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England ODI captain Eoin Morgan: 'We failed to adapt, Pakistan were better'

15 Juin 2017

Hasan Ali. The right-arm quick has been outstanding throughout the tournament, and his 10 wickets are the most by any bowler and the most by a Pakistani ever at the Champions Trophy.

"Obviously we have been disappointed, especially in India the T20 World Cup where we couldn't go through three balls, needed two runs, and our best two batsmen in the wicket". Replacing Jason Roy in the side Jonny Bairstow did well for England, opening the innings.

Pakistan turned the run chase into a formality.

Hasan was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Junaid and Raees snapped up two wickets apiece.

With spin introduced, both Ali and Rashid were sent over the top for four by Fakhar, and when opener Wood was reintroduced with Morgan desperately seeking a wicket, Azhar dabbed him down to the third man fence to bring up his 26th ODI half ton and his second of the tournament.

After Jos Buttler's departure to Junaid, flapping another caught-behind to the first delivery after drinks, England were in trouble.

Their travails were highlighted by the innings of Ben Stokes, who scored 34 from 64 balls without hitting a boundary, the highest boundary-free score for England in ODI cricket since Paul Collingwood "struck" 47 from 71 balls against Pakistan in 2010 at Southampton - in a match England won.

Bairstow replaced Roy after the Surrey opener had managed just 51 runs in eight one-day global innings so far this season.

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0 Instances of England going without a six for 25 overs since the last World Cup. They beat India in an ODI home series in 2015, and lost by one run in a World T20 game a year ago. Add to that, England played arguably its poorest game in the last couple of years and sadly for us home fans, it meant there was really only one team in it. Make no bones about it, Pakistan was fantastic. (But) certainly, that hasn't gone to our heads at all.

"We adapted to the conditions, we knew if we restricted them we could easily chase it down".

He was strong against Sri Lanka (3-43 off 10) and he was the man that breathed life back into Pakistan's campaign against South Africa.

"(But) fair credit to Pakistan.

He said: "It was a big match and we were focused on our bowling".

"Going into a big game like this, we're going to treat it as how we treated the last game".

Bairstow and Yorkshire team-mate Joe Root (46) threatened to punish the Pakistan bowling with a promising second-wicket stand but - in what was to become an all too familiar scenario - they failed to get past 50. Every partnership we had started behind the rate, which put us under the pump a little bit, and none of our batsmen seemed to get away.

Skipper Morgan then joined Root and the duo batted with objective to bring up the hundred in 21.4 overs. But amidst all the disappointment in England's performance and rather unexpected premature competition exit, we shouldn't lose sight of how far this team has come and the potential it holds.