Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed proud of young guns' show vs England

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed proud of young guns' show vs England

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed proud of young guns' show vs England

Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez (R) and Pakistan's Babar Azam walks back to the pavilion after Pakistan won the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final cricket match between England and Pakistan in Cardiff yesterday.

Cardiff on Wednesday, witness something special, after Pakistan marched into the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy, thrashing the hosts England by eight wickets.

"Going into today's game knowing that we were going to play on a used wicket potentially brought Pakistan's game closer to their home", said Morgan.

"Pakistan opted to bowl first, which we all thought was the wrong decision, as we thought the pitch would deteriorate and become harder to score on".

Pakistan bowled England out for just 211, in an era where 300 is considered a one-day worldwide "par score", after captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and fielded.

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"We continue to learn, everything we did was calculated, but Pakistan had played on the wicket previously and that helped". One of the things about knockout cricket is that you have to adapt to conditions.

Pakistan - who are the lowest ranked team in the tournament - could now gain revenge over India for their opening-game defeat, but only if Virat Kohli's side can overcome Bangladesh in the second semi-final on Thursday. So it was a big challenge and one that was too far for us. Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali had been the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan and each had three wickets to their name.

Joe Root has backed England for World Cup glory in 2019 even though they were recently eliminated from the Champions Trophy, which is being played in their backyard.

England hit only one boundary in the final 10 overs and there was not a single six in the innings!

"I don't think there was any home advantage".

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"We certainly weren't overconfident".

Their chase was spearheaded by Fakhar Zaman (57) and Azhar Ali (76), who laid a solid foundation by sharing a 118-run opening stand.

Rumman, denied the wicket of Alex Hales on an lbw review, got his man for 13 when the opener sliced a drive to extra-cover.

England made a solid start as they reached 128-2 but they suffered a collapse to lose eight wickets for the addition of just 83 runs.

After bowling the hosts out for 211, thanks to pacer Hasan Ali's 3/35, Pakistan batsmen never had any problems chasing down the modest total. "And after that match we have bowled well, fielded well and today the batting clicked as well". Now we are in the final. "Pakistan have played the ideal game, they're peaking at the flawless time".

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"All credit to Pakistan today, they were too good for us", Bayliss said.

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