Sarfraz proud as Pakistan reach final

Paola Ditto
Giugno 17, 2017

England captain Eoin Morgan cut a frustrated figure after his team delivered a muddled and lacklustre performance in a humiliating eight-wicket loss to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy semi-finals on Wednesday.

During the post match press conference, the Pakistani skipper was a bit taken aback at all the questions being tossed at him in English and, unaware of the fact that the mic was on, asked, "Saare English wale hain kya?"

The sensational accusation by Aamer is going viral on internet and is inviting a major chunk of suspicion on Pakistan's journey in CT-2017. "Getting England out for 211 is never easy because they have a wonderful balance to their side and we knew if we didn't take wickets they would score heavily", he added.

What followed it was massive attack and criticism in the form of posts on Facebook and tweets on Twitter.

Ranting on the team live on TV, Sohail slammed Sarfraz Ahmed for overblown praises for the team for beating England while insinuating that "external forces" were responsible for Pakistan's victory. Comments like this will apparently impact their team's morale'.

BCCI has not given any official statements on the same but it is considering it Pakistan's excuse to avoid India in finals. Bayliss said it did not mean Buttler wasn't in contention to retain his spot and he will go straight from the final T20 in Cardiff to Lancashire's Championship match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

The former captain concluded his allegation by saying, "Sarfaraz should just play his cricket". "I think we were in a good position when me and Morgs [Eoin Morgan] started going", said Root of England's position of 128-2 with more than 20 overs remaining. After England's semifinal loss to Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy yesterday (June 14), it is hard to find much comfort from a desperate performance made all the more dispiriting because an in-form England team, which had a very real chance of winning the whole tournament, bombed when it mattered most.

After only the second defeat in their last 13 ODIs, he said: "We've played worse than this over the last couple of years and been knocked over fairly easily in some games, (but) it doesn't seem to affect them".

"I don't think there was any home advantage, if that's what you're asking".

"Pakistan did that extremely well and full credit to them".

Meanwhile England coach Trevor Bayliss reckoned a semifinal exit was consistent with an ODI ranking of fourth.

According to Harbhajan Singh, Pakistan worked after India defeat to defy the odds.

"Finishing third or fourth, I think that's about right where we sit in world cricket at the moment".

For Azhar, who has seen the Mardan-born batsman at close quarters during the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Fakhar's progress is no surprise as he explained, "Fakhar and I have not been playing together for long but even in these few games, we have built a good understanding".

Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan's captain, is hoping that Hasan will shine again in Sunday's final at The Oval.

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