ICC Champions Trophy: Morgan unbowed as befuddled England fluff their lines

ICC Champions Trophy: Morgan unbowed as befuddled England fluff their lines

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.

June. 15 (ANI): Following England's painful ouster from the Champions Trophy at the hands of an aggressively impressive Pakistan, skipper Eoin Morgan was left lamenting a lack of home advantage, asserting that the reused Cardiff pitch led to England being bundled out. Pakistan's fielding was noteworthy yesterday as they effected couple of run outs too.

"Credit goes to the bowlers".

"I'm just very disappointed", said Root, who top-scored for England with 46.

"The turnaround is built on the inclusion of youngsters and it could only be done by a Pakistan team", said Ramiz Raja, an ex-Pakistan captain who now works at a cricket commentator.

"I thought we bowled okay but certainly defending 200 we have to produce a well above-par bowling performance".

A knock of 43 by opener Jonny Bairstow, recalled in place of the axed Jason Roy, was added to by Root and Morgan, who struck 33, although Ben Stokes's 34 was the only other meaningful contribution.

SARFRAZ AHMED: After the first loss, we are very down, but credit goes to the team management.

"It's a big challenge jumping from venue to venue but we're going to have to do that with the World Cup so it's important for us to go through games like today for our experience".

And now that they're in it, Pakistan fans want a rematch against India.

Talking about India rematch in the final, he said, "Both teams (India and Bangladesh) are playing well, so we will play whoever gets through".

Morgan's men reached 128 for two but faltered alarmingly to be bowled out for 211 as Hasan Ali (three for 35) exemplified an outstanding performance from the visitors' attack on a dry surface which suited them ideally.

"Pakistan played like world-beaters and they deserved it", he said of England's eight-wicket defeat in Wales. Now we are in the finals. "We played against some really good sides recently, and we've managed to beat them", he said.

Pacer Shoaib Akhtar tweeted: "Well done green caps you guys done it style by winning so easily keep going 1 more game to go.Proud of you Pak team".

"Two years out, they look in good shape to do well in that tournament".

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

Moeen Ali was brilliantly caught at deep square leg by Fakhar, Adil Rashid was run out by sub fielder Ahmed Shehzad's direct hit and, when Mark Wood was run out attempting a single to wicketkeeper Sarfraz, it completed a collapse of eight wickets for 83 runs.



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