Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Pakistan thrash England to reach CT final for 1st time

Pakistan thrash England to reach CT final for 1st time

In contrast, Pakistan thrived on a pitch - controlled by the International Cricket Council - which offered very little pace or bounce as they ruthlessly dispatched tournament favourites England with 77 balls to spare.

Prasing both his bowlers and batsmen for the stupendous win, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed said: "We bowled very well and after that the batting was good too".

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

Ben Stokes, usually one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket, needed 64 balls to scrape together 34 runs and he failed to muster a single boundary on a pitch Morgan described as hard to bat on.

While Pakistan looks at a possible reunion with India on Sunday, the Virat Kohli-led side will take on Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Thursday.

The next major 50-over tournament will be the 2019 World Cup, also hosted by England and Wales, and Morgan insisted he was happy with his team's change of approach since their disastrous showing at the 2015 event. They were cruising before a mid-innings collapse derailed the chase.

"Of course, when you're playing at home, you'd like to think conditions are going to be slightly favourable to you".

'We are building up to that World Cup, ' said Bayliss in the aftermath of their eight-wicket thrashing in Cardiff. His opening partner, Azhar Ali, said Fakhar's freedom alongside him has made a huge difference. "We've played some really good cricket throughout the whole of this summer, and so it was frustrating not being able to win it".

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

"Pakistan did that extremely well and full credit to them. We knew that coming into the tournament", Morgan said of the pitch.

Hasan's 3-35 against England was his eighth three-wicket haul in 20 ODIs.

There will be a lot of talk about the Cardiff pitch after Pakistan dumped out England.

"I think it will have to evolve in whatever manner the game does over the next two years in the lead-in to the World Cup, but certainly I think we're moving in the right direction".

Four of the English batsmen got starts with Joe Root (46), Jonny Bairstow (43), Ben Stokes (34) and Eoin Morgan (33), but all failed to convert their starts into big scores.

Before the final group match against Sri Lanka, Mickey Arthur had called Hasan one of the "beacons" of this Pakistan side and they were sentiments echoed by Sarfraz who praised the youngsters that have come good.

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