Nasser Hussain slams Eoin Morgan over blaming pitch for Pakistan loss

Paola Ditto
Giugno 19, 2017

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was understandably proud of his inexperienced team following their unexpected and emphatic eight-wicket victory over hosts England in the Champions Trophy semi-finals on Wednesday.

On a Cardiff ground where they chased more than 300 to beat England in an one-day worldwide a year ago, Pakistan completed Wednesday's pursuit with a mammoth 77 balls to spare when Mohammad Hafeez pulled Ben Stokes for four. 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.

"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", Zaheer said on Thursday. So it was a big challenge and one that was too far for us. "Mohammad Amir did not play but Rumman Raees came and bowled really well", said Sarfraz after Pakistan stunned England in the first semifinal on Wednesday.

Morgan insisted they can still take positives from the tournament with the World Cup in 2019 in mind.

The 30-year-old thinks England need to focus more on knockout cricket if they are going to improve.

"I don't think there was any home advantage". "I have full confidence in the team right now and I believe they can bring the trophy home", he said. Set just 212 for victory, Pakistan finished on 215 for two, with Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) sharing an opening partnership of 118.

Having been 128 for two, they lost their last eight wickets for 83 runs as they were bowled out for 211.

Tournament rules prevented the use of fresh pitches for the semi-final.

Group A will see Australia, Bangladesh, England and New Zealand battle it out for place in the semi-finals, while Group B will have defending champions India along with arch-rivals Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

"The wicket was obviously slow and low and hard to get away to start with", Morgan said.

"Now is the time for Pakistan to beat India in the same way they defeated us in the opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy", Zaheer was quoted as saying by the Dawn on Friday.

Hasan's 3-35 against England was his eighth three-wicket haul in 20 ODIs.

This proved to be the point of no coming back for the hosts as their middle order was ripped apart by Pakistan's bowling attack and some rather poor shot making as they fell to 162-6.

"Sarfaraz needs to be told that he hasn't done anything special at all as Pakistan was forced to win the games by someone", he added.

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