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Pakistan hope Hasan will shine again in CT final

18 Juin 2017

Eoin Morgan ruled out any element of complacency and insisted England simply failed to adapt to the demands of a used Cardiff pitch as they crashed out of the Champions Trophy against Pakistan.

Mohammad Hafeez (R) and Babar Azam walks back to the pavilion after Pakistan won the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final cricket match between England and Pakistan.

On a Cardiff ground where they chased more than 300 to beat England in an ODI a year ago, Pakistan completed Wednesday's pursuit with a mammoth 77 balls to spare when Mohammad Hafeez pulled Stokes for four. Knowing we were going to play on a used wicket potentially brought Pakistan's game closer to their home [conditions].

"Pakistan bowled well but we didn't manage to adjust with the bat". "I don't want us to be unpredictable", he says - but this is Pakistan, and by nature their cricketers play on the edge.

"We continue to learn, everything we did was calculated, but Pakistan had played on the wicket previously and that helped".

Pakistan face the victor of the second semi-final today between India and Bangladesh in Birmingham while England will be left to rue another missed chance to lift their first ever 50-overs global trophy.

Against England on Wednesday, the young pacer suffered a minor shin problem in his three-wicket haul, that was one of the key reasons why Pakistan tore out pages of the form book on their way to a convincing eight-wicket win against title favourites England in Cardiff on Wednesday.

"I felt like we were trying to take a positive option against them, but obviously, given the conditions, it didn't allow is to do that".

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After bowling the hosts out for 211, thanks to pacer Hasan Ali's 3/35, the Pakistani opening duo of Ali and Zaman made light work of the English bowlers as the visitors crossed the 50-run mark at the end of the mandatory powerplay.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said before the semifinal that if his side played its "best game" it could "put pressure" on England. Between the two significant wins, they also brushed aside Asian rivals Sri Lanka.

On Wednesday, he took three of England's four top-scorers - Jonny Bairstow (43), Ben Stokes (34) and Eoin Morgan (33). They outplayed us today on this wicket.

England's hopes rested on taking early wickets, but they were punctured by the strokeplay of Fakhar, who threw everything at the new ball.

Root, who is the Test skipper, said of the match: "We can make excuses, we can say the wicket was more favourable to Pakistan". "We've played some really good cricket throughout the whole of this summer, and it was frustrating not being able to do it (this time)".

"We've played worse than this over the last couple of years and been knocked over fairly easily in some games, (but) it doesn't seem to affect them", he said. "You guys have been thrashed fair n square by Pakistan", Younis tweeted.

"I don't think there was any home advantage, if that's what you're asking".