Pakistan outclass England to reach final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Eoin Morgan thinks England failed to adapt to the conditions in Cardiff after they checked out of the Champions Trophy with an embarrassing eight-wicket semi-final defeat to Pakistan.

Pakistan started ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on a weak note after defeat against arch-rivals India in their first match of the tournament.

Morgan pointed to his side failing to adapt to a slow, low pitch that was used 48 hours earlier when Pakistan won their final group game against Sri Lanka - something he felt brought their eighth-ranked opponents into contention.

Meanwhile Sarfraz said: "England are a good team so we have to play positive cricket against them".

Pakistan's rise means they will automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup, leaving the race between West Indies and Sri Lanka. But certainly today, coming from Edgbaston, it was obviously a big jump in pace and bounce, and too much of an ask for us to adjust to, really.

"Once that ball started reversing, credit to Pakistan, they put it in very good areas and made it very hard to build new partnerships once we lost a couple of wickets". "They will look back and think, could we have transferred a bit of pressure back on to Pakistan during Mohammad Hafeez's overs in particular? Fair credit to Pakistan, they played brilliantly". New Zealand were no match to England in the second and Australia thought they had won the game before Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan turned it around.

"I don't think there was any home advantage ..."

Pakistan will face either India or Bangladesh in the final on Sunday at the Oval.

"It is a matter of great pride and happiness for myself and the entire Pakistan nation", said Sarfraz after the semifinal triumph.

Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed had no qualms about the pitch and was more than happy at his team's progression towards their first final at a major ODI event since 1999 World Cup.

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. "Now we are in the final", he said.

"And after that match, everything - we bowling well, feeling well, and now today also batting clicking as well".

Instead, they went into inspired mode, bowling England out for just 211, before knocking those runs down with ridiculous ease.

  • Julie Sanders