England crash out of Champions Trophy as Pakistan charge into final


In one of the biggest upsets of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Pakistan knocked out hosts England in the first semi-final at Cardiff and former England captain Nasser Hussain believes Eoin Morgan chose the wrong moment to go all guns blazing against Hasan Ali.

While India and Pakistan contest the Champions Trophy final, England and South Africa prepare for their three-match T20 series, knowing they still do not have what it takes to win a one-day global trophy. "I think we play very good, that is why we won today".

England captain Eoin Morgan said Pakistan "played brilliantly" but he appeared unhappy with the wicket. "Certainly, I think we're moving in the right direction". Coming from Edgbaston (where England beat Australia last Saturday) it was a big jump in pace and bounce and it was too much of an ask for us to adjust.

Just another 10 runs were added to England's total with Hasan Ali being the pick of the bowlers as he claimed three wickets for the cost of 35.

Batting first, England were all-out on 211 runs in 49.5 overs.

"I think he has a little bit of a shin problem, but he's okay and bowling extremely well for us", Sarfraz said. Fair credit to Pakistan.

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Wednesday's loss in Cardiff meant England's wait for a first major ICC one-day worldwide tournament triumph will continue until at least 2019 - when they stage the next World Cup.

In the final, Pakistan will face the victor of the second semi final that will be played between India and Bangladesh, on Thursday. Whenever he comes, he gets wickets. "If they want it to be completely neutral ground and bring all the teams into the tournament have no home advantage, I would keep it the same way".

"We left ourselves short today adapting to conditions".

"England got stuck in the middle period after starting well, and then were well set at 100-2 but we lost our way in the middle period". A sequence of three straight wins, including a semifinal victory over a confident host, means Pakistan are the first team to qualify for Sunday's final.

There's a reason why Pakistan were being termed as "unpredictable" going into the Champions Trophy and they proved it today. "My heart aches to hear these sounds again in stadiums of my Pakistan!" he further said referring to the fact that Pakistan don't play their home matches at home but in Dubai.

But Root, on 46, nicked leg-spinner Shadab Khan to wicketkeeper Sarfraz and Morgan (33) aimed an expansive drive at the lively Hasan and gave Sarfraz another catch to leave England in trouble at 141 for four.