Champions Trophy

Pakistan Reached In CT17 Final After Beating England By 8 Wickets

Pakistan Reached In CT17 Final After Beating England By 8 Wickets

ENG 211 (49.5 Ovs)
PAK 215/2 (37.1 Ovs)

Sarfraz Ahmed: Credit goes to the bowlers and then the batsmen finished really well. Rumman bowled very well today. We decided to adapt to conditions, we knew if we could restrict them to 250-60, we could chase it. After the India game, the credit goes to the team management how they boosted us. Every game was a knockout game. Today as well they told us to not think about the match and just play the natural game. That helped us. Both teams are playing really well, all the best to them (India and Bangladesh). He (Hasan Ali) is very energetic and he is bowling well. If he takes wickets for us in the final that will help us for sure.
Eoin Morgan: One thing which we did not do well today was to adapt to conditions, coming from Edgbaston. Full credit to Pakistan, they did that well. I don’t think we were used to it. We did not prepare. Pakistan bowled well. We did not manage to adjust with the bat. 200 was not a competitive score. 250-60 would have been competitive. It’s the way tournament is. We knew that coming into the tournament. It’s the test of the Champions Trophy and you have to be prepared for it. There is no home advantage for any side. We bowled okay. I think we will continue to learn that. I don’t think we played anything rash today. Everything that we played was pretty calculative. But simply the fact that Pakistan had played here, helped them. One of the things about knockout cricket is that you have to adjust to conditions as you go from venue to venue. With the World Cup coming up, it’s important for us to go through games like today.

Semifinal wins for PAK in ICC ODI events:
by 4 wickets vs NZ, Auckland 1992
by 9 wickets vs NZ, Manchester, 1999
by 8 wickets vs ENG, CARDIFF, 2017 *
Winning with most balls to spare while chasing 200+ in CT:
83 SL v Pak, Colombo, 2002
77 Pak v Eng *, today
65 Ind v WI, Oval, 2013
63 Ind v Eng, Colombo, 2002
Hasan Ali (Man of the Match): England are a big team and we have bowled well. The way I bowled against South Africa, I tried to bowl the same way today. Against India, things did not go well in the last few overs but Azhar Mahmood helped me and I stuck to my plans. Eoin Morgan was my best wicket today. It’s my brother’s birthday tomorrow, so I dedicate this award to him.

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