Captain Sarfraz proud of Pakistan young guns

India won the toss and decided to field first in the second semifinal of the ICC Champions Trophy

India won the toss and decided to field first in the second semifinal of the ICC Champions Trophy

Former English cricketer Nasser Hussain criticized England captain Eoin Morgan for blaming the pitch for its ICC Champions Trophy 2017 semi-final toss to Pakistan.

"But I think we all realise that, whether England win or lose, they are playing some very exciting cricket".

They have always been an unpredictable side but England, the only undefeated in the league stage, were expected to get past the sub-continent squad with little difficulty. Shakib Al Hasan (114) and Mahmudullah (102) batted brilliantly in running away with a five-wicket win over New Zealand.

However, Morgan did give credit to the Pakistan bowlers for restricting England to 211 in 49.5 overs.

Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by three wickets in Cardiff on Monday to book a last-four showdown with the hosts back at Sophia Gardens on Wednesday.

He added: "We would be remiss if we just said "these are the 15 or 16 guys who will take us to the World Cup in two years".

Fingers crossed I will have a run in the side now because I'd like to think I've done myself justice. "The fact we've produced brilliant performances in this tournament and then play like that on this wicket is extremely disappointing".

Injured England bowler Chris Woakes on Test Match Special: "Pakistan opted to bowl first, which we all thought was the wrong decision as we thought the pitch would deteriorate and become harder to score on".

Pakistan needed just 37.1 of their 50 overs to chase down the score.

They will face the winners of today's clash between India and Bangladesh in Sunday's final. Set just 212 for victory, Pakistan finished on 215 for two, with Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) sharing an opening partnership of 118.

Compare that pitch with the one at Edgbaston yesterday, when India beat Bangladesh to reach the final.

After losing to India in the first game, Pakistan managed to stun South Africa and destroy the tournament favourites England to enter the final of the tournament.

Sohail further warned the players to concentrate on their game and remain level-headed; otherwise they would not be able to survive.

Hasan particularly impressed with figures of 3-35 from his full allocation, the seamer removing dangermen Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow along the way. They were the finalists in the last edition but lost to India. Bayliss said it did not mean Buttler wasn't in contention to retain his spot and he will go straight from the final T20 in Cardiff to Lancashire's Championship match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston. We knew that to get through a semifinal, we had to be somewhere near our best.

Their opposite number Bairstow - brought in to open for the first time in global cricket in place of the out-of-form Jason Roy - had responded with a battling 43, but on a used pitch that precluded fluent strokeplay as the ball swung, England could never get a foothold and folded tamely in their attempt to set a defendable total.

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