England, previously the only unbeaten team left in the eight-strong one-day worldwide tournament and huge favourites to defeat Pakistan, were bowled out for just 211 in Cardiff on Wednesday. On a Cardiff ground where they chased more than 300 to beat England in an one-day global previous year, Pakistan completed Wednesday’s pursuit with a mammoth 77 balls to spare when Mohammad Hafeez pulled Ben Stokes for four.

Defeat extended England’s long wait for a maiden major one-day worldwide title until at least 2019 – when they stage the next World Cup.

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“I don’t think there was any home advantage …”

Pakistan played like world-beaters and they deserved it”, he said of England’s eight-wicket defeat in Wales. And having watched the game against Sri Lanka, we actually didn’t think it was that bad. Pakistan’s bowlers were outstanding on the day, the batsmen performed without pressure, and the fielding unit was also exceptional.

For England, Joe Root (46), Jonny Bairstow (43) and Ben Stokes (34) were the major contributors to the cause.

“The turnaround is built on the inclusion of youngsters and it could only be done by a Pakistan team”, said Ramiz Raja, an ex-Pakistan captain who now works at a cricket commentator.

EOIN MORGAN: I think we are, certainly. “Mohammad Amir did not play but Rumman Raees came and bowled really well”, said Sarfraz after Pakistan stunned England in the first semifinal on Wednesday. Rotating the strike will help provide Fakhar with the foundation from which he can attack India’s new-ball bowlers.

“Credit goes to the bowlers”. “I thought they bowled really well”. If asked, I will say that the prayers of the fans and God has won them the games.

They had an unlikely bowling hero in Kedar Jadhav, who took the wickets of dangermen Tamim Iqbal (70) and Mushfiqur Rahim (61) after the pair had put on a 123-run stand from 127.

Raees, denied the wicket of Alex Hales on an lbw review, got his man for 13 when the opener sliced a drive to extra-cover.

It was just too easy for Pakistan, who won their third straight game at the tournament.

Test wicket-keeper Bairstow cashed in, with two fours in as many balls off the left-arm quick.

Pakistan are now placed at number eight spot in the ICC ODI team rankings. Against England they caught everything, chased everything, and gave everything, with Fakhar Zaman’s brilliant boundary catch against Moeen Ali the highlight.

The wicket of Zaman brought in Azam, who wasted no time in settling down, dancing down the track to loft Rashid over for a straight six as the visitors crossed the 150-run mark in no time.


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