Pakistan thrash the hosts to reach final

  • Pakistan thrash the hosts to reach final

Pakistan thrash the hosts to reach final

"Nobody recognised us, nobody thought we'll qualify for the final", said Sarfraz after defeating England in the first semifinal.

They then cruised to their victory target finishing on 215 for two with a massive 77 balls to spare. Even though, Azhar fell in the 33rd over from Jake Ball (1-37), Azam and Mohammad Hafeez (31 not out) ensured they crossed the line with their unbeaten 42 run stand. Hasan was awarded the man of the match for his three wicket haul that set the game for Pakistan.

Pakistan bowlers chipped away at the wickets at regular intervals and aided by some good fielding, curtailed England for what was their lowest total in the tournament.

England skipper Eoin Morgan had opined that Pakistan had an advantage as they had played their last game in Group B against Sri Lanka on the very same pitch just two days before meeting the hosts.

"We have come a long way in the last two years and yes, we would like to win every game we play".

"It's a big occasion for all of us and I look forward to bowling well and contribute in the win".

An unpredictable Pakistan today stunned England by eight wickets to enter their maiden Champions Trophy final, continuing their sensational run in the tournament.

"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". Two hundred isn't a competitive score.

The India Vs Bangladesh, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 2nd semi-final match will be played at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Many wondered if a tricky chase might nonetheless be on the cards, but openers Azhar and Zaman made a mockery of that notion in a stand of 118.

The 25-year-old was forced to miss Wednesday's semi-final against England at Cardiff after suffering back spasm on the morning of the match.

"England are a very, very good team", he said.

While speaking on a Pakistani news channel, Sohail created a storm by saying that ODI skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and his boys have no reason to rejoice as they have made it to the finals, not on the basis of their performance, but through "external factors".

"Pakistan outclassed England in all departments". Bangladesh proved that win was no fluke as it later went on to surprise Pakistan, India and South Africa at home.

Root continued his good form with a well-taken 46 while Eoin Morgan added 33 and Ben Stokes 34.

"We adapted to the conditions, we knew if we restricted them we could easily chase it down". "They'll put this to the back of their minds and go and perform the next time".

Their opposite number Bairstow - brought in to open for the first time in worldwide cricket in place of the out-of-form Jason Roy - had responded with a battling 43, but on a used pitch that precluded fluent strokeplay as the ball swung, England could never get a foothold and folded tamely in their attempt to set a defendable total.