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Edgbaston to Cardiff too much of an ask to adjust to - Morgan

19 June 2017

Former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan, under whose leadership the nation had won 50-over World Cup in 1992, tweeted: "Now the whole nation awaits our team making amends in the final against India - if they defeat Bangladesh".

Pakistan then held their nerve in a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Monday-a virtual quarter-final for both sides.

Openers Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) made it a comfortable chase from the start as Pakistan reached 215-2 in 37.1 overs in reply to England's unimpressive 211 all out - from 128-2 - with one ball left. The future is bright for captain Eoin Morgan and his team. It's a big frustration because I think we've played some great cricket in this tournament so far, and we weren't anywhere close to it today. We told them "don't worry about the India match - this is gone, we have two matches; if we play good cricket, definitely we will win this tournament".

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"Finishing third or fourth, I think that's about right where we sit in world cricket at the moment". But it was their batting which failed them on a crucial day as Pakistan romped home.

2010 The last time an England player faced more balls in an innings without hitting a boundary before the 64 balls by Ben Stokes in this game. "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". "We knew that coming into the tournament", Morgan said of the pitch.

"I think the good thing about Hasan is that even (when) someone hits him for a four, he comes back and returns with hard lengths and I think this is what a cricketer requires", Shoaib Malik said.

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"And in that game it looked like we were playing at home". On a Cardiff ground where they chased more than 300 to beat England in an one-day global past year, Pakistan completed Wednesday's pursuit with a mammoth 77 balls to spare when Mohammad Hafeez pulled Ben Stokes for four.

Eoin Morgan, in his post-match press conference, had blamed used pitches for its semi-final loss to Pakistan.

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.

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After spending a night full of celebration in Cardiff, Pakistan took the road to London brimming with confidence ahead of their Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.

Edgbaston to Cardiff too much of an ask to adjust to - Morgan