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Pakistan in Champions Trophy final due to external factors, says Aamer Sohail

“Every game is a knockout game and I told my boys to play their game and not worry about the result”.England captain Eoin Morgan said his team did not simply adapt to the conditions.But, the star batsman, England’s Test skipper, is determined to continue their swashbuckling performance in 2019 World Cup at home. “Coming from Edgbaston which was a good wicket to a used wicket, we didn’t adapt very well”. Pakistan’s fielding was noteworthy yesterday as they effected couple of run outs too. They outplayed us today on this wicket.”I don’t think there was any home advantage”, Morgan said.”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”.”It is a matter of great pride and happiness for myself and the entire Pakistan nation”, said Sarfraz after the semifinal triumph.”We did prepare, Pakistan bowled well but we didn’t adjust and 200 isn’t competitive, 250-270 would be a good score”.Though England played three of its Group A matches on new pitches, the pitches allocated to Sophia Gardens had all been used once each during the group stage meaning their semi-final had to be played on a used surface.”It’s the way the tournament is”.Speaking after the match Sarfraz said: “After the India match, we just motivated the guys”.England came into the Champions Trophy with high hopes and had won 11 of their previous 12 ODIs before Wednesday’s reverse.Q. You touched on conditions. There’s no home advantage for any side.”I said after the loss to India if we play good cricket, definitely we will win this tournament”. I didn’t notice anything different about our approach to the Pakistan game. Everything we did play was quite calculated.But amidst all the disappointment in England’s performance and rather unexpected premature competition exit, we shouldn’t lose sight of how far this team has come and the potential it holds.England’s struggle was highlighted by Ben Stokes’ boundary-less 64-ball stay, but Morgan believed the batsmen had tried everything to put the pressure back on the bowlers.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 start.Coach Trevor Bayliss has no doubt that Morgan’s team will bounce back.Fakhar reached his 50 off 49 balls before being stumped by Buttler off Rashid for 57 but Azhar and Babar Azam calmly continued to milk runs all around the ground as England’s bowlers ran out of ideas.I think it will have to evolve in whatever manner the game does over the next two years in the lead-in to the World Cup, but certainly I think we’re moving in the right direction.