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Pakistan reach ICC Champions Trophy final after surprise victory over England

Eoin Morgan was left lamenting a lack of home advantage and his side’s inability to adapt after a collective dose of paralysis with the bat on a reused Cardiff pitch led to England being bundled out of the Champions Trophy by a resurgent Pakistan.Contrary to everyone’s expectations, Pakistan stunned favourites England by registering a resounding eight-wicket win to enter the finals of the ongoing Champions Trophy here at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Wednesday.Bowled out for 211 in 49.5 overs after losing the toss, any chuntering about the rough end of conditions should have dissipated when Pakistan cruised to their target with 77 balls to spare for the loss of two wickets.”We looked at the game they played previously, 250, 270 would have been a good score”.Pakistan bowled England out for just 211, in an era where 300 is considered a one-day worldwide “par score”, after captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and fielded.Ben Stokes, usually one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket, needed 64 balls to scrape together 34 runs and he failed to muster a single boundary on a pitch Morgan described as hard to bat on.Pakistan will now play the victor of the second semi-final between India and Bangladesh to be played tomorrow in Birmingham.Morgan added: “Coming from Edgbaston, it was a big jump in pace and bounce and too much of an ask for us to adjust”.He wrote that he had said that it would depend which kind of Pakistan turned up for the match and the team answered that one emphatically.England has never won a major ODI trophy despite appearing in 19 global events at this level since the inaugural World Cup in 1975.Root revealed that England felt they were on track for a 300-320 total initially.”Certainly, I think we’re moving in the right direction”. “I thought they bowled really well”. Top 2 ranked teams in the each group will qualify for the semi-finals 1 & 2.Rumman, denied the wicket of Alex Hales on an lbw review, got his man for 13 when the opener sliced a drive to extra-cover.Pakistan’s opening pair Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman only added to their opponent’s misery as they put on 118 runs for the first wicket. Bowling had lost his sharpness as Pakistan lost only three wickets in the chase.However, the skipper did give credit to Pakistani bowlers for restricting England’s batsmen from scoring big runs. However, they won’t want to take Bangladesh lightly, as the side has made decent progress in recent past.