Pakistan upset England to enter maiden Champions Trophy final

But legendary Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis said blaming the pitch was a "lame excuse and former England captain Hussain agreed".

"But more than anything we've got to keep that drive we've had over the last 18 months to keep getting better - so when that World Cup does come around we're in the best shape possible to give ourselves the best chance of contending in that final".

Now Pakistan could have a chance for revenge against India in Sunday's final at the Oval if the title-holders beat Bangladesh in Thursday's second semi-final at Edgbaston.

"This is what I envisioned for Pakistan, a team that can take up any challenge and fight back like they mean it", Inzamam Ul-Haq tweeted. "I think all the three games [against South Africa, Sri Lanka and England] are the best games when I was captain".

When the all-rounder was brought back into the attack he fared even worse giving away 15 runs with Mohammad Hafeez clubbing a six over long-on and Babar Azam driving a half-volley to the cover fence.

"We're comfortable with a used wicket, but the nature of this tournament is that the further the tournament goes on, the more you play on used pitches", he said. The national television channel DD will also telecast live the matches which India will be playing.

Sarfraz rescued Pakistan with an unbeaten 61 after they collapsed against Sri Lanka but, two days on, there was no repeat of that batting slump.

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The core of England's one-day batting unit, with Root at three, Eoin Morgan at four, Ben Stokes at five and Jos Buttler at six, will be unchanged in two years' time but players will emerge for other spots as the side naturally regenerate.

They collapsed, however, on a sluggish pitch from 20128 in sunny conditions which normally favour batsmen and the bowlers failed to fix the damage as Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali shared a stand of 118 to lead Pakistan to their target.

"I don't think there was any home advantage ..."

"We looked at the game they played previously, 250, 270 would have been a good score". A lot of the pressure is taken off by the way he bats, he takes the game on which is good for the team and the game of cricket.

Sarfraz added: "After that first loss, we were very down".

England, who were 128 for two, lost their last eight wickets for just 83 runs. Adil Rashid was surprisingly left out of the opening match against Bangladesh, and then Roy's lean run become too much to accommodate and he was replaced by Jonny Bairstow for the semi-final.

Trevor Bayliss is confident England will reach their peak in time for the 2019 World Cup following their surprise Champions Trophy exit. "Certainly, I think we're moving in the right direction". It was one of those situations where you've got one guy hoping to score runs and another guy who, when he comes in scores runs and is trying to prove a point, so there was a little bit of the negative-positive thing there.

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