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Pakistan hope Hasan will shine again in CT final

19 June 2017

Cardiff on Wednesday, witness something special, after Pakistan marched into the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy, thrashing the hosts England by eight wickets. "So I guess this was a bit surprising, but sometimes another team just plays outstandingly well".

Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed had no qualms about the pitch and was more than happy at his team's progression towards their first final at a major ODI event since 1999 World Cup. Set just 212 to win, Pakistan finished on 215 for two.

"Now the whole nation awaits our team making amends in the final against India - if they defeat Bangladesh", Khan posted on Twitter as he congratulated Pakistan on its semi-final win over England. "So you can say that, but all the boys are playing well and the credit goes to all of them, especially the bowlers".

Hasan's 3-35 against England was his eighth three-wicket haul in 20 ODIs.

Big-hitting Stokes was in a restrained mood, failing to hit a single boundary and scoring 11 singles at the start.

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England laboured to 211 all out in the face of another probing display from the Pakistan attack - this time missing the injured Mohammad Amir - before the target was knocked off with almost 13 overs to spare.

Fakhar reached his 50 off 49 balls before being stumped by Buttler off Rashid for 57 but Azhar and Babar Azam calmly continued to milk runs all around the ground as England's bowlers ran out of ideas.

But Pakistan had the game all but won at 173 for two.

The match was played on a pitch used two days previously for Pakistan's final group game but Morgan insisted that had nothing to do with it.

Pakistan had played in Cardiff on Monday, beating Sri Lanka in what was a virtual quarter-final, and Morgan added: "Pakistan did that (adapt) extremely well and full credit to them". The partnership between Jonathan Bairstow and Joe Root added another 46 runs to the third wicket before Bairstow was dismissed for 43.

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Pakistan had to go into the match without main strike bowler Mohammad Amir but it did not miss him, with Rumman Raees slotting in to replace the 25-year-old.

Sarfraz Ahmed, seemingly lost for words after the heavy loss to India, maintained faith in the younger players in the squad and it paid off in one of the most lopsided semi-finals in the tournament's history.

The home side's ploy to bring back Bairstow in place of Jason Roy clicked but some poor middle-order batting saw Pakistan dominating the game.

Of his narrow escape, he said: "That time I didn't see the hand of [bowler Lasith] Malinga". Then Hasan came in, and he took wicket.

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Pakistan hope Hasan will shine again in CT final