Pakistan wins toss, will bowl 1st against England

Pakistan wins toss, will bowl 1st against England

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Cardiff, (AP/UNB)- Pakistan won the toss and chose to bowl first against England on Wednesday in the Champions Trophy semifinals at Sophia Gardens.Two-time runner-up England made one change from the team which beat Australia in the group stage, bringing in Jonny Bairstow for out-of-form opener Jason Roy. Bairstow, who has an average of almost 40 from 26 ODIs, is set to open the batting for England for the first time.Three-time semifinalist Pakistan made two changes from the team which survived a batting collapse to beat Sri Lanka on the same pitch in Cardiff on Monday. Left-arm quick Mohammad Amir is out after a back spasm, replaced by medium-fast Rumman Raees, and legspinner Shadab Khan comes in for seamer Fahim Ashraf.India plays Bangladesh on Thursday at Edgbaston in the other semifinal match.
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Lineups:
England: Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (captain), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jake Ball, Mark Wood.
Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Imad Wasim, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan.UNB news agency

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