Ruthless Pakistan shock England in Trophy

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    Pakistan delivered an inspired all-round performance to rout a ragged England team by eight wickets in a one-sided Champions Trophy semi-final in Cardiff.

    Pakistan bowled and fielded tightly to restrict the hosts to a paltry 211 and the lowest-ranked team in the tournament knocked off the runs in style with a massive 12.5 overs to spare.

    It was a major disappointment for England, who won all three group matches in their bid to claim a first global 50-over title and had beaten Pakistan in 12 of their last 14 one-day internationals.

    They collapsed, however, on a sluggish pitch from 2-128 in sunny conditions that normally favour batsmen and the bowlers failed to repair the damage as Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali shared a stand of 118 to lead Pakistan to their target.

    “One thing we didn’t do was adapt to conditions, which I thought Pakistan did extremely well,” England captain Eoin Morgan said.

    “Full credit to them, they outplayed us on this wicket. 211 wasn’t a good score. 250/270 would have been.”

    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 enough start.

    Hitting boundaries proved difficult, however, and a clearly frustrated Hales, on 13, spooned Rumman Raees to cover with a loose drive.

    Bairstow, dropped twice, accumulated 43 runs through good shot placement and quick running between the wickets before he pulled seamer Hasan Ali to Mohammad Hafeez at deep square leg.

    Joe Root and Morgan continued to score at about five runs an over but Root, on 46, nicked leg-spinner Shadab Khan to wicketkeeper Sarfraz and Morgan (33) aimed an expansive drive at the lively Hasan and gave Sarfraz another catch to leave England in trouble at 4-141.

    Jos Buttler (4), Moeen Ali (11) and Adil Rashid (7) fell quickly and Ben Stokes, one of the most destructive batsmen in the world, failed to hit a boundary in a scratchy 34 as the Pakistan bowlers dominated.

    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.

    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.

    Azhar, on 76, dragged a delivery from Jake Ball on to his stumps before Babar (38 not out) and Hafeez (31 not out) guided Pakistan home.

    “Credit goes to the bowlers and the batters who finished it very well,” Sarfraz said.

    “We adapted to the conditions, we knew if we restricted them we could easily chase it down.

    “Every game is a knockout game and I told my boys to play their game and not worry about the result.”

    India play Bangladesh in the second semi-final in Birmingham on Thursday.

    © AAP 2018

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    • Roar Guru

      June 15th 2017 @ 8:42am
      Chris Kettlewell said | June 15th 2017 @ 8:42am | ! Report

      So England have basically shown that they’ve built a team that’s tough to beat if the conditions are perfect for batting and offer absolutely nothing for the bowlers, but the moment it’s not a perfect batting surface they struggle badly. The conditions were clearly still quite decent for batting. Pakistan went at a rate that would have seen them score close to 300.

      • June 15th 2017 @ 9:24am
        Damo said | June 15th 2017 @ 9:24am | ! Report

        Sounds eeerily familiar…….

      • June 15th 2017 @ 9:27am
        George said | June 15th 2017 @ 9:27am | ! Report

        Like Australia you mean.

      • June 15th 2017 @ 9:45am
        ViratKohli said | June 15th 2017 @ 9:45am | ! Report

        I completely disagree with the statement that they struggle badly if its not a batting surface.
        Just recently they humiliated Australia when the ball was swinging.

        a more correct assessment is that they struggle when its keeping low and slow against a sub continent team.

        • Roar Guru

          June 15th 2017 @ 11:19am
          Chris Kettlewell said | June 15th 2017 @ 11:19am | ! Report

          England have only played Australia once recently, and there certainly wasn’t any humiliation there. So not sure what instance you are meaning.

          • Roar Guru

            June 15th 2017 @ 12:04pm
            JamesH said | June 15th 2017 @ 12:04pm | ! Report

            There wasn’t really much swing either. Australia just couldn’t pick Rashid – no great shock there.

