'England determined to stick to attacking cricket'
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 3:06
"We've got a long way to go until we reach the level we want to get to and a level I believe we're good enough to get to".
India play Bangladesh in the second semi-final in Birmingham today.
"Stop giving that lame excuse Eoin Morgan regarding the used pitch".
He was all praise for pacer Hasan Ali, who took a three-wicket haul for the third time in a row.
"Credit goes to the bowlers".
And they did so in style, despite being without injured left-arm quick Mohammad Amir because of a back spasm."Today was a flawless performance from all departments", said Azhar.
"Every game is a knockout game and I told my boys to play their game and not worry about the result".
Defeat extended England's long wait for a maiden major one-day worldwide title until at least 2019 - when they stage the next World Cup.
The skipper added: "I was not expecting we would bowl them out for 210. 250/270 would have been". Coming from Edgbaston, it was obviously a big jump in pace and bounce and too much of an ask for us to adjust to.
Pakistan's openers then compounded England's misery to the delight of their supporters at a sun-drenched Cardiff.
England could only muster seven fours in the final 30 overs, while they failed to hit a six during their entire innings as their attacking brand of cricket deserted them. Azhar followed him to the landmark in 68 balls.
Pakistan will take on the victor of the India vs Bangladesh semi-final, on Sunday at Oval.
Unable to find the breakthrough, English skipper Eoin Morgan got Adil Rashid back into action, and the leg-spinner delivered on the very first delivery of his fourth over with the wicket of the risky Zaman, stumped by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler. "I'd love to have a magic wand and give it a flick whenever we really need to win a game", admitted Bayliss.
"You make us proud team Pakistan!". Pakistan, however, ripped into their opponents easily when it was their turn to bat.
Still, Pakistan ended up with just three wides and two no-balls, while England bowled 11 wides alone.
England collapsed to 211 all out, with no batsman making a fifty in an innings where they could not manage a single six.
For England, Joe Root (46), Jonny Bairstow (43) and Ben Stokes (34) were the major contributors to the cause.
Hitting boundaries proved hard, however, and a clearly frustrated Hales, on 13, spooned Rumman Raees to cover with a loose drive. The previous two times both involved India and Sri Lanka (once in Champions Trophy 2002 and then in the 2011 World Cup).
He eventually holed out to cover when deceived by Hasan's slower ball. They just did not expect it to come against Pakistan or for it to cost them a place in the final.