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2nd Semi Final match - Summary

19 June 2017

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was understandably proud of his inexperienced team following their unexpected and emphatic eight-wicket victory over hosts England in the Champions Trophy semi-finals on Wednesday.

Hasan has bounced back from that onslaught by taking three wickets from each of his next three games, including 3-35 at Sophia Gardens on Wednesday as Pakistan thrashed England by eight wickets in the semifinals.

Pakistan, which suffered a 124-run thrashing by India in its opening group game, then cruised to the meagre victory target with 77 balls to spare.

"Going into today's game knowing that we were going to play on a used wicket potentially brought Pakistan's game closer to their home", said Morgan.

"The bowlers did extremely well and got us in a very good position. I think we play very good, that is why we won today". "We knew that we were going to play on a used wicket at some stage in this tournament and we found out the other day that this would be on a used wicket".

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He added: "One of the things about knockout cricket is that you have to adapt to conditions".

But after mustering only a meek 211 all out on an awkward surface, they managed to delay Pakistan for a mere 37.1 overs as the tourists instead booked their place at The Oval this weekend - possibly against their great rivals India, who face Bangladesh in Thursday's second semi-final at Edgbaston. Coming from our match against Australia at Edgbaston [on Saturday], it was a big jump in pace and bounce and too much of an ask for us to adjust. His figures are the best for a Pakistan bowler in one edition of the Champions Trophy.

Morgan is the only survivor in England's now much-admired white-ball team from the one Collingwood led to this country's only global trophy to date - at the ICC World Twenty20 in 2010.

15 Number of boundaries hit by England - their fewest in a completed innings since the 2015 World Cup.

"I think this (his emergence) is something marvelous for Pakistan cricket".

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If this becomes a trend, England will start to develop a reputation, but I believe we are some way from that. "They boosted us up really well".

"What we've seen is pretty meek and timid performance today". Their previous best finish was semi-finals in 2000, 2004 and 2009.

Morgan added Pakistan were more comfortable because "they played two days ago on it (when beating Sri Lanka in a virtual quarter-final)".

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

"Hopefully, he will recover for the finals", Sarfraz said.

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2nd Semi Final match - Summary