistan's progress to the last four, meanwhile, was anything but serene as they fell to a desperate 124-run hammering at the hands of fierce rivals India in their Group B opener before recovering commendably with victories over South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Pakistan will hope their lucky charm of Cardiff continues as they take on title favourites and hosts England in the first semi-final on Wednesday, having blown hot and cold in the Champions Trophy tournament.

It's a campaign that just about sums up Pakistan.

They now face England in what looks sure to be a doozy at Cardiff on Wednesday. "Emotionally, it's tough at times, " said Arthur, who has been captured on camera looking stressed out in his seat in the balcony. "But the guys are working very hard". We're evolving as a team. That if we took it to the 40th over we would win. And wins like we have - like we did yesterday, when you win ugly, you learn a lot about the team.

An ODI win over Australia in Cardiff in 2005, when Bashar was captain; a group-stage victory over India - under the leadership of Bashar - at the 2007 Cricket World Cup that helped the team reach the Super Eights; a first overseas test series success over a top-tier team, against West Indies in 2009; the famous group-stage win over England at the 2015 Cricket World Cup as the Tigers reached the quarterfinals.

"To see the gulf between the two teams then, and this brand of cricket and the style of cricket and the disciplines, was pretty heartening, " Arthur said. Hales has fond memories of facing Pakistan, after crashing an England ODI best 171 from 122 balls at Trent Bridge past year as the hosts made a world record 444-3. 8- 10 in the ICC rankings in ODI cricket but is a team that should not be underestimated.

"At the end of the (Sri Lanka) game, we stressed that we need to play our best game, and if we play our best game, we can put them (England) under pressure", Arthur explained.

Ashraf captained Bangladesh in its first seven ODI matches and has two worldwide wickets to his name. "This is what Pakistan needs, openers building a strong base for the middle-order, but I still think that they [Zaman and Azhar] should have scored 100 together", he said. That could mean Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik potentially playing one place higher up the order.

Our tipster Dave Tickner says Pakistan are overpriced to end England's dreams of glory at the Champions Trophy. Just don't discount Pakistan. "And then, who knows?"

Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Alex Hales, Jos Buttler, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Steven Finn. While Morgan did not reveal his playing XI, he dropped enough hints of a change at the top of the batting order, saying there's a "chance" of a change. Unfortunately, we missed a few chances. But I am proud of the boys.

The positives with the bat for Pakistan are Fakhar Zaman up top and Faheem Ashraf at number 7.

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