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Jonny Bairstow plays a shot en route to his 43 against Pakistan in semi-final 1 of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Cardiff on Wednesday © Getty Images

Pakistan came up with a brilliant match-winning performance as they tamed hosts England by eight wickets in semi-final 1 of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff on Wednesday to book their place in the final of the tournament, which is to be played on Sunday. Pakistan will now face the winner of semi-final 2 between defending champions India and minnows Bangladesh at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday. With this win, Pakistan also qualify for the final of the tournament for the first time ever, while they play their fifth ICC tournament final, and the third in an ICC ODI tournament. Full cricket scorecard: England vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Semi-Final 1 at Cardiff

Pakistan booked their place in the Champions Trophy final with a crushing eight-wicket win over England in Cardiff on Wednesday. Set just 212 to win, Pakistan finished on 215 for two. Pakistan will now face title-holders India in Sunday’s final at the Oval if their arch-rivals beat Bangladesh in Thursday’s second semi-final at Edgbaston. Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) all but ended previously unbeaten tournament hosts England’s slim hopes of victory with an opening stand of 118. But the real damage was done when England collapsed to 211 all out after Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss on a used pitch that played more like a sub-continental surface than a British one. Full cricket updates: England vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Semi-Final 1 at Cardiff

Paceman Hasan Ali led a disciplined attack with a man-of-the-match return of three for 35 from his maximum 10 overs. “Credit goes to the bowlers and the batters who finished it very well,” said Sarfraz at the presentation ceremony.

(With inputs from AFP)