Edgbaston to Cardiff too much of an ask to adjust to - Morgan

Pakistan fans credited for'home advantage

Eoin Morgan ruled out any element of complacency and insisted England simply failed to adapt to the demands of a used Cardiff pitch as they crashed out of the Champions Trophy against Pakistan.

Pakistan, which suffered a 124-run thrashing by India in its opening group game, then cruised to the meagre victory target with 77 balls to spare. Knowing we were going to play on a used wicket potentially brought Pakistan's game closer to their home [conditions]. "They will look back and think, could we have transferred a bit of pressure back on to Pakistan during Mohammad Hafeez's overs in particular?"

"Pakistan played like world-beaters and they deserved it", he said of England's eight-wicket defeat in Wales.

The winning runs came courtesy of a Hafeez pull to the square-leg boundary, leaving him unbeaten on 31, as Pakistan continued to belie their ranking of eighth in one-day global cricket.

Hasan Ali, who was named Man of the Match said: "It was a big match, so we focused on our bowling".

England laboured to 211 all out in the face of another probing display from the Pakistan attack - this time missing the injured Mohammad Amir - before the target was knocked off with almost 13 overs to spare.

England had scored over 300 in five of the last six one-day internationals in which they batted first.

"Certainly, I think we're moving in the right direction". "We played against some really good sides recently, and we've managed to beat them", he said.

"But more than anything we've got to keep that drive we've had over the last 18 months to keep getting better - so when that World Cup does come around we're in the best shape possible to give ourselves the best chance of contending in that final".

Although Pakistan showed a clinical performance against England, they struggled against Sri Lanka during their three-wicket victory. Having played in the first semi-final it means he has an additional day to get healthy before Sunday's final. "And after that match we have bowled well, fielded well and today the batting clicked as well". They adjusted to conditions extremely well, and the wicket was obviously slow and low and hard to get away to start with. Bowling had lost his sharpness as Pakistan lost only three wickets in the chase.

"It must have been part of their plans, not least because it happened during the 2013 competition, when they ended up playing the final against India on a turning track at Edgbaston".

Morgan suggested being asked to play on a pitch used two days previously for Pakistan's final group game, created problems for his side.



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