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Ex-Pakistani cricketers appreciate team for defeating England in semi-finals

Riding on half-centuries from Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) Pakistan beat England by eight wickets to book their place in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy.Pakistan then cruised to their victory target, finishing on 215 for two with a massive 77 balls to spare.On Wednesday, he took three of England’s four top-scorers – Jonny Bairstow (43), Ben Stokes (34) and Eoin Morgan (33).”Certainly not, not over confident”, he said.”We ve played some really good cricket throughout the whole of this summer, and it was frustrating not being able to do it (in the semi-final)”.”But more than anything we’ve got to keep that drive we’ve had over the last 18 months to keep getting better – so when that World Cup does come around we’re in the best shape possible to give ourselves the best chance of contending in that final”.I thought – you know, probably every partnership we had struggled to take, I suppose, initiative to the Pakistan bowlers. It may have been nerves, but mostly “the skill, variety and verve of Pakistan’s fast bowlers proved to be too good for England’s batsmen, who were confounded by a mixture of reverse-swing, yorkers, bouncers and slower balls”.”I don’t think there was any home advantage. We did prepare like we were going to play on a used wicket”, said the former Ireland batsman.Pakistan required just 4.23 from the onset to upset the hosts and Zaman made his intentions clear in the first over of the chase by hitting James Ball for a six.”One of the things about knockout cricket is that you have to adapt to conditions”.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.Pakistan will now meet the winners of India vs Bangaldesh match in the final on Sunday. Pakistan’s openers then compounded England’s misery to the delight of their supporters at a sun-drenched Cardiff.Instead of bludgeoning runs in the middle section of the innings, England allowed pressure to build and, despite Stokes hanging around until the final few overs, he failed to find the boundary. Now we are in the final.On Hasan’s performance, Sarfraz said that he’s very impressive. “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”.The winning runs came courtesy of a Hafeez pull to the square-leg boundary, leaving him unbeaten on 31, as Pakistan continued to belie their ranking of eighth in one-day worldwide cricket.