Pakistan thrash England to enter final
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 23:19
Paceman Hasan Ali led a disciplined attack with a man-of-the-match return of three for 35 from his maximum 10 overs.
Chasing a below-par 212, the Green Brigade rode on a brilliant 118-run opening stand between Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) before Babar Azam (38 not out) and Ali helped the team with a 55-run second wicket stand to set their date with the victor of the second semi-final.
Pakistan, as they had when defeating England in an ODI at Cardiff a year ago, received plenty of crowd support.
"We left ourselves short today, adapting to conditions", said Morgan.
The skipper says his team and management didn't panic after the heavy defeat to India in the opening game.
Morgan promised that the humbling loss to Pakistan would not change his team's approach as they continue to prepare for the 2019 World Cup.
The Bangladeshis must be hoping for a miracle when their team will take on India in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 semi-final at the Edgbaston Cricket Stadium in Birmingham on June 15. "250/270 would have been". Pakistan had played on the wicket previously and that helped. Pakistan's openers then compounded England's misery to the delight of their supporters at a sun-drenched Cardiff.
"When the ball got older it looked harder to bat and we struggled to gain momentum". The dashing Fakhar completed a 49-ball fifty to follow his 50 against Sri Lanka.
Hafeez, who started off clobbering all-rounder Ben Stokes for a massive six, got the winning runs with a boundary off the same bowler as Pakistan overhauled the target with 77 balls to spare.
But Pakistan had the game all but won at 173 for two.
Pakistan then knocked off the runs with some comfort, cruising to an eight-wicket win in 37.1 overs to knock England out and confirm their place in Sunday's final at The Oval. Not a single six was hit in their innings.
Joe Root, who had maintained a tight vigil for the most part of his innings tried to cut a shortish delivery from Shadab Khan but it bounced a bit more to take a faint edge on the way to Sarfraz Ahmed's gloves.
England's decision to drop Jason Roy in favour of Jonny Bairstow (43) produced more runs at the top of the order, but the opening stand was brief as the normally reliable Alex Hales fell for just 13 - Rumman Raees (2-44) taking his maiden one-day worldwide wicket.
England's batsmen - who have dazzled in the two years following the 2015 World Cup, scoring over 300 a world-leading 23 times - were bowled out for just 211 in the face of some quality seam bowling in Cardiff. The top order did not fail to score some quick runs.
Looking to cut the ball, Root nicked it to wicketkeeper Sarfraz, as England were reduced to 128 for three.