          • June 15th 2017 @ 12:11pm
            ViratKohli said | June 15th 2017 @ 12:11pm | ! Report

            once is good enough – you wanted a five match series vs england in champions trophy – this isnt the world series (Baseball)

            maybe you are correct – it isnt a humiliation – for that AUS had to score only 20 runs and loose with 49 overs to spare.

            • June 15th 2017 @ 2:47pm
              Tatah said | June 15th 2017 @ 2:47pm | ! Report

              What is more humiliating is not being able to spell

            • Roar Guru

              June 15th 2017 @ 2:50pm
              Chris Kettlewell said | June 15th 2017 @ 2:50pm | ! Report

              I never said Australia should have played a 5-match series against England. But most teams had 3 matches to play before either progressing or getting knocked out. While Australia only had one. So leaving winless isn’t down to losing 3 matches, it’s only down to losing the one and only match they played that was able to complete, and even that came down to D/L with rain interruptions.

    • June 15th 2017 @ 8:51am
      BurgyGreen said | June 15th 2017 @ 8:51am | ! Report

      This feels good. The England hype was sickening.

      • June 15th 2017 @ 9:46am
        ViratKohli said | June 15th 2017 @ 9:46am | ! Report

        Of course it will feel really good to see them only as semi finalist after the drubbing that Aussies got.

        • June 15th 2017 @ 10:02am
          Jack said | June 15th 2017 @ 10:02am | ! Report

          No. It is more about england talking themselves up, which is not uncommon, but failing to back up their word, which is common. In fact it happens with monotonous regularity.

          India fall into the same category – always talking themselves up although they do occasionally win these lesser types of competitions.

          • June 15th 2017 @ 10:04am
            ViratKohli said | June 15th 2017 @ 10:04am | ! Report

            Failing to back up their word… being unbeaten until semi-final is a fair backing.
            Far better than coming back home without a win.

            • June 15th 2017 @ 10:22am
              Jack said | June 15th 2017 @ 10:22am | ! Report

              “being unbeaten until semi-final is a fair backing.”

              No its not. That’s the talk of a loser.

              • June 15th 2017 @ 11:28am
                ViratKohli said | June 15th 2017 @ 11:28am | ! Report

                well to quote the REAL looser-

                “Our record’s pretty good in tournament play,” Starc said. “I reckon we probably perform at our best when we know it’s a knockout situation, when we need to really step up.”

                The results do prove that England were unbeated in the knockouts something no other side was able to.

              • Roar Guru

                June 15th 2017 @ 2:51pm
                Chris Kettlewell said | June 15th 2017 @ 2:51pm | ! Report

                Actually, no, England were unbeaten in the group stage and lost their first knock out match.

            • Roar Guru

              June 15th 2017 @ 11:22am
              Chris Kettlewell said | June 15th 2017 @ 11:22am | ! Report

              Australia played one match which they didn’t win. So “coming back without a win” is a bit harsh. It’s not like they played lots of games and lost them all. There have been 2 complete washouts in this tournament, and both of them were Australia’s games. So they didn’t really get a lot of chance.

              • June 15th 2017 @ 11:29am
                ViratKohli said | June 15th 2017 @ 11:29am | ! Report

                oh POOR UNLUCKY Australia.
                If only, luck was on their side, they would have demolished NZ.

              • June 15th 2017 @ 3:10pm
                Farqueue said | June 15th 2017 @ 3:10pm | ! Report

                How many world cups have England won again?

              • Roar Rookie

                June 15th 2017 @ 11:35am
                Russell Neville said | June 15th 2017 @ 11:35am | ! Report

                Hi Chris
                The rules of this ICC Champions Trophy re “Washouts” do seem to make the tournament a bit of a farce. We had 2 washouts and one Duckworth-Lewis. I think we need to respect the Duckworth-Lewis system as it may not be perfect but it has worked well for a number of years now. But Australia was knocked out by the weather, a lack of a fair system than by other teams. Most of the team hadn’t batted until the England game. Ok they are professionals but no amount of net sessions can replace out in the middle. Any suggestions for a better system!

