He said: “I think for the first part of our innings, we played pretty well”.
As the nation was busy in praising and celebrating its cricket team’s splendid victories one after another, former Pakistan opener Aamer Sohail on Thursday indirectly alleged that the other team deliberately threw matches in Pakistan’s favor in the ongoing Champions Trophy.
Paul Collingwood is still confident Eoin Morgan’s England can become world-beaters on home soil in 2019, despite their failure at the semi-final stage in this summer’s Champions Trophy.
“Definitely we’ll meet as a team and sort out the problems”. This was the trouble: England’s starts were either all or insufficient, and usually the latter.
But in the semifinal, Pakistan used the slowness of the pitch expertly, to keep England down to a paltry 211, before chasing it down without breaking a sweat. “There won’t be pressure on the team now since they go into the final on the back of three straight matches”, he said. Shakib Al Hasan (114) and Mahmudullah (102) batted brilliantly in running away with a five-wicket win over New Zealand.
“Zaman gave the team a brilliant start to the chase and he was well supported by Azhar’s assured batting display”.
“I’m very happy as a captain”.
“Credit goes to the bowlers and the batters who finished it very well”, said Sarfraz at the presentation ceremony.
They lost their last eight wickets for 83 runs, failed to hit a single six on the small playing area, and were unable to make Pakistan pay for a series of early fielding lapses which benefited Jonny Bairstow especially.
Any problems England had encountered were not even a concern for Pakistan, as Azhar and Fakhar Zaman put on 118 for the opening wicket, Morgan running through six bowlers before Adil Rashid (1-54) made the breakthrough. “All we can do now is keep looking towards that World Cup and use this as a really good platform”.
“One thing we didn’t do was adapt to conditions, which I thought Pakistan did extremely well”, England captain Eoin Morgan said.
Pakistan will now play the victor of the second semi-final between India and Bangladesh to be played tomorrow in Birmingham.
“I don’t think there was any home advantage”.
England coach Trevor Bayliss thinks that exiting the tournament at this stage is probably correct when considering the hosts’ ranking in world cricket.
Paceman Hasan Ali led a disciplined attack with a man-of-the-match return of three for 35 from his maximum 10 overs.
Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jake Ball and Rashid have been left out of the T20 squad to enable them to play in the pink-ball round of County Championship matches at the end of the month. “This is what we would require in the final to claim the title”. Certainly over the next few weeks I’m going to get my head around that and all the challenges that’s going to bring and more importantly all the opportunities it’s also going to bring.
Pakistan lost the ODI series in England 4-1 past year, but did register a consolation victory in the final match at Sophia Gardens, leaving Sarfraz positive ahead of their mid-week clash.