England crumble to 211 all out against Pakistan
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 21:45
Pakistan's opening pair Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman only added to their opponent's misery as they put on 118 runs for the first wicket.
England captain Eoin Morgan cut a frustrated figure after his team delivered a muddled and lacklustre performance in a humiliating eight-wicket loss to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy semi-finals on Wednesday.
England, previously the only unbeaten team left in the eight-strong one-day worldwide tournament and huge favourites to defeat Pakistan were bowled out for just 211 in Cardiff on Wednesday.
However, Morgan did give credit to the Pakistan bowlers for restricting England to 211 in 49.5 overs.
Pakistan bowlers chipped away at the wickets at regular intervals and aided by some good fielding, curtailed England for what was their lowest total in the tournament.
Captain Eoin Morgan has done a fine job of making England a competitive 50-over side once more but his dismissal summed up his team's innings.
Pace bowler Hasan Ali took three wickets as Pakistan dismissed England, the only unbeaten team left in the tournament, for a mere 211.
As soon as Pakistan defeated tournament favourites, fans started predicting India vs Pakistan final at The oval on Sunday.
Asked how self-belief had been restored following a defeat by India greeted with widespread condemnation back home, Sarfraz explained: "After the India match, we just motivated the guys".
He confirmed that, despite their setback, England's long-term ambition to win the 2019 World Cup remains on track. Amir was sidelined with a back spasm, having been a key figure in Pakistan's win against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Monday.
He added: "The fact we've produced brilliant performances in this tournament and then play like that on this wicket is extremely disappointing".
The hosts were far too short with their bowling efforts, and they failed to exert the pressure needed to protect the opening knock. Joe Root top-scored with 46 and Yorkshire team-mate Jonny Bairstow, recalled in place of dropped opener Jason Roy, managed 43. Azhar Ali smashed Stokes for another six and a four in the 13th over as Pakistan moved to 78-0.
He said: "We will have to evolve in whatever manner the game does over the next two years in the lead-in to the World Cup, but certainly I think we're moving in the right direction". Meanwhile England dropped struggling opener Jason Roy, whose four in the 40-run group win over Australia meant he'd averaged just 6.37 from eight one-day worldwide innings this season, with a mere two double-figure scores.
Historically India's record against Bangladesh has always been virtuous as out of 32 ODIs between them, India bagged triumph in 26 matches whereas Bangladesh clinched victory in 5.