ICC Champions Trophy: Morgan unbowed as befuddled England fluff their lines

England have come a long way in a short space of time since a humiliating first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand

Pakistan delivered an inspired all-round performance to rout a ragged England team by eight wickets in a one-sided Champions Trophy semifinal in Cardiff. Pakistan's openers then compounded England's misery to the delight of their supporters at a sun-drenched Cardiff.

England move on to a Twenty20 series against South Africa next week, but the disappointment of this defeat could linger for some time.

Zaman played some impressive shots during his stay at the crease and put Pakistan in a dominating position against title favourites England. The hosts could manage only seven fours in their final 30 overs and not a single six throughout. He's the 3rd to score that many after Bell (5416) and Collingwood (5092).

Pakistan will now wait for the winners of the all-Asian clash on Thursday to see whom they face on Sunday at The Oval as they look to lift their first ever ICC Champions Trophy - the only ICC trophy they have never won.

Midway through the England innings, the game was delicately poised.

Bairstow and Yorkshire team-mate Joe Root (46) threatened to punish the Pakistan bowling with a promising second-wicket stand but - in what was to become an all too familiar scenario - they failed to get past 50.

From there, though, Pakistan were imperious.

Young spinner Shadab Khan (1/40) scalped one wicket, while Imad Wasim (0/16) and Mohammad Hafeez (0/33) also bowled well.

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All-rounder Ben Stokes tried to steer the team to as respectable a score as he could, but he fell for 34 with 2.2 overs remaining, a period of the game where England could have done with some of his trademark lusty blows to the boundary.

Paceman Hasan Ali led a disciplined attack with a man-of-the-match return of three for 35 from his maximum 10 overs.

England hit 15 boundaries today, the least in a completed innings since the WC 2015. The swinging ball at the 4th stump line is England's weakness.

And Sarfraz also credited coach Mickey Arthur and his team for lifting the players again following the shattering low of their thumping loss to fierce rivals India 10 days ago.

Eoin Morgan's side froze, and for all their talk of playing aggressively they slumped from 118-2 at halfway to 211 all out, hitting just five fours from the 26th and losing eight wickets for just 93 in the process.

"I think, going into today's game knowing that we were going to play on a used wicket potentially brought Pakistan's game closer to their home (conditions)", he said.

For England, don't get complacent.

"Credit goes to the bowlers and the batters who finished it very well", Sarfraz said. We made a decision to adapt to conditions, we knew if we could restrict them to 250-60, we could chase it.



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