Wednesday 14th June 2017

Event of the day: ICC Champions Trophy semi-final between hosts England and Pakistan

The event of the day is the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final between hosts England and Pakistan at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. England are the only team in the last four who go into the semi-finals unbeaten as they aim to win their first 50-over one day international title. Victories over Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh saw them go through as group winners. Batsmen Ben Stokes' impressive 102 not out innings against Australia was one of the highlights of the group stages. After a heavy defeat to bitter rivals India, Pakistan have rejuvenated themselves to make the semi-finals by beating South Africa and Sri Lanka in their last two matches. Captain and wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed and star bowler Mohammad Amir saw Pakistan home against Sri Lanka in an impressive 75 run 8th wicket partnership on Monday. A victory today will see Pakistan make their first appearance at an ICC Champions Trophy Final whereas England have made the final on two previous occasions (2004 and 2013). With Sunday's final on the horizon today's clash in Cardiff will be exciting viewing.

Honourable mentions around the globe go to day 2 of the World Cup of Pool at York Hall in London. There is a good selection of round one matches with Poland taking on Greece and England B clashing with Indonesia. It is the fifth day of the Tour de Suisse with Stage 5 taking us from Bex to Cevio - Damiano Caruso is currently wearing the yellow jersey and leading the general classification standings after four stages. There is more action from the World Surf League Outerknown Fiji Pro featuring big names Matt Wilkinson, Joel Parkinson and Julian Wilson.

Whatever you are watching today, enjoy!


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