Pakistan crush England to storm into final


England hit 211 runs, which Pakistan chased down with 77 balls to spare, and Morgan believes that his team were at fault.

Prasing both his bowlers and batsmen for the stupendous win, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed said: "We bowled very well and after that the batting was good too".

"Having watched the game against Sri Lanka, we actually didn't think it was that bad".

He went on to say, "We all know what happens and what not, and I can't tell you how they have won the games, I can't name them".

"They had the chance to show this new breed of English one-day cricket on a knockout stage but just didn't show their true form today".

After spending a night full of celebration in Cardiff, Pakistan took the road to London brimming with confidence ahead of their Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday. "It's a big challenge jumping from venue to venue but we're going to have to do that with the World Cup so it's important for us to go through games like today for our experience". "They bowled well, their fielding was extra-ordinary while they also batted very well to pull off a comfortable victory against hot favourites England", he said.

Morgan is the only survivor in England's now much-admired white-ball team from the one Collingwood led to this country's only global trophy to date - at the ICC World Twenty20 in 2010. The opening stand gave the visitors a great platform to chase down England's total and later on Babar Azam and Mohammed Hafeez finished the job for Pakistan.

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"Certainly, I think we're moving in the right direction".

"But certainly today it was - coming from Edgbaston (against Australia), it was obviously a big jump in pace and bounce and too much of an ask for us to adjust to really".

It was the eighth time that Hasan has collected three wickets or more in his 20 ODIs, and teammates see much more to come from the 23-year-old bowler.

The eight-wicket victory at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff was made possible with the likes of fast bowler Hasan Ali, opening batsman Fakhar Zaman and young spinner Shadab Khan.

Morgan pointed to his side failing to adapt to a slow, low pitch that was used 48 hours earlier when Pakistan won their final group game against Sri Lanka - something he felt brought their eighth-ranked opponents into contention. "At the beginning of the tournament, Pakistan was the most unfancied team of the lot and everyone lost whatever little hope they had after that India defeat".

"Full credit to them, they outplayed us on this wicket". "They boosted us really well and credit goes to the players as well".