Captain Sarfraz proud of Pakistan young guns

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 19, 2017

England had been the only unbeaten team in the eight-strong one-day global tournament and huge favourites to defeat Pakistan, but were bowled out for just 211 on Wednesday.

All Graham Gooch's England had to do in 1992 was to show up at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and be handed the World Cup on a silver platter against a bedraggled Pakistan.

Chasing a paltry score of 212, Pakistan crossed the line for the loss of two wickets and 12.5 overs to spare. "This is what we would require in the final to claim the title".

England move on to a Twenty20 series against South Africa next week, but the disappointment of this defeat could linger for some time.

It seemed Pakistani batsmen were batting on a different pitch during the chase as they cruised to complete the target in 37.1 overs, after openers Azhar Ali (76 off 100) and Fakhar Zaman (57 off 58) provided a ideal start.

England failed to hit a six during their innings, adds Atherton.

England were bowled out for 211 in their semi-final and afterwards skipper Eoin Morgan said that they weren't prepared for the sluggish used surface.

Now England's wait will continue until at least 2019 - when they stage the next World Cup.

However, Bairstow top-edged one off Ali and Hafeez took an easy catch at deep square leg, leaving England at 80 for two.

From there, though, Pakistan were imperious. Bayliss said it did not mean Buttler wasn't in contention to retain his spot and he will go straight from the final T20 in Cardiff to Lancashire's Championship match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Alex Hales' attempt to up the ante had already ended in a faulty chip to cover, advancing to Rumman Raees to give the one-day worldwide debutant his maiden wicket.

England slumped from 128 for two to 211, losing its last eight wickets for a mere 83 runs and surprisingly failing to hit a single six. We'll assess what we could have done better and go again.

He shared 118 with Azhar before being stumped off Rashid, leaving Azhar to snuff out any hopes of an England revival in a stand of 55 with Babar Azam. England were well beaten long before Hafeez pulled Stokes for the winning boundary.

"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.

But Zaheer asserted that the manner of Pakistan's victory against pre-tournament favourites England bears proof that the final will be closely contested. "It's a big challenge jumping from venue to venue but we're going to have to do that with the World Cup so it's important for us to go through games like today for our experience".

Prasing both his bowlers and batsmen for the stupendous win, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed said: "We bowled very well and after that the batting was good too". But we lost our way in the middle period. We're always looking to improve and that's what we will do.

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