Ruthless Pakistan shock England in Champions Trophy in semi-final in Cardiff

England hit 15 boundaries today, the least in a completed innings since the WC 2015. Morgan joined Root and still things looked fine as they got to 128 for two after 27 overs.

But after mustering only a meek 211 all out on an awkward surface, they managed to delay Pakistan for a mere 37.1 overs as the tourists instead booked their place at The Oval this weekend - possibly against their great rivals India, who face Bangladesh in Thursday's second semi-final at Edgbaston.

Pakistan, who can be shaky when batting second, have successfully chased down in three successive matches that included Ahmed's gritty half century against Sri Lanka after Pakistan had collapsed to 7-162 while chasing a 237-run target.

Since their woeful first-round exit at the 2015 edition, England had won plaudits for the dynamic way they had re- invented themselves as a "white-ball" side and they came into this match having won 11 of their previous 12 ODIs.

As Sarfraz Ahmed led his players on a lap of honour in front of a strong and jubilant Pakistani support, England could only reflect on a dismal showing in the eight-wicket defeat in the semi-final, one that means their search for a first global 50-over crown rolls on to the 2019 World Cup on home soil.

"Credit goes to the bowlers".

However, England coach, Trevor Bayliss echoed Morgan's sentiment that the direction of travel remained positive.

"Pakistan did that extremely well and full credit to them".

Ruthless Pakistan shock England in Champions Trophy in semi-final in Cardiff

England captain Eoin Morgan said Pakistan "played brilliantly" but he appeared unhappy with the wicket.

And they did so in style, despite being without injured left-arm quick Mohammad Amir because of a back spasm.

As Pakistan hit 118, England finally got their breakthrough when Fakhar misjudged a Rashid delivery to be stumped by Buttler for 57 off as many balls.

Mohammad Hafeez (R) and Babar Azam walks back to the pavilion after Pakistan won the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final cricket match between England and Pakistan. Most teams have tried to swing the ball up front, and when it hasn't they have struggled to take wickets in the middle overs. But now it is among four best teams in the tournament surpassing South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

"And now today Fakhar Zaman, he's playing in his third match, and now he's batting just like a champion batsman". It doesn't matter how long you may have followed Pakistan, or how deeply you might have analysed their previous game, you can't possibly know what will happen next and you have even less chance of understanding it.

The home side has become quite accustomed to scoring 300-plus over the last couple of years and surely it made sense to get first use of a wicket that would surely get lower and slower? Pakistan made another change bringing in leg-spinning all-rounder Shadab Khan in place of Fahim Ashraf, a pace-bowling all-rounder.

"Two hundred and fifty or 260 would have been a good score and then it would have been a different run chase".

  • Julie Sanders