Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Ex-Pakistani cricketers appreciate team for defeating England in semi-finals

Ex-Pakistani cricketers appreciate team for defeating England in semi-finals

England's Eoin Morgan plays a shot during the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final cricket match between England and Pakistan in Cardiff on June 14, 2017.

The hosts were dismissed for 211 on a pitch previously used in group-stage games, and lost by eight wickets.

Although England struggled to score runs in Cardiff, with all-rounder Ben Stokes uncharacteristically taking 64 balls to score 34, Morgan praised the Pakistan bowlers for taking the initiative away from his batsmen.

"Going into this game knowing that we were going to play on a used wicket potentially brought Pakistan's game closer to their home".

"I thought we bowled okay but certainly defending 200 we have to produce a well above-par bowling performance. You have to adapt in knockout cricket, so it's an important lesson".

"What will frustrate England the most is that on the big stage, in the big game, we've not really seen then give a true account of themselves", Atherton told Sky Sports.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and England openers Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow, replacing the out-of-form Jason Roy, made a solid start.

England has never won a major ODI trophy despite appearing in 19 global events at this level since the inaugural World Cup in 1975.

When Morgan was asked why Pakistan had found batting much easier during their chase, where they cantered along at almost six an over, he said: "I think the explanation is they played two days ago on it".

"There were huge expectations they'd go on to win the tournament, I think justifiably so on the back of what they've done over the a year ago and a half".

'We are building up to that World Cup, ' said Bayliss in the aftermath of their eight-wicket thrashing in Cardiff. The opening partnership of 118 between Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali particularly pleased Moin, with their contrasting styles complimenting each other.

After this, the wickets started falling in regular intervals.

"But Morgan chose the wrong moment to attack Hasan Ali, who in the absence of Mohammad Aamer was Pakistan's biggest threat, especially when he was finding reverse swing from round the wicket against the left-handers". We reached the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy and that's probably about right for us at the moment'.

Pakistan, as they had when defeating England in an ODI at Cardiff past year, received plenty of crowd support.

The 2nd semi-final of India Vs Bangladesh will kick off at 3:00 PM IST, Today.

"The seamers for Pakistan bowled superbly, you couldn't really argue that".

The match took place on a pitch which had already been used in the tournament, when Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in their Group B clash.

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