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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 on Wednesday. England were 35 for three, chasing 278, but Morgan and Ben Stokes counter-attacked and it paid off unbelievably as they won by 40 runs.

Pakistan road to the semi-final began with their first century partnership between Fakahr Zaman and Azhar Ali.

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

Hasan, who was belted for 70 runs in his 10 overs by India in Pakistan's opening game of the Champions Trophy, has taken three-wicket hauls in the previous three games against South Africa, Sri Lanka and England.

"I think the pitch was very good".

Even after a chastening defeat which ended England's interest in a tournament for which they were many people's favourites, their captain made it clear he is not for turning. "Every game is a knockout game and I told my boys to play their game and not worry about the result".

For Root, this was the third near-miss of his career, following the 2013 Champions Trophy final against India and last year's World T20 final against West Indies, leaving England to focus on the 2019 World Cup - also on home soil - to break their duck in 50-over tournaments.

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"It has been a privilege to watch England in one-day cricket for the past two years but, on a day when it really mattered, they were unable to reproduce anything close to their best form". Coming from Edgbaston, it was obviously a big jump in pace and bounce and too much of an ask for us to adjust to. Fair credit to Pakistan.

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".

The issue of whether England had lost their home advantage due to the abrasive nature of the used pitch at Cardiff did not come into the players' minds, according to Bayliss.

"We don't play at home so when we get the crowd supporting us, we love it". Two hundred isn't a competitive score. "They motivated us very well".

There will be a lot of talk about the Cardiff pitch after Pakistan dumped out England. We knew that to get through a semifinal, we had to be somewhere near our best. You have to be able to be good in all conditions.

Speaking on the win, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed spoke at the post match presentation and said,"Credit goes to the bowlers and then the batsmen finished really well". If we had put 280 on the board it might have been a different game.

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