England vs Pakistan: Champions Trophy preview

England, the only team in the semi-finals with a flawless played three, won three group record, will be favourites on Wednesday and Arthur said: "We've got nothing to lose, yes, but we've always said we're in it to win it. We had that in our bags, but unfortunately, the fielding let us down", he said. "Every game is a knockout game and I told my boys to play their game and not worry about the result", he added.

"We continue to learn, everything we did was calculated, but Pakistan had played on the wicket previously and that helped".

Pakistan qualified for the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy, defeating Sri Lanka by three wickets at Cardiff last night.

15 Number of boundaries hit by England - their fewest in a completed innings since the 2015 World Cup. "Our unpredictability. We give the guys clear roles, they know what they need to do", said Arthur.

If there is a second minor over-rate offence committed by Pakistan during the event with Sarfraz as captain, he will be suspended for one match.

Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman had a 118-run opening stand to qualify for their first ICC Champions Trophy final.

"I'm very happy about my youngsters performing", Sarfraz said.

Hasan Ali's three for 35 from 10 overs shone brightest among the Pakistani bowler, which earned him the man of the match award and taking him to 10 wickets for the tournament and the top of the bowling charts.

Captain Sarfraz Ahmed was the hero as he struck an important 61 not out off 79 balls to guide his team home.

Azam finished on 38 off 45 balls, which included two boundaries and a six, while Hafeez remained undefeated on 31 off 21 deliveries, which included three boundaries and two sixes. Pakistan was one over short of its target with time allowances taken into consideration.

Earlier, Sri Lanka had suffered a collapse of their own as superb left-arm pace bowling from Amir and Junaid Khan reduced Sri Lanka from 3-161 to 7-167 in four devastating overs. The 48-run stand for the third wicket was broken by 18-year-old spinner, Shadab Khan, in the 28th over.

Bairstow, dropped twice, accumulated 43 runs through good shot placement and quick running between the wickets before he pulled seamer Hasan Ali to Mohammad Hafeez at deep square leg.

For Sri Lanka, Niroshan Dickwella (73; 86b; 4×4) was the top-scorer who alongwith skipper Angelo Mathews (39; 54b; 2×4; 1×6) stitched together the highest partnership of the innings of 78 runs for the fourth wicket. In the end, their bats were needed, too.