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Pakistan outclass England to reach final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017

But the real damage was done when England collapsed to 211 all out after Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed sent them in to bat on a used pitch.

England could only muster seven fours in the final 30 overs, while they failed to hit a six during their entire innings as their attacking brand of cricket deserted them. Though he did cite conditions as one of the key factors in the match, he also credited the way Pakistan's bowlers hit the correct lengths for the pitch. Their "policy of proscribed aggression - the that's-just-the-way-I-play dictum - looked confusedly single-gear in Cardiff".

Defeat extended England's long wait for a maiden major one-day global title until at least 2019 - when they stage the next World Cup.

"We adapted to conditions, we knew if we restrict them we could easily chase it down", he added.

Asked about playing Bangladesh in the semi-finals to that Virat Kohli said: "We are going to treat it like how we treated the last game and our mindset does not differ". That was not the case in Group A victories over Bangladesh, New Zealand and Australia as Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett and others rose to the occasion with wickets when England needed them.

"I just told the players if you take it as the semifinal, the pressure will be going very hard, but if you think it's just another match the pressure will ease off", he added. We did prepare like we were going to play on a used wicket. Two hundred isn't a competitive score.

EOIN MORGAN: I think we are, certainly.

"It's the way the tournament is".

"We can make excuses, we can say the wicket was more favourable to Pakistan".

Q. You touched on conditions. You mentioned home advantage there.

"We bowled okay but 200 was well under par".

"We have been in these kinds of games quite a few times before but there are no guarantees in this sport".

"It's a big frustration, because I think we've played some great cricket in this tournament - and we weren't anywhere close to it (this time)". We did try and adjust to the wicket.

Root will skip the upcoming T20 series against South Africa, starting on Wednesday, and will instead play for his county Yorkshire in the upcoming round of day-night Championship matches ahead of England's first-ever D/N Test in August and the inaugural pink-ball Ashes Test in Adelaide this summer.

England faltered from 128 for two to lose their last eight wickets for just 83 runs in under 23 overs on a low, slow surface.

England coach Trevor Bayliss said that exiting the tournament at this stage is probably correct when considering the hosts' ranking in world cricket.

One of the biggest reasons for this splendid turnaround for Pakistan has been the performance of Hasan Ali, the highest wicket-taker of the tournament, and Fakhar Zaman.

On a bright, sunny day in Cardiff, England's powerful batting lineup that regularly piled on scores of over 300 was shot out for a meagre 211 and Pakistan in reply reached 215 for two with 77 balls to spare.

"Our bowlers probably tried to chase the wickets too much and served up too many half-volleys. So it's a good learning curve for us".

"I think he (Amir) has a little bit of back spasm".


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