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ICC World Cup: India to take on hosts England in Birmingham today 

With an unbeaten record in six encounters so far, Virat Kohli’s men have 11 points and they will make it to semis with a win against England.  

Team India will don new away jersey in today’s match against the hosts.

Earlier on Saturday, Pakistan survived a scare to beat Afghanistan by three wickets with two balls remaining in a thriller at Headingley that moves Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side above England in the race for a World Cup semi-final spot. 

Afghanistan looked on course for their first victory of the tournament as Pakistan fell to 156-6 chasing a total of 228, but 49 not out from Imad Wasim saw the 1992 champions over the line with two balls to spare. 

Having elected to bat, Rahmat Shah and Gulbadin Naib started off quickly yet again. However, after being stroked for 10 runs off his first three balls, Shaheen Afridi returned to bag two wickets off his next two deliveries to put Afghanistan on the back foot in the fifth over. Hashmatullah Shahidi fell for a first-ball duck, getting a leading-edge to Imad Wasim at mid-off. 

The spin duo of Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan sprung to action and bagged a wicket apiece to dismiss both the set batsmen Ikram and Asghar Afghan. 

With wickets falling at regular intervals and the incoming batters taking time to settle in, the scoring rate suffered a hit. Much like Afridi, who bagged two more wickets in the death overs to finish with 4 for 47, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz too were hard to hit away. Afghanistan finished with their second-highest total of the tournament – 227/9 in 50 overs. 

Chasing 228 for victory, Pakistan fell to 81-3 and 156-6 as Afghanistan turned the screw and, with 48 needed from 36 balls, it looked out of Pakistan’s hands. 

However, a disastrous 46th over by Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib was smashed for 18 runs by Imad Wasim to put Pakistan back in control. 

Despite Shadab Khan being run out with 22 runs needed for victory, Imad and Wahab Riaz held their nerve, with Wahab striking the first six of the innings to take the rate down to a run a ball. 

In an astonishing finish, Imad drove Gulbadin to the boundary to reach an unbeaten 49, tie up victory with two balls remaining and move his side ahead of England in the table. It makes it more likely that England will need to beat both India on Sunday and New Zealand on Wednesday to reach the last four. Should Pakistan beat Bangladesh – who are also in contention for the semi-finals – on Friday, it would put further pressure on England. 

Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc’s five-wicket haul outshines a Trent Boult hattrick as Australia beat their trans-tasman rivals New Zealand by 86 runs in ICC World Cup match at the Lord’s cricket ground; Australia continues to be at the top of points table with seven wins from eight matches, so far.

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