Sarfraz proud as 'no chance' Pakistan reach final

But the way Pakistan collapsed to 162 for seven chasing 237 in their virtual "quarter-final" against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Monday before winning by three wickets would have given England a degree of hope. Former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond, in his column for ICC, wrote that the margin of victory has certainly surprised him.

"I felt like we were trying to take a positive option against them, but obviously, given the conditions, it didn't allow is to do that".

"We left ourselves short today, adapting to conditions", said Morgan.

"Now the whole nation awaits our team making amends in the final against India - if they defeat Bangladesh", Khan said on Twitter as he congratulated Pakistan on their semi-final win. Pakistan kept England well and truly where they wanted them to be. "At this ground, the average score batting first is around 300 and while chasing is about 260", he added.

Following the loss, Morgan blamed the pitch and said there was no home advantage for England.

"I know you guys had us down as the favourites here, but that certainly wasn't out of the team or from my point of view".

"This was a golden chance to win a tournament at home, and I think all we can do now is keep looking towards that World Cup and use this as a really good platform".

Babar Azam bats against England in the semi-final.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and England openers Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow, replacing the out-of-form Jason Roy, made a solid enough start.

Pakistan then held their nerve in a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Monday-a virtual quarter-final for both sides.

"I think it depends on what the ICC want to get out of the tournament", the 30-year-old added. "That will be huge because there are large Indian as well as Pakistani communities in England", Bond wrote.

"I think we need to continue playing exactly as we are and just get better at it", he said. He also alleged that more than the players, external forces that were responsible for Pakistan's recent results.

An unpredictable Pakistan yesterday stunned England by eight wickets to enter their maiden Champions Trophy final, continuing their sensational run in the tournament.

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.

The captain was thrilled with the performance of the youngsters in the team: "I'm very happy about my youngsters performing, especially Hasan who is improving day by day". If he again gets wickets in the final, that will help us.

"After the first loss, we were very down, but credit goes to the team management", said Sarfraz.

It seemed Pakistani batsmen were batting on a different pitch during the chase as they cruised to complete the target in 37.1 overs, after openers Azhar Ali (76 off 100) and Fakhar Zaman (57 off 58) provided a ideal start.

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