ICC Champions Trophy: Morgan unbowed as befuddled England fluff their lines

Pakistan had played on the wicket previously and that helped [them].

Eoin Morgan ruled out any element of complacency and insisted England simply failed to adapt to the demands of a used Cardiff pitch as they crashed out of the Champions Trophy against Pakistan.

Pakistan will now play the victor of the second semi-final between India and Bangladesh to be played tomorrow in Birmingham.

"I think it [today] was the best game because it was a semi-final, no one recognised us".

Pakistan's win over England by eight wickets to march into the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 has set the cricket world abuzz, especially after their indifferent performances in the group stages.

Someone like Jason Roy, who obviously didn't have the best tournament in the world, will undoubtedly come back into form and hopefully, establish himself as one of the most exciting and explosive players in the world.

The eight-wicket victory at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff was made possible with the likes of fast bowler Hasan Ali, opening batsman Fakhar Zaman and young spinner Shadab Khan. Led by pace bowler Hasan Ali, who took 3-35, and backed up by some tigerish fielding that improved after Jonny Bairstow (43) was dropped twice, Sarfraz Ahmed's team squeezed the host nation.

Predicting an India-Pakistan final, Bell believes Pakistan has a chance to avenge their earlier defeat. They are a very risky side and everyone realizes that.

The Yorkshireman continued: "This was a golden chance to win a tournament at home, and I think all we can do now is keep looking towards that World Cup and use this as a really good platform".

"It's very frustrating but if we're being brutally honest, we weren't at our best and I think it would be wrong to hide behind excuses", Root said. After the India match, we just motivated the guys.

'We were disappointed not to beat Pakistan because we had been playing well enough but we still have a bit of work to do.

India play Bangladesh on Thursday at Edgbaston in the other semifinal match with India the clear favorites - but so were England.

"We played against some really good sides recently, and we've managed to beat them".

Sarfraz rescued Pakistan with an unbeaten 61 after they collapsed against Sri Lanka but, two days on, there was no repeat of that batting slump.

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.

Aamir Sohail indirectly levelled serious charges against Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed. Now we are in the finals.

On Hasan's performance, Sarfraz said that he's very impressive.

  • Julie Sanders