Cardiff pitch gave 'home advantage' to Pakistan: Eoin Morgan

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

The hosts had been strong favourites to claim a first Champions Trophy crown but fluffed their lines when it mattered most.

When he was asked as to how Pakistan managed to score on the same surface that England had managed just 211, Morgan said, "I think the explanation is they played two days ago on it". "Credit to the team and the team management for how we came back after the loss to India". This was the trouble: England's starts were either all or insufficient, and usually the latter.

Joe Root, who top-scored for England with 46, spoke afterwards of his extreme disappointment but hopes he and the team can learn from the setback as they eye the chance to lift the World Cup on home soil in 2019.

Tournament rules continue to dictate matches be played on used pitches, which will dust up and stay low - even in England and Wales.

Pakistan bowled England out for just 211, in an era where 300 is considered a one-day global "par score", after captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and fielded.

Pakistani opener Aamir Sohail has indirectly accused the Pakistan team of match fixing in the ongoing CT and slammed Sarfraz Ahmed for over-praising the team after beating England.

"It's a big challenge jumping from venue to venue but we're going to have to do that with the World Cup so it's important for us to go through games like today for our experience".

"It must have been part of their plans, not least because it happened during the 2013 competition, when they ended up playing the final against India on a turning track at Edgbaston". It is something they appreciate more than most after a 2009 terror attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore turned Pakistan into a "no-go area" for the world's top teams, with the United Arab Emirates now their adopted "home". The opening partnership of 118 between Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali particularly pleased Moin, with their contrasting styles complimenting each other.

"One thing we didn't do was adapt to conditions; coming from Edgbaston to a used wicket, Pakistan did that well and played better", Morgan said during the post-match presentations. Earlier, England batted first.

Sarfraz is confident about Pakistan's chances in their first Champions Trophy final on Sunday when they will face local rivals India or Bangladesh. "We've played some really good cricket throughout the whole of this summer, and it was frustrating not being able to do it (in the semi-final)".

"I think it was [the best]", he added.

"You have one guy looking to score runs and another who (does it) every time he comes in to try and prove a point", he said. "We've got a long way to go until we reach the level we want to get to and a level I believe we're good enough to get to".

Adil Rashid was surprisingly left out of the opening match against Bangladesh, and then Roy's lean run become too much to accommodate and he was replaced by Jonny Bairstow for the semi-final.

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