Pakistan thrash England in Champions Trophy semi-final

Jun 16, 2017, 06:00
Pakistan thrash England in Champions Trophy semi-final

Sophia Gardens is one of the three venues that was agreed to use by the ICC and Galmorgans for the 15 matches at this tournament, along with Edgbaston and The Oval.

And if anyone doubted how well Pakistan had bowled or attributed England's struggles exclusively to the state of the pitch, the ease with which Pakistan knocked off the runs was all the riposte they needed. England was all out in 49.5 overs with a score of 211. You simply have to chase what the opposition make.

England allowed their concerns over the pitch to get to them and "batted themselves into a hole" amid uncertainty about how many runs they needed, says Jonathan Agnew of the BBC.

Another area where Pakistan have been different is with their bowling. In those situations, well-laid plans can quickly go out of the window, which is part of the reason why the game sped away. The win has helped them to go to the Finals. "Full credit to them, they outplayed us on this wicket". They will be bitterly disappointed.

With two years until their next shot at ending a run of 17 global 50-over tournaments without a trophy, Bayliss backed the current group to mature sufficiently in this regard but added it would be "remiss" not to consider widening the selection net.

It was an outcome which confounded nearly all predictions after England had breezed through the group stages - while Pakistan began their campaign with a landslide defeat against India and sneaked into the last four only when they beat Sri Lanka by three wickets at this same venue three days ago.

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The issue of whether England had lost their home advantage due to the abrasive nature of the used pitch at Cardiff did not come into the players' minds, according to Bayliss.

Eoin Morgan, the captain, has long stated that the eight-team tournament was a staging post for the 2019 World Cup on home soil but the manner of their eight-wicket humbling in Cardiff, where they were bowled out for 211 on a used surface, has prompted questions over their ability to adapt to conditions beyond flat batting tracks and the pressure of knockout cricket.

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In World Cups, you know, you have fresh wickets.

Two years out, they look in good shape to do well in that tournament.

Jonny Bairstow made a battling 43 at the top of the order in place of Jason Roy, who had mustered just 51 in eight ODI innings this summer. Some skippers want to be in charge of the whole lot, but Morgan has done a good job and is batting well.

Ranting on the team live on TV, Sohail slammed Sarfraz Ahmed for overblown praises for the team for beating England while insinuating that "external forces" were responsible for Pakistan's victory.

Hasan Ali, who was named Man of the Match said: "It was a big match, so we focused on our bowling".

The star with the ball was once again pacer Hasan Ali, who ended up with a three wicket-haul for the third time in as many games.

Morgan is evangelical about England's attacking style of cricket and though results have generally been good, the "one-size-fits-all" approach can sometimes come unstuck.

"What you see in Bangladesh right now is a growing confidence and enhanced game-awareness".

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