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

ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Pakistan embraced their drab yet effective identity to achieve success

India will play Bangladesh in the second semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday. Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) dismissed England's attack to all parts of Sophia Gardens in an opening stand of 118.

Imran Khan, the legendary allrounder who guided #Pakistan to victory in the 1992 World Cup final, forecast an Indo-Pak final even before India's semifinal match against Bangladesh.

They were also the only team in the eight-nation Champions Trophy to have won all three of their group games.

"Every game is a knockout game and I told my boys to play their game and not worry about the result".

Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed had no qualms about the pitch and was more than happy at his team's progression towards their first final at a major ODI event since 1999 World Cup.

Eoin Morgan says England were not guilty of complacency after crashing out of the Champions Trophy against Pakistan. 250-270 would have been a good score. "250/270 would have been".

"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", added Morgan. Pakistan made a decision to back their bowlers, there was no attempt to contain the opposition, the idea was to get wickets at regular intervals, use reverse swing (kryptonite for batsmen) and not burden the batsmen with too much responsibility. Sri Lanka were the joint-holders in 2002 along with India.

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"Pakistan did that extremely well and full credit to them". But just three days later Pakistan, the lowest-ranked side in a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day global teams bounced back to defeat number one South Africa.

In a low scoring match affected by rain, Pakistan won by 19 runs.

They then cruised to their victory target finishing on 215 for two with a massive 77 balls to spare.

England collapsed to 211 all out, with no batsman making a fifty in an innings where they could not manage a single six. And they did so in style, despite being without injured left-arm quick Mohammad Amir because of a back spasm. England, who were 128 for two, lost their last eight wickets for just 83 runs.

Root fell when well set after an edged cut off leg-spinner Shadab Khan was well held by wicket-keeper Sarfraz.

Hasan Ali hasn't been the same since he was hit for 70 runs by rival India in Pakistan's crushing defeat in their Champions Trophy opener.

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