Lunedi, 18 Dicembre, 2017

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

Horror show against India heroic since Hassan Ali captures Pakistan’s stunning turnaround Andrew Couldridge AFP
Pammachio Corsino | 19 Giugno, 2017, 06:09

Talking about the victory, Pakistan Sarfraz Ahmed on Wednesday credited the support staff for keeping the team in good spirits after heavy loss against India, following which the side staged a sensational turnaround to reach the Champions Trophy final.

Victories over South Africa and crucially Sri Lanka secured their place in the last four and they take their place in this weekend's showpiece thanks to a comprehensive eight-wicket win over England.

In reply Pakistan got off to a great start with openers Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) adding 118 runs after which Babar Azam (38) and Mohammad Hafeez (31) guided the team home with nearly 13 overs to spare.

Captain Eoin Morgan and Joe Root added 48 runs for the third wicket before the latter departed for 46. "They boosted us up really well".

"(But) certainly, that hasn't gone to our heads at all".

"We left ourselves short today adapting to conditions", Morgan said.

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.

"Credit goes to the bowlers and then the batsmen finished really well".


Pakistan will be closely watching today's second semi-final as India is going to clash with Bangladesh at Birmingham.

Hasan Ali, who was named Man of the Match said: "It was a big match, so we focused on our bowling".

While Pakistan's bowlers thrived on the slow wicket at Sophia Gardens, the same could not be said for England as all their key batsmen got in before throwing away their wickets.

Even usually big-hitting all-rounder Ben Stokes - fresh from an unbeaten century against Australia at Edgbaston - took 64 balls to make a 34 that, remarkably, did not include a solitary boundary.

'We are building up to that World Cup, ' said Bayliss in the aftermath of their eight-wicket thrashing in Cardiff.

The match was played on a pitch used two days previously for Pakistan's final group game but Morgan insisted that had nothing to do with it. "If they want it to be completely neutral ground and bring all the teams into the tournament have no home advantage, I would keep it the same way".

"We knew we were going to play on a used wicket at some stage in this tournament".

"One of the huge contributing factors towards topping our table and playing very good cricket in the group stages is that we've stayed true to what we believe in".

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