England 211 all out

Pakistan restricts England during batting and now green shirts resisted host bowlers well in a first semi-final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

But they hardly missed him, with skipper Sarfraz Ahmed using his spinners to scuff the ball before Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan and debutant Rumman Raees took charge from halfway.

Mickey Arthur's team raced to the victory target of 212 with eight wickets in hand and 12.5 overs to spare after a Hasan Ali-led bowling performance restricted the hosts to 211 all out.

Eoin Morgan blamed a failure of the England batsmen to adapt to a Cardiff surface, which he said provided no home advantage, on being dumped out of the Champions Trophy by a rampant Pakistan.

Victories over South Africa and crucially Sri Lanka secured their place in the last four and they take their place in this weekend's showpiece thanks to a comprehensive eight-wicket win over England.

Pakistan will now face defending champions India in Sunday's final at the Oval if their archrivals defeat Bangladesh in Thursday's second semi-final at Edgbaston.

When they got the ball reversing, Pakistan's execution of yorkers was the best I've seen in the tournament so far and they also showed how to bowl at the death. "If he takes wickets for us in the final that will help us for sure". "The way Pakistan team played against England gives us an impression that they are now in a position to do something special for the country in the all important match", maintained legendary Zaheer.

Their bowling effort was all the more creditable given they lost Mohammad Amir to a back spasm in the warm-up.

"Today was a ideal performance from all departments", said Azhar. We did prepare, Pakistan bowled well but we didn't adjust and 200 isn't competitive, 250-270 would be a good score.

Raees, denied the wicket of Alex Hales on an lbw review, got his man for 13 when the opener sliced a drive to extra-cover.

"Credit goes to the bowlers".

"We left ourselves short today adapting to conditions", Morgan told a news conference. And having watched the game against Sri Lanka, we actually didn't think it was that bad. "(We said) don't worry about the India match, this is gone. "And more than anything else, these boys deserve the credit for performing incredibly well in such a huge, high-pressure match", he gushed. It's a big frustration because I think we've played some great cricket in this tournament and we weren't anywhere close to it today.

"Now we are in the final".

In an all-Asian final, Pakistan will face the victor of India vs Bangladesh on June 18. "We hope whoever comes through we manage to beat".

Fakhar hit Mark Wood for the first six of the match in the opening over of Pakistan's innings and he and Azhar played some delightful strokes in a fluent partnership. "Azhar has scored, Babar got a fifty again (38*) and Hafeez bhai has chipped in too, and these I believe, are good signs for the team that the top-order batsmen are in good nick ahead of the final".

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