Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Morgan blames pitch for England calamity

Morgan blames pitch for England calamity

In contrast, Pakistan thrived on a pitch - controlled by the International Cricket Council - which offered very little pace or bounce as they ruthlessly dispatched tournament favourites England with 77 balls to spare.

"One thing we didn't do was adapt to conditions; coming from Edgbaston to a used wicket, Pakistan did that well and played better", Morgan said during the post-match presentations.

"Every partnership we had struggled to take initiative to the Pakistan bowlers", he said.

He said: "I think for the first part of our innings, we played pretty well". That is out of England's hands, but you have to adapt, it's as simple as that.

Asked about a possible re-match in the final on Sunday, Sarfraz said: "Both teams (India and Bangladesh) are playing well, so we will play whoever gets through".

Pakistan's richly gifted No. 3 already has five ODI centuries under his belt and he's only 22; he has only flickered so far in this tournament, but it's just a matter of time before he makes a big score on English pitches.

Gunfire heard at Mali resort area popular with foreigners
Mali's security minister later issued a statement confirming at least two deaths, one of which was a dual French-Gabonese citizen. In March the same year, a grenade and gun attack on La Terrasse nightclub in Bamako killed five people, including foreigners.

Pakistan spin maestro Saeed Ajmal was previously the most successful Pakistani bowler in Champions Trophy, after he grabbed eight wickets in 2009 edition.

England's dismal performance in their eight-wicket defeat in the semi-final, only means that their search for a first global 50-over crown rolls on to the 2019 World Cup on home soil, reports The Guardian. "England have a strong bowling attack, so we were thinking we will not give them any chance to fight back".

"There were huge expectations they'd go on to win the tournament, I think justifiably so on the back of what they've done over the past year and a half. It's a big frustration because I think we've played some great cricket in this tournament, but we weren't anywhere close to it today", he added.

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. "Fair credit to Pakistan, they played brilliantly".

It was the dismissal of Root that triggered the England collapse after a solid start saw them reach 128 for 2.

Though England played three of its Group A matches on new pitches, the pitches allocated to Sophia Gardens had all been used once each during the group stage meaning their semi-final had to be played on a used surface. "That's why we won today", he added. England have been anything but since the World Cup - they've played some fantastic one-day cricket, it has been a privilege to watch it.

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