England crash out of Champions Trophy as Pakistan charge into final
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 13:02
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. Their chase was spearheaded by Fakhar Zaman (57) and Azhar Ali (76), who laid a solid foundation by sharing a 118-run opening stand. Pakistan will now play the victor of the second semi-final between India and Bangladesh to be played today in Birmingham.
Defeat extended England's long wait for a maiden major one-day global title until at least 2019 - when they stage the next World Cup.
The star with the ball was once again pacer Hasan Ali, who ended up with a three wicket-haul for the third time in as many games.
He also picked up three important wickets in the innings and thus became the leading wicket-taker in the tournament.
Electing to field, Pakistan seamers dished out a superb bowling effort to finish the England innings in 49.5 overs at Sophia Gardens.
And when dangerman Jos Buttler (four) was caught behind off a Junaid delivery that nibbled off the pitch, England had lost three wickets for 20 runs.
The right-arm paceman finished with sobering figures of 1-70 off 10 overs at Edgbaston as India beat Pakistan by 124 runs.
Skipper Morgan then joined Root and the duo batted with goal to bring up the hundred in 21.4 overs.
Leg-spinner Shadab Khan has been roped in the line up in place of Faheem Ashraf.
"One of the huge contributing factors towards topping our table and playing very good cricket in the group stages is that we've stayed true to what we believe in and what's worked for us the last couple of years, and I think that's the continued formula for the future", the Middlesex batsman told reporters.
Fakhar's dismissal for 57 in the 22nd over did little to slow down the run rate as Babar Azam (38 not out) and Mohammad Hafeez got Pakistan home with time to spare. We adapted to the conditions, we knew if we restricted them we could easily chase it down.