              • June 15th 2017 @ 1:32pm
                jameswm said | June 15th 2017 @ 1:32pm | ! Report

                The Aussies have a poor tournament and the usual suspects come out gloating.

                What a surprise.

                As for the Aussies – well, you can’t win them all. We’ve never done that well in the Champions Trophy (apart from winning it).

              • June 15th 2017 @ 2:34pm
                spruce moose said | June 15th 2017 @ 2:34pm | ! Report


                NZ had the advantage over Australia at the time it was called off.

                It’s farcically one-eyed to think that that was “Australia’s game”. At best it was an even chance.

              • Roar Guru

                June 15th 2017 @ 4:03pm
                Chris Kettlewell said | June 15th 2017 @ 4:03pm | ! Report

                Spruce – When I said “both were Australia’s games” I mean that both washouts were games involving Australia, I wasn’t saying that both were games Australia was on the verge of winning or anything like that.

                Most people talk like Australia definitely would have lost that one and definitely won the Bangladesh one. I don’t know that you can be so definite. NZ were definitely on top, but I’ve seen plenty of teams win matches from much worse positions, but certainly NZ would have been favourites at that point.

                But even if you gave those results, you’d end up with 3 teams on 2 points and going down to NRR, while the point Bangladesh got saw them through to the semi’s.

              • June 15th 2017 @ 4:50pm
                ViratKohli said | June 15th 2017 @ 4:50pm | ! Report

                well the fact remains that like most teams except England – last match was a virtual knockout and Australia failed to win the crunch game.
                At no instance they deserved to be in the semis after that result.

                Besides the facts you can continue with your fairytale

              • June 15th 2017 @ 7:34pm
                Mitcher said | June 15th 2017 @ 7:34pm | ! Report

                We’ll let you look at our 5 world cups Virat. But only for a second lil fella.

              • June 15th 2017 @ 6:55pm
                Nudge said | June 15th 2017 @ 6:55pm | ! Report

                Do you mind if I talk facts as well Virat? You’re sounding a little jealous fella. The fact is, that in the 11 World cups to this stage, Australia have won a phenomenal 5 of them and played in 7 finals. The next best is India with 2. India have something like 1.3 billion people while little old Oz has 23 million. So India have around 60 times more people than Australia. So that means India have grossly underachieved, or, are not real good at cricket, or Oz is just bloody good at cricket. Your choice out of those three mate?

              • June 16th 2017 @ 1:48am
                ViratKohli said | June 16th 2017 @ 1:48am | ! Report

                Unfortunately ICC doesnt give Australia wild card into finals based on prior WC performance – hence Australian team is back home making strategies for $’s.

          • June 15th 2017 @ 10:26am
            George said | June 15th 2017 @ 10:26am | ! Report

            Wasn’t Starc saying Australia would put down a marker for the Ashes?

            Sounds more like ‘talking themselves up’ than anything I read from the England camp.

    • June 15th 2017 @ 9:45am
      Pie Thrower said | June 15th 2017 @ 9:45am | ! Report

      Is anyone else enjoying the fact that England have now become the ultimate flat track bullies?? Once the pitch isn’t flat and coming onto the bat they fall to pieces? The irony is delicious!

      • June 15th 2017 @ 10:27am
        George said | June 15th 2017 @ 10:27am | ! Report

        Unlike Australia who only win at home or in South Africa… sometimes.

        A loss in one match doesn’t suddenly mean England are rubbish.

        • June 15th 2017 @ 11:05am
          Jack said | June 15th 2017 @ 11:05am | ! Report

          Can’t even win at home with everything in their favour. Yes, they are rubbish.

        • Roar Guru

          June 15th 2017 @ 11:27am
          Chris Kettlewell said | June 15th 2017 @ 11:27am | ! Report

          Reading everything Morgan said after the loss seemed to pretty much be suggesting that England only lost because they were forced to play in conditions that didn’t perfectly suit them.

          England certainly aren’t rubbish, but it does look a bit like they’ve looked at the big scores being piled up and decided that filling their team with sloggers is the way to do that, and then get flat, high scoring pitches made at home, and suddenly they are piling on big scores, but they haven’t had the chance to test that out over a longer period of time in different conditions and learn to adapt that. So at the moment, they’ve got a formula that works when the conditions are in their favour only. I suppose that helps to make things interesting. Most teams in the world are in that position at the moment. There are lots of good teams that can do good things, but no great teams that just consistently get it done and adapt to all conditions.

          • June 15th 2017 @ 11:49am
            ViratKohli said | June 15th 2017 @ 11:49am | ! Report

            “Reading everything Morgan said after the loss seemed to pretty much be suggesting that England only lost because they were forced to play in conditions that didn’t perfectly suit them.”

            Morgan was asked a direct Qn regarding the ‘home condition’ and that was his response. Sometimes its important to put it ll in context. I

          • June 15th 2017 @ 12:42pm
            George said | June 15th 2017 @ 12:42pm | ! Report

            Most ODIs around the world are played on flat pitches with shortish boundaries. Seems a reasonable formula.

        • June 15th 2017 @ 3:12pm
          Farqueue said | June 15th 2017 @ 3:12pm | ! Report

          I didn’t realise that all Australia’s world cups were won at home.
          Thanks for clearing that up for me.

        • June 15th 2017 @ 7:35pm
          Mitcher said | June 15th 2017 @ 7:35pm | ! Report

          Georgie, if you were a fish you wouldn’t last too long. Greatest bait taker going round.

          • June 16th 2017 @ 10:20am
            George said | June 16th 2017 @ 10:20am | ! Report

            Sorry, I’ll just nod approvingly at The Roar’s default jingoism.

    • June 15th 2017 @ 9:50am
      Jack said | June 15th 2017 @ 9:50am | ! Report

      So, a Pakistan v Bangladesh final then.

      • June 15th 2017 @ 1:15pm
        Basil said | June 15th 2017 @ 1:15pm | ! Report

        Can only hope.

      • June 16th 2017 @ 7:10am
        ViratKohli said | June 16th 2017 @ 7:10am | ! Report

        Get back to reality now

    • June 15th 2017 @ 10:53am
      matth said | June 15th 2017 @ 10:53am | ! Report

      Looks to me like England played their grand final against Australia and then expected to walk through Pakistan. Drop 5% of intensity and this is what can happen.

    • Columnist

      June 15th 2017 @ 11:11am
      Ronan O'Connell said | June 15th 2017 @ 11:11am | ! Report

      England were clearly the Number 1 ODI side in the world according to their fans, media and ex-players yet the rankings say they’re 4th and they’ve still never won a single major 50-over tournament.

      They’ve improved greatly as an ODI team, no doubt, and look set to be one of the better ODI sides for years to come given their age profile. But the hype was wildly over the top.

      Pakistan, meanwhile, have flown entirely under the radar, all expectations having evaporated after their woeful opening performance against India. Yesterday is the best I’ve seen a Pakistan ODI side play in many, meany years.

      Their bowling attack is in supreme touch and their less potent batting lineup would have gained enormous confidence from yesterday’s nerveless showing.

      Hoping for a Pakistan v India final. That would be truly monumental.

      • Roar Guru

        June 15th 2017 @ 12:09pm
        JamesH said | June 15th 2017 @ 12:09pm | ! Report

        Except that after this fantastic performance, Pakistan will no doubt be awful in the final. It’s whay they do, sadly.

        I hope Bangladesh knock India out and go on to win the tournament. Wouldn’t that be something.

      • Roar Rookie

        June 15th 2017 @ 5:53pm
        savage said | June 15th 2017 @ 5:53pm | ! Report

        Ronan,india and australia(full strength and right selection) are clearly two top odi sides in the world.In 50 overs icc tournament(since 2011 wc)india have played 25 matches won 21 lost 3 w/l rartio of 7 which is WAY better than any other team(yes,including australia).england and south africa are good team but lack players who can perform underpressure whereas new zealand have declined since retirement of B mccullum and trent boult and southee have also declined.

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