Pakistan end England's dominance, becomes first team to reach final of CT2017

Pakistan's resurgence at the ICC Champions Trophy continued in Cardiff on Wednesday as Sarfraz Ahmed's side dumped out hosts England to reach the final.

Hasan has bounced back from that onslaught by taking three wickets from each of his next three games, including 3-35 at Sophia Gardens on Wednesday as Pakistan thrashed England by eight wickets in the semifinals.

Pakistan, which suffered a 124-run thrashing by India in its opening group game, then cruised to the meagre victory target with 77 balls to spare. Knowing we were going to play on a used wicket potentially brought Pakistan's game closer to their home [conditions].

"We did prepare for a used wicket but 211 wasn't a good score".

"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". We knew that we were going to play on a used wicket at some stage in this tournament, and certainly we found out the other day that today was going to be on a used wicket. "You have to adapt in knockout cricket, so it's an important lesson".

Pakistan will now face title-holders India in Sunday's final at the Oval if their arch-rivals beat Bangladesh in today's second semi-final at Edgbaston.

"I think we need to continue playing exactly as we are and just get better at it".

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"I think he (Amir) has a little bit of back spasm". They were unbeaten in the group stage and were the favourites going into the semi-finals of the tournament.

"Pakistan did that well and played better".

England ground to a near standstill as their last eight wickets fell for 83, and Ben Stokes found himself batting entirely out of character without hitting a single boundary from his 64 balls. It may have been nerves, but mostly "the skill, variety and verve of Pakistan's fast bowlers proved to be too good for England's batsmen, who were confounded by a mixture of reverse-swing, yorkers, bouncers and slower balls". Pakistan's openers then compounded England's misery to the delight of their supporters at a sun-drenched Cardiff. "We are well aware of everyone's calibre and if you do well we will praise you and vice-versa", the former captain concluded.

It seemed the Pakistan batsmen were in a hurry to get to the total as the duo helped the team touch the three-figure mark in the next seven overs before Ali too got to his half century off 68 deliveries.

"The turnaround is built on the inclusion of youngsters and it could only be done by a Pakistan team", said Ramiz Raja, an ex-Pakistan captain who now works as a cricket commentator.

  • Julie Sanders