Pakistan wins toss, will bowl 1st against England

Eoin Morgan's men were favourites to win the tournament, but were comprehensively outplayed in the Welsh sunshine in front of a crowd full of noisy and energetic Pakistan supporters.

Latest update: Pakistan stun England in the first semi-final, win by eight wickets, and qualify for the final of Champions Trophy 2017. "They bowled really well, especially in the middle part. If you are playing a world-class team, definitely, you play more positive cricket and we will do so". "I suppose they have variation, but certainly we do have plans against all of them". We did prepare like we were going to play on a used wicket. Pakistan has the bowlers that can swing the ball and cause problems to England's top order. But, two balls later, he fell for exactly 50 when a top-edged hook off Nuwan Pradeep was caught by Gunaratne at fine leg.

By 1979, still dealing with many issues of post-war reconstruction, Bangladesh entered their first worldwide tournament, the ICC Trophy in England, a tournament designed for the non-Test playing nations in which they lost to Canada and Denmark. Electing to field, Pakistan seamers dished out a superb bowling effort to finish the England innings in 49.5 overs at Sophia Gardens.

"It's the way the tournament is. We have to discuss what happens", Arthur said, responding to a question about the fragility of the team's batting lineup. They found it hard to keep the scoreboard ticking and losing wickets at regular intervals made life tougher for them. You have to be able to be good in all conditions. We have repeatedly been saying in these columns that the PCB should try new blood as it is the only course through which we can revive the past glory that we saw in the days of Imran Khan. Young Pakistan could win from every situation and that they should against England as well.

"We did not adapt to conditions". Find us on Facebook too!

England coach Trevor Bayliss thinks that exiting the tournament at this stage is probably correct when considering the hosts' ranking in world cricket. And having watched the game against Sri Lanka, we actually didn't think it was that bad.

"Two hundred and fifty or 260 would have been a good score and then it would have been a different run chase". Their 75-run partnership was an eighth-wicket record for the Champions Trophy.

"There's a number of our guys who haven't been at this level before and it is a learning curve".

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".

"The last thing I want is for us to go away now thinking that we got to a semifinal, we're okay, we've achieved, because that would be a cop-out in my mind".

  • Julie Sanders