England ODI captain Eoin Morgan: 'We failed to adapt, Pakistan were better'

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 19, 2017

In reply, Pakistan made short work of the target, knocking off the runs with 13 overs to spare and losing only two wickets.

Pakistan will now play the victor of Bangladesh and India second semi-final game in the final on Sunday. England needed wickets early to make a contest, but there were none forthcoming as openers, Ali and Zaman, stood firm with a solid 118-run effort.

Paceman Hasan Ali led a disciplined attack with a man-of-the-match return of 3-35 from his maximum 10 overs.

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. "We know we're not the finished article".

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

England captain Eoin Morgan, who made 87 in a win against Australia last time out, fell for 19 when he charged down the pitch to a wide ball from Hasan and edged behind.

But he insisted lessons will be learned from the defeat in order to regroup and mount a stronger challenge for the World Cup on home soil in two years' time.

"We did not adapt to conditions. Morgan promised that they would go down all guns blazing; yesterday they fired blank after blank".

He added: "We would be remiss if we just said "these are the 15 or 16 guys who will take us to the World Cup in two years".

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 elected to bowl and chase again and that worked. Two hundred isn't a competitive score. However, Morgan did not think that was the reason for England's demise.

England's squad for the first Test against South Africa at Lord's is due to be named after that round of Championship matches.

It was a shock that England were not able to adapt to conditions which their conquerors exploited expertly, but Collingwood points out the winners deserve due credit. "I thought the lengths they bowled were what most teams try to achieve, there was very few half-volleys and very few long-hops, and that is something that we've spoken about". If we had put 280 on the board it might have been a different game.

I think it'd be wrong to change the approach we've had.

"But obviously, given the conditions, it didn't allow us to do that.it was quite tough".

Pakistan's more seasoned players like Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez are yet to fire in the tournament and have so far been overshadowed by the young performers. People have started to ask questions about them after their surprise defeat by Pakistan in the Champions Trophy semi-finals.

Coach Trevor Bayliss has no doubt that Morgan's team will bounce back.

Pakistan bowled England out for just 211, in an era where 300 is considered a one-day worldwide "par score", after captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and fielded. 250-270 would have been a good score. There wasn't too much wrong.

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