Aamer Sohail accuses Pakistan team of match-fixing in Champions Trophy

These matches have been won for you by someone. Was it the total - you could have had a bigger total, or was it the might of the Indian batting? So, on a personal note, I intend to define Pakistan's victory againstEngland in the semi-final as its sheer determination and aggression.

India start as favourites, because they have been one of the most successful teams over the past seven years in cricket.

He is primarily a batsman but is not anxious that due to a stupendous performance from the top-order, he is yet to get a considerable amount of batting time.

India also has great variety and balance in its attack with spinners turning the ball in opposite directions, pace and skill.

"There was no sign of lack of focus from Tamim Iqbal (70) or Mushfiqur Rahim (61) as they put on a third wicket partnership of 123".

In a shocking statement, Former Pakistani cricketer Aamer Sohail has indicated that Pakistan has reached finals due to external factors. He walked down the pitch to Mashrafe Mortaza and in search of a boundary that would take him to his fifty, he ended up getting a leading edge, which was caught at backward point, to depart for 46. So as long as I enjoy it, I'll keep playing.

Azhar said: "He bowled without any problem".

"We will congratulate you when you play well but we'll also criticise you when you don't".

In the sub-markets, the aforementioned Junaid looks the man for Pakistan top bowler. "But we don't mind - if he is not fit, then we move on with Rumman Raees".

"We have to learn a bit more, how to stop runs on that sort of wicket".

Still, all out efforts were undertaken by Virat & company in the game against Bangladesh. Were you actually able to treat it as just another game? "Don't wish to get into the details on who won them the games". But once we lose wickets in the middle patches, it becomes hard. Somebody has helped you to win these matches.

"Although the two sides are locked at two-all on a head to head in the ICC Champions Trophy, I am sure Pakistan will get additional inspiration and motivation from its past successes in this event and will aim to extend its run come Sunday", he added.

Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan said there batsmen "some silly shots" after they were thrashed by India in the semi-final of the Champions Trophy on Thursday.

Speaking after the game, Shakib said: "The way we performed was very disappointing". We always believed that, but sometimes it doesn't work, especially on that sort of wicket. It's always a hard match. They were really ashamed and knew that they had let their country down. But again, it depends on both, what the mindset was there.

"I think Virat has to stick to what's worked well for him". Yes, we are coming up still. "When we do well we do it collectively but there are areas we still either have not learnt or can't do", the Tigers' vice-captain observed.

Amir, however, has once again become the backbone of the Pakistan team since returning to the side early in 2016, appearing in 47 of the team s 57 matches across all worldwide formats following his comeback. I know once you are ready mentally, anything can be possible. "I think anyone can replace anyone".

"If we can go through next time, hopefully the boys will learn how to get ready mentally".

Vanessa Coleman

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