Pakistan end England's dream

Eoin Morgan, in his post-match press conference, had blamed used pitches for its semi-final loss to Pakistan.

It wasn't a faultless performance in the field with a couple of catches going down in the first half of England's innings, although they were long forgotten by the end as Fakhar pulled off a stunning catch at deep square to remove Moeen Ali and substitute Ahmed Shehzad ran out Adil Rashid with a direct hit. Knowing we were going to play on a used wicket potentially brought Pakistan's game closer to their home [conditions].

"We did prepare, Pakistan bowled well but we didn't adjust and 200 isn't competitive, 250-270 would be a good score". And having watched the game against Sri Lanka, we actually didn't think it was that bad.

Pakistan could face arch-rivals India in Sunday's final at the Oval if the title-holders beat Bangladesh in Thursday's second semi-final at Edgbaston.

Bairstow replaced Roy after the Surrey opener had managed just 51 runs in eight one-day global innings so far this season. Pakistan's openers then compounded England's misery to the delight of their supporters at a sun-drenched Cardiff.

Morgan is the only survivor in England's now much-admired white-ball team from the one Collingwood led to this country's only global trophy to date - at the ICC World Twenty20 in 2010.

"Certainly, I think we're moving in the right direction". "My heart aches to hear these sounds again in stadiums of my Pakistan!" he further said referring to the fact that Pakistan don't play their home matches at home but in Dubai.

Their chase was spearheaded by Fakhar Zaman (57) and Azhar Ali (76), who laid a solid foundation by sharing a 118-run opening stand.

This proved to be the point of no coming back for the hosts as their middle order was ripped apart by Pakistan's bowling attack and some rather poor shot making as they fell to 162-6.

Pakistan bowled and fielded tightly to restrict the sluggish hosts who failed to master a lifeless wicket and collapsed from 128 for two in bright and sunny conditions which normally favour batsmen.

It was the eighth time that Hasan has collected three wickets or more in his 20 ODIs, and teammates see much more to come from the 23-year-old bowler. If we play good cricket, definitely we will win this tournament.

England's other Test players have been rested for at least one of the T20 games against South Africa so they can gain pink-ball experience for their counties in day-night matches but Buttler will join them after the third game.

  • Julie Sanders