June 12, 2017:
Cardiff: Pakistan huffed and puffed but managed to tame Sri Lanka on Monday at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff en route to the semifinals of the ICC Champions Trophy.
Chasing a 237-run target to win the match, Pakistan were 7 down for 162 but skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Amir helped the team cross the finish line as Pakistan became the second team from Group B to qualify for the semis where they will take on hosts England for a place in the final.
June 11, 2017:
London: India booked their spot in the semifinal of the 2017 Champions Trophy, after defeating South Africa by eight wickets in their last Group B game, against South Africa, at The Oval, on Sunday.
This win takes Team India to the top of the table with four points. Although South Africa are currently occupying the second spot, they are set to go one nothc down after Monday's game between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which has also been billed as a virtual quarter final.
Due to their superior net run rate, India are likely to finish top of their group, which would mean that they would face Bangladesh in the semifianls at the Edgbaston in Birmingham, on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the winners of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka game are likely to face England in the semis, at the Cardiff Stadium, on Wednesday.
June 10, 2017:
London: England completed a hat-trick of wins as Australia were knocked out of the ICC Champions Trophy in Birmingham on Saturday. The Steve Smith-led side, which had to share points in their previous two games against New Zealand and Bangaladesh due to rain, was once again involved in a rain-interrupted clash.
However, this time around the Eoin Morgan side were well and truly home, winning the match via Duckworth/Lewis method by 40 runs, denying Australia a point and a shot in the semifinals. England's win also helped Bangladesh secure their first ever semifinal spot in an ICC event.
June 9, 2017:
Cardiff: Bangladesh pulled off a heist as they knocked out New Zealand of the ICC Champions Trophy with five-wicket win at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Friday.
While their bowlers managed to restrict Kane Williamson and Co for 265, it was the veteran Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah’s hundreds that resurrected Bangladesh’s innings to 33 for 4 and powered them to a famous win.
Bangladesh’s win has given them a chance to make it to the semifinals alongside hosts England.
June 7, 2017:
Birmingham: The bowlers put up their hands as Pakistan kept alive their hopes of making to the semifinals with a convincing win over South Africa via Duckworth/Lewis method in Birmingham on Wednesday.
The Sarfraz Ahmed-led unit upped their game after a thumping it received from India in their opening game and restricted South Africa 219 runs bowling first. And before rain could play spoilsport, scored 119/3 from 27 overs - well ahead of 101-run target on D/L method, to secure two crucial points.
Here's how the points table look like following Pakistan's win over AB de Villiers-led Proteas.
June 6, 2017:
Cardiff: England kept alive the hopes of winning their second ICC tournament as they marched into the semifinals after beating New Zealand by 87 runs in Cardiff on Tuesday.
The Eoin Morgan side, who won their opening encounter against Bangladesh, became the first team to enter semifinals of the ICC Champions Trophy. While the hosts have made it to the final four, a loss meant that New Zealand are now in a must-win game against Bangladesh and then have to hope that Australia neither win their final game against England nor manage to get a point and go ahead in the last four on the basis of better NRR.
Here's how the points table look like following England's win over New Zealand.
June 5, 2017:
London: The weather gods have not been fair on Australia during the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, in England. Both their Group A matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh have been washed out, forcing them into the second spot in the group, with just two points from as many games.
What would disappoint the Aussies even more is the fact that they were in a commanding position against Bangladesh on Monday; the sub-continent side were bowled out for a paltry 182 by Australia, who then were given a good start by David Warner and Steve Smith.
However, just when it looked as though Australia will cruise to victory, the match was called off, leaving Australia at the second spot on Group A, with two points. Their last Group Game fixture.
June 4, 2017
Birmingham: India leapfrogged South Africa in Group B, after a blockbuster performance against Pakistan in their opening match of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.
India completed an all-round victory over their arch-rivals in a rain-interrupted game, that saw all of their batsmen, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, and Hardik Pandya were among the runs, while Mahendra singh Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav are the only two batsmen not to have batted.
Although Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad got Pakistan off to a steady start in the rain-curtailed game, the Indian bowlers picked up wickets at regular intervals. Pakistan were eventually bowled out for a paltry 164 by the 34th over.
London: AB de Villiers-led South Africa did not have to break much sweat as they sealed a 96-run win over Sri Lanka at Kennington Oval, London on Saturday. The win in against the Lankan side, in the first game of Group B, also helped South Africa to grab top spot in points table
On Friday, Australia managed to secure a point as the their tie against New Zealand was abandoned due to rain in Birmingham. While the Kane Williamson-led unit will be gutted as they were in with a chance to beat Aussies, the Steve Smith-led unit will breath easy after securing a point.
Earlier, on Thursday, hosts England had it easy as they avoided a repeat of World Cup 2015 and sailed past Bangladesh in the opening game of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at The Oval.
Eoin Morgan-led side, who secured eight-wicket win against Mashrafe Mortaza's Bangladeshi side, now have two more matches - against New Zealand and Australia - before they can qualify for the semifinals.
Here’s how the points table look like after the conclusion of three games in ICC Champions Trophy